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.
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 best reasons for eating pizza, 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 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 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.
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.