Can I handle the rides at Canada'sWonderland?
I was part of a TBEX press trip with Central Counties Tourism that included a stop at Canada’s Wonderland, one of the premier amusement parks in North America. They boast incredible roller coasters and amazing rides – none of which I had the least intention of going on. I’ve neither the stomach nor the nerves for such wild times – but I still had a ton of fun!
What was I doing at an Amusement Park?
Legendary motion-sickness, a well-deserved reputation as a chicken – what on earth was I doing at a theme park? And how is it possible that I enjoyed it?
It's easy to fall in love with Paris.
I know I’ve said it before, but Paris is my absolute favourite city in the world. My first trip was 12 years ago when I visited as part of an international study program. I can still remember memorizing the main Metro stops, visualizing the entire city in my head as I prepared to cross over from England! Fortunately, Paris lived up to my every expectation. It took just one bite into a madeleine and I was hooked!
My last trip was 7 years ago (which is so hard to believe!) I went to Paris for the week with two friends to run the Paris marathon. It felt so good to be back in a city I loved so much! The challenge of the marathon was exhausting, but it was great to accomplish my goal and reunite with Paris once again.
And now I am long overdue for a trip back. I only have a few more months to go, as I’ll be in Paris this fall for two days as part of a month long, round-the-world trip. While we were originally only going to be in Belgium, it felt like Paris was just too close to pass by! Some old haunts will be revisited – like my favourite bakery to get more of those madeleines – and hopefully I’ll also discovery some new gems as well.
Are you planning a trip to Paris? These articles are sure to help!
Hotel Review: Paris' Hotel Academie
Paris: Day 2 & 3 of our Round The World Trip
Budget Friendly Paris for First Timers
Touring Paris by Bike
Riding a Segway should be easy, right?
For a girl best known for her love of thrill-seeking, extreme adventure activities such as… book club – or art tours – or writing in a café… it’s hard to find an activity wild enough to really get Vanessa’s adrenalin pumping! Who am I kidding – the readers of TurnipSeed Travel know me better than that! It’s time to take a (tentative) walk on the wild side – with Segway!
Airports, travel, and delays go hand-in-hand. Here's how top travel bloggers pass the time.
For better or for worse, being stuck in an airport is an inevitable part of most vacations. Whether you have arrived several hours early for an important international flight, have a lot of time to kill between connections, or – worst of all – are stuck because of a delay, chances are you’ll lose anywhere from a few hours to a few days of your vacation staring at an arrival board, eating stale pretzels, and tapping your toes.
Here are some suggestions from top travel bloggers on how to make the most of that wasted time and get the best value for your vacation time.
Traveling for work? Ryan shows you how it's done!
I travel from time to time for business, whether to do work in the field or attend meetings and conferences. No two business trips are ever the same, but there are definitely similarities for all of them, which can make planning and traveling a bit easier.
Traveling for business is more work than it is vacation (whether we want it to be or not!) and as such, you need to be prepared when you hit the road so that you make sure you arrive as prepared as possible to hit the ground running when you arrive.
The TBEX conference taught me a lot about being a business traveler.
A business traveler – who, me? As it turns out, yes! For years, I’ve envisioned a business traveler as a suit and briefcase character, in and out of non-descript airports, bustling around the country to close the deal – imagine George Clooney from “Up In The Air” or Sarah Jessica Parker in “I Don’t Know How She Does It”.
Turns out, after spending over a week in Toronto for the TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference, I’m a bit of a business traveler too!
I'm searching for the perfect stuffable day pack
As I slowly move away from the backpackers’ lifestyle and explore more grown up travel, I find myself yearning for some of my old gear. It might have been beaten up, scuffed and stained, but it was comfortable and it worked!
One item that’s been hard to give up is my daypack. I’ve mostly moved to bags and satchels, but there are still times when a small backpack is best, such as hiking and transporting snorkel gear to the beach. My old daypack (originally a zip-off from a main pack), was about 15L in size and, while comfortable, was just a tad too small and the design made it difficult to squish up.
Niagara Falls isn't the only thing that's free flowing! Wait till you try the wine!
As the TurnipSeed Travel community knows, I’m passionate about getting great value when I travel – no matter where I go or how I go about it. More often than not, this has meant exploring the best in local food, wine, and products and discovering their superior value over their imported counterparts.
Having recently discovered some amazing cold world wines in my own backyard in Ottawa, I was thrilled to be a part of the TBEX blogger tour to the Niagara Escarpment to discover more fine Ontario wines.
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