Massimo Bruno’s Culinary Tour – Puglia, Italy

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Bordering the Adriatic Sea, the Southern Puglia region – which makes up the high heel of the “boot” of Italy –  boasts rich culture, exceptional wine and a beautiful coastline. It’s sun-bleached landscape of limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches provides the perfect backdrop for exceptional culinary adventures. The mostly flat farming region produces world renowned wine, flavourful olive oil, ... Read More »

Sailing the Lesser Sunda Islands

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An update from Anne Fairlie – Would you like to sail the blue seas of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands? Yes please! Why not take a sailing trip to see the local weavers of the island of Flores, Sumba, Timor, Savu and Lembata? I have just completed this spectacular trip and had an amazing time. The trip operates in May, just after the rainy ... Read More »

Introducing Anne!

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Anne Fairlie is joining The Travel Society at the end of September to ensure our clients are well taken-care of while Jill is on maternity leave. Anne comes to us with a wealth of experience, including 30 years selling adventure travel at one of Toronto’s best-known retailers – if it’s even slightly adventurous, she knows all about it. Having visited ... Read More »

A Relaxing Luxury Break in Fiji

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Story and photos by Helen Hewetson Jen’s voice can be heard above the rushing water and jungle noises. She is clearly excited about something, and exclaims again: “No WAY Mike, you didn’t!! You DIDN’T!” Is she happy? Or upset? It’s difficult to tell. I’ve just body-surfed down a natural rock waterslide, deep in a remote corner of Fiji’s Taveuni Island, ... Read More »

Bennett Little’s Barcelona

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You won’t believe this! We got Business Class tickets through FlightNetwork.com on an airline called Vueling Air, a division of Iberia Airlines, to go to Barcelona from Venice. At that time, Economy was about $100/ticket and Business Class was $400 – we took the Business Class because of the presumed lounge privileges and the baggage allowances (European carriers generally allow ... Read More »

Christmas Cruises

Christmas Market

For about a month before Christmas, many of Europe’s town squares are transformed with twinkly lights and pink-cheeked vendors selling everything from handmade wooden toys to steaming, spiced mulled wine, and many lovely gift-worthy things in between. Every town has a slightly different take on the market, and it’s worth visiting several places if you can. By far the best ... Read More »

Captivating Cuba

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Story and photos by Anne Burns – Havana had long been on our wish list, so when the U.S. and Cuba shook hands recently we decided we should go there soon, before the city becomes swamped by American commercialism. It seemed as though many people had the same idea. We started looking for a hotel in January and it took ... Read More »

Charming Charleston

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Story and photos by Diane Slawych – “Y’all probably didn’t know that Charleston sits on the second most active earthquake fault line in North America,” explains guide Stephen Rosling of the Old South Carriage Company. “We don’t put that on Trip Advisor,” he jokes. “The city thrives off tourism and we want y’all to come here.” It wouldn’t have mattered. ... Read More »

Volunteer holidays: who do they really benefit?

Kathmandu, Nepal

BY ERIN GOUWELEEUW – Many of us volunteer to help our communities, our environment, wildlife, or myriad other causes. Whatever we choose, the experience of donating one’s own time to help someone or something can be incredibly rewarding. A natural extension of this is to want to give back and “make a difference” while on vacation – and the popularity of ... Read More »

Hamilton to Port Dover Trail Cycling Weekend

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Join us for a weekend of fall riding on a spectacular off-road rail trail ride from Hamilton to Brantford, Paris to Port Dover, with ride ending on the shores of Lake Erie. Shorter or longer route options are available so you can make the most of the ride and time out on this interconnected well maintained trail system. Passing through ... Read More »