Category Archives: Travel writing

For Unearth Women: The Ugandan Vet Saving Gorillas and Empowering Local Communities


At the Gorilla Conservation Café in Entebbe, Uganda, I order a latte while I wait for Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. It’s not just any coffee in my cup, and as the name of the locale implies, this is not just any coffee shop. Bothe the café and the coffee are part of Kalema-Zikusoka’s collection of social enterprises that support her non-profit organization, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)…

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For Ensemble Travel: Amazing Outdoor Adventures in the Pearl of Africa

It’s easy to see why Winston Churchill called Uganda the “Pearl of Africa.” Straddling the equator, this stunning country’s diverse landscapes and incredible wildlife experiences will take your breath away. Here are just a few of the unforgettable outdoor activities to explore in this East African gem.

Trek for gorillas or chimpanzees

Uganda is one of only two countries in the world where you can trek to see the endangered mountain gorilla in the wild. At Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a guide hacks his way through the trees with a machete, guiding you to your assigned gorilla family…

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For Ensemble Travel: 10 Unique Experiences that Redefine Exotic Escapes

When we think of exotic escapes, we tend to think of fragrant spices and tropical air. But the truth is, you can find something exotic in every corner of the world, no matter the temperature. Here are 10 exotic experiences you may have never considered.

Fish For A Living Dinosaur In Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia

B.C.’s Fraser River is home to more than 40,000 sturgeon – the largest freshwater fish in North America, with a history dating back 200 million years…

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For BCLIving: Your Guide to a Girlfriends Getaway in Parksville

You may think of Parksville as a family destinationand with good reason. With the warmest swimming beach in Canada, mega-sized mini-golf and plenty of kids camps and activities, it’s a holiday favourite for Lower Mainland families.

But there’s also plenty for grown-ups to do in this easy-to-reach stretch of Vancouver Island’s east coast… 

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For Canadian Traveller: Hamburg Cruise Days Showcases Germany’s Largest Port

Hamburg, Germany, welcomed more than 500,000 visitors to its Cruise Days festival last weekend, including 250,000 spectators at the Grand Hamburg Cruise Days Parade along the Elbe River on Saturday night. 

Held every two years, Hamburg Cruise Days is the largest public cruise festival in the world. This year’s event saw 12 cruise ships call in Hamburg’s three passenger ports over the weekend, including the Costa Mediterranea, the MSC Preziosa, and the MS Europa and Europa 2. The Europa and the Preziosa were among the five parade ships that sailed downriver Saturday accompanied by lasers, music, and fireworks, along with 20 escort boats.

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Venture beyond the Czech Republic’s capital city to find an astonishing number of UNESCO sites and traditions, along with far smaller crowds. Here are eight to get you started.

1. Tugendhat Villa, Brno

This modernist villa designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929 was home to Fritz and Grete Tugendhat and their children. A wedding gift from Grete’s father, who provided unlimited funds, it’s a stunning open-plan family home incorporating exotic woods, imported stone, and a feature Onyx wall.

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For World Footprints: The Saanich Peninsula – A Family Farm Haven on Vancouver Island

When I arrive at Healing Farm, I have an overwhelming sense that I’ve come home. This 18-acre organic farm on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula is everything I love about this part of the world, where I grew up. There are fruit trees and blackberry vines and even 85 maples, that ultimate symbol of Canada, tapped each year for syrup. But what really gets me is the smell of the western red cedar, hemlock, and Sitka spruce.

I moved from Vancouver to Amsterdam six months ago, and walking into the forest that takes up half the farm’s land, standing under the 400-year old trees, I find myself almost paralyzed with nostalgia. Amsterdam has trees, of course, but not these towering sentries — and very few evergreens…

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For Time Out Amsterdam: The 12 best cafés in Amsterdam

First things first: If you want coffee or a light meal in Amsterdam, a coffeeshop is not what you’re looking for. (Despite the name, those serve cannabis, not caffeine.) You want a koffiehuis or café. You’ll have your pick of spaces from classic to modern, and from understated to grand. No matter which style you choose, keep in mind that Amsterdam’s centuries-old café and restaurant culture is meant to be savoured – so settle in with a good book or one of the board games you’ll almost certainly find for guests to use.

Try ordering a koffie verkeerd – a ‘wrong coffee’ that’s the local latte equivalent – or a fresh mint or ginger tea. There are no free refills in this town, but at the very best cafés in Amsterdam your hot drink of choice may well come with a small cookie, and you’re welcome to linger as long as you like. And frankly, with those canalside views, we couldn’t think of anything better.

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