Our adventurous spirits have enjoyed traveling throughout Europe for centuries, and more recently as tourists, for decades. From the backpacking era in the 60’s and 70’s, bus tours (remember “If it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium) to the sleek and efficient train systems of today, land travel has always been popular. Now with the ever growing number of river cruise ships (as many as 30 on a river at any one time), the inland waterways have seen huge growth in numbers looking for the “unpack once” type of vacation. Not to be overlooked, are for the value conscious traveller are barges which cruise throughout the inland canal systems of Europe. Explore
You’ve chosen a cruise line, an itinerary, the ship and a stateroom category, so now it’s time to book your much anticipated cruise. Before you or your travel advisor select a cabin, there are some important questions you should ask.Explore
Since Waypoints Express is all about navigating your world on, beside or under water, I thought a few tips of photographing water might be useful. After scouring many how-to tips and tricks, I came across this article on Nikon’s Canadian site.Explore
Perhaps it’s the time of year or the stage in my life, but I got to thinking about all the wonderful places I’ve travelled. I’ve been blessed with a career and an adventurous spirit that have opened the world to me. I’ve returned more than once to those places that have drawn me in and continue to occupy a piece of my heart.Explore
Have you ever seen a tour that you would love to do but realized that your champagne tastes weren’t in line with your beer budget? Don’t despair, there is another way to travel that you may not have considered. Try being a Pied Piper!Explore
Each year, millions of suitcases or one bag per 2,000 passengers were never found. Some of these lost bags sit at airports for months waiting to be claimed, before their contents are sold at luggage auction, donated or dumped. What happens to traveler’s new bathing suits and unwashed underwear depends on which airline carried the suitcase and where in the world the plane landed.Explore
When I’m not booking cruises and shore excursions for my clients, I’m actually designing shore excursions for some of the top luxury cruise companies. As an insider, I can tell you, not all shore excursions are created equal.
How do you find the right shore excursion for you? First and foremost it comes down to knowing “how” you like to travel. Some people feel comfortable and safe in large groups, while others are looking for a unique experience to give them bragging rights when they get home. Some like to wander on their own and see what unfolds.Explore
Many of us choose at one time or another to stay home and take our “hard earned vacation” closer to home. Perhaps it’s because of the expense of travel, or needing to be close to someone who can’t travel, or just being too burnt out to face battling the hassle of travel. Whatever the reason, there is a LOT to be said for enjoying a staycation. Here are my seven favourite tips for having the best, most relaxing holiday ever!Explore
When it comes to budgeting for a vacation, I’ve become a master at stretching every dollar. One summer I took my son to the Caribbean for six weeks using creativity and lots of planning. In fact, I came out ahead as I was able to rent my house for the time we were away.
Here are my favourite hacks to help save you money while travelling. Explore
Ironically, I’m writing this week’s column after just talking to a friend I met on my very first solo trip over 45 years ago. We still laugh at the shenanigans we got up to and she is still one of my best friends in the world today. Good thing, we didn’t know what we didn’t know and are still alive to talk about it!Explore