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Are you a first-time cruiser?
10 tips for a better vacation


I recently went on a cruise for the very first time despite the fact that I actually live in a port city and, over the years, have watched thousands of cruisers board their ships from my downtown office.

The Westin Singapore: Infinity pool and beyond

The infinity pool at the Westin Singapore. Incredible, right?


When you travel, what's on your hotel "must" list? For me it's a pool, and preferably an infinity pool.

The Last Bookstore
in Los Angeles


The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles is one of those places that's likely off the radar for many tourists.

Unless you're a real book nerd, this is the sort of sight you visit when you've already seen L.A.'s highlights. Actually, I AM a major book geek and still, I only visited on about my fifth visit to L.A.!

Now, having been to the self-billed "largest new and used book and record store in California," I have to say: You should absolutely move this up on your itinerary.

When you're done exploring the many nooks and crannies here, head over a block to the Grand Central Market for lunch; it's a great way to spend a morning.

Here's a look in at The Last Bookstore in photos:


The exterior of the bookstore. The building is in the city's old bank district, and I believe it once housed a bank.


It has a record section ...

... with top picks from staff. How awesome is that!

There are lots of little areas where you can sit and discuss your favourite books.

Here's one of the rooms, that I think must have been a safe in its former life. 

Head up the stairs, and you'll see lots of cool stuff including ...

... this fantastic book installation.

You'll also find artists and artisans of every kind ... 

... and a variety of art to peruse and buy.

And, of course, there are a lot of books, in some really unique bookcases.

Make sure you get a photo taken in the book tunnel!











Things to do in Las Vegas:
Vegas Golden Knights game


If you're looking for things to do in Las Vegas, you should absolutely head to a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game.


Budget travel: Stay in a university dorm


If you're travelling on a budget, have you ever considered staying at a university?

Paris is for bicycle lovers

One of the coolest things about visiting Paris is seeing the number of people of every age who use the bicycle as a form of transportation, and how elegantly they do this.