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WHAT A WEEK
A little light Friday music
20 JUL 2018: You know we always like to end the week on a musical note and as this week has been somewhat hectic and stressful on a global scale, we thought a little upbeat Motown sound would cheer us all up. This seemed particularly appropriate. MORE

A PLASTIC FREE VACATION
How to Eliminate Single Use Plastics on Vacation
20 JUL 2018: We been writing quite a bit about plastics and environmental problems recently. Cutting back on single-use plastics might be easier than you think, suggests travel writer, Marie McGrory. Personally, I didn’t think it was all that simple, though I suppose it would depend on the type of holiday and the destination. MORE

HAWAII SEARCHES FOR SAFE SPOTS TO VIEW LAVA
20 JUL 2018: Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano. But they're finding this difficult to do while keeping people safe. Images of the eruption have captivated people around the world, but it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see it. That's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. MORE

THE LAST BEST PLACE ON EARTH
360-degree video reveals magnificent Montana
20 JUL 018: Dubbed “the last best place on earth,” Montanans would have you believe that the only traffic jams in the spectacular western state are when an elk heard crosses the road, that cowboy boots count as formal wear, and August is just another word for huckleberry season. MORE

WHAT IN WORLD WAR III IS HE ON ABOUT
Montenegro more puzzled than affronted
20 JUL 2018: Of all the curious (to put it kindly) rhetoric that came from Donald Trump this week, perhaps the most puzzling was his warning/prediction/whatever that the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro in southeastern Europe - which has a military of fewer than 2,000 members - could set off a global war. MORE

ICE, ICE, BABY
Behind the scenes at Disney's Frozen on Broadway
13 JUL 2018: Full disclosure: Frozen is one of the few Disney movies (or plays) I have never seen. I’m old enough to have enjoyed many of them the first time around (I can still remember going to the theatre to see Mary Poppins as a child) and relived most of the repertoire endlessly through my own kids (I would take Jungle Book over Barney any day of the week). MORE

SPIRIT, GUTS AND DRIVE
What It Takes to be a Hula Champion
13 JUL 2018: Hula is a dance of illusions. Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition held in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii MORE

EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD
The best foodie destinations
13 JUL 2018: Food is the new tourist attraction according to the Hotels.com Tasty Travels report. With more than half of Canadian millennials admitting a destination’s cuisine is the biggest deciding factor when picking where to holiday, with arts and culture and beautiful beaches being less appetizing in comparison. The younger generation is now even more focused on munching delicious local delicacies on holiday (68 percent) than visiting landmarks (61 percent) and exploring the outdoors (34 percent). MORE

A ROYAL VISIT
Ireland welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
13 JUL 2018: The island of Ireland welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Dublin. After touching down in Dublin Airport, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Government Buildings on Merrion Street, where they met with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar MORE

PLASTIC POLLUTION PROTECTION
13 JUL 2018: The issue of plastic contamination in the oceans is growing rapidly and sea creatures are dying by consuming plastic or becoming entangled in it. We were therefore gratified to learn that Canada’s federal environment minister says she wants business leaders involved when she and her counterparts from other G7 nations gather in Halifax this fall to discuss how to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the oceans. Catherine McKenna, speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Halifax, said Canadians are throwing out up to $150 billion worth of plastic each year, much of which ends up in the water. MORE

ISLAND IN THE SUN
Nobody does it better than Belafonte
06 JUL 2018: Many, many years ago I saw Harry Belafonte perform at what was then The O’Keefe Centre in Toronto – and fell in love. Belafonte was a regular in this city and I never missed a performance if I could help it. Add his amazing talent and charisma to his advocacy and support of political and humanitarian causes, his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Harry Belafonte commands respect as a performer and a man of integrity and conscience. MORE

IT JUST MIGHT WORK
Plan to Save a Rare Albatross From Extinction
06 JUL 2018: Five hundred miles off the coast of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands are home to the last 5,000 breeding pairs of the Chatham Island albatross. MORE

SCREAM
06 JUL 2018: Here’s another of those things I will never try. Knott's Berry Farm is home to California's first and only dive coaster. Hangtime features a 96-degree drop that's sure to make you scream. It also has a negative-G stall loop that creates a floating sensation. MORE

GETTING HIGH
06 JUL2018: If you're a thrill seeker unafraid of heights, these nine places will satisfy your adrenaline fix. For me, personally, I can hardly bear to watch them. MORE

FRANKLY, YOU WILL GIVE A DAMN
Louisiana Plantation Country promises to surprise
06 JUL 2018: Gone with the Wind fans may not find exactly what they’re expecting when visiting New Orleans Plantation Country, but visitors will get a true taste of the historic US south that gives “both sides of the story,” which is to say black and white, say regional tourism execs. MORE

HAPPY CANADA DAY
29 JUN 2018: We’ve run this before but thought it well worth another go as July 1st is Canada Day and this is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Canada and Canadians. Here’s a polite song from two brothers (one a Canadian astronaut) who are just hoping your day is going okay. MORE

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
29 JUN 2018: With the Fourth of July, coming up next week, we thought it appropriate to remind ourselves that our southern neighbour can be a truly wonderful country. This version of America the Beautiful sung by Beyonce at Barrack Obama’s 2008 inaugural celebrations, is indeed beautiful.. MORE

CRANE MIGRATION
29 JUN 2018: Around 600,000 Sandhill cranes flock to Nebraska’s Central Platte River Valley each spring in one of the world’s largest and oldest remaining bird migrations. It’s an amazing sight.   MORE

GETTING IT RIGHT
Destination BC named Marketer of the Year
29 JUN 2018: Destination British Columbia has earned the title of Marketer of the Year by the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA). The organization outshone strong competition to secure the honour, which recognizes the most innovative, attention-catching and results-oriented initiatives executed by BC marketers. MORE

DIG IT
Archaeologists scour Woodstock concert field
20 JUN 2018:  This Friday we go back to 1969, but first let’s look at archaeologists who scoured the grassy hillside famously trampled during the Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi Hendrix's guitar pick? For our music video we’ve chosen Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane MORE

NAMASTE
Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day
22 JUN 2018: Some 50,000 people gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga. Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist, travelled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people. MORE

YOU LOOKING AT ME
Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens
22 JUN 2018: Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including US citizens. The expected announcement Thursday at MCO alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding. MORE

NO SURPRISE
Melania Trump sends a message
22 JUN 2018: Before you start the emails advising me that this is not a travel story - I know it isn’t. What it is however is a human interest story – or more accurately – a lack of human thought or caring story. A story that can make you weep, or puke, or throw things at how freaking tone deaf people at the White House are. Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I really don't care, do u?” as she boarded a flight Thursday to go and visit a facility housing migrant children who have been separated from their parents. MORE

PRETTY NICE HERE
15 JUN 2018: A young visitor to Alaska describes what makes Alaska such an extraordinary destination. Bears, glaciers and wonderful sights up close. A different perspective. MORE

TITANIC TALE
15 JUN 2018: From an iceberg to human error, a confluence of factors led to the sinking of the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic. Learn about the series of events leading up to the disaster, the laws that followed, and the discovery of the wreckage nearly 75 years later. It’s not Kate and Leo but it is the real thing. MORE
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