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The People You See When You Drive

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The only problem with mass public transit is the immediacy of arrival. Although I find trains romantic, planes quick and comfortable, buses affordable, you do see a lot more when you travel by car. Such was Jon Faine’s experience on his road trip. He and his son, Jack, made a six-month-long journey from Melbourne to […]

Kerala: Transported To A Different India

Friday, July 23, 2010

Vehicles — whether plane, train or bus — move your body to a new place. You hop on board, you take your seat, you watch the world move from your window. You arrive, either excited or exhausted (or both), and you sense a change. You have been transported. That was the sensation Helen Anderson experienced […]

A Vacation To Adulthood? The Anti-Disney Theme Park

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The youth are starting to change. Walking through the streets of cities of the world and talking with locals, I have found discrepancies between my own (not-too-long-ago) childhood, and that of the “kids” today. As a young hooligan myself, I remember playing in my front yard until the street lamps came on — my informal […]

Beating The Travel Blues When You Are Alone

Friday, July 16, 2010

Traveling solo can be daunting and, often times, exhausting. It pushes you mentally, emotionally and physically. Not only can you have a cerebral malfunction due to a cultural overload, but you have to learn to do things by yourself. However, it is through traveling alone that one can experience a personal shift, a new-found independence, […]

Are You An Introverted Or Extroverted Traveler?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This morning I sat in solace, not loneliness, over a cup of coffee clicking through e-mails, enticed by Facebook statuses and reading the worldwide news of travel. The quietness was a welcome change. The past few days have whirled by in a frantic haze. Trying to organize life’s simplest tasks have been an obstacle with […]

June Photo Contest Finalists: In Your Face!

Friday, July 9, 2010

You may or may not remember the landscape and the architecture, but you will never forget a face — even if they are only in pictures. Last month’s photo theme, “Faces in Places,” has left an impression. There is something fascinating about a picture of a face. It makes the viewer curious about the story […]

The Evolution Of Travel Writing Starting With Dickens

Thursday, July 8, 2010

With accessibility to the internet and traveling becoming a hobby, travel writers are not few and far between. Just the other day, someone asked, “Why do people want to write about travel? Travel writers are everywhere. Why don’t they do something different, something edgy?” Truthfully, the question was humbling, and it wasn’t until I read […]

More Than Poutine: A Journey To Discover What It Means To Eat “Canadian”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

When it comes to travel, most people want to take in all that a country has to offer. People will save their pennies to venture into far off and exotic places in order to experience the architecture, music, landscape and — I think most importantly — the food. Eating something delectable in a strange place […]

A Perfect Bus Ride From Toronto To New York City

Friday, July 2, 2010

Not even the coffee shops were open as the streetcar stopped outside of Toronto’s Greyhound Bus Terminal on Bay Street. It was 6 a.m. and the streets were deserted — not just from the blockades for the G20, but mostly because Torontonians are not usually drifting the streets that early in the morning. Rubbing the […]

Your Guide To Dodging The G20

Friday, June 25, 2010

Yesterday there was tension in the air. Riding around downtown Toronto, doing some errands, it was clear that drivers and transit-drivers seemed to be in a foul mood. Maybe it’s the increased police presence or the closure of the city’s businesses, but the car-honks and streetcar-dinging were just the minor displays of frustration and irritation. […]

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