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".

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…

Lively Taipei Taiwan

Taipei is dramatic – animated crowds, wild traffic, vivid signs that leap out from every angle along the streets of Jhongjheng District where our Taipei M Hotel is situated! Around each corner are eatery selections galore, convenience stores, a short walk to some of the city’s fine sites and to the main metro station. Each…

Astounding Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, rests in a valley with the Hrazdan River winding through it. It is known as the pink city for the many prominent buildings in locally mined stone called “tuff” in mostly pinkish shades. Others are rich taupe and a few sport soft orange hues; the latter locals claim is rarest…