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Small city, big drinks scene: Why Vancouver’s flourishing cocktail culture is world-class

Even though I’m clearly drinking in an area that verges on tourist trap territory, every cocktail I sample, from the espresso Manhattan at Pourhouse to the bespoke drinks served from a teapot at Guilt & Co., is pretty darn good.Christine Sismondo (Toronto Star)

In San Francisco, an ambitious long-distance trail promises to be a hiker’s dream, skirting one of the world’s greatest natural harbours

The San Francisco Bay Trail is a series of pathways that skirts one of the world’s greatest natural harbours. It currently stretches about 560 kilometres, and once complete will reach roughly 800 kilometres — or the distance from Toronto to Quebec City. The route will allow hikers and cyclists to navigate around the entire Bay Area, across 47 cities, 130 parks and seven toll bridges.Jim Byers (Toronto Star)

Surprises join a train trip from Slovenia to Croatia

The day after that had seen me take my first Eastern European train journey to Slovenia’s Lake Bled. With all the spectacular scenes I would take in that day — a postcard-worthy church on an islet in the middle of an emerald lake, for example — I was most taken aback by how simple it was to travel to this paradise in the Julian Alps. A quick nod of recognition and stamp on my Eurail Select Pass, which allows rail passengers multiple travel days in bordering European countries within a two-month period, was literally all I needed to circle to and from this must-see destination.Liz Beddall (Toronto Star)

Travel Smart: Gogo boss on the state of airline connectivity

Air travellers outside the U.S. and Canada are more likely to carry their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices on a plane and are more willing to pay for the services compared to travellers in the U.S. The importance of Wi-Fi in choosing an airline continues to grow around the world and more than 20 per cent of passengers say they are looking for Wi-Fi when choosing an airline.John Wade (Gogo)

Yes, a travel agent can work from home

The travel industry has experienced a dramatic increase in home-based travel agencies, as well as travel counsellors working as outside sales representatives on behalf of travel agencies. There are a number of retail travel companies whose business model solely caters to home-based travel agencies and travel counsellors working as outside sales representatives.Dorian Werda (Toronto Star)

Vail programs encourage women to try skiing

A couple of years ago, we realized that the participation among women was significantly lower than male participation. Only 40 per cent of women who came to Vail actually skied. We went out and talked to women and asked, ‘What’s holding you back? What is the barrier of entry for you?’ And what we found were a few key things. One was the lesson start times weren’t allowing moms to drop off kids at the Vail Ski and Snowboard School and make it to their own lessons on time. What we also found is a lot of women said they were intimidated, they didn’t want to go skiing with their husband or boyfriend. They didn’t want to make a fool of themselves.Sally Gunter (Vail Mountain)

Icelandair’s new promotion matches tourists on stopovers with local ‘buddies’ for insider adventures

Brilliant! 🙂Žiga Sancin

B.C.’s beloved Whistler Blackcomb celebrates its big 5-0

Whistler and Blackcomb mountains boast more than 8,100 acres (3,300 hectares) of terrain. Thirty-eight lifts — including the 4.4-kilometre Peak 2 Peak gondola, which now links the two hills — take guests to steeps, deeps, chutes, bowls, glades, corduroy, long cruisers, gentle rollers and high alpine.Kristin Kent (Toronto Star)

Travel trends: Bandwidth first, breakfast second

Connectivity has also changed the way travellers complain when things are not to their liking; people no longer bother to mention a problem to their waiter, the front desk, or even ask to speak to a manager.Henry Stancu (Toronto Star)

Business travel a boost to businesses

The direct impact of Canadian business travel was the $656 spent per trip, which included $131 on lodging, $75 on airfare, $100 on food and beverage in restaurants and $8 on entertainment. Most of those business trips — 80 per cent — were taken by car.Henry Stancu (Toronto Star)

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