Culinary tours Provide a glimpse of the world through a chef’s eyes and taste buds

Each year, the paradise which is the Cayman Islands plays host to one of the Caribbean's most popular events: The Cayman Cookout, a four-day food festival which will mark its 10th season in January. The event's host hotel is the sprawling beachside Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and the food offerings are indulgent -- from upscale scrapbooking options such as foie gras poutine and maple syrup cotton candy to whole roasted beans that leave guests to divvy up the coveted cheeks and ears. But the Read more [...]

Jerusalem offers a travel experience both Trendy and  Religious

Among the world's most religious destinations, Jerusalem hasn't been famous for great times. If you wish to party like Armageddon is nigh, hike it to Tel Avivnbsp;rather.While the comparison between Israel's sacred and profane cities will not probably ever change, a small amount of Tel Aviv is creeping into Jerusalem's ancient hills, small pockets and fillips of cool that hedonist and pilgrim alike wouldn't have imagined two decadesnbsp;ago.Sprouting round the tour-bused mega-properties are boutique Read more [...]

Jerusalem offers a travel experience both Trendy and  Religious

Among the world's most religious destinations, Jerusalem hasn't been famous for great times. If you wish to party like Armageddon is nigh, hike it to Tel Avivnbsp;rather.While the comparison between Israel's sacred and profane cities will not probably ever change, a small amount of Tel Aviv is creeping into Jerusalem's ancient hills, small pockets and fillips of cool that hedonist and pilgrim alike wouldn't have imagined two decadesnbsp;ago.Sprouting round the tour-bused mega-properties are boutique Read more [...]

Checking in: These destination properties turn up the dial on design

Blue belle At The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, outside Reykjavik, a visit to the thermal waters becomes the focus of your stay rather than a stopover. The design of the 62-room property focuses on its surrounding landscape. Muted Scandinavian interiors meet the wild outdoors thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a volcanic landscape. Paris match Tucked behind the theatrical gem Folies Bergère, the Parister Hotel offers an injection of modernity Read more [...]

Norfolk County’s rise from the ashes as a new hub of agritourism

Norfolk County is among the most biologically and agriculturally diverse areas of Canada. The property, 1,600 square kilometres nestled on the north shore of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario, is characterized by rolling hills, charming little towns, rare Carolinian forest and dirt so sandy it is tough to spot where the beach ends and farmlandnbsp;begins.And, until recently, it was best known for one broad-leafed and nicotine-laced plant:nbsp;tobacco.Previously, 90 percent of the nation's Read more [...]

Airport bars you want to get stuck in

It is a sadly familiar scene: Waiting patiently at the gate to your upcoming departure, absorbed reading the paper or scanning social media, you become aware of a slightly garbled announcement coming over the PA system, until the mention of your destination city and flight number snaps you to full attention. Flight delay. Of at least an hour and maybe -- probably! --nbsp;more.We have all been there, though that understanding does little to mitigate the soul-sapping impact of protracted and Read more [...]

Drink in the Air (and top-notch libations) at these airport bars

It is a sadly familiar scene: Waiting patiently at the gate to your upcoming departure, absorbed reading the paper or scanning social media, you become vaguely aware of a slightly garbled announcement coming over the PA system, until the course of your destination city and flight number pops you to full attention. Flight delay. Of at least an hour and maybe -- probably! --nbsp;more.We have all been there, though that understanding does little to mitigate the soul-sapping effect of protracted Read more [...]

Four travel destinations to consider this fall

New England Get a jump-start on leaf-peeping season with a ride on Amtrak's Great Dome Car. The vintage carriage, built in 1955, features a glass-topped second storey that allows for panoramic sightseeing from all directions. It ran on select trains along the New England Downeaster route, from Brunswick, Me., to Boston, ending Sept. 24, when leaves are changing colour in earnest in the north and starting to go in Massachusetts. For some family fun, stop along the way for a raspberry rickey at Read more [...]

On Spain’s Minorca, navigate History, Culture and Experience along the Stunning Cami de Cavalls

From my saddle, I looked out at the crashing waves off the rocky shore of the Mediterranean Sea and marvelled that this perspective -- this "unknown view of Minorca" I'd been promised -- was precisely that. Travelling Minorca's 186-kilometre Cami de Cavalls trail by horseback delivers a taste of this tiny Spanish island. And autumn is the ideal time of year tonbsp;see.The Cami de Cavalls is a historical route circumnavigating Minorca that dates back to as early as the 14th Century. Once used Read more [...]

How to protect your pockets high-risk holidays

Some of the most interesting places on the planet include a hitch.I love Rio de Janeiro for the shores, Mexico City for the art scene and Medellin, Colombia, for the fun people. However, these cities, like most destinations beyond Canada's borders, are areas where visitors are more vulnerable to crime than at home. Even though Medellin and Mexico City both have radically reduced violent crime over the last few decades, statistics do not mean a thing when you have the misfortune of stumbling Read more [...]