Stories

Get inspired by stories and reflections on travel as an experience, a lifestyle, and an identity.

Single supplements: What they are, how they work, and what can be done about them

December 1st, 2018

Greetings from the tropics!

I’ve been here in Thailand for barely a week and the “creative juices” that are behind all of the travel experiences we have to offer are flowing.

As much as I enjoy winter and a white Christmas, I find it energizing to spend some time under the tropical sun and I know that many of our members feel the same.

How To Get High In Athens, Greece

November 30th, 2018

There’s not much to mark the birthplace of Western democracy.

If it wasn’t for the rock-cut steps that led you to the top of this bare, low hill, and a few raised surfaces worn smooth by the passage of many feet, you’d see nothing - yet some of the most momentous decisions of Greek history were decided here.

Art, architecture, culture, & cuisine: Reasons why Tuscany will captivate you

November 28th, 2018

Rome’s iconic ruins are dazzling, and Milan’s marriage of the modern metropolis and its illustrious past is mesmerizing. But when people think of a captivating Italian trip, they may as well consider Tuscany, a region in central Italy that boasts immersive cultural experience, breathtaking scenery, superb cuisine, and a certain famous tower.

Reflections on 20(?!) Visits to Dubai

November 24th, 2018

I was in Dubai with a long layover on my way to Southeast Asia, which gave me some time to wander through the ultramodern metropolis and largest of the cities that make up the United Arab Emirates.

People often ask me if it's worth a visit, so I made a short video reflecting on over 20 (?!) visits to Dubai:

As mentioned in the video, I'm pleased to announce that the full itinerary for our Above Como: Hiking The Italian Lakes program happening in the fall of 2019. You can download it from the page directly, or feel free to send me an email or give me a call if you have any questions.

England’s Lake District: The Place We Go To Get Away

November 24th, 2018

It’s late afternoon, and I’m in the middle of the mountains of the Lake District - and completely lost.

In other circumstances, this might be worrying. This is a part of England I’ve never spent quality time in, so nothing on the horizon makes sense.

Your not-so-usual things to do in Egypt

November 21st, 2018

First time going to Egypt? Of course you’ll visit the Pyramids and the iconic Sphinx in Giza, and travel down the river Nile. It’ll be foolish to skip those not-to-be-missed wonders; they’re some of the reasons why Egypt is one of the most visited places in the world.

Member Questions & Prize Draw Winners!

November 17th, 2018

Let's talk about winners instead of winters, shall we?

I made a short video with some top questions that have come through our Member Questionnaire, including tours here in Canada, group vs individual tours, how far in advance we publish itineraries, have we been to all of the destinations we're going to before, as well as the winners of our prize draw:

Congratulations to the winners! If you were one of the lucky four, you'll be contacted by Veronica to claim your prize; if any of the prizes aren't claimed by next week's newsletter, we'll draw new winners next week.

Sake: What’s next for Japan’s oldest, most-loved, most-under-threat drink?

November 17th, 2018

It’s your first time in Japan, and you’ve just sat down for a meal with some new Japanese friends. You’ve done your reading about local customs, so you know exactly how all this works.

First will be the appetizers, a gorgeous array of colors on tiny dishes, including the ever-present sashimi (raw fish).

As you nibble, someone will bring the tokkuri, a tall bottle, and a tray of small porcelain cups (sakazuki) - and into each will be poured a few fingers of Japan’s national drink, one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages, a unique rice-based drink, a proud survivor of thousands of years of tumultuous Asian history.

What’s Your Soundtrack When You Travel?

November 17th, 2018

It’s 2012, and I’m in a bus, weaving through the Italian countryside - and everything sounds wrong.

Outside the window, a patchwork of green fields undulates towards the horizon. Here and there villages rise from the plain, wrapped around the steepest hills, each capped with a church.

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