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Travelling off season and saving your money

You can save a bundle travelling to a sun destination during the summer months, but it can be a calculated risk.

While vacationing in Mexico, our family spent part of the holiday monitoring weather reports — hoping that a hurricane would not ruin the trip. We knew that August was inside hurricane season, but when we found a rock-bottom last-minute airfare deal to Puerto Vallarta, we just couldn’t resist booking a late summer vacation. READ

Nebraska —a horse lover’s paradise

Leaving my horse behind is a hardship of travel. I can Skype with family, but quarter horses do not take calls so I love a destination with sunny skies and horses I can borrow. READ

Summer adventure in Central Alberta

It seemed as if we had been driving for hours along the edge of the broad rolling prairies when suddenly we passed into a strange lunar landscape filled with hoodoos, pinnacles, mesas, gorges and scruffy hills lined with colourful layers of exposed rock. READ

On the Great Allegheny Passage

A few years ago, Confluence Pennsylvania was dying. Local businesses were closing and people were packing up and moving away. Housing prices fell as low as $20,000 USD, but no one was buying. READ

Backcountry bliss

I leapt across two slippery rocks, almost landing face first into a rushing mountain stream, scampered up a rough dirt trail, hoofed it through a huge snowdrift and scrambled hand-over-hand up a rocky moraine. It sounds like something from a Bond movie, but it was really just part of a backcountry hiking experience. READ

Was the Old West wild?

Was the Wild West really wild? Watching John Wayne westerns as a child, I believed early North American settlers faced constant peril from gunslingers, Cheyenne ambushes, and stagecoach robberies. READ

SLIDESHOW — The birds of Boundary Bay

Last week we made a quick trip Boundary Bay, an internationally recognized Important Bird Area on the Fraser River estuary. READ

Land of fire and ice

Another world is closer than you think. I do not mean Richard Branson’s flights to space next year; I am referring to Icelandair’s direct flights from Toronto to Reykjavik. READ

World tour — on a private jet

This is Part 1 of a two-part feature. When asked what they plan to do, many prospective retirees list travel as one of their ambitions. It is becoming increasingly popular for new retirees to celebrate their freedom from work obligations by enjoying a big trip to someplace they have always dreamed of visiting and this past summer, when retirement was looming for Leith Damiani, she and her husband Jim started looking for an adventure. READ

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