Irene Butler

Our passion for travel mushroomed during short stints of cramming in a month of activities into two week vacations. Realizing our life's journey would not be complete without expanding our horizons to the four corners of mother earth, we sold our business, dubbed ourselves the "globaltrekkers" and set off to see the world for a full year. Experiencing the marvels of over 90 countries has only intensified our craving for more. A natural progression evolved over the years - from tourist to traveler; from pre-arranged tours to wandering; from stars in hotel ratings to stars in the sky; from suitcases to backpacks; from observing to immersion in cultures. Respecting the ecology of this small planet no matter where our odysseys unfold and paying heed to local customs in dress and behaviour are our credos. Following the sun and having fun is our motto. We invite you to come with us on our travels, "exploring the globe with gentle footsteps".

Strolling Palermo, Sicily

With a week left in Italy, a jaunt from Naples to the isle off the toe of Italy’s boot sounds like a place to zero in on, and specifically to Palermo, the capital. Our ten hour ferry ride is relaxing and fun nestled in our private cabin with bunk beds, our own facilities – only…

Magical Mystical Myanmar (Burma)

Also Published in Inspired Magazine. The most sacred Buddhist site to the Burmese lies in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. Gigantic legendary half-lion, half-griffin figures guard the entrance. Respectfully we remove our footwear and climb the covered stairway to the expansive Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda). My husband Rick and I are awed by the ageless splendour…