No camping for you

Campsites in B.C. provincial parks will be closed to people from outside the province this summer, as officials continue to adjust the rules to the coronavirus pandemic. BC Parks said in a statement on Thursday that non-B.C. residents who already have reservations should call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund. Read more courtesy of CBC.CA  

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‘Leave No Trace’

The seven “Leave No Trace” (LNT) principles were formed by the Leave No Trace organization as a set of guidelines meant to educate campers and protect the environment. One of the tenets of outdoor recreation—camping, specifically—is the idea of enjoying the natural world while minimizing impact as much as possible. For future generations to be able to enjoy spaces that we use…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com  

Parking in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, is a slice of paradise with snow-capped coastal mountains, old-growth rainforest, and sandy beaches along its shore. It is no surprise that this city, with all its natural beauty, has plenty of parks for all to enjoy. Read more courtesy of TravelAwaits.com  

You’re certifiable

When it comes to your time and money, signing up for an in-depth skills course shouldn’t preclude going on a dream trip. By traveling to one of the countries below, you can get world-class certification in anything from scuba diving to mountaineering. Plus, these classes offer the opportunity to connect with a destination on a much deeper level by interacting…

Somewhere in Montana

Need a change of scenery? We thought so. How about Montana, USA? Life in the Treasure State certainly has its benefits, one of which being the ability to enjoy an amazing vacation without leaving the state. And if the idea of a secluded cabin in nature sounds ideal right now, look no further than this cozy little place. Read more…

Sail the seven seas, over and over

Brian and Karin Trautman have been living on a sailboat for 10 years, and their boat is set up so they can be off the grid in remote places for months at a time with solar and wind power providing electricity, a water maker that turns salt water into fresh water, multiple freezers and loads of storage space for food,…

Vin Route

There’s nothing quite like the freedom that comes with taking to the open road for an epic adventure. But for RV and campervan enthusiasts, one of the trickier aspects of a trip can be finding a spot to settle down for the night. With that in mind, US-based company Harvest Hosts has assembled a bespoke list of unique camping experiences…

This town will not see the sun for 155 days

Isolated on the polar archipelago of Svalbard at 78 degrees north, Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost permanent settlement. Halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the 2,300 residents here are used to extremes. When the sun sets on 5 October each year, the town will not see it again for 155 days until 8 March the next year. For…

Las Grutas de Tolantongo

While the Spanish word grutas literally translates to “grottos,” in Mexico it’s often used to describe various cave systems, from Cacahuamilpa, to García and Tolantongo. The latter, located in the northern Hidalgo state, is known as a tourist destination for its combination of caves and thermal rivers. Read more courtesy of AtlasObscura.com  

That good night

Normally it’s my job to show you why you should come to Portugal. Not today. In case you have been under a rock, you should not travel to Portugal. Or anywhere. But while we’re self-quarantining, isolating, social distancing or staying the heck home, we can take ourselves there with movies. Is it the same as tasting a warm, fresh pastel…

Anguilla? Tranquilla!

There are many stunning islands in the Caribbean. St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten, St Barts, and the British Virgin Islands all draw thousands of tourists every year in search of sun, sand, and tropical relaxation. Anguilla may not be on the top of your must-visit list, and that may be because many of its attractions are largely kept under…

Get going!

This may seem obvious, but . . . Everyone wants the key to eternal youth. Until scientists can find that proverbial key, we do know that physical activity can improve longevity in older adults. Studies show that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in older adults may reduce risk of death from all causes. There are numerous studies to reaffirm the incredible…

Gourmet cooking in the wild

I’ve tried to be a lightweight backpacker, packing my bag with energy bars that look like they came out of a toilet and dehydrated meals that have the consistency of plaster. It didn’t last. When packing, I think of what J.R.R. Tolken wrote in The Hobbit: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would…

Rain forest jazz

Lush, unspoiled St. Lucia has a growing fan base. Some of its vacationers are music lovers, letting loose at the springtime St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, or adrenaline junkies, testing their limits climbing The Pitons or zip lining through the Chassin region’s rain forest. Others are honeymooners, unwinding on one of the island’s chalky beaches or holing up in one of…

Your-uguay

Uruguay is a hidden gem. Overshadowed by its larger neighbors, Argentina and Brazil, our private tours to this small and chic country should not be overlooked. Uruguay has supremely stylish beaches, accessible wine and gourmet experiences, a vibrant cultural arts and music scene, hospitable locals and great infrastructure – allowing for both independent discovery and excellent guided tours. Read more…

Be a freer skier

Skiing vacations are great. Whooshing down the slopes surrounded by majestic peaks and thick forests. Enjoying delicious alpine food and cosying up in chalets with your family and loved ones. Breathing in the crisp mountain air and just overall breaking with the stress of city life even for just a weekend. But a question comes to mind, who can afford…

Hold me closer, tiny camper

Ever wonder what it’s like to “glamp” overnight in a tiny house on a Florida Keys island? Visitors can enjoy “glamorous camping” at the Florida Keys’ only tiny house village, a waterfront enclave located at the 75-acre Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina in the Lower Keys near Big Pine Key. Read more courtesy of sunshinekeytinyhouse.com  

Hybrid-powered Roald Amundsen

In 2019, Hurtigruten added a brand new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. The state of the art vessel features new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible. Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads…

Canada is nice. Move there.

Looking for a new place to live?  Interested in tolerance, low crime and healthcare for all?  Then Canada may be the place for you. This article discusses what’s involved. For info, Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic…

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