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The Versalette: The Ideal Outfit for Girls Who Travel + GIVEAWAY!

by Audrey August 22, 2014

Earlier this year I heard about a pretty cool company that designed a clothing article that can be worn 30 different ways. As a girl who travels and often overpacks, I was intrigued by the idea. One outfit, thirty ways? This could potentially make my suitcase a whole lot lighter! To give you a bit of background information, Seamly.co is an American company based out of Denver, Colorado. Their mission is to create apparel in a sustainable way, meaning their pieces aren’t manufactured in overseas sweatshops, rather at home. I really liked the team’s vision and the creativity behind their designs, so [...]

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Your Guide to Helsinki in the Summertime!

by Audrey August 19, 2014

When you live in a place that has long winters, you really have to learn to savour those short summer months, and Finland is a perfect example of that. I recently got to spend a few days revisiting the capital, Helsinki, and one of the first things I noticed was that everyone was outdoors – the cafes were lined with people enjoying their coffees al fresco, friends were meeting for picnics in the park, the Baltic Sea was full of sailboats going out for a day on the water – it was so lively! I too tried to make the most of my summer [...]

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Every Man’s Right and Finland’s Outdoor Culture

by Audrey August 15, 2014

If there’s one thing I learned during my recent visit to Finland, it’s that the heart of the country is found outdoors. Yes, the capital of Helsinki is home to cultural events, design stores, and cool cafes, but nature is where you get to experience the beauty of this country – the lakes, the forests, and the wild berries growing on the bushes. Some visitors choose to stay in the capital because “the outdoors” seems too remote and hard to access, but what if I told you that the stunning Nuuksio National Park that you see in the photo below is only 40 minutes outside [...]

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Fredericton in the Summertime

by Audrey August 11, 2014

The first time I visited Fredericton, I was only there for 1 day. I was doing a road trip around the East Coast and because I only had about a week out there (not enough time, I soon learned!) my visit was limited to walking around the downtown and not much else. Nevertheless, Fredericton did leave a good impression on me all those years ago, so I was happy to return for a longer visit this summer. Since Sam’s parents live there, we had a nice place to stay in the downtown area, and they also gave us lots of cool tips [...]

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How to Travel when You’re a Teenager

by Audrey August 6, 2014

Several times a month I get emails from teens who have dreams of travelling the world. On the one hand I feel a little proud that they’ve caught the travel bug so early (well done wee ones, you’ve learned well!), and on the other hand I cringe like a parent at the thought of a 16 year old strapping on a backpack and heading out to the Big Scary World…or Europe (a sure sign I’m getting old). This post isn’t meant to deter you from doing so, I mean, if your parents aren’t stopping you, then who am I to [...]

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Going back to Finland!

by Audrey August 4, 2014

I didn’t expect to be going back to Europe so soon, but in just a matter of days I’m heading back to Finland! I always thought my second trip to Finland would be in the winter time – a visit to Santa and his reindeer, maybe a trip up to Lapland to see the Northern Lights – but life is full of surprises and it looks like I’ll get to experience yet another wonderful summer under the Midnight Sun. Last year’s trip introduced me to Finland’s Great Outdoors. I got to do a lot of cool things like kayak on the Archipelago [...]

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July in Review: Football, Major Milestones and Road Trips

by Audrey July 31, 2014

I still can’t believe we’re halfway through the summer! July came and went in the blink of an eye, and even though the entire month was spent in Canada, it was still a really busy one. Here’s a quick look at what I got up to this month:   World Cup Madness Most of my afternoons in July revolved around the FIFA World Cup. This event only comes around once every 4 years, so I was in front of the TV yelling at the refs anytime there was a match on.  I cheered for Argentina all the way, and then those [...]

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WE GOT MARRIED!

by Audrey July 28, 2014

Now for the post we’ve all been waiting for – the surprise wedding! If you’re signed up for the newsletter I send out every couple of months then this is old news to you, but for everyone else, here is the big reveal with pictures. On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Sam and I tied the knot. We gathered in a bright, little greenhouse and surrounded by 30 of our closest friends and family members we said ‘I do’. After a year of dating in South Korea, and another year and a half backpacking around 25+ countries, we finally made it official. Meet Mr. and Mrs. [...]

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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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