Cabot Beach Camping in Prince Edward Island Is A Summer Dream Come True! Read our review and see for yourself.
There aren't many places in the world where you can drift off to sleep next to an ocean front, sunset view for under $30 but Prince Edward Island is one of them - IF you're willing to go camping! And we certainly were! Heading to the Canadian Maritimes with a bare-bones budget, we were determined to still enjoy the very best the area had to offer and make some amazing vacation memories. And with this in mind, we were off to enjoy Cabot Beach camping at a spectacular provincial park. Thank goodness we did! It may just be the most spectacular sunset campground PEI has to offer! Read on to see why we loved it so much.
Look no further for classic Canadiana. This is what travel in Algonquin Provincial Park looks like.
Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park may just be the most famous park in all of Canada. The humble beauty of its Canadian wilderness has enthralled visitors for centuries. Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven found tremendous inspiration here, as did Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. But for everyday guests such as myself, a weekend resident at Algonquin's Achray Campground, it just feels like home. I hope you enjoy its beauty as much as I do!
Updated in 2022! Sleeping bags were once a travel staple - but can you still use sleeping bags in hostels? What about taking a sleeping bag on an airplane? Do backpackers even need sleeping bags now?
It wasn't that long ago that backpacking and hosteling were synonymous with wholesome youths trekking between Alpine villages, porting external frame packs with large rolled sleeping bags strapped on top, using sleeping bags in hostels. Looking at old travel guides makes me think that every traveler was an aspiring mountain climber!
Times have certainly changed, both for budget travelers and for the sleeping bag, once a ubiquitous travel staple! The sleeping bag's role in travel isn't quite as clear cut anymore. Readers have been asking sleeping bag related questions - like if sleeping bags count as carry-on - and I'm happy to help.
Am I ready to tackle wild water sports?
It’s been 30 years since my first swimming lesson, and as I rose through the ranks of lessons, swim team, and lifeguard training, there was no place I loved so much as being in the water. I was so comfortable, in fact, that I never felt the least bit of desire to participate in any kind of watersport. Water polo, water skiing, canoeing – just the thought of it pushed my anti-adventure envelope too far.
Subsequently, it came as a bit of a surprise to hear myself agreeing to go kayaking in the middle of a camping trip to Algonquin Park. Influenced no doubt by the legendary images of paddling on the park’s famous lakes, I felt the pressure of history upon my shoulders, not wanting to miss out on a great Canadian tradition.
The $200 Challenge is back!
The piercing laugh and cry of the loon reverberate across the polished glass of Grand Lake. It's a sound I've heard a hundred times before in recordings, but never in the flesh, and I'm taken aback by how haunting it is. When the loon finally settles into a stealthy, silent swim, the entire campground is so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
2 Days - 2 People - $200. Can We Camp On A Budget In Algonquin Park?
In the fall of 2012, Ryan and I undertook our first $200 challenge. We conceived the idea of taking a short trip for 2 people, just 2 days, for only $200. We didn't want it to be just any trip – we wanted to prove that even bare bones, budget travel can be just as enjoyable as more expensive trips.
Our first challenge took us to Smugglers Notch State Park in Stowe, Vermont. It was a wonderful experience and we soaked in the gorgeous fall colors and thoroughly investigated the local food scene. Between the charming town of Stowe and the beautiful scenic drives– we certainly proved you don’t need to spend a lot to enjoy a lot! We also encountered a few problems along the way and we did end up a bit over budget. Our biggest bump in the road came when our camp stove died on our first morning and we were forced to eat out more than we had planned!
Spice up your travels around the world! The 5 amazing spice mixes for camping and backpacking will help you make delicious memories.
For a long time I’ve been advocating that you can save money and, frankly, eat better if you cook some of your own meals when you travel. How many soggy sandwiches, stale pizzas, and greasy, thin burgers can you really stand? I’m putting together a 5 part series of top 5 lists relating to travel and food- both cooking and eating. First up: spice mixes for camping and travelling
I like to travel with some basic seasonings and I’m thinking of making this a must-pack item for every trip. Spices and herb mixes can really save the day when you are on a budget or travelling where there is a lot of bland food. You can get camping sets, but I find it easiest to assemble my own using little plastic vials, so I can customize to my own preferences. Besides, commercial mixes are very high in sodium and much more expensive. I like to use:
Is Northern Vermont really a budget friendly travel destination?
I've always believed that you can live large on a teensy budget – especially when you’re travelling. It’s one thing to travel frugally, but it’s another altogether to do so in a way that feels rich! And that is exactly what I wanted to accomplish with the $200 challenge. We chose Vermont as our first location.
See previous posts on the Vermont $200 Challenge:
Vermont: The Conception
Vermont: Planning Stage 1
It’s about a 4-5 hour drive from our home in Ottawa and a great choice to enjoy the fall colours. We reasoned by going early enough in the season we could still manage to camp warmly and still enjoy the autumn display.
We reserved our campsite at Smugglers’ Notch State Park about a month in advance. We chose this location for its convenience to the town of Stowe and proximity to the fabled Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We were thrilled with our campsite – the state park was small but spotlessly clean – the bathrooms were immaculate, with bowls of potpourri and decorative gourds on the counter, and the campgrounds had the gravel and soil raked between guests to ensure cleanliness. We enjoyed a dramatic scenic drive on the way in to the park and the entire surrounding area was beautiful. Our tent set up went smoothly and, overall, we were very happy with our accommodation selection.
Updated for 2021!
So excited to report that stage one of planning for the Northern Vermont trip is complete!! We have booked our accommodations for two nights at Smugglers Notch state park campground.
Camping was a bit of a difficult decision – after all, it might be cold, wet, or just too much work. And New England is famous for it’s beautiful inns and B&B’s. But given that we have a total budget of $200 for two people for two nights, it was the only way to go.
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