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.
There are thousands of travel apps - here's why these 5 make all the difference
I'm a bonafide list gal. My travel planning isn't complete without stacks of paper (printer, loose leaf, construction), Post-it notes, pens, highlighters, the works! But I now have some new tools in my arsenal and they're not paper based! There are hundreds of apps (maybe even thousands) that can make travel more efficient, more affordable - and more fun - but only a handful make the grade on each and every trip.
These are the 5 that I use the most -whether I'm on assignment blogging or traveling for fun. Check them out and let me know how they work for you - and let me know if there's any new apps I should try on my next trip!
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