Forbes Around the World

First-hand knowledge is invaluable when it comes to providing top notch travel advice. We invite you to pick our brains on some of the places we have been across the globe.

Croatia with Lisa

Having never been to Croatia, and only having one week to travel around, we decided to stay in the north of the country, so that we would only have short drives between the places we were wanting to visit.

With over 320 sunny days annually, Croatia really is a year-round destination. However, peak season is from the end of June until the end of August when most of the tourists come to Croatia, mostly for the sea and sun type of vacation. If you are planning to visit during these months, the popular spots like Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb will be crowded. To get the most of a Croatian vacation, maybe consider travelling during September and early October, or from April to beginning of June when you’ll avoid the crowds.
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Peru with Grant

Found high on many people’s bucket list is the Inca “lost city” of Machu Picchu, and even with such lofty expectations, it certainly did not disappoint. However, our exploration of Peru leading up to Machu Picchu was a very worthwhile adventure on its own.

We arrived into Lima on a nonstop red-eye flight from Los Angeles onboard a very comfortable LATAM Dreamliner Boeing 787-800. The lie-flat business class seats, meal service and amenities were all top notch. Jet lag is nearly non-existant on the enhanced cabin conditions found on the Dreamliner, and being able to fully recline under a cosy duvet, it’s easy to achieve a well-rested state during this nearly eight hour flight. Read More...

France, Italy and Monaco with Fabyo (Part two)

July 1st started with a quick bite to eat and a short drive to Nice airport for our flight to Venice. Everything was going well until we went to the Easyjet counter to drop our bags off, only to find out that our flight scheduled to depart in just over an hour had been cancelled. Their customer service was quite atrocious and I will never book them again. Without getting into every single unpleasant detail of what ended up happening after that, we ended up buying last minute tickets on Lufthansa connecting in Frankfurt, but our flight from Venice to Frankfurt was delayed and we ended up missing our connection. Read More...

France, Italy and Monaco with Fabyo (Part one)

I had never been to France or Italy before, so I chose an itinerary starting in Paris and ending in Rome, to give me a taste of both countries. Between the two we went to Gordes in Provence, Monaco, Venice and Florence, doing the “in-between” transportation mostly by train or car, with the leg from Nice to Venice by plane. Here’s how it went! Read More...

Maui with Lisa

After the heavy rains of Vancouver’s spring, an island getaway was required and delightfully therapeutic. It is quite remarkable what a little island breeze and some warm sunshine does for the spirit. Vitamin D in tablet form in no way compares to warm Hawaiian sunshine infusing your body, so the opportunity for a four-night getaway to Maui fit the bill wonderfully.

I’ve always recommended that travellers rent a car in Maui. It is a big island so you will need it if you want to explore or golf. And once you start adding up shuttles, taxis and bus fares over the course of 7-14 days it often is the more economical option. However for this trip we only had three full days on the island so we decided to try the pedestrian route.
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China with Grant

I had been to China once before on an organized fam trip, over ten years ago, but my partner had China high up on his bucket list, so it seemed like a good time for a return visit. While Shanghai and Beijing remained on the “must see” list, we also spent some time in Guilin and Xian, two cities I hadn’t visited previously. December turned out to be a good month for our trip, as the crowds were sparse, and the weather was mostly fine. Read More...

Mayan Riviera with Lisa

Getting There

We flew United Airlines via Houston to and from Cancun. There was a really good seat sale and because we were staying 10 days it worked best for us. We were able to upgrade to business class when we checked in from Houston to Cancun for $99 each. This turned out to be a great deals for a couple of reasons - we didn't have to pay $25 for our bags, we had access to the United Lounge in Houston (three hour layover), we had full service including a hot meal (lobster mac and cheese), we also were the 1st to get our bags when we arrived in Cancun! Money well spent. On the return we had a quick connection so just upgraded to the economy plus seats from Houston to Vancouver.

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New York City with Christine

New York City is a destination that should be visited at least once in a lifetime, but preferably more. With so much to see and do, it truly does offer something for everyone.

No first time visit to New York would be complete without visits to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and of course, the reflecting pools and 9/11 Memorial Museum commemorating those who lost their lives during the attacks in 2001. Located where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood, a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will easily fill your day as you read of the events leading up to the attack, stories of survivors and first responders recounting their experiences and the tragedy and heroism that took place on September 11, 2001. Read More...