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Going on safari in Kruger National Park!

by Audrey May 28, 2015

I don’t know about you, but when I think of travel in South Africa, a safari is one of the first things that comes to mind. Who doesn’t want to see a pride of lions roaming in the wild or a pod of hippos lazily cooling off in a watering hole? Sign me up! Safaris also have a reputation for being pricey experiences, however, after after embarking on my own Kruger safari, I’m here to tell you that all safaris are created different and that you can find one that fits your budget and allows you to experience South Africa’s […]

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I’m in South Africa because blogger campaigns work…

by Audrey May 13, 2015

As a travel blogger I’m often the one working on cool travel campaigns that seek to expose travellers to lesser known destinations around the world – that’s not what this post is about. This is the story of how a blogger campaign launched by Visit South Africa worked on me and caused me to book tickets to discover the country for myself. As it turns out, blogger campaigns also work on bloggers… South Africa. Up until 2 years ago my knowledge of the country was next to nil. I knew you could go on safari, that Nelson Mandela had been jailed on […]

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Why do YOU enjoy train travel?

by Audrey April 30, 2015

Train travel is my favourite means of transportation. Buses can be cramped, planes can experience turbulence, and I can’t really comment on boats since I haven’t done much cruising, but trains, they make me happy. Who will you meet? What stories will you hear? What will the scenery be like?! I’ve zipped from Prague to Amsterdam, Hong Kong to Guangzhou, and Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and every journey is always an adventure. So why am I telling you about trains? Well, the reason is that Rail Europe recently reached out to me to get YOUR opinion on train travel. Whether you are a […]

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Eating my way around Miraflores

by Audrey April 28, 2015

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lima is a destination for food lovers! Most of my outings in the city revolved around restaurants, cafes, or street food stands, and since I spent 3 weeks there, this gave me plenty of time to get to know some of the local hot spots. For this post I decided to focus on the district of Miraflores since it’s where I spent the most time, but let me assure you, you’ll find great food anywhere in Lima! Now on to some of my favourite eateries: Anticuchos Grimanesa I have to say, I had some reservations […]

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Easy weekend trips from Lima!

by Audrey April 21, 2015

So you’re visiting Lima and you want to see a bit more of the country, but you don’t quite have enough time to venture off to the Amazon, Machu Picchu or Puno – where do you go and what do you do? This was one of the challenges of my time in Lima. Technically, I was there to complete an internship in the capital, but I also wanted to make the most of my weekends. My problem was that 2-3 days wasn’t enough to venture very far, so I had to plan weekend trips that were a bit closer to home. […]

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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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