Airline News – September 2011

Contemplating a getaway with WestJet Vacations soon?  If you book before 30 September, you can take advantage of the company’s price guarantee … if the same vacation package drops in price during a 21-day period before travel, you’ll be refunded the difference.  And with the announcement of an expanded air transport agreement between Canada … Read more

Costa Rica

Travel Digest – September 2011

ALBANIA Now that’s a country that hasn’t been featured in TTS before.  We are including it here because in August a new website – – was been launched to cover tourism to that ‘undiscovered’ country.  It looks interesting.  Take a peek and don’t forget, if you go please let us hear about it. BELIZE … Read more

Welcome to the Hacienda el Carmen

The Hidden Gems Close to Puerto Vallarta

story and photos by James and Sonia Symes My husband and I have spent 24 winters around Bucerias, Nayarit, in Mexico (15 miles north of Puerta Vallarta). We have taken a few day trips to towns close to us, but the November issue of TTS with John and Doreen’s account of the pictographs, piqued my … Read more


Iceland, Land of the Midnight Sun

story and photos by Heinz Jaeger Nearly a year and a half has passed since Iceland was at the forefront of world news when its Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted and affected air travel across the globe.  TTS member – and frequent contributor – Heinz Jaeger travelled to Iceland just weeks after the event and has now … Read more

The Island of Anguilla

The Island of Anguilla

story and photos by Barbara Bagnell For our January break this year, we found the tiny island of Anguilla, next door to St. Martin/Maarten. WestJet flies from Toronto to St. Martin at least three times a week. We reserved a studio apartment at a resort named Paradise Cove owned by a local doctor and his … Read more


From Catalunya to Andulacia

In our last edition, frequent-contributor Maria Wu told about her re-positioning cruise across the Atlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona.  Now, as promised, here is Maria’s story about her subsequent travels in Spain. As I related in the last edition of this magazine, we sailed from Fort Lauderdale on 1May this year, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to … Read more

Breakfast room at the Retreat Guesthouse (JS)

Getting to the Isle of Wight

Dear Ann I read with interest your letter in the May edition of TTS regarding your going to England’s Isle of Wight for a family reunion, as I have family there too and it’s a frequent destination for us when we head ‘over the pond’.  With frequent car ferries from Portsmouth, it’s really easy to … Read more

Planning to Drive in Italy ?

We have learned via CIT Tours that Italian authorities have introduced new conditions regarding driver’s license requirements for car rentals in that country, which apply to all visitors from non-European countries. These are: • An International Driving License is now mandatory for all renters with non-EU driving licenses • The International Driving License must be accompanied by … Read more

Medical Facilities on Cruise Ships

Following a query about medical facilities on board cruise ships following Dean Feltham’s article last month, here is his reply … I do not have much information on this one.  All of our experiences have been limited to falls, some requiring stitches; and we have been on ships when heart attack patients were either returned … Read more