Let me show you around my backyard....
Where can you go for incredible sunsets, beautiful ocean views, endless white sand, charming cottages, and fields filled with flowers? If you're guessing Hawaii or Ireland or New Zealand - you're wrong. Well, I suppose technically you're right! But I had a much more accessible and affordable destination in mind - Nova Scotia! This is more than just a favourite travel destination of mine - it's home.
I grew up in Nova Scotia, along the shores of Cape Breton Island. While I no longer live there, it still has a warm spot in my heart and I never hesitate to passionately recommend my favourite spots to visitors. Whether you're visiting the province for the first time or the 10th, here are three incredible scenic spots you shouldn't miss.
Craving a slice or two? Go ahead and indulge - all around the world. We've got 9 reasons why pizza is the best food for travel.
Have you ever had a craving for an impossible-to-find food in another country? I went crazy for pasta while in Bangkok (and I LOVE Thai food), while I was craving tacos like crazy in Athens (did I mention I ate tacos twice the week before?) And pizza! I can't begin to count the number of slices I've eaten all around the world - and I'm someone who adores food and loves nothing more than getting to know a new culture through their cuisine. What's going on?
I guess there are occasions where you just crave variety or familiarity and comfort. But sometimes those cravings come at a cost - I always feel so guilty that I'm not eating something more local, more authentic. But guilt is a horrible emotion to waste your energy on, especially when you should be enjoying your trip. So I'm now going to indulge - guilt free - in pizza all around the world and I think you should too! Here are my 9 best reasons for eating pizza and why pizza is the best food, no matter where you are in the world.
Last minute getaway? Here are some pro packing tips for stress free packing.
I've never met a suitcase I didn't like. You give me a Friday night, a bag of chips, and a 3-1-1 kit that needs reorganizing and I'm one happy girl. I've been known to pack days (okay, weeks) in advance. What can I say? I LOVE packing!
But packing in advance isn't always possible or practical. If you're a spontaneous traveler, if you have an unpredictable schedule, or if you love the thrill of a deal like a last minute cruise, you might find yourself up until midnight, frantically digging through your laundry pile, driving yourself batty with all the 'what if's'. Stress no more! Here are my best tips to make your cruise packing easy, light, comprehensive, and worry free.
Is Kauai's Glass Beach as colourful as I imagined? There was only one way to find out.
There are tears of sadness, tears of joy, and then there's a kind of tears that are much harder to come by. "Mermaid Tears", better known as beach glass or sea glass, are gorgeous little gems of colour, tumbled into a soothing smoothness thanks to decades in the ocean, before surfacing on a beach to bask in the sun.
Prized by artists and jewelry markers, beautiful beach glass (or sea glass, if you will) also makes for a wonderful travel quest and souvenir. I've collected tiny pieces of it from all over the world, so when I heard about a remote beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that was absolutely covered in beach glass, I knew I had to see it for myself. I had to explore Glass Beach Kauai.
Can one tiny product conquer my frustrations - and the goats?
What's the strangest place you've ever tried to connect to Wi-Fi? For me, it was in a tree house, in the pouring rain, in the middle of a no-cell service zone of Hawaii's Big Island, with lava raging destruction just a few kilometers away. We were promised by the property's owners that we would be able to pick up Wi-Fi from their nearby farmhouse -but given the circumstances I think just about anyone would share my dubious skepticism! Happily I had a little trick up my sleeves for just such an occasion.
Find out why Meteora must be seen to be believed
A post by Ryan
Just as “shooting stars” got their name, Meteora, roughly translated from Greek, means “suspended in the air” or “heavens above”. It is certainly not difficult to see why.
Towering over the quaint town of Kalambaka, Greece, massive, pinnacles of sandstone - carved by wind, rain, and seasonal weathering - have stood as majestic and magical sentinels for almost 60 million years.
This is Meteora, and there is no other place like it on Earth.
Keep the pushers, priers, and predators away.
There's some special attention that is very welcome when you travel - perhaps when a hotel clerk seeks you out for an upgrade or an airline staffer selects you to sit in first class (or so I'm told!) But not all attention feels so good. It's hard to seamlessly blend in when you travel to a new destination and sometimes you feel like a lightening rod, drawing in attention when all you want to do is fade away. From pesky sales touts to more dangerous harassers, it can be exhausting to always feel like you're on your guard. Fortunately, when it comes to protecting your privacy from these unwanted eyes, there's a lot you can do in advance to stay safe and enjoy your trip.
Have I found the best butter tarts in Ontario?
Do you have any dessert shame? No? Well, you've come to the right spot! Bakery treats are at the heart and soul of just about every trip I've ever taken, and I should have known that Port Stanley, Elgin County, Ontario would be no different. But before we begin, I have to share a primer on the single most important food in Canadian history: the butter tart.
These gooey, delectable, completely bad for your health (well, except your mental health!) treats are the perfect accompaniment to a hot drink and I've yet to meet a single Canadian who doesn't love them. (Except in Quebec, where they don't even seem to know about them! But Quebec is home to the butter tart's cousin, sugar pie). Butter tarts can most easily be described as being made with a substance similar to that which fills pecan pie, but they are much, much more. Everyone has their own subtle variations and, in Port Stanley's Killer Desserts, butter tarts are taken to the extreme.
When a jet-setting friend comes to town, you better make sure you're ready!
It's not everyday that a friend flies half way around the world to see you - and it's even better when that friend is an incredible travel writer! Jo from Frugal First Class Travel is coming to Canada for the first time and I get a rare opportunity to show off my home city of Ottawa. It's so seldom that international visitors come to Ottawa on their first trip! I've seen Jo on her home turf of Sydney, Australia, as well as Athens, Greece - both tremendously interesting, stylish, fun, delicious cities. I have to make sure that Ottawa measures up and that I come up with a girlfriend's guide that's worthy of an international jet setter.
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