We’re Having a Party & You’re Invited!

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Bucket List Publications is hosting a Twitter Party and you’re invited! We’ve never had a blog party before; now’s your chance to show your bucketlist spirit and join me and our adventurous co-host, Kissimmee, Florida (@KissNewsWire)There are great prizes and conversation to be had; check out how to join us below. Is winning a prize on your bucket list this year? The chances are great with prizes every 15 minutes and an additional $25 gift card just added today. 

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Trip to 100 Cities Around the World with Gallery Park Hotel

Old Town, Riga, Latvia

Recently I visited Riga, Latvia and thousands followed along as I explored this year’s European Capital of Culture. It was even better than I imagined.Careful observation and unhurried recreation in Latvia allowed me to unveil a multi-cultural gem with locals, much like Canadians, who enjoy life and appreciate their cultural roots steeped in traditions and values. From Air Baltic’s CEO to the staff at the hotels to the locals in the streets, the people in Latvia are down-to-earth, friendly, and appreciative. It is a country that reflects its entire history. From the diverse architecture to the performances, Latvia is as diverse in its offerings as its people. Do you want to see for yourself? I’ve found a way that could make that a possibility. Continue reading

#RockYourVacation Twitter Party with Kissimmee, Florida (Great Prizes)

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Adventure is in our blood. We enjoy the rush of adrenaline and heart-racing extremes and there’s plenty to be had in Kissimmee, Florida so we’ve partnered with the #RockYourVacation campaign to host our first Twitter Party. There are great prizes and conversation to be had; check out how to join us below. Is winning a prize on your bucket list this year? We all need a little “winning” sometimes.  Continue reading

5 Best Luxury Resorts

Beaver Creek Lodge, Colorado

After 2 years of extensive travel around the world, I’ve chosen my five favorite luxury resorts. These establishments stand apart for their personalized approaches, creativity, extraordinary physical attributes, impeccable standards of excellence, and extensive amenities. They are the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. I’ve only included resorts that I’ve visited in the last two years. While there are thousands of resorts I’d like to consider, I have to cross them off my list first. Continue reading

The Naughty & Nice List for Airlines

Air Baltic Flight Riga

In the last month, I’ve used more than a handful of airlines. At the top of the “nice list”, Air Baltic offered exceptional service, quality food, and friendly, personal staff. At the top of the “naughty list”, Air Berlin might have been the worst staff experience in my history of flying. Air Berlin, unless you can fly on the coal you’re getting in your stocking this year, you really need to consider your attitude and quality of service. You should take a page from Air Baltic; besides offering low airfares and comfortable planes, they know how to treat their customers right. Continue reading

Innsbruck, Austria – One of the Most Naturally Beautiful Places I’ve Been

Hafelekar, Innsbruck, Austria

Readers always ask me where is my favorite travel destination, but the answer depends on what your looking for in a destination. I want different things at different times, but if you like winter sports and natural, alpine beauty, it would be difficult to top Innsbruck, Austria. Three times host to the Winter Olympics, Innsbruck has nine ski areas for alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Their winter sports menu also includes tobogganing, ice skating, alpine-style curling and even a ride in an Olympic bobsleigh. Today, I toured many of the ski areas as well as the city center and was left wide-eyed, mouth agape at every stop. Here are a few photos from my day.  Continue reading

Did You Ever Consider Latvia as a Beach Destination?

Jūrmala Beach, Latvia

I wanted to visit Latvia since I learned about its strategic war location in high school. I figured as the heart of Europe, it would have a diverse culture with even more diverse architecture. It wasn’t a wrong assumption and Riga’s role as the European Capital of Culture this year is proof. What I didn’t realize is that it’s home to great adventures in Sigulda, including bobsledding, rock climbing, bungee jumping, and a Tarzan park, and the town of Jurmala is an extremely popular beach destination. With therapeutic thermal waters, peat mud, pine forests, healthy maritime climate, dunes, and beaches covering 32.8 kilometres, Jurmala is the largest resort city in the Baltic States. Since it’s too cold for swimming , I wasn’t exactly looking to get in the water but seeing the Baltic Sea was on my list this year so I made the short drive from Riga to Jurmala to check another item off of my 2014 list. What I found was more than a check mark; it was magnificent! Continue reading