Posts Tagged ‘featured’

Colorado dude ranches offer $100 discount to Canadians

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

When it comes to the American West, riding horseback under a huge sky with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop is about as “local” as it gets. And in 2014 and 2015, four ranches in Grand County—about 160 kilometres west of Denver—are encouraging Canadians to discover their inner cowboy or cowgirl by offering a $100 […]

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Asia and Europe dominate list of world’s top 10 airports

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Skytrax has released its list of the world’s best airports, and facilities in Asia and Europe make up nine of the top 10. (Vancouver International Airport, one of my favourites, is the only North American spot on the list.) Almost 13 million travellers from 110 countries voted in this year’s competition, rating airports on 39 […]

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E-books about home exchanging and vacation rentals

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although increasingly popular, home exchanges and vacation rentals remain a mystery to many travellers. Toronto writer Sandra Pearson recently published two e-books that provide some good tips for people hoping to arrange a house exchange or rent a self-catering property. There is some overlap in content between the two books. Home Exchanging: Your Guide to […]

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Book review: Turning Tuscan by Sam Hilt

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever wish you could chuck the rat race and move to a hill village in Italy? Sure you do. We all do. Corporate trainer Sam Hilt actually did it. And his book about the experience–Turning Tuscan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Going Native–is a well-told, engaging tale. It begins, as these memoirs often do, with a […]

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Contest: Win a free Zinio digital magazine subscription!

Posted on July 29th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Are you a travel magazine fanatic, but you hate lugging around piles of dead trees? Zinio may be the answer–and you could win one of 10 free Zinio digital magazine subscriptions right here at Facing the Street. How does Zinio work? In a nutshell, once you subscribe (or win a subscription!), you’ll receive each complete […]

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Travels with Dad: Lessons Learned

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A few years ago, as I was telling my dad stories of my latest trip, he looked at me in puzzlement. “How did you kids become such travellers?” he asked. It was a fair question. I have two sisters, and between us and our families, we’ve covered every continent but Antarctica. But the answer to […]

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New video shows why Holland is cool

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

It’s rare that I post a link to a promotional video here, but this new one from Visit Holland so perfectly encapsulates all the reasons why I love the Netherlands that I had to share. It has it all: cycling, funky shops, great food, great art–even a cool soundtrack. Enjoy!

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Three great ways to live like a local in Ottawa

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Since the Canadian Tulip Festival is currently in full swing, it seems like the perfect time for a post about my adopted hometown of Ottawa. As Canada’s capital, Ottawa gets a lot of visitors. Most do the usual circuit: Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the Rideau Canal, the Byward Market. And I’d be […]

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Sequester and border fees have me rethinking U.S. travel

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I rarely write political rants on this blog, but two news stories this morning combined with a weekend trip have me fuming, so please forgive me. I just got back from a fantastic family getaway to New York City, when we introduced our daughter to one of our favourite cities on the planet for the […]

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Contest: Win a Mexican villa vacation for four!

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever dreamed of a Mexican villa vacation for four? Now’s your chance to win one! Paradise Hunter, a TV show that showcases the vacation home life around the world, is giving away a week in a villa in Akumal on the Mayan Riviera. To enter the contest, you just have to sign up for the […]

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