By Lucy Fernandez, Owner
River cruises are a wonderful way to reconnect with extended family on vacation. With their laid-back pace, there is plenty of time to relax on board the ship and simply enjoy one another’s company. Sightseeing excursions on days in port offer many opportunities to create shared memories together.
The River Ambassador (Photo Courtesy of Uniworld)
Our Historic Cities of Eastern Canada vacation kicked off in Montreal, where we met our delightful tour director James. He lives in Toronto (the final city on our itinerary) and seems to know anything and everything about Canada. We felt so fortunate to be traveling with someone who was so familiar with the local culture, food and history.
From our home base, the beautiful Delta Montreal hotel in the heart of downtown, we explored the Notre Dame Basilica, the Old Seminary of St. Sulpice and the top of Mount Royal for a panoramic view of the city. We spent two nights in Montreal; it’s a great environment for taking a stroll and just enjoying its European flair.Continue reading
Growing up, I always saw myself exploring Europe with a big backpack, ripped up sneakers, and multiple large paper maps. I had dreamed of the backpacking life that most 20-something-year-olds fantasize about. I had it all planned out, my limited budget would allow me to fly into one airport, walk, hitch hike, or find a cheap standing only train ticket to move onto my next city. For accommodations, I would find any hostel that seemed relatively safe and clutch my belongings tightly in my sleep so no one can steal anything if I happened to be able to fall asleep among the noise of however many other people were in that same room bunking with me. Plan b would have been to find the warmest, cleanest corner or steps to get a few hours of sleep in before I explored the city with all my belongings on my back.Continue reading
By Lucy Fernandez, Owner
Visiting the natural wonderland of the Galápagos Islands with your family is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Add in a unique hotel stay in Ecuador’s mountain region, remarkable sites in Quito and a dash of that famous Disney magic, and you have an out-of-this-world vacation to share with your kids. Indeed, Adventures by Disney provides a hassle-free trip that will knock the socks off children and amaze even the most seasoned adult travelers.Continue reading
By: Lin Humble
Vice President, AffordableTours.com
Last fall, Celebrity Cruises introduced its newest ship, the Solstice-class Celebrity Reflection SM. On a short two day introductory cruise, I sampled the ship’s many delights, including the enhanced AquaSpa, new AquaClass® suites and fine-dining options.Continue reading