We all love vacation, and we love it even more when we get to bring our best doggy friends along. Travelling with your dog is great, but it does call for some extra planning. While looking into pet friendly accommodation and transportation may be your top priority for arranging a trip with your canine companion, there are definitely some other factors to consider. So for the sake of making everything easier and for keeping your dog safe and happy, here are five items no traveler should leave home without - and our pampered pup, Oliver, wouldn't leave home without them either!
It's time to celebrate, Ottawa! We're giving away 2 passes to the MadeWithLove Ottawa Mixology competition.
Join us (and everyone who's anyone!) and experience MadeWithLove, the largest mixology competition in Canada!
This incredible national competition is making a stop for the first time in Ottawa on March 20th. With all the amazing buzz in the city for Canada 150 celebrations, now's the time to pick up some pro tips and recipes for your very own party. You're going to love the sampling the delectable cocktails and watching the inspiring mixologists working their craft. MadeWithLove is creative, extravagant, and the perfect way to heat up a chilly Ottawa evening.
Vienna, the opulent capital of Austria, offers great travel savings and splurges.
Chatting with newly made friends at acooking class in Prague, we eagerly compared travel notes and I was fascinated to learn that they had just spent a week in Vienna before moving on to the Czech capital. A week! We were only going to be in Vienna for a day! Had we made a mistake? Were we going to regret such a short trip?
Now I can see that Vienna is the kind of city that can easily keep guests entertained and engaged for a week, especially if you're a music or architecture fan - or a fan of fine living. But for budget minded travelers like ourselves, we were able to easily find ways to save money and balance out splurges with bargain steals. It turns out that one day and night was more than enough to see everything on our list. Here's how to save, splurge, and steal in Vienna.
Discover the secrets of the centuries-old Charles Bridge in the timeless city of Prague.
We've adapted a new mantra when we're asked for travel advice these days and it goes something like this. When people say that they want to visit Paris, we always pause and ask if they're sure they don't mean Prague. It's no slight against Paris, but I think when it comes to European beauty, charm, romance, and cobblestones, most would-be visitors are craving Prague (and they don't even know it!)
The city is home to fine bakeries, delightful public squares, and, of course, is no stranger to beautiful bridges. Plan your trip to Paris all the same. Just consider adding Prague onto that itinerary! We were fortunate to spend 4 days in the heart of the city, next to the legendary Charles Bridge, and we found reason after reason to starting recommending "The Golden City" along with "The City of Lights".
With a few furry friends by my side, I was ready to explore a new corner of Bern.
Everything is coming up roses in Bern! Switzerland's capital city might be less visited than its popular neighbors, like Geneva, Zurich, and the ski resorts of the Alps, but it's a prime travel destination that stands tall on its own. The city's small size is ideal for walking (translation: doing a chocolate shop crawl) yet big enough to offer days worth of exploration and encourage multiple trips.
My first trip to Bern was over 15 years ago and I fell in love with the city. Back then, I enjoyed long walks along the river - and a few swims too! - and had a wonderful time exploring the medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But there were many corners that beckoned me to explore further and I finally had the opportunity recently to return to Bern, making it my final destination of a 13 country trip. It was the perfect destination to cap off an incredible journey and a visit to Bern's Rose Garden was just the thing to end the trip on a high note. Here's what I loved about our adventure.