Why you Must Travel to Japan in Winter

There’s no denying that Japan is hot right now. Every conversation I have will fellow travellers seems to involve either a recently completed or upcoming trip to Japan. While it positively shines in the springtime (hello cherry blossoms!), visiting Japan in winter can be a special experience. Here is our top five reasons for travelling to Japan in winter:

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The Best Ski Resorts Near Calgary

As the mercury drops and snow begins to fly in Alberta our thoughts turn from summer activities like hiking, cycling, and camping to winter ones such as skiing.  While some may moan and groan throughout the cold season, we  simply love being outside in the snow. We’re blessed to have some of the best skiing in the world here in Alberta, and living in Calgary gives us easy access to the Rocky Mountains.  There isn’t much in the way of bad skiing in Alberta, but each resort does bring something a little different.  This is our local take on the best ski resorts near Calgary, hopefully we’ll inspire you to book a trip to Alberta to explore the slopes this winter! Continue reading “The Best Ski Resorts Near Calgary”

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Best Cities to Walk and Eat in North America

There are few experiences more satisfying than walking and eating your way around a new city. In fact, eating while exploring is one of our favorite activities here at Zen Travellers, and we have the worn shoes and belly bulges to prove it. Here are some guides to walking and eating in a few our favorite North American cities. Montreal, Chicago, and Mexico City are all cities with streets that are made for walking and eats that are sure to satisfy.

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Travel Horror Stories

Halloween is just around the corner so what better time to turn our minds to our scariest travel stories. Travel horror stories are unique in that they’re less about ghosts and ghouls, and often about missed connections and lost luggage, but they are terrifying nonetheless. I’ve been fortunate enough not to suffer through too many truly scary travel experiences, but have encountered some frights on the road nonetheless. Here are some of my most terrifying travel experiences.

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Best Lesser-Known Places to Travel in the Fall

Autumn is both a beautiful season of transformation and a wonderful time to travel. September, October, and November are considered off-season months in many places that feature lower prices, crisp fall weather, and trees that truly shine with their autumnal foliage. Fall is one of my favorite times to sneak away for a short trip to find some local zen. The following are some off-the-beaten-path gems where you can enjoy all the best that fall has to offer without the crowds.

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The Best Hikes to See Golden Larches in the Fall

Another summer hiking season has come and gone in Alberta but fall offers up one last chance to experience the Canadian Rockies in their full golden splendour. The locals call this time “Larch Madness.”  We always make a point to end our hiking season on this exceptionally high note and have a few recommendations for the best hikes for a range of abilities to see the golden larch trees in the fall!

Over the next couple of weeks the larch trees that line the mountainsides in Kananaskis and Banff turn a beautiful golden colour. They stand out amidst the evergreens and shine against the bright blue sky and granite peaks lightly dusted with snow. This special time of year only lasts a couple of weeks and is certainly a rewarding way to end your hiking season. 

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