Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

See the world as a pet sitter

Posted on January 25th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I’ve heard of people travelling from city to city as serial house sitters, but I’d never heard of someone doing so as a pet sitter…particularly when the “pets” in question include rabbits and chickens as well as the more common dogs and cats. But a recent story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune profiles Minnesotan Anne Estes, […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Five places to find foreign language schools

Posted on January 9th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

The current online issue of The Atlantic Monthly includes an article by Lisa Abend on the charms of learning Euskera, the ancient Basque language that has no apparent links to any other tongue. Whenever I read about people studying a language–any language–abroad, I’m immediately gripped by a desire to run away to another culture. I […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Local TV stations give you the inside scoop

Posted on December 16th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

For people who want the inside scoop on a destination, the websites of local TV stations are an often untapped source of information. For instance, my friend and fellow travel writer Katharine Fletcher was interviewed last month on “Living in Ottawa,” a local CBC-TV show, about an ecological preserve called the Mer Bleue Bog. It’s […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Travel with your ears

Posted on December 1st, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Following up on my recent post about world news podcasts, I thought I’d post a list of cool online audio travel resources. Not all of them are podcasts; some of them are live streaming files. Indie Travel Podcast: Created by a New Zealand couple with a mad passion for travel, this podcast series is usually […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Eavesdropping on the world

Posted on November 27th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

When I was a child, my dad and I used to sit in our basement tinkering with an old radio that, for reasons still unexplained, had incredible powers of reception. Late at night, we could pick up stations far from our home in suburban Toronto–New York City, say, or Chicago. The idea that sounds had […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Getting to know them

Posted on July 30th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

OK, this isn’t so much about travelling like a local as it is about deepening your experience as a local in your own town. But I thought it was cool, anyway. The Neighbors Project aims to help people in densely packed urban cores and sprawling suburbs alike get to know the people next door, with […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Bike sharing in Paris

Posted on July 20th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Paris’s bike-sharing program, Velib, recently celebrated its first anniversary. By most accounts (such as an article in The Telegraph), the program has been phenomenally successful, with 26 million trips taken in the first year (even though bike theft is also a problem). It’s a great alternative for visitors, as it’s cheaper that the Metro and […]

Read the rest of this entry »

More News

Books

E-books about home exchanging and vacation rentals

Although increasingly popular, home exchanges and vacation rentals remain a ...

Contests

Contest: Win a free Zinio digital magazine subscription!

[caption id="attachment_2326" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Feel like paper magazines are so ...

Destinations

Adirondacks this weekend: Art and leaves!

[caption id="attachment_2347" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Here's how the colours on Upper ...

Food

Book review: Female Nomad and Friends

A book that combines two of my favourite things: travel ...

Home Exchanges

Wanna buy a home-swap site?

Ever wanted to run your own home exchange site? Do ...

How To

24 tips for renting a vacation property

Arranging a short-term rental of an apartment, house or cottage ...

Language

Five places to find foreign language schools

The current online issue of The Atlantic Monthly includes an ...

Music

desert sands dunes Algeria

Year of Geography: Algeria

Unfortunately, Algeria is going through a bit of a rough ...

Recipes

Cinco de Mayo recipe: Easy salsa

Courtesy of fine dining restaurant Andrea at Velas Vallarta in ...

Travel Trivia

Travel trivia: Week 21 winner, answers…and an announcement

Travel trivia: Week 21 winner, answers…and an announcement

Thanks to all of you who played this week's round ...

Vacation Rentals

Contest: Win a Mexican villa vacation for four!

Ever dreamed of a Mexican villa vacation for four? Now's ...

Volunteer Travel

Year of Geography: Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is the first country on the Year ...