Posts Categorized: United States

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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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...

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...

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...

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...

New York & Boston with Manya

For my third visit to New York, I chose Brooklyn as my home base, and for my first visit to Boston, I stayed in a private home in the quaint Hyde Park neighbourhood in South Boston.

I boarded the overnight Cathay Pacific Flight to JFK Airport. As an international flight, checked luggage fees are waived and a full meal is served. My special vegetarian meal of a tasty spinach lasagna, a small salad and fruit for desert was served promptly after reaching cruising altitude, which allowed me to settle for a short night onboard, before the regular meal service began. Read More...

New York with Katie

New York is a city that really leaves an impression on its many visitors. It is so vibrant and just bursting with energy. I visited NYC in the month of March, but would recommend that the best time to visit is a bit later, preferably late spring or even early summer. Read More...

Savannah with Vanora

Although I had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans many years ago, I have always dreamed of experiencing different parts of the beautiful, deep south, and was thrilled my travels would finally take me there.

I fell in love with Old Savannah (Georgia). The breathtaking, almost haunting images of the picturesque homes with their wrap-around porches, and the spanish-moss-covered oak canopy trees, gave the feeling of entering a storybook. Read More...

Palm Springs with Christine

Palm Springs, located 172 km east of Los Angeles, is a desert city. Long considered California's ultimate desert playground, the greater Palm Springs area is comprised of several cities surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas. This was my first visit to the area and was surprised at how spread out the greater Palm Springs area is. Working their way along Highway 111 starting at the western most portion of the valley is that of Palm Springs, the best known of the Desert Resorts. From Palm Springs are Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, LaQuinta and Indio Read More...

Orlando with Lisa

We took a flash tour around Disney World, taking in Epcot Center, Disney Hollywood Studios, and of course the Magic Kingdom, all in one Sunday! If you don’t have kids, it can be done, but to really enjoy it, take a few days. Relax and enjoy one of the finer dining experiences. Read More...