Summer travel

It's been two weeks now, and I can't get Banff and the Rockies out of my mind. Like many parts of the Continental Divide on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, these landscapes inspire awe and respect for their pristine beauty. We must preserve them for future generations.

Summer is traditionally a time for holidays and travel; but this year, the rising price of gasoline and other travel-related expenses is making holiday planning a real challenge.

The New York Times recently published some great suggestions for summer travel on a budget. Included in their list is the train ride to the Pacific Northwest from Chicago to Seattle. The train crosses the Rockies and passes through Glacier National Park, in Montana.

The Times list also features a number of Canadian destinations, including Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Manitoba and the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.

If, on the other hand, your taste for travel pulls you towards Europe, you might enjoy the work of reporter Matt Gross, who is taking a 12-week tour of Europe on a really tight budget (less than 100 Euros a day). The tour is part of the Time's Frugal Traveler series. Gross is posting a weekly video on the site, and this week he shows us his visit to a town I really like: I'm referring to Menton, on the border between France and Italy, on the French Riviera. When our children were little, we stopped there one summer for a short stay and it still brings back warm memories for our entire family, especially my own parents. They have visited more frequently. You can see the video here.

Matt is also writing a blog during his European adventure that you can read here.

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