Flea markets a great introduction to local culture

You can have lots of fun at flea markets around the world while learning something about that country's culture at the same time

One of the world's largest flea markets is in San Jose, California. It has more than 2,000 booths and sprawls over 40 acres. In all, 12.8 km (eight miles) of booth-lined walkways with arts, crafts, jewellery, antiques and junk! Lots of junk. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" tells you something…

A guide to understanding the hotel star system

About the only thing that hotel ratings have in common are their confusing star systems

A guide to understanding the hotel star systemAbout the only thing that hotel rating systems have in common are the stars. If you are looking for a big name, 5-star hotel, you'll more than likely get what you're looking for. It becomes confusing, however, when you get into the 1 to 4 star categories. There are French rating systems, British rating systems,…

Get a little badass on two wheels in Alberta’s Badlands

Sometimes you just need to hightail it out of the city to a place that makes you feel free.

Get a little badass on two wheels in Alberta’s BadlandsBy Lisa Monforton Travel Editor Travel Like This and Doug Firby Publisher Troy Media Sometimes you just need to hightail it out of the city to a place that makes you feel free. For us, that’s Alberta’s Badlands and our exit strategy is on a 600 cc Yamaha motorcycle. Escaping the daily grind cubicle, we…

Finding a place to sleep in any language in Europe

If you're looking for a place to sleep in more rural areas of a country, it pays to know some of the names you should be looking for

Finding a place to sleep in any language in EuropeWhile hotels are called just that around the world, especially in cities, if you're looking for a place to sleep in more rural areas of a country, it pays to know some of the other names you should be looking for. If you are visiting English speaking countries: In the U.S., if you're looking for…

Vacation planning for empty nesters

Think about it: No more exploring the world via Disney's Epcot Center

Vacation planning for empty nestersThe kids are all grown up and out of the house. It's time to think about year-round vacations! It certainly isn't time to mope about the empty nest because now you can start planning to take vacations when other people's kids are in school. No more thinking about kid friendly places. Now you can plan…

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to save

Keep in mind that bargains come in all kinds of packages, and you should be able to find a nice cheap hotel that you can live with

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to saveEven if your budget only allows you to stay in cheap hotels is no reason to put off your dream vacation. Because a cheap hotel (I'd rather call them inexpensive) can be a great option for the frugal traveller. You're not going to be spending a lot of time in your hotel room anyway, are…

A few tips on tipping while travelling

The rules vary country by country around the world. Just hope you do the right thing

A few tips on tipping while travellingNo matter what anyone says, tipping when you travel is confusing. You know what you're supposed to do at home but, when you're on the road, the rules vary country by country. We're not going to give you guidelines here, we're just going to give you things to think about. You might say tips on…

How to stretch your travel food budget and save like a local

If you just try a few of our tips, you can eat well and stretch your travel budget.

How to stretch your travel food budget and save like a localEating and drinking in grand style will shrink your travel budget and leave you less money to do other things. Fortunately, there are lots of little ways you can save on food when you're travelling. If your hotel doesn't include breakfast in the price of the room, think outside the box and save money by…

Stretch your travel transportation budget

Transportation is often the largest part of the cost of a trip - especially if you are flying. What can you do to try to stretch your travel budget?

Stretch your travel transportation budgetTransportation is often the largest part of the cost of a trip – especially if you are flying. What can you do to try to stretch your travel budget? First, your flights will probably cost you less if you travel off season. You'll also save money on hotels and find fewer crowds too. Shoulder seasons…