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You DON’T need to start a blog to travel!

by Audrey November 19, 2014

It seems blogging has become quite the trend these days. Everyone and their mom is writing a blog about one thing or the other, but today I’m here to tell you that: You DON’T need to start a travel blog just because you’re going on a trip! I know it sounds a bit hypocritical coming from me – I travel and blog for a living so I’m certainly not one to follow my own advice – but hear me out. A while ago I was chatting with a friend who had started a blog in the months leading up to her big trip [...]

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Airport Tips: Make screening a breeze this winter

by Audrey November 19, 2014

With the holiday season fast approaching and lots of travels taking place, the folks at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority asked to share a few tips to help get you through airport security with ease.  The weather outside may be frightful, but travelling this winter can be delightful! Whether you’re packing for a winter wonderland with the kids or escaping the cold, these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) will make airport security a breeze.   Before the airport Snowy weather can make getting to the airport a challenge, so make sure to arrive with plenty [...]

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Learning my Animals at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

by Audrey November 15, 2014

One of the most exciting things about visiting Australia was getting to come face to face with a whole slew of animals that I had never seen (and in some cases never even heard of) before. Coming from Canada, I am familiar with animals like loons, squirrels, moose, and bears, but ask me to identify Australian wildlife and I’ll be stumped. This is why I loved visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Gold Coast – not only did I get to see Australian creatures up close, but I also got to learn a lot of cool facts about them. So let’s have [...]

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5 European Destinations to Check Out in the Coming Year

by Audrey November 10, 2014

With 2015 just around the corner, the team over at Contiki asked me if I could share some of my favourite European destinations for travel in the coming year. Where to begin?! I’ve done quite a bit of travel around Europe, but I always find it hard choosing favourites since each place has something unique to offer, so instead I decided to highlight a few favourites by theme. From road trip worthy regions to straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale cities, here are a few of my picks: Landscapes: Scotland You know a place is pretty special when the landscapes take your breath away – even in [...]

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On being back in university

by Audrey October 30, 2014

So back in August I told you I was heading back to university to earn my Bachelor of Education, however, I haven’t really written much about it on the blog. So today, in lieu of a post from some far-flung locale, I thought I’d give you an update as to how it’s going so far and how I even ended up here. It’s a bit of a winding story, so I guess we should go back to Spring of 2010. That’s the year I graduated from university and I was a big mess. I had no clue what I wanted to do and there [...]

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Tips for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

by Audrey October 23, 2014

If you’re travelling all the way up to Sapa, you’re likely thinking of going trekking. This is, after all, one of the most scenic regions of Northern Vietnam, and if there is one thing the frontier town of Sapa is known for, it’s rice terraces with sweeping mountain vistas. Sapa was the final stop of my 1-month Vietnam travel itinerary, and what a way to finish an incredible month of travel across the length of the country. It was incredibly picturesque, the cool mountain air was refreshing, and it was just great to be out exploring nature. Here I’ve compiled a few tips for [...]

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A Night in the Dana Biosphere Reserve

by Audrey October 18, 2014

Jordan was a country full of highlights. Just when I thought tomorrow couldn’t possibly top what I had experienced that very day, I found myself coming face to face with Petra, or camping with Bedouins in the desert, or floating like a cork on the Dead Sea. Is there no limit to Jordan’s surprises?! Yet another highlight came in the form of a visit to the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The Dana Biosphere is Jordan’s largest nature reserve and it has an incredibly rich biodiversity. Most of the reserve is accessible only on foot, so if you’re looking to get off-the-beaten-path, this is as remote [...]

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Edinburgh: Wizardry, Hauntings and Grave Robbers

by Audrey October 6, 2014

Last year I visited Edinburgh in the wintertime to attend the Hogmanay year-end celebrations, however, as I walked around the city on my first day there, I couldn’t help thinking of another popular celebration: Halloween. There’s something about this city that lends itself well to spooky tales and ghoulish characters, and as I soon learned, I wouldn’t have to let my imagination run too wild. Edinburgh does have a bit of a dark history – one that includes hauntings, grave robbers, and even a bit of wizardry! Over the course of my visit I got to experience a few of these, and [...]

