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All aboard North America’s best train trips

All aboard North America’s best train trips

MoneySense Magazine Ask Canadians for their train trip fantasies and you’ll hear about the Orient-Express, the Trans-Siberian Railway or Japan’s super-sleek shinkansen bullet trains. North American long-haul routes – beloved of visitors from other parts of the world – barely make our bucket lists. But that shouldn’t be the case. Canada and the US host […]

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Planning the perfect gap year

MoneySense Magazine  After a brain-frying degree program many years ago, I put some serious distance between myself and the books with an ESL teaching job in Tokyo. Graduating was great, but in those 12 ramen-slurping months I learned more about the world – and myself – than countless essays could ever cover. Gap years – […]

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North Bound

North Bound

MoneySense Magazine Most of us have a bucket list of Canadian destinations we’d love to experience. But while wildlife-snapping Rockies road trips or lobster-cracking Maritimes jaunts are tantalizingly attainable, the far North seems like a price-prohibitive no-go. Fancy a Nunavut holiday? It’s cheaper to fly to Europe. That’s partly the point, though. Everyone does Paris […]

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No Backpack Required

MoneySense Magazine Hostelling 2.0 Most of us soon grow out of our youth hostel stage. Fleapit dorms, sweaty-sock aromas and those greasy group kitchens ever-encrusted with mystery meat pasta residues are best remembered in rose-tinted retrospect. But times are a changin’ in hostel land – as savvy mainstream travellers are increasingly discovering. A swathe of […]

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Affordable Wellington

Affordable Wellington

MoneySense Magazine With hairy-toed Hobbits about to re-infest our cinema screens, travellers will be fantasizing anew about vacationing in Middle-earth, or at least its New Zealand stand-in. But you don’t have to be a Tolkien nut to hangout with the Kiwis. Capital city Wellington, home of Peter Jackson’s movie fiefdom, has plenty of non-imaginary action […]

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