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My Jordan Journey: a day with the Bedouin


I have more incredible memories than I can count from my journey in Jordan. One of the most special was the opportunity to spend a day with a Bedouin family, in the Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana is the largest natural reserve in Jordan, with over 300 km of land that includes the four different bio-geographical zones of the country and over 800 species of flora and fauna. You can stay and access Dana from the world-renowned, off-grid Feynan EcoLodge, which is an amazing experience in itself. …

Win your dream energy experience with Shell Canada's Energy 4 Seven Billion Contest


Does your dream experience include a road trip along the Sea to Sky? (Credit: Shell Canada)

If you love to travel, you know it takes energy to get anywhere. Not just your own mental and physical energy in planning and executing a trip, but also energy in terms of actual fuel to power your car, ship, airplane, or those mobile phones or cameras that record all of those travel memories. The modern travel that we know and love is powered by this energy.

Even in these days of energy awareness and conservation of the earth's finite resources, our travel demands haven't decreased. …

Does Back to School spell an end to travel? No, but...


September is the true beginning of the new year (Credit: Kaytee Riek, Flickr Commons)

Four years ago (how can it be so long?), I wrote an ode to the trouble of travelling with school-aged kids. In reality, it's less 'trouble' than simply challenging, at times, and it's never stood in the way of us taking the kids out of school for family trips. 

Only once has a teacher written back in reply to an absence notice, unhappily so, berating us for our youngest missing a week of middle school before spring break. 

Harrison Hot Springs: family fun beyond the resort

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The epic inflatable water park of Harrison Watersports on Harrison Lake

The resort town of Harrison Hot Springs offers much more than the relaxing hot springs and resort on its lakeshore. {See my detailed post about visiting the springs at Harrison Hot Springs Resort.} In less than two hours from Vancouver, you can enjoy fun in the water, hiking on scenic mountain trails, and touring local family farms while sampling freshly made goods. Here are 5 fun and active family-friendly things to do in Harrison Hot Springs and nearby Agassiz.

A Swiss Alpine Summer in Adelboden

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You will see many Swiss cows in the high alpine in the summer months

I love Switzerland in the winter time - the snow, fondue and skiing! - but my absolute favorite time to be in the Alps is in summer. There are so many reasons to love Switzerland in summer; the vast miles of hiking paths, the clear, alpine air and warm sunshine, fresh Alp cheese and chocolate sandwiches on mountain picnics, and a delicious Is Kaffe or Zwetschekuchen {plum tart} after a busy day of trottinette or mountain biking. 

Unlocking London's charms on a long weekend

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An eye on London: as seen from the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral

London is an amazing city. It's big, busy, and so packed full of culture, fun, food, and wonderful things to see & do, it's almost overwhelming. 

We certainly had a tough time organizing ourselves last summer during a whirlwind long weekend in London-town, but it IS possible to get a real taste of the city, even if you only have limited time. Here are our best bets for a super London long weekend.