In this day and age where we are encouraged to buy local for the freshest foods and to support our community’s businesses there is no better way to get a taste of the places you visit in your travels than by going to their markets. The St. Lawrence Market in Old Town Toronto is the centerpiece of this thriving historic neighborhood and invites you to savor its current offerings too. Read More »
Ever since my semester abroad in college (Antwerp, Belgium, if you must know) I have been dying to get back to Europe and taken an extended trip. Figuring out how to actually do that has been a bit of stumbling block.
With the new Julia Roberts movie, Eat Pray Love, hitting theaters next month, I am even more determined to make extended travel a part of my life. One of our own Attractions writers is doing just that – you can follow Barbara Weibel’s adventures here on Uptake Attractions, or through her own site, Hole in the Donut.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is how to prepare for such an undertaking (financial, physical, mental) and how to support myself while on the road. Fortunately, Meet Plan Go! is here to guide us!
On September 14, 2010, Briefcase to Backpack and Three Month Visa will be hosting Meet, Plan, Go! a free, nationwide event to inspire people to fulfill their career break and long-term travel dreams. The event will offer participants the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime; and start taking concrete steps forward to GO on that global adventure.
Events will take place in several locations including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington DC, Toronto, Canada and SAN FRANCISCO! W00t! Each event will feature folks who have done this sort of life-altering travel, and will be on hand to answer questions, provide insight and share their wisdom. The panel discussion will lead us through how to plan and organize career-break and extended travel and make it work for our lives.
For more information, visit Meet Plan Go and register today for one of the nationwide events.
Photo courtesy of permanently scatterbrained.
Want to go on an icy ride in the heart of Canada’s glacier country? Would you like to walk on a glacier? I did both on a Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience near Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
The Ice Explorer lurched onto Athabasca Glacier as the giant Terra tires gripped the ice. When the 56-passenger snow vehicle stopped, I walked out onto the glacial ice to discover an uneven surface that revealed a living, breathing sheet of frozen water.
There are plenty of places in the world where you can view glaciers. In Alaska, travelers observe the frozen fingers of ice from the deck of a cruise ship. Seeing the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier in New Zealand requries a hike that ends close to the terminus of the glacial sheets of ice. But in Canada, the easy journey to Athabasca Glacier via Ice Explorer takes you directly onto the glacier’s surface.
When I boarded the Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefield Visitor’s Center, I looked across at Athabasca Glacier as it flowed like an icy tongue from the Columbia Icefield. During the 90-minute ride, a driver-guide told me that the 8 glaciers of the Columbia Icefield provide meltwater that eventually flows into three oceans—Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific. But the highlight was slip-sliding on the glacier’s ancient surface with my own two feet.
That early October afternoon, I felt like a child riding on a giant bouncy bus. The real children on my tour enjoyed it too. And the photographers snapped away at the glacier’s white expanse reflected against a deep blue sky.
After a day of sight-seeing on the Icefields Parkway by car or bus, the journey up Athabasca Glacier provided a fun break.
If you go:
Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience
Tour operates every 15-30 minutes from April to October
2010 rates: Adult (16+) $49.00 and Child (6-15) $24.00
Review by Donna L. Hull, My Itchy Travel Feet
All photos by Donna L. Hull
I visited Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recently. I was only there for one night which was painful because I know that the city offers so much to see and do. Whether you’re into the arts, restaurants, music, museums or nature, Montreal truly has something for everyone – and that’s not me being cliche and cheesy.
Check out the following things to do in Montreal – we’ve gathered the best of the best!
Huge and beautiful – and you don’t have to be a plant lover to enjoy the gorgeous landscaped grounds!