Barbados trip last taste of normalcy

One of Nadine Robinson’s favourite beach activities is soaking up some vitamin D while admiring the postcard like ocean and skyscapes. One year ago, I was tanned and happy, returning home from a March break trip with my family to Barbados. As we landed in the Toronto airport, and it became clear that there was a new world order, we …

Online booking to paradise a living hell

If planning a trip for March break isn’t frustrating enough, try finding a trip, booking it online and then having it cancelled, because your credit card company decided that it was likely fraudulent. At 11 p.m. after three days of searching for deals, I found a reasonably priced resort and flight. I wanted to book both at once, so I …

Vegas off the strip

Las Vegas to me is adult Disneyland. There are colourful characters, bright colours and lights, games, and rides. If you aren’t into gambling however, venture off the strip to more interesting places for different physical activities, learning opportunities, life experiences, and culinary treats. Most recently, I started my “Vegas” off-the-strip experience with a trip to Red Rock Canyon. Hiking around …

Can air travel be more demeaning?

The first airplane I remember being on was a Wardair flight. I was in awe of air travel overall, and overjoyed when the flight attendant brought my sister and I champagne flutes of orange juice mixed with ginger ale to mimic our parents’ mimosas. That experience was in stark contrast to my most recent flights and I am left wondering …

B&Bs not always so homey

We live in an age of inclusion where we’re supposed to focus on similarities and not differences, but my recent travels have caused a new division in my mind: Bed & Breakfast people and not Bed & Breakfast people. I will state upfront that I have discovered that I am in the latter category, and this will likely astonish those …

Readsdropping a good travel game

When you are in a cramped space like a full airplane or an airport waiting lounge, you really can’t have an expectation of privacy. Whether you’re having a conversation with someone you know or a stranger you’ve just met, your words are not safe. Eavesdroppers are everywhere. I’m sure there are those using eavesdropping for dark purposes like corporate espionage, …