Do you visit spas when you travel? How do you save money and still enjoy your visit?
We’re planning a huge, crazy, quick round-the-world trip in November and I've previously talked about how I will be incorporating some slow travel in the middle of our very fast paced trip. It might sound a bit counter-intuitive, but I'm actually going to plan for some relaxation days. Yep. Planned relaxation. I really know how to live it up!
One of the things I'm hoping to do is spend some time in spas. Like many people, I feel pretty confident about tracking down deals in my own city, but paying for spa services while you travel can easily use up a lot of money in a short amount of time, so I found it necessary to look into ways I can both save money and get the best possible experience.
I can't travel without these 3 packing essentials
I've heard so many people pose the question "What are the three things you can't live without when you travel?" And inevitably, the answers are always almost the same: passport, smart phone, money. Sometimes clean clothing or a good guidebook makes the list. I've been thinking about my own past travels lately and I've been remembering that there was once a time, not that long ago, when you didn't need all that much money, there were no such thing as smart phones, and you didn't even need a passport for certain trips. Here are the three things that have really been with me since the beginning - they come along every trip.
These are 6 Coffee farms that everyone should visit in Hawaii.
A visit to Hawaii is often described as a trip of a lifetime. The beautiful beaches, the lush scenery – Hawaii really is paradise.
But for a truly unique experience, take some time to explore the working coffee farms. There’s nowhere else on earth that can compare with the intimate visits offered in Hawaii and they offer more than just a chance to learn about history and agriculture. It’s a way to really connect to the people of Hawaii and immerse yourself in the labor of love that is the lifeblood of their farms.
Even if you aren't a coffee drinker, you’ll still enjoy a visit!
Is Ireland on your travel bucket list?
In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to write a little about Ireland - in green, of course!. I've been there 4 time, including a week where I visited Limerick, the Aran Islands, Galway, and Dublin, a summer as part of my graduate studies research. I lived in a Dublin hostel for a month and then traveled around the entire country and finished in Northern Ireland. While Ireland is a dream location for many travelers, for me it had many pros and cons (just like any destination, I suppose). Here's what I loved about Ireland - and what I wasn't so keen on.
Are you getting the best bang for your travel dollars? Here's how to make the most of them!
In a previous post, I talked about how much I loved free attractions - not only for their delicious pricing, but also for the value their dedicated staff adds to the visit. For the follow up, I’m going to take a look at paid attractions and give some helpful ideas on how you can gain the best possible value for your admission price.
Have you heard about the 27 Good Things Challenge?
I was recently asked to do the 27 Good Things challenge - that's 3 good things to read, see, and use. (Yes, the math is a bit tricky!) I had so much fun thinking about this - what do you think? What would you choose for your 3 things?
Three things to read:
1.) Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. Ah, there's no love like your first love! I've been reading and re-reading this series since I was 8 years old and I still love it. Being from Maritime Canada myself, I love the stories of olden Prince Edward Island and try to adapt Anne’s joyous spirit as a guide for my own. And for the history buffs out there: the last book in the series, Rilla of Ingleside, is the only novel that details Canadian domestic life during WWI that was written during the period. Amazingly rich in historical detail.
Ladies - these travel tips are just for you!
Every week, I am proud to co-host the #girlstravel twitter chat - the only twitter travel just for female travelers.
For the week of March 11, the theme surrounds "women's issues" - you know, the kind of things only women have to deal with when they travel! (Caution, male readers: hormones are involved!).
It made me think about how most people bring a bit of an emergency kit with them when they travel (first aid, sewing kit, matches). Maybe the prudent female traveler needs some decidedly feminine backup as well when she travels!
I'm proud to be a Canadian traveler
I was recently tagged by @littlegreybird to be part of the #MyCanada bloggers' roulette, and am honoured to contribute. The concept is that Canadian bloggers write a post about why they love Canada, and what they think travelers should do when they visit Canada. This exercise has given my the opportunity to really think about what Canada means to me, and, since I focus so much on travelling abroad, what it means to be home.
Traveling solo for the first time? These are 10 of my favourite destinations.
In honour of International Women's Day on March 8th, and the #WeGoSolo twitter chat, here are 10 amazing destinations that are perfect for a first time, solo female travelers.
I've been to them all and I can heartily endorse them. I've traveled in North America, Africa, and Europe, and I feel very sure there are many other cities around the world which would be perfect for a new explorer.
Which one sounds like the place for you?
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