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Posted by HughesTravel on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Travel is one of the few things that you can spend money on that makes you richer.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman

“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” – Carlo Goldoni

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” - Terry Pratchett

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” - G.K. Chesterton

“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.” - DouglasAdams

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert

“To travel is to live.” - Hans Christian Andersen

“But that's the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don't want to know what people are talking about. I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” - Bill Bryson

“Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.” - Joe Abercrombie

“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria's mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.” - Anthony Bourdain

“It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.” - Gustave Flaubert

“See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.” - Ray Bradbury

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Jawaharial Nehru

Favourite Trips of the Past

Posted by HughesTravel on April 24, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)


People often ask Lynda and I what was the best trip we have ever had. My typical answer is, "The next one." That is because places are so different. I loved the area around the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Switzerland and Iceland. They are all great but how does one compare going to the top of the Keine Matterhorn in Switzerland to going to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and cruising on the Colorado River. They are both great experiences but very different. It gets even harder when one has to compare the great natural experience of the Keine Matterhorn to the wonderful, very human experience of New Orleans,

That said, I really do have favourite trips. Lynda and I both agree on these - at least the top three. We haven't tried beyond that. Number one was our trip to Africa. The great scenery and wonderful people that are found in South Africa, the sheer magnificence and power of Victoria Falls and the wonderful experiences with animals on safari in Kenya were all highlights. Wow! Number two is our trip on a luxury freighter from Tahiti, through the Tuamotu Archipelago to the Marquesas Islands and back. The unspoiled beauty, the remoteness of the area and the friendliness of the people all contributed to the charm. This is the only place that one can go swimming, with his wallet left on the beach and be assured that it will remain untouched. Third was our trip to Australia and New Zealand. Here we had the vast diversity of Australia, the beauty of New Zealand and the interesting animals. I felt the spirituality of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and experienced the joy of a jet boat ride on the Dart River (Lord of the Rings tour) at 80 kilometers per hour in 2 feet of water. Four (for me) was either India or the eco tour of Costa Rica or Hawaii – OK it starts to get hard now. I think that it’s my “next trip”.

Interestingly, most of my favourite individual experiences have to do with animals. Some of these are: being licked by a full-grown cheetah in Zimbabwe, walking with 18-month old lions - also in Zimbabwe, holding a koala in Australia and the numerous close encounters with animals in the wild (cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffe, white and black rhinos, hippos, etc. – all in Africa, plus a tiger in India). Other great experiences include flying in a 1939 Waco biplane over Ottawa, climbing to the top of a mountain pass at Moraine Lake in Alberta, going to the top of the Keine Matterhorn, standing next to 2,700 degree molten lava on a lava walk in Hawaii and flying over most of the length of Grand Canyon at 400 feet in a small (6 passenger) plane.

Food can be interesting too. I’ve eaten a lot of raw fish, oysters and scallops, raw reindeer. I’ve eaten whale, puffin, antelope, ostrich, reindeer, elk, bison, water buffalo, etc. I’ve also had octopus cooked in its own ink, boar’s testicles, live ants, several kinds of cooked insects and deep fried worms. Oh yes, there were a few things that I ate with no idea what they were.

I love Canada and have had great experiences both here and in the USA. However, I love the culture and history of Europe, the animals of Africa and the beauty of the South Pacific. I just love to travel.


Future Trips

Posted by HughesTravel on April 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As some of you know, Lynda and I like to go with our clients on at least one or two major trips per year.  As a result, we are very interested in where you wish to travel.  Please let us know. 

The year 2015 is pretty well filled up for us.  We are now looking at 2016.  Thus far we have no trips set up.  That does not mean that we do not have ideas.  Nor does it mean that these ideas will not change.  If we find that several people wish to go somewhere (& it is somewhere we would like to go), then we will definitely include this new destination and move some of our other destinations foreward to 2016 or beyond.

Current thoughts as to 2016-7 destinations:  Scotland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Portugal

More expense destinations, we would consider: "Peru, Equador and the Galapagos"

Places we would like to go when it becomes safer / more stable:  Russia (Moscow to St. Petersburg Cruise), Egypt

What do you think?  Where would you like to go - do not limit yourself to our suggestions?