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9 tips for expedition travel planning

Anxiety about adventure travel is normal. So start small and plan carefully. Your comfort zone will expand. You will open to a world of possibilities. There’s no doubt we are living in a stressful world: 24-hour news saturates the airwaves with doom and gloom stories from around the world. Social media amplifies even the smallest crisis. It is analyzed, shared and played over and over before your eyes. It’s no wonder people suffer from travel anxiety and have second thoughts when stepping on an airplane. Dave and I started traveling in earnest in 2000. It was a different time indeed. Most of the places we visited were unknown to our friends and family. They may have heard of the names of the countries we visited, but knew nothing about their political situation, religious beliefs or culture. Today, people have formed an opinion of everywhere we go. Unlike years ago, today

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Tap into your inner travel spirit

The magic of travel can renew your daily perspective. There’s something about travel that lightens your mind. Yes, there’s anxiety and stress that comes with a vacation, but there is also a sense of calm that will leave you feeling lighter, both physically and psychologically, before, during and after your travels. BEFORE YOU GO It all starts with a plan. You sit down with a vision of a destination and write a list of what your trip could look like. Use all of your senses. Where do I want to go? What do I want to see? What do I want to do? The anticipation brings your mind to a whole new place. It’s a refreshing escape from the stressful day you just endured. Through the planning process, you develop your desire for something new. The prospect of adventure and new geography will ease your typical daily aggravations. Leading up to your

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Why travel after COVID-19 is important

Right now, it’s hard to think about travel when we’re spending our days in our homes and we can barely travel farther than our local grocery store. Imagining travel to sunny destinations or taking a wellness vacation may seem a distant dream.  But traveling will be important for many reasons, not just economic. There have been concerns and re…

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Adventures in Colorado

This western state is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts—and those who like to drink beer. GETTING up uncharacteristically early to witness the sunrise over the Garden of the Gods, a striking natural formation in south eastern Colorado. The constantly changing colours of the strange chunks of mountain jutting out of the ground, with Pikes Peak in the back- ground, made the early hour more than worthwhile. But what was amazing was that well before 6 am, dozens of locals from nearby Colorado Springs were parking off the high- way, soon to be engaged in predawn running, rollerblading and cycling. No doubt they then drove into the park to do some sheer cliff scaling, as I’ve since noticed that the Garden of the Gods (usually unnamed) is featured in many outdoor fitness advertisements for the super fit, many of whom we saw scaling sheer cliffs when we strolled through the park

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Longevity

Hiking? Look at the trees.

Heading out for a hike this weekend? Going deep into a forest or skirting the edges of one? As you trot along, stop. Look at the trees. Not just the tops, but the trunk and the roots. In our childhood, trees were these amazing things that we climbed. As high as we could get. Perhaps we dared our friends to climb higher? Perhaps we swung from them on a tire or a rope, splashing into a lake. In autumn they’d show us amazing colours. In winter they were bare bones. You may be surprised however, to learn that trees are amazing, living things. They talk to each other and they will even help each other heal when they are sick! Wait what? Trees connect to each other not just through their roots, but they use various kinds of fungi. Trees send messages to each other through fungi and in return,

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Travel

Ice caves in Atlantic Canada

RESEARCH reveals that getting outdoors helps people feel more energetic and reduces stress and sleep disturbances. Whether hiking and biking in summer or snowshoeing and skiing in winter, getting outdoors couldn’t be easier than in Atlantic Canada where nature is everywhere. In New Brunswick, near the small community of Norton, many locals make a point of connecting with nature by visiting ice caves. The 4km to 5km hike in on groomed snowmobile trails takes them through fields and forest. It’s a moderate trail according to experienced hikers. These ice caves are created when the water that falls into a ravine freezes and forms a solid wall of ice. Ropes help people climb down to the caves as well as up and through holes where people can venture in and out of the caves. Paige Danaher’s massage therapist in the Saint John area who understands the value of exercise for people’s

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Travel hacks to make life easier!

Traveling is fun and if you’re heading out for just some downtime or a wellness vacation, here’s a few hacks to help you have a better trip this year! The Hidden power of the TV Pretty much all hotels  today have flat screen TV’s and that means they’ll like have a USB port so you can charge your phone. Just don’t forget the cable! Warm the butter! Staying at a travel motel with that free continental breakfast? You know, the one with bad bagels and bread and of course, frozen butter patties? Put the patties between the toast slots and voila!  Need some humidity? Sometimes those heaters in cooler months can make the air dry and throat scratchy! Here’s an easy hack with a wet towel and the luggage rack! The need for darkness! Sometimes you just don’t want that bright morning sunshine pouring in! Use a coat hanger with

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Travel

Top travel tech for 2020

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of technology in our lives today and most of us have a smartphone and maybe a smartwatch too! If you’re heading out for some time away this year, check out our list of the best travel tech gear for 2020! Skyroam Portable WiFi HotSpot Want to share your awesome hiking adventure with your 40 year old kids still stuck at work in the big city back home? Try this portable WiFi hotspot device. Easy to use and usable almost anywhere in the world! Find it here. Aer Backpack 2 Super slim with safety lock features this backpack can be great for day adventures and keeping your mini tech like battery chargers and a WiFi hotspot as well. Folds nicely into a suitcase or as your carry-on. Find one here. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay 2 World renowned for their sound gear, this tiny little speaker

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5 Canadian winter wellness retreats for 2020

A lot of people have this crazy idea that once we hit 50 all we want to do in winter is go down south and chill on a beach. Ha! We laugh! Sure, maybe we like a little heat in March on a warm, sunny beach. But we also love the beauty that is Canada in winter and there are some awesome winter wellness retreats. We check a few out here; Sparkling Hill Resort Nestled in the spectacular mountains of British Columbia near Vernon, this wellness focused resort has special packages for seniors. They have a 5 night package that focuses on seniors who are looking for a whole body experience. Check them out here. Grail Springs They don’t have a Holy Grail, but they do have some really cool packages, with some tailored to seniors. Based in Bancroft, Ontario. It’s a beautiful winter landscape. They also have spiritual programs

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