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Hotel Hounds

What makes a hotel great? The service, the view, the rooms, the location….. Often it’s the little things. Sometimes it’s the sheer opulence. But on occasion, and dammit it’s always a great occasion, it’s the pooch. There’s no category that we know of in hotel books, no little icon in the Michelin guide or tickbox to […]

Hacienda Bambusa

It’s not everyday you come across a place so special, so serene that your first thought is to count down the days until you can come back again. A place that quickens the pulse with pleasure, but enables complete relaxation. Hacienda Bambusa is just such a magical little spot, surrounded by astonishing natural beauty. It’s one of my top […]

Hiking the Hinterland

I couldn’t have pictured a more perfect day to meet my guide Marek of Northern Hikes for a nature walk of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland. Nestled along the German-Czech border, this is both a hiker’s and filmmaker’s slice of paradise – the beauty of which we were able to appreciate in near solitude thanks to the […]

12 Reasons to Visit Greece With Children

Because travelling on ferryboats is cool. Because creamy yoghurt with fruits & honey make a yummy breakfast. Because the national guards in front of Parliament (with those pompoms on their feet) look so funny. There are umpteen reasons why Greece is a great country for family holidays. Here are my top 12. 1) Greeks love […]

Christmas In July

We’re going to go ahead and assume you’ve been hitting the ice cream a little harder than usual lately. It’s ok, we have too. It’s July; cottage season, beach season, AC-worship season. In light of all that, this next part may sound crazy, but bear with us: it’s time to start planning your Christmas vacation for next year, […]

Go East, Young Viking

We love Iceland, there’s no doubt about that. I have to go out on a limb and say it’s probably my favourite country in the world (I may lose my Swiss citizenship for that comment). Most people who visit are under the impression that they only need a few days to see the county. While […]

Bang for your Buck Down Under

If you’ve ever considered a trip to Australia or New Zealand, now is an excellent time to start planning. Both the New Zealand and the Australian dollar, while always quite volatile, are lower than they have been in more than two years against the USD, making those beautiful (and pricey) hotels like Cape Kidnappers, Southern […]

Field of Dreams

Want to visit the moon? Yup, it is a little far, and kinda pricey. We have a compromise, however, in the remote, seldom-visited, northwest corner of Argentina. The kick-off point is Salta, but this area could easily be accessed from Chile or Bolivia. Or by space-ship, for that matter, such is the landscape. This land […]

Vira & Vik

There are some destinations in which a hotel is something of an afterthought. That doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful, comfortable, or even memorable, but if you visit the Galapagos Islands, the Taj Mahal, or the archaeological city of Petra, the place where you rested your head that night will likely not be the focus […]

Family Friendly

Many people ask which spots would make for a good family holiday in Latin America. The truth is, the Latins love children; the answer could be anywhere. But of course some countries are more geared up for keeping little ones entertained than others. Here’s our rundown of travel plans to keep the whole family entertained—big […]

Trip Tease

Brazil seems to be hogging the limelight lately, with the FIFA World Cup this summer and the Olympics in 2016. While we love it as a destination, there is plenty more in this area of the world to be excited about. Our Latin American enthusiasts here at Trufflepig feel we shouldn’t neglect the rest of […]

Where the Ewoks Live

When trying to describe what Tikal is like, it is always easiest to mention that it’s the area where the Ewoks live in “Return of the Jedi”.  This ancient place in the deepest jungles of northern Guatemala is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, but this seems less illustrious than its setting in the Star Wars films. […]

King of the Castle

More like lord of the manor, but we love it all the same. Otahuna Lodge is running a great promo during their upcoming winter months, and we want to share it with you: guests now have the option to rent the lodge out on an exclusive basis. That’s up to ten guests who get to […]

Make Like a Tree and Leave

Sometimes—you might even say often—we travel to escape. When routines become audible like the meshing of gears, we feel the compulsion to lose ourselves, to shed skin. Some places encourage fantasies of time travel—where we imagine ourselves living as adults in a different age. Take the ancient Medina of Fez for example, or the caves […]

My Kind of Snow

With the Olympics over, all those aspiring gold medal snowboarders have to wait four more years for their moment in the spotlight. Unless… does anyone have a contact number for the IOC? We’re missing a huge opportunity here during the summer games: same boards, same hills, just without any of that pesky snow. What am […]

Epic Iceland

Did you know that Iceland is actually warmer than Toronto in February? Consider that as food for thought when you sit there staring out your office window into the endless winter we’re experiencing.  But, I digress. The real draw for Iceland, as anyone who has been can tell you, is the truly spectacular scenery. Raging […]