I reminisce of the year 1964, when a 17-year-old Bart Card is spending a year at sea on The Ocean Monarch a cruise ship that sailed between Bermuda and New York for part of the year with Caribbean cruises in-between. More
My life has been filled with amazing experiences and I've had the chance to travel to some of the world's most exotic and remote locations. Last year I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Antarctic. It was a life-changing experience. When the opportunity arose this spring to visit the Arctic, I just couldn't turn it down. I had seen penguins, now it was time to see polar bears. More
There are few places on Earth that still seem exotic and mysterious. Laos and Vietnam are two of those places for me. I received an invitation to visit Laos, Vietnam and Thailand and jumped at the opportunity. I've been to Thailand many times before, but always relish an opportunity to return. It would be my first time visiting Laos and Vietnam. Using Bangkok as a point of entry, I flew from Toronto to Chicago, Chicago to Japan and then on to Thailand. More
It's been said that the sun shines on New Zealand before anywhere else since every new day in this small, remote locale is something to cherish. And take it from me, this slogan has been evident long before director Peter Jackson opened the world's eyes to the country's beauty in his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More..
Kenya is the country where the safari originated. It is where one comes to discover a beautiful diversity of landscapes, myriad of animal, bird and plant life, and fascinating traditional culture and warrior tribes. Almost every known landform glacial ice to arid desert, mountain massifs to sprawling savannahs, large lakes and dense forest is found in Kenya. Read More..
There's always an excuse to get away. Whether it's a last minute or planned escape, The DoubleTree Fallsview Resort and Spa by Hilton in Niagara Falls is only one hour away from the city where a relaxing winter retreat awaits. Read More..
All my working life I have travelled; first while working in the hotel industry and more recently as a travel writer. I am lucky to have been able, over the years, to include my children in my travels and each of them has joined me individually, some more than once. In more recent years now that the children are all grown, I manage an annual trip with my wife but she hasn't travelled with the children individually. This year both she and our only daughter passed milestone birthdays and decided that it was time they took a vacation together on their own. Read More..
Pink Beach Club & Cottages boasts not one but two of the pink coral sand beaches for which Bermuda is famous. The island features an exquisite shade of turquoise water highlighted by the beautiful coral reefs that cast deep shadows, old fashioned hospitality and gorgeous beaches with a pink tinge. Built in 1947, before the era of large island hotels, accommodations at Pink Beach Club consist of two and three-storey cottage buildings. Tourists can rent a scooter, take a taxi, use transit or ride a bicycle to explore the island. Ferry rides are also an affordable transit mode to witness every inch of the world's oldest British colony, from Hamilton to Dockyard. Read More..
As a travel editor I love every aspect of travelling. From the moment a trip first comes together to the moment I am back home after a long adventure, I love all of it. Some people won't believe me, but preparing for an adventure is one of my favourite parts. Each trip is unique and requires a different amount of preparation and planning. Early this year I was offered the experience of a lifetime; a 10-day expedition to Antarctica aboard the Antarctic Dream. Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity. Read More..
For over 30 years, I listened to stories of India. As ADC to the Viceroy of India, Lord Linlithgow, during the late 1930s, my father-in-law had been stationed in the country. Listening to his stories and looking at his photos sparked an interest in a country famed for its vibrant colours, strong spices and immense beauty. Read More..
Of all the countries in the world, there is only one that is, without a doubt, on everyone's bucket list. Those lucky enough to visit this vast and beautiful country, return home with a sense of wonder, awe and culture. Read More..
Stepping off the plane in the northern part of Florida state I wasn't sure what to expect. My destination on this visit to the sunshine state is St. Augustine, population about 13,000 and about an hour's drive south of Jacksonville. Read More..
Autumn is a pleasant time to hike, bike and see the sights. Read More..
One glorious summer week, I got in touch with my inner cowboy. Read More..
Get outside and enjoy the beauty and health benefits of nature. While John Muir was a conservationist, and not a doctor, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he was aware of nature's healing powers that have recently been studied. This pioneer of the conservation movement certainly was aware of the relaxing properties of nature and trees. Read More..
Carefree summers and timeless hospitality - a carefully preserved tradition. Read More..
My arrival at Maurice Bishop International Airport is after sunset, and the short drive to the hotel is by moonlight. The air is warm and sweet, and after a long day of travelling, I drift off to sleep to the sound of tree frogs chirping and waves lapping somewhere in the distance. With the sunrise, the tiny island of Grenada reveals itself. All lush and green, mountains rising in the distance, and along stretch of golden sand curving its way to the city of St. George's a few miles down the beach. Read More..
Hands down. An African safari tops my vacation wish list. The idea of enjoying safaris in the Serengeti National Park or touring the game reserves of Botswana, Tanzania or Kenya is nothing short of magical. Read More..