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Topping Canadians’ Travel Wish Lists: Pyramids and Disney World

Photo by Tim Kelley

If you asked the average Canadian to name his or her dream vacation, what would you expect to hear? A safari in Kenya? Beach bumming in Brazil? A culinary tour of Italy?

Apparently, you wouldn’t be too far off the mark, with a notable exception: Walt Disney World is the second-most desirable attraction on Canadians’ wish lists, according to a recent poll covered in the Toronto Star on Friday.

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Pamela MacNaughten of SpunkyGirl Monologues

When Grand Cache, Alberta, native Pam MacNaughten started her blog SpunkyGirl Monologues two years ago, it was a way to cope with her grandmother’s illness. Bonding with her grandmother before she died inspired Pam to live life to the fullest and she struck out to travel the world less than a year later (first stop: Thailand) and hasn’t looked back.

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Happy World Tourism Day 2011

By Carissa Bluestone

Can sharing a tradition, a story or just a smile really change the world? Maybe not, but according to the theme for this year’s World Tourism Day—“Tourism: Linking Cultures”—the moments of joy, honesty and understanding we experience while travelling have global significance. (more…)

Travel Unravelled: Travel Medical Insurance

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Q: We’ve had friends who’ve been burned by insurance companies. How do you make sure your travel medical insurance is reliable?
— Kara Martin, Truro, Nova Scotia

A: Insurance companies are notorious for finding ways to avoid paying claims. But, most travellers can’t leave without them; provincial governments only cover a portion of foreign medical bills, credit card companies often restrict their coverage to a short period of time, and employer plans can be very limited. So, unless you have a pool of money standing by, you need to buy travel insurance.

As usual, you can avoid being burned by doing your homework, and never taking anything for granted. Make sure you check: (more…)