Leap Year Travel: Single ladies, get thee to Ireland!

As far as I could determine, there is only one real connection between leap year and travel, but since it also involves saints and vintage-style kitchiness, it counts as a suitable topic for a travel blog. Specifically, this travel blog. If you’re a lady fixin’ for a gentleman in your life, I have terrific news….

Trenhotel: An Overnight Train in Spain

Trenhotel Update April 2016 The overnight Trenhotel between Barcelona and Granada continues to be suspended indefinitely (or, according to some Spanish-language sources until at least late April, or May, or August 2016). However, the Trenhotel I took between Barcelona and Leon in September 2014 as part of my Camino de Santiago is still running and you can read all about my second…

Vintage travel: Canada stereotypes of the past

Because someone might SHOOT it. This ad appeared in National Geographic in 1968 and explains a lot about our international reputation. A lot of early travel advertising for Canada plays into some pretty ridiculous stereotypes about Canada and Canadians, many of which are still kicking around today. There’s a joke among my friends that every picture…

All-inclusive resorts: I don’t get the appeal

Every year from January to April, Canadians fly away from the unrelenting wackiness of winter to sunny spots in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico, to spend their precious vacation time and kids’ March Break at an all-inclusive. Getting away from winter sounds great, but when I hear “all-inclusive resort,” I think one thing: It’s simple:…

A saint’s procession in Seville

I took a travel writing class in 2012 and one of the assignments was to compile a 30-second video of personal travel pictures to tell a story. After a couple of failed attempts, I finally cut together one of my favourite experiences in Spain: the procession of La Virgen de la Cabeza in Seville. The background…