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A few words to live by

by Audrey July 26, 2014

Today’s post is a little less travel themed and a bit more focused on life lessons. Seeing as I turned 27 this week (happy birthday to me!) I thought I’d share a few of the life lessons I’ve learned and I’m trying to live by. None of these lessons are mind blowing, and I’m sure you’ve grown up hearing many of them, but let this be a friendly reminder to go out there and live well. Be happy where you are. My early twenties were filled with the need to escape and be in far off places – I was probably [...]

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My Week in New York City

by Audrey July 24, 2014

First off, a little video from NYC!   * * * The first time I visited New York City, the city and I didn’t really click. My visit was solely centred around the top attractions – Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the shops along Fifth Avenue – and I just ended up feeling overwhelmed by the chaos of it all. On this second trip I wanted to do things differently; since it was Sam’s first time in the Big Apple, we still made sure to cover those iconic New York sights, but we also gave ourselves plenty of down time [...]

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Postcards from The Cloisters in Upper Manhattan

by Audrey July 20, 2014

I recently spent a week in New York City and seeing as this was my second visit, I wanted to visit some of the lesser known attractions I missed the first time around. At the top of my list was a trip out to the Cloisters. The Cloisters which formally opened in 1938 are devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Inside you’ll find medieval sculptures, tapestries, and illuminated manuscripts, with many of the pieces dating between the 12th and 15th centuries. I can’t remember exactly how I first heard of the Cloisters – maybe I read about it on a blog while planning my [...]

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Europe Year Round: A Guide to the Best Festival and Celebrations

by Audrey July 17, 2014

The other day the team over at Contiki asked me if I could share a few reasons why I think Europe is a great destination anytime of year, and the first thing that came to my mind were all the festivals and cultural celebrations. When it comes to travel in Europe, most of us think of it as a summer destination, however, the place is bursting with possibilities year round. In today’s post I wanted to highlight some of the quirkiest and most unique celebrations that take place; I’m talking about everything from fun orange fights in Italy and downhill cheese races in England, to the plain [...]

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Feeling like a Pizza Expert in Chicago

by Audrey July 9, 2014

I first tried deep-dish pizza in South Korea. Yes, you read that right, South Korea. I had just started dating Sam and I quickly learned that there were two things he really loved: the Blackhawks and deep-dish pizza. The boy’s not even from Chicago (he’s from British Columbia!), but he somehow has a big love for all things from the Windy City. So during one of our weekends in Korea, he decided to drag me about 1 hour and a half into Seoul so that we could go eat at one of the only deep-dish pizzerias in the whole country… Once [...]

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The Chicago Highlights

by Audrey July 5, 2014

Chicago was the last stop of our 3 week North American adventure and we couldn’t have picked a better place to end off the trip. Summer in the city was just perfect! There were festivals taking place, free movie nights at The Pavilion, outdoor concerts, and the weather was great for long days spent sightseeing. I also ate more pizza than I normally would in an entire year – yes, Chicago is considered the home of deep-dish pizza so I took it upon myself to try and find the best one. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the Windy City: Watching [...]

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So you don’t know where to travel?

by Audrey July 4, 2014

One of the most frequently asked questions that pops up in my inbox is, “Where do you think I should travel?” I’m always happy to respond to emails asking for travel tips and advice, but this is one question that leaves me stumped. There are 196 countries in the world today (though even that’s a disputable number) - how do I even begin to narrow it down?! I think travel destinations are a very personal choice. Sure, there may be certain countries that are easier to travel to, or cheaper to travel to, but at the end of the day you’re [...]

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Trapped in a Room with a Zombie!

by Audrey June 29, 2014

Bloody handprints are smeared on the wall and I can hear the chain rattling in the next room. I’m surrounded by a group of 10 strangers and we are all staring at each other while we contemplate our impending doom; we are about to get locked in a room with a zombie. It sounds like an unlikely scenario, however I willfully signed up for this. When I first discovered room escape games in Prague earlier this spring I was hooked. The thrill of being trapped in a room for an hour and working through clues to find a way out was something I [...]

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Updates from our little North American train adventure

by Audrey June 27, 2014

Well, well, it has been a quiet few days around the blog! When Sam and I first finished our 15 month backpacking trip we were planning to spend most of the summer back in Toronto. However, before our suitcases were properly unpacked or our laundry was even done, we decided on a little North American train adventure….because why not? We chose 3 cities that we wanted to visit - Montreal, New York City, and Chicago – and that’s where we’ve been for the past few weeks. We have literally been running around town, soaking in all the sights, and filming city guides that we’ll be putting [...]

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My 1-Month Cambodia Travel Itinerary

by Audrey June 18, 2014

Cambodia was the second country I visited during my big backpacking trip around Southeast Asia, and I ended up spending a whole month there. It was a slow-paced month of travel and I managed to cover 4 different destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Sihanoukville. Not every destination was a hit and there were a few travel hiccups along the way, but for anyone planning a similar journey, here’s a look at how I structured my month in Cambodia: Phnom Penh (4 days) Phnom Penh was not my favourite city, however, I do think it’s an important place to visit as [...]

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Exploring Petra and Wadi Musa

by Audrey June 12, 2014

Call me naive, but before coming to Petra I thought the Treasury was it. I had no idea about the Monastery, or the Royal Tombs, or the fact that there is also a Little Petra! Nor had I ever heard of Wadi Musa - the town closest to the archaeological site of Petra, which acts as a jump-off point for travellers exploring the Lost City. Because Petra (namely the Treasury) tends to get most of the attention, in today’s post I wanted to highlight some of the many things you can do in and around Petra and Wadi Musa during your visit. From 2000-year-old cave bars to Jordanian cooking [...]

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The Best of Prague through Instagram

by Audrey June 8, 2014

I was just scrolling through my Instagram feed and looking at the photos I took in Prague and decided I needed to share these. Almost everyone who has passed through Prague always raves about this city’s beauty and I have to echo this sentiment. I think these photos sum up why I enjoyed the city so much. Where else can you find facades like this?   They love their creams and pastels in this city.   Subtle walls with bright pink flowers.   A walk through the Vyšehrad Cemetery in search of Alphonse Mucha’s grave. I couldn’t find it.   Shadow [...]

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Breeze through airport security this summer

by Audrey June 7, 2014

With the summer holidays fast approaching, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority asked me if they could share some tips to help travellers get through security lines with more ease over the holiday season.  * * * Summer is the busiest air travel time in Canada. Whether you’re packing for a family vacation, visiting relatives or exploring new corners of the world, an easy and stress-free travel experience starts by preparing for the security checkpoint. These tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) can help. One of the most common mistakes travellers make is bringing liquids, aerosols and gels [...]

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Sailing the Whitsunday Islands #ThisIsQueensland

by Audrey June 3, 2014

Allow me to introduce you to one of the most beautiful places on earth: the Whitsunday Islands! When I was first invited to come visit Queensland, I knew I had to find a way to make it over to the Whitsundays. My fixation with these islands started about a year ago when I came across photos of what closely resembled paradise. Picture shallow waters in shades ranging from turquoise to azure, golden sandbanks freckled by the sun, and mangroves teeming with lush vegetation. Now imagine having this place all to yourself! Maybe it’s because not many international travellers know about these islands, or [...]

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15 Random Lessons from 15 Months of Travel

by Audrey May 31, 2014

I am home! I have been back in Canada for a few weeks now, enjoying family time, catching up on sleep, and also thinking back on the past 15 months of my life. When I first moved to South Korea as an English teacher I wasn’t sure I would last more than 6 months, but then I ended up staying a full year and subsequently embarking on my lengthiest trip to date – 15 months to be exact! I still have plenty left to write about this great adventure, however, since I’m in the mood to contemplate and reminisce, here are  some [...]

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