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You Know You’re Travelling with a Photographer When…

by Audrey October 4, 2014

It doesn’t matter if they’re a professional or an amateur, photographers aren’t the easiest people to travel with. They get up at strange hours, they like to pack a lot of crap, and they’ll likely keep you waiting around because photography is serious business… I should know, I married a camera-totting redhead who also happens to be into video. You can only imagine how much time I have spent waiting around while he goes trigger happy around a new town. Well, long enough to get into photography myself and actually learn a thing or two, that’s how long. If you’ve ever [...]

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Cherishing Your Memories + MILK Books Giveaway!

by Audrey October 1, 2014

Let’s start October off with a giveaway! This one is a goodie because it’s all about cherishing your memories. I used to be really good about developing my photos after a trip and arranging them in photo albums, but over the years (read: ever since I started blogging), I kind of let that slide. I always think, “yeah, I’ll get to it,” but somehow it seems less urgent when I have all my photos backed up on SmugMug or posted here on the site. With the wedding photos, however, I was a bit more excited about getting them in print. I may travel [...]

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A Travel Guide to Kimito Island, Finland

by Audrey September 24, 2014

Kimito Island is nothing short of idyllic. As Finland’s largest coastal island, Kimito is a quiet retreat where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of nature – walks through the woods, blueberry picking, or a bit of island-hopping by kayak. I feel very fortunate to have been able to visit this island twice in the past two years, and in today’s post I wanted to highlight some of the activities you can expect to experience around the island. Ride Icelandic Horses through the forest So here I was in Finland, riding Icelandic horses, with a Swedish-speaking guide. Could it be any more [...]

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50 Things to do in BERLIN!

by Audrey September 18, 2014

Earlier this year I got to spend a wonderful month living like a local in Berlin. Sam and I rented a cute little apartment in Prenzlauer Berg just a couple of stops from Alexanderplatz, and over the course of those 30 days I made it my mission to see and do as much as possible around the city. There were lots of highlights: music-filled Sundays at Mauerpark, bike rides through art covered neighbourhoods, and late night dinners in crowded bars jam-packed with hipsters - it was everything I expected the city to be and I loved it! I didn’t manage to see and [...]

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Summer by the Seaside: A Day Trip to Hanko and Ekenäs

by Audrey September 13, 2014

Sometimes when we travel it’s easy to stick to the capital, but then we end up missing out on gems that are so close by! That’s why today I wanted to highlight two beautiful Finnish seaside towns: Hanko and Ekenäs. These places are charming and the wooden architecture will transport you back to a bygone era, but the best part is that they are easy day trips from Helsinki! Hanko is only a 1,5 hour drive from the capital, and Ekenäs is even closer. Hanko I liked Hanko the minute we pulled into the harbour. The first thing that struck me were the wooden villas. Hanko thrived [...]

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Win a Trip for 2 to Chile & Antarctica!

by Audrey September 10, 2014

I’m so wishing I had a U.S. passport right now because this is a trip I’d love to have a shot at winning for myself! Turbodown is running an amazing travel contest and the grand prize is a trip to CHILE  AND ANTARCTICA! I’ve never been to Chile nor Antarctica myself, but these are two destinations that I’d leap on in a heartbeat. Some of the highlights of this prize include exploring Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, camping out in geodesic domes (which remind me of little igloos minus the snow), crossing the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage, and [...]

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The Southeast Asia Highlights

by Audrey September 8, 2014

To bucket-list or not to bucket-list? I find that if I don’t do my research on a place in advance, I often end up missing out on experiences and places I would have liked to see. When Contiki asked me to share some bucket-list worthy experiences, I immediately thought of Southeast Asia. That’s where I spent most of last year and my time there was full of highlights. I’ve written about my favourite destinations in Southeast Asia before, but today I thought I’d share the experiences that made my time there extra special: Climbing an active volcano in Bali I’m not much [...]

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