Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Fall/Winter 2021

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FALL/ WINTER 2021 DREAMSCAPES 43 I f you love travelling but feel guilty about the carbon foot- print every trip generates, Costa Rica has you covered. Using a calculator located on the website of Costa Rica's Fonafifo (National Forest Financing Fund), visitors to this lush green Central American country can now calculate the emis- sions generated by their flights and land travel, as well as their cost in U.S. dollars. You're then invited to donate that amount to Costa Rica's environmental program. The funds raised will be used to plant trees, protect the country's water resources and encourage "greener" farming practices. It's estimated that if just 10% of tourist emissions were offset, Costa Rica would collect US$3.6 million annually to support its environment. fonafifo.go.cr/en VISIT COSTA RICA E xplore Tuscany from historic La Chiusa, tucked into the romantic hillside town of Montefollonico, an hour from Siena. The former olive oil mill has been trans- formed into a lavish boutique hotel with 18 unique and luxurious rooms. Enjoy stunning views of Montepulciano and Monte Amiata as you stroll the rolling hills that lead to the estate's olive groves and vineyards. La Chiusa is also famous for its cooking school, with classes offered in English. Inside a 400-year-old kitchen learn to make traditional Tuscan recipes, including pasta from local women rather than chefs. lachiusatuscany.com COURTESY LA CHIUSA B ook a room at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, located near Victoria's inner harbour, then explore the beauty and bounty of Vancouver Island at your own pace. The Taste of the Island package includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel's 64 beautifully-appointed rooms, a $75 nightly dining credit to the Courtney Room, access to a choice of Flavour Trail maps and complimentary use of the hotel's cruiser bicycles. One curated trail focuses on the farm shops, apiaries and cideries on the Saanich Peninsula, a 15- minute bike ride north of Victoria, while another includes a self-guided tour of the wineries of the Cowichan Valley, an hour to the north. While there check out the new Malahat SkyWalk. magnoliahotel.com ROAM TRAVEL O n the west coast of southern Thailand, Krabi province and town boast more than 150 islands, massive lime- stone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, waterfalls and spectacular caves including Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave). Grab a long-tail boat at Ao Nang beach for the 30-minute trip to Koh Poda Island. Once there, relax on the palm-fringed white sand beach, snorkel in crystal blue waters and admire the cliffs around you from a kayak. An hour from Ao Nang, trek through the lush tropical rainforest of Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, surrounded by exotic wildlife to visit the Emerald Pool and hot springs. You can even leap from one limestone cliff to another. Krabi is also home to the kingdom's most stunning sunrises and sunsets. Tourismthailand.org TOURISM THAILAND

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