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The Best of Lima: Where to Go, Eat and Sleep

by Audrey April 13, 2015

While a lot of travellers pass through Lima, most are usually on their way to Cusco and Machu Picchu or on their way back. Lima may get a day or two at a glance, but it’s not a city many linger in. However, after having spent close to a month hanging out here, I’m of the opinion that Lima is a destination in its own right…especially if you like to eat! This little guide is going to highlight a few spots worth checking out in the city, places to eat, and neighbourhoods to stay in. Let’s get started! 1. Hire a bike […]

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Huacachina: Sandboarding and Riding Dune Buggies in the Desert

by Audrey April 2, 2015

Huacachina! What can I say about this place? This little village is essentially a little oasis located in the middle of the Peruvian desert. It looks completely unreal, like the kind of mirage you’d envision if you had spent hours wandering lost through an arid wasteland. Yet there it is, lush and green, surrounded by palm trees, with an inviting emerald lagoon located right smack dab in the middle. I came to Huacachina, like everyone else does, with two things on my mind: to ride dune buggies through the desert and go sandboarding! I hadn’t tried either of these before coming here, and […]

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Islas Ballestas: Sea lions, penguins and pelicans, oh my!

by Audrey March 28, 2015

The Islas Ballestas are often nicknamed as Peru’s very own Galapagos Islands, and while I think this title is a bit farfetched, there is some pretty cool wildlife to experience on these islands. We stopped in Paracas (which is the jump off point for the islands) on our way down to Ica for the weekend. I was a bit worried about showing up without a reservation, but as it turns out, tours for the Ballestas Islands leave quite frequently especially on the weekends when both Limeños and international tourists choose to make the trip to the famed islands. The main street in […]

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Hello from Lima!

by Audrey March 21, 2015

Oh, hello there! Yes, it’s me, the girl who hasn’t posted in like a month. Exactly a month actually…I’ve been keeping track. So why the long silence? Well, if you’re a regular reader you probably remember that I’m in the process of finishing up my Bachelors of Education (yes, zee girl went back to school last fall) and last month was probably the busiest I had yet experienced. I just finished up a 4 week practicum teaching Grade 6 and 7 to a wonderful class in Kingston, but that also meant relearning math that I haven’t used in a decade, planning […]

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Accommodations: Do You Book Ahead Or Just Show Up?

by Audrey February 20, 2015

Should you or should you not book your accommodations in advance? This is a question I get asked a lot, and it’s a tricky one to answer because it depends on a lot of different factors: Where are you going? When are you going? What kind of traveller are you? What kind of place are you looking for? Are there any special festivals happening while you’re in town? So many questions, but you need to consider all of them. When I first started travelling, I used to pre-book all of my accommodations well in advance. I was still quite inexperienced and I wanted to have […]

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VROOM VROOM! Driving luxury cars in Las Vegas

by Audrey February 16, 2015

While in Las Vegas I got to live out the dreams of many a car aficionado. Yes, I drove luxury cars and I didn’t even have to place a down payment or feign interest in buying one to do so! When I first showed up at World Class Driving I was under the impression that we might be taking the cars out for a spin in a racetrack. I pictured myself seated in the passenger seat next to a professional race car driver, seatbelt fastened, and scrunching my face into all sorts of unflattering expressions as we put the pedal to the […]

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Loving Winter at Carnaval de Quebec

by Audrey February 11, 2015

This past weekend Sam and I took a little trip to Quebec City to take part in Carnaval de Quebec – the biggest winter festival in Canada! This is an event that I’ve wanted to attend for years, so I was thrilled to finally have the chance to do so. What I loved about this celebration is that people came out by thousands despite the cold! There were groups of friends, couples, and even families with their toddlers in tow. There is a lot of fun to be had in Quebec City during the winter – the key is to […]

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Departures: The travel show that changed my life

by Audrey February 4, 2015

I was in my third year of university when Departures started airing on the Outdoor Life Network. It was March in Toronto, meaning the weather was kind of abysmal, and even though I was attending lectures at York University my mind was adrift in faraway places. Then these two guys came along and not only revolutionized travel television but also my thoughts on long-term travel. Meet Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach What’s the show about? The show starts out with high school friends Scott and Justin deciding to leave their jobs, homes, and friends behind to go and travel the world for a year. They […]

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My action-packed 3-day weekend in Las Vegas!

by Audrey January 30, 2015

This past weekend Sam and I traded -30℃ weather for a fun-filled weekend in sunny Las Vegas! With Canadian winter still brewing, the desert seemed like the perfect escape, so we hopped on an Air Canada flight and 4.5 hours later we were sporting jeans and light sweaters – practically summer! We only had 3 days in town, but I don’t think we’ve ever packed so much into such a short amount of time. While my weekends at home consist of sipping hot tea and watching travel documentaries in my pyjamas, Vegas had me out of bed early for outdoors adventure […]

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My travel plans and a few goals for 2015

by Audrey January 27, 2015

It may be only January, but I’m a planner and that means I’m already plotting my travels for the months ahead. 2015 is already turning out to be a very busy year in terms of travels and I couldn’t be any more excited. Here’s a little sneak peek at where I’ll be heading: Las Vegas This past weekend Sam and I travelled to Las Vegas (yes, cue Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas – I’ve been humming it for weeks). I recently started writing for Expedia Canada and this was a fun get-together to meet up with the rest of the team. I was only […]

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10 Things to do on a Road Trip around New Zealand

by Audrey January 19, 2015

Today’s post comes from Marie, the blogger and very talented illustrator from Miles of Happiness. Marie spent half a year driving around New Zealand and she produced beautiful watercolours to help document her trip. Here she shares some of her highlights from that journey. I’d also recommend you check out here blog – this girl was born in France, currently lives in Hong Kong, and has crisscrossed the globe many times over. New Zealand is a paradise for outdoor adventurers. I spend half a year driving through this beautiful country and, to be honest, I totally fell for this place. Here are […]

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The Cuban Honeymoon + 6 Months of Marriage

by Audrey January 12, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but this month marks six months since Sam and I tied the knot! It has gone by so quickly that I actually forgot to share the few snaps I took during the honeymoon, so our six month anniversary seemed like a good time as any, am I right? So let’s start off with the destination – we ended up in CUBA! I was initially set on Uzbekistan (a little unusual, I know), but in the end it didn’t seem like a very reasonable spot considering we had just come back to Canada after 15 months of galavanting around the […]

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50 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel to Europe in 2015

by Audrey January 8, 2015

One of the things I love about travel in Europe is that you can hop on a train, ride it for a few hours, and by the time you get off, you find yourself surrounded by a different culture, language and landscape. There is so much diversity across the continent and you don’t even have to travel very far to find it! I have now been to Europe around 5 times, yet I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve travelled to places like Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, England, Scotland, Bulgaria and Turkey, but […]

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How To Get Ridiculously Cheap Flights On Your Next Trip!

by Audrey January 5, 2015

I’m not a flight hacker and I don’t collect frequent flyer points either (I know, it’s horrible considering the amount of flying I do!), but despite this, I have managed to score some incredible deals over the past few years. There was the time I flew from Toronto to London for $405 return, the time I flew from Bangkok to Frankfurt for around $380, and I most recently scored a return flight from New York City to Johannesburg for a mere $324. I must be doing something right, RIGHT?! Today, I thought I’d share how I go about finding these amazing […]

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A look back at 2014

by Audrey December 31, 2014

Today marks the last day of 2014 and what better way to reminisce than through a look back at photos? Yes, this is one of those year-end posts because I like lists and this is how I keep track of it all. So let’s rewind! Scotland Places visited: Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, The Highlands The year started out in Scotland for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. There were street parties, fireworks over the castle, and I even tried haggis. From there we headed out on a fun tour of the Scottish Highlands where we castle hopped and searched for Nessie. I have to say, even though […]

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