Travel Insider: Post-fire Waterton; Calgary chef cruises to celeb status; a ‘vine’ sleep

Travel Like This editor Lisa Monforton monthly travel insider tips

Travel Insider: Post-fire Waterton; Calgary chef cruises to celeb status; a ‘vine’ sleepWhat you need to know about post-fire Waterton Two years after the devastating Kenow Wildfire of September 2017 in Waterton Lakes National Park, the town and surrounding lands are still recovering. The flames destroyed more than 190 square kilometres (73 square miles) or 39 per cent of the park, including forests, hiking trails, campgrounds, buildings…

Finding a place to sleep in any language in Europe

If you're looking for a place to sleep in more rural areas of a country, it pays to know some of the names you should be looking for

Finding a place to sleep in any language in EuropeWhile hotels are called just that around the world, especially in cities, if you're looking for a place to sleep in more rural areas of a country, it pays to know some of the other names you should be looking for. If you are visiting English speaking countries: In the U.S., if you're looking for…

Vacation planning for empty nesters

Think about it: No more exploring the world via Disney's Epcot Center

Vacation planning for empty nestersThe kids are all grown up and out of the house. It's time to think about year-round vacations! It certainly isn't time to mope about the empty nest because now you can start planning to take vacations when other people's kids are in school. No more thinking about kid friendly places. Now you can plan…

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to save

Keep in mind that bargains come in all kinds of packages, and you should be able to find a nice cheap hotel that you can live with

‘Cheap’ hotels a great way to saveEven if your budget only allows you to stay in cheap hotels is no reason to put off your dream vacation. Because a cheap hotel (I'd rather call them inexpensive) can be a great option for the frugal traveller. You're not going to be spending a lot of time in your hotel room anyway, are…

A few tips on tipping while travelling

The rules vary country by country around the world. Just hope you do the right thing

A few tips on tipping while travellingNo matter what anyone says, tipping when you travel is confusing. You know what you're supposed to do at home but, when you're on the road, the rules vary country by country. We're not going to give you guidelines here, we're just going to give you things to think about. You might say tips on…

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plans

American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean?

How to decipher those confusing hotel meal plansCan you figure out those hotel meal plans? American Plan, Modified American Plan, European Plan, Half board? What does it all mean? If you're looking up hotels in a book or online, you may see that they have meal plans or dining plans listed. There are different "plans" for providing a room and meals and…

How to stretch your travel food budget and save like a local

If you just try a few of our tips, you can eat well and stretch your travel budget.

How to stretch your travel food budget and save like a localEating and drinking in grand style will shrink your travel budget and leave you less money to do other things. Fortunately, there are lots of little ways you can save on food when you're travelling. If your hotel doesn't include breakfast in the price of the room, think outside the box and save money by…

Stretch your travel transportation budget

Transportation is often the largest part of the cost of a trip - especially if you are flying. What can you do to try to stretch your travel budget?

Stretch your travel transportation budgetTransportation is often the largest part of the cost of a trip – especially if you are flying. What can you do to try to stretch your travel budget? First, your flights will probably cost you less if you travel off season. You'll also save money on hotels and find fewer crowds too. Shoulder seasons…

Sintra, Portugal, is simply magical

Sintra is one of those places where there is so much packed in that you'll say to yourself: "Wow! How come I never knew about this before?"

Sintra, Portugal, is simply magicalSintra, Portugal, is one of those places where there is so much packed in, so many fairy tale castles and brooding fortresses that you'll say to yourself: "Wow! How come I never knew about this before?" From Lisbon, a trip to  Sintra is a simple day trip, although you could easily spend a couple of…

Taking the mystery out of breakfast

Ever wondered what you could expect for breakfast in the country you are visiting?

Taking the mystery out of breakfastEver wondered what you could expect for breakfast in the the country you are visiting? While travellers may plan whole trips around their culinary experiences during lunch and dinner, most people don't really give too much thought about breakfast. What you eat depends on where you are ... and, if you're travelling in exotic lands,…