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A visual approach to hotel bookings with Yonderbound

by Audrey December 18, 2014

When it comes to booking accommodations for my travels, I don’t have one preferred booking engine. I used Hostelworld when I was travelling solo in Europe and needed nothing more than a bunk to crash on, I used Agoda in Southeast Asia to help me find a mixture of affordable guesthouses and small boutique hotels, and I have most recently been trying out AirBnB for longer apartment stays in places like Berlin and Istanbul. However, I’ve lately been hearing a new name around town: Yonderbound. I’ve known about Yonderbound for a few months now, but because I’ve been back in Canada finishing […]

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White House Summit on Study Abroad & Global Citizenship

by Audrey December 12, 2014

What a day! On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 I had the great pleasure of attending the first ever Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship hosted by the White House. This was my first visit to Washington D.C. and what better reason to visit? Going overseas, be it to study, travel, work, or volunteer, is a topic that is near and dear to my heart; I think this blog is living proof of that. Travel for me has been transformative and that’s why I encourage young people to go abroad. Being away from home forced me to become a more […]

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The last bits of autumn

by Audrey December 7, 2014

Well, we are in full-fledged winter mode around these parts! We had our first snowfall a couple of weeks back, and as I look out the window today I feel like I’m in a snow globe. The white stuff is coming down heavy.  I’m starting to get really excited for Christmas and all that comes with it – ice-skating, visits to the Christmas market, and lots of cookies and mulled wine – but before I get all festive on you, I wanted to share a few autumn photos from the last couple of months here in Kingston. A sunny morning around main campus. […]

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Rafting down the Li River in Photos

by Audrey December 3, 2014

I don’t always have a story to share along with my photos, and even though that’s the case with my rafting trip down the Li River, it’s still one of my favourite memories from my travels in China. The Li River (Lijiang) is a popular journey in the Guangxi province; many travellers choose