There's nothing like seeing the sunrise over the ancient temples of Bagan in a hot air balloon.
I try to never lose track of how fortunate I am to travel and I always remind myself how lucky I am that my work as a travel writer introduces me to extraordinary locations, experiences, and people. Never has this been more in focus than during my hot air balloon ride over the spectacular ancient temples of Bagan, Myanmar. Without a doubt it stands alone as the most incredible, breathtaking travel experience of my life and I'm so happy to share my memories with you here.
Ryan and Vanessa would like to wish all the readers of TurnipseedTravel a very Merry Christmas, a safe and happy holiday season, and all the very best for 2014. Travel will always have its ups and downs but no matter where we are or what we are doing, we always try to take the time to have a little fun and celebrate the everyday joys of life. Here are some of our biggest smiles from 2013!
Travel to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and discover a mighty Maritime spirit!
Charming Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This designation protects the town's rare architecture and civic design, which is one of the best example of a planned British colonial settlement in Canada. The renowned racing schooner, The Bluenose (and it's successors) was built in the Lunenburg ship building docks.
Together with it's equally charming neighbour, Mahone's Bay, Lunenburg is a beautiful day trip from Halifax or the perfect place for a weekend escape. We try to visit Lunenburg every time we visit Nova Scotia and, as you can tell, indulge in many opportunities to practice our photography skills!
A touch of the Caribbean in Norfolk County
201 years ago, Port Dover (or Dover Mills, as it was then known) was at the heart of the action in the war of 1812. Fortunately, modern visitors receive a much warmer welcome than the American troops experienced all those years ago! Today, Port Dover is an affordable, diverse, beautiful place to spend a weekend or even a whole week. The town has a fun, funky, young, vibrant edge to it and, between the sandy beaches, the public art, and the neat shops, it's possible to enjoy a value packed visit without ever feeling a budgetary pinch.
Bikes are everywhere in Ireland.
Ireland is such a beautiful country; you can find photographic inspiration on every corner. We loved capturing bicycles against so many different backdrops - from modern, bustling street corners in central Dublin, to the outside decor of County Limerick's most famous pub, to the centuries-old stone walls of tiny Bunratty village. We hope you enjoy Ireland's beauty as much as we did!
Kingston will always hold a special place in my heart.
Kingston will always hold a special place in my heart. I lived in Kingston for 4 years as a student at Queen's University (as did Ryan, although our paths didn't cross) and many of the skills I needed for travel were developed there. Skills like the ability to read a map, discipher a bus schedule, wield a set of chopsticks, make online travel reservations, and pack a mean suitcase. I also started my first blog in 1999 - which was short-lived, thanks to my dubious IT skills - and then a second in 2001 - which eventually died down when I was on the road.
Now, whenever I travel throughout Ontario, I always try to detour over and visit Kingston. It holds so many special memories and I love revisiting my favourite restaurants and shops. If you only have a short amount of time in Kingston, I highly recommend visiting the lovely downtown waterfront, where endless photo opportunities abound.
Wolfe Island, Ontario is a beautiful travel destination
All aboard! It's time to ride the ferry to Wolfe Island. This beautiful island just outside of Kingston Ontario is home to lovely farms, the Wolfe Island wind farm, and delightful cafes.
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