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.

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...

7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise Onboard Norwegian Escape With Vanora

When your introduction to cruising is onboard small exclusive vessels like Azamara & Paul Gauguin, as mine was, you might be inclined to shun the idea of mega-ships. But there's a time and a place for every type of vacation, and since I was travelling with a couple of friends, I welcomed the concept of a floating city. Although I greatly enjoyed those earlier intimate sailings with only a few hundred passengers, boutique ships are not for everyone. With most guests being seniors and retirees, wild fun & entertainment (for example) appears to be not high on the list of priorities, which brings me to my own experience on the Norwegian Escape. Read More...

Las Vegas & Grand Canyon with Lisa

Las Vegas as a getaway doesn’t have to be just about the casinos and flashy lights and restaurants on Las Vegas Blvd. There are many things to do in Las Vegas that do not involve gambling.

Now, perhaps we were crazy to go in June, but that can’t possibly be the hottest time, can it? With temperatures climbing closer to 45C it turns out that our trip was in the hottest June in Las Vegas history. They’ve been keeping records since 1937. Read More...

Dubai with Christine

“Amazing!” that's the one word that comes to mind when I think back on my visit to Dubai.

The United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai, has been one bucket list destination I have longed to visit and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The UAE is a small country, only 83,600 square metres, and is home to ten million residents. Two million of those reside in Dubai. What shocked me the most as I learned more about the UAE is that only 11% of the population are Emirati Read More...

Tanzania with Igor

Being the largest country in East Africa, Tanzania offers a wide variety of things to do for a variety of travellers. While world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing mountain) is one of the country's main attractions, Tanzania offers so much more. With its stunning landscapes and spectacular diversity of its wildlife, safari in Tanzania is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. There is a multitude of companies providing a wide variety of safari options for every taste and budget all year round. And for those looking for an exotic beach vacation, will find it on a spice island of Zanzibar and on Tanzania’s coast.

There are a number of tips I have in regards to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but for the country in general, here are a few useful tips: Read More...

Uniworld’s Parisian Holiday Seine River Cruise with Stephen

Traveling to Paris in December 2015, the still-recent November 13th terrorist attacks were obviously on our minds, but we refused to let these misinformed terrorists dictate our travel plans. Many thought this was not the time to go to France, while others thought it was the best time to visit. I obviously agree with the latter since right after a tragedy, a destination is usually much safer due to heightened security.

During our visit, France was on high alert. Security was very noticeably beefed up. Paris was being patrolled by unprecedented numbers of security, police and military personnel, especially in crowded areas, public transport, and places frequented by tourists, including monuments, museums, markets and large shopping centers, stores and and religious sites. We often passed squads of six or eight soldiers with semi-automatic weapons. Sights like this were more the norm than not, not only in Paris, but all over France. At major stores, malls and public buildings, security guards and police examined every bag, scanning our bodies and asked us to open our coats to make sure that we were not carrying any bombs! Read More...

San Francisco with Lisa

San Francisco is a city vibrant with activity. Lots of tourist sights to take in from the well-known, and some fun new things. You can feel energy returning to San Francisco with lots of construction compared to my last visit in 2011. Lots of new commercial buildings are appearing and to appeal to folks wanting to live in the city some are combing residential options too. Read More...

Newfoundland with Vanora

I had the good fortune of being the lucky recipient of an Air Canada ticket, so I asked myself, “what place have I always wanted to visit but wouldn’t necessarily pay to go and see?”

It was only some months earlier that I had had the pleasure of cruising on Holland America’s Maasdam, sailing from Boston MA > Bar Harbor ME > Halifax NS > Sydney NS > Charlottetown PEI > Quebec City QC > Montreal QC. All lovely destinations, but I remember feeling slightly disappointed that this east coast adventure didn't quite take me as far as the island of Newfoundland. Read More...