The Americas

Visit Niagara Falls from Toronto (in winter)

If Niagara Falls is on your bucket list (and even if it isn’t) planning to visit Niagara Falls from Toronto as a day trip is a great way to see one of the world’s most photographed sites. There are a couple of ways take on the 137-kilometre (85 mile) journey…

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The one place I’ll never travel to again

Ask a travel-enthusiast to name the one city, country or town they’d never travel to again and most of them will have a ready answer. Mine took a while to dig out of the corner of memory where I’d buried it more than a decade ago. Before I reveal the…

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Cowboys, Ghosts & Canyons: A Day trip from Las Vegas

When I think of Las Vegas, the neon lights of slot machines (pokies to us Aussies), giant casinos and over-the-top glitz and glamour come to mind. But if you’ve reached your tipping point, you might want to consider a day trip from Las Vegas. You really don’t even have to…

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Sunrise at Haleakala, Maui: reservation tips, what to bring and what to expect

Seeing the sunrise at Haleakala volcano is one of the most sought-after experiences on the Hawaiian island of Maui for a reason. It’s not something that you’ll forget in a hurry, not only because it is freezing up there before daybreak at any time of year. Haleakala is a dormant…

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Terrific Toronto Street Art (and where to find it)

Street art hunting has become a new favourite pastime of mine because I like colours and pretty, shiny things. So when I visited Canada in early February, I was excited to check out the Toronto street art scene. And I was far from disappointed. Unfortunately, it was cold – below…

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The best time to visit Filoli historic house & gardens

I keep missing the best time to visit Filoli house and gardens, despite living 10 minutes away. The San Francisco historic house has stood in the peninsula suburb of Woodside for more than a century. So I figured I could stretch out my visit, but two and a half years…

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8 Colorful spring destinations (in the US!)

Spring is well and truly making its presence known in some US states, but in others it’s still decidedly chilly. This is the time when you start contemplating colorful spring destinations for a mini-break from the bleakness of left-over winter. Luckily there are plenty of places to do that on…

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Casa Loma history (Toronto’s castle on the hill)

Casa Loma’s history is almost as interesting as the man who had the castle built it back in 1914. Nestled on a hill, looking down on the city of Toronto in Canada, this castle was constructed with a specific purpose in mind. Major-General Sir Henry Pellatt commissioned the gothic-revival building in…

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Toronto eco accommodation (Planet Traveler Hostel)

Toronto eco accommodation doesn’t have to mean staying in an expensive hotel, since putting together an eco-friendly place to stay isn’t as difficult or as costly as it used to be. And more travellers are stopping to consider their carbon footprint and making decisions to travel a little more eco-consciously.…

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(You really should) Explore Canada by train

Why is it better to explore Canada by train instead of stepping onto a plane and disembarking a few hours later? The answer is one simple word that’s synonymous with the Great White North – scenery. Summer or winter, there’s always a spectacular vista to drink in. Snow capped mountains,…

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