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.

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...

Negril – Jamaica with Katie

My fam trip was to beautiful Negril, Jamaica where I was fortunate enough to spend seven nights in the wonderful resort of Beaches Negril.

Upon arrival we were greeted by Sandals/Beaches staff members and escorted to our private transportation to start our 90 minute scenic drive from Montego Bay to Negril. The staff were all very friendly and organized and entertained us on our way.

Upon arrival we were greeted with cold hand towels and a glass of champagne while we filled out some paper work, no long check in lines for us, which was much appreciated and such a nice touch.
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Uniworld River Cruise – Provence/Burgundy with Manya

Provence and Burgundy conjure up lavender fields, endless vineyards, relaxed pace of life. It is all of that and much more: history, art and culture, gastronomy that make these two regions so popular with tourists.

I flew to Paris on the nonstop Air France flight from Vancouver. With an early morning arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, I was able to catch a 10am TVG train right from Terminal 2 at CDG to Avignon. Three hours later, I checked in at the lovely Hotel de L’Horloge in the centre of town, on a bed and breakfast basis and a perfect location to walk to the Palais des Papes and to the famous bridge Le Pont D’Avignon.
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Honolulu, Hawaii with Lisa

A quick getaway to Honolulu Hawaii to get some much needed sun!

Airline

Using our frequent flier points, we flew United Airlines via LAX on the outbound and SFO on the return. On the outbound we upgraded our seats to economy plus seats. Do not confuse this with any type of premium economy service, you get an extra 4 inches of legroom at the front of the plane behind the business class section. It is very nice to have the extra legroom if you are travelling with someone 5’11 or over. On the return we chose to stick with the seats we had, I was fine being 5’5” but my 6’ travelling companion was a tad squished. United charges for bags when you check them, I found that almost everyone had “carry on” luggage to avoid the fee. Read More...