Category Archives: Travel writing

For World Footprints: Shooting Stars and Shay in Jordan

Lying on stacked cushions on the roof of a lodge in Jordan’s Dana Biosphere Reserve, I watch a beam of green light shoot into the sky as our guide circles a constellation with the most powerful laser pointer I’ve ever seen. “That orange star, that’s the womanizer,” Ali says. “He’s always chasing the seven sisters.”

This is the Arab legend of the triangle in the east, Ali tells us: the seven sisters, the womanizer, and the bodyguard, forever chasing each other across the night sky.

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For Time Out: The 10 best bars in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s bar scene is hundreds of years old yet feels decidedly modern: you can sidle up to a bar where sixteenth-century sailors took respite from the sea, settle into a cozy lounge or explore the thriving cocktail culture in ultracool places to see and be seen.

For the local experience, try a jenever, the juniper-based Dutch spirit that evolved into gin. You’ll likely see your fellow patrons with two glasses: follow their lead and order a beer chaser, a classic pairing dubbed a kopstootje or “little headbutt.”

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For Time Out Amsterdam: The 11 best cafés in Amsterdam

The first lesson of café culture in Amsterdam is that a coffeeshop is not your standard coffeeshop. The former offers a high that doesn’t come from caffeine…

If it is a coffee break that you are looking for, you want a café. The choices are abundant, from cozy hideaways that embody the untranslatable Dutch concept of gezelligheid (a kind of cosiness) to bright and modern spaces in up-and-coming neighbourhoods. Not a fan of coffee? Order a mint tea: instead of a tea bag, your mug will be stuffed with fresh bunches of mint and served with honey—and probably a little cookie, too.

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For BCBusiness: 5 must-visit Oliver Osoyoos wineries for foodies

Best known as a wine destination in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, Oliver has plenty to offer foodies too. Local vineyards are getting creative with their cuisine, showcasing the abundance of the area’s farms and fields in addition to award-winning grapes. From a quick lunch break to world-class dining, these wineries combine acclaimed wines with uncommonly delicious food, each in a vineyard setting that provides a feast for the eyes…

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For the Ensemble Travel E-zine: Three Mexican Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Festivals in Mexico offer a unique way to connect to the culture. These colorful celebrations are a whirlwind of activity, and it’s easy for visitors to participate. Ask your travel agent for advice on a guided trip to experience the festivities through the eyes of a local guide, or just stroll the streets and soak it all in…

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For PAXnewsWest.com: Vegan influencers join Intrepid’s vegan food tour launch event in Vancouver

Three Vancouver-based vegan influencers joined Intrepid Travel at a launch event this week to highlight the company’s first three vegan food tours, set to launch in 2019.

 

Zach Berman, Steph Yu and Erin Ireland joined the pilot trip to India and helped shape the final itinerary. All three agreed that the tour offered the opportunity to dive into local foods and culture in a way that’s often not available to those with dietary restrictions.

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For PAX News: Copenhagen sees tourism boost from IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Hosting the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship was a tourism boon for Copenhagen and nearby co-host city Herning.

Hotel occupancy of Copenhagen’s 22,000 rooms was nearly 100 per cent for most of the tournament, which wrapped up Sunday (May 20) at Royal Arena. Compare that to 86 per cent occupancy in May of last year, according to statistics from Wonderful Copenhagen. The municipality estimates that the tournament has resulted in 60,000 bed nights…

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