Jim Byers, Special to Postmedia Network

Jim Byers is a Toronto-based freelance travel writer. Follow him on Twitter @jimbyerstravel and on Instagram @jimbyerstravel1. Email: jim@jimbyerstravel.com.

Stories

A native dance performance is a highlight of any visit to the Kalinago Barana Aute cultural centre on Dominica. (JIM BYERS PHOTO)

Dominica a hidden Caribbean gem

I don’t like arriving at night in a place I’ve never been. I like to get my bearings and to suss a place out when I land someplace new, and that’s hard to do in the dark.

The Zemi Beach Resort opened to rave reviews on Anguilla last year. It's already become a haven for celebrities who want to get away from it all. (JIM BYERS PHOTO)

Six March Break trips fit for a celebrity

You’re dying for some time off at March Break; perhaps the beach or maybe a city or ski trip. But you also hope to run into a celebrity or two for that selfie that will make your friends crazy. Here are some options that combine great things to see and do with at least a small chance one of your favourite stars.

1. Niagara Falls: The Journey Behind the Falls at Niagara Falls is a great place for Instagram photos. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera! PHOTO COURTESY ONTARIO TRAVEL

Top 10 Canadian places featured on Instagram

Instagram recently revealed its list of the top places in Canada featured in Instagram photos this year. Given the size of the population (and some of the events going on this year), it’s not surprising that southern Ontario holds down seven of the top spots. You’ll also find British Columbia and Montreal. Here’s the list.

(Getty Images)

Canadians' holiday travel pet peeves

Canadians love to travel, especially around the holidays, but we hate rush-hour at the airport and we hate paying unexpected fees.

(Shutterstock)

Pack like the pros for your trip

Airlines are making it tougher and tougher for folks who want to check a bag or even bring a good-sized carry-on on board a plane.

<b>DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS:</b> Downtown Las Vegas has become a hot spot for folks looking for an alternative to The Strip. Container Park is a lovely series of shops and restaurants fashioned out of old railway containers, with a generous sprinkling of play areas for kids and an outdoor stage for free musical performances. Shops sell everything from exotic jewelry to the latest fashions. The Neon Museum (pictured), also known as the Neon Boneyard, contains hundreds of fantastic old neon signs from the likes of the old Stardust and Sahara hotels. Not far away is the Mob Museum, where you can read about not only the local crime scene but see interesting bits about organized crime in Montreal, Toronto and Windsor, Ont. (Mark Daniell/Postmedia Network)

Five musts off the Las Vegas Strip

The Strip brings the glitz, but there is a lot more to Las Vegas than casinos, celebrity residencies and nightlife.

(Getty Images)

Moving to Canada after the U.S. election? Here's where to go

The presidential election polls in the U.S. are getting ever tighter, which means those folks who vowed to move to Canada if their preferred candidate doesn't win the race should be checking their Canadian maps.

Toronto Sun files

10 travel scams to watch out for

Travellers have been scammed by con artists for centuries. With modern conveniences such as smart phones and ATM’s, it’s even more important to be aware when you travel. Here are 10 scams to watch out for.

Fright Night is a popular event held every fall at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver. PHOTO COURTESY TOURISM VANCOUVER

Top fall events across Canada

Sure, the leaves are falling and the thermometer is dipping dangerously low at night, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of great things to do across the country.

Airline announces child-free zones on its flights

We all feel for parents who travel long distances with children, the vast majority of whom are well-behaved. But passengers without kids or who have already gone through that stage in their lives can be a bit impatient when it comes to small kids on a plane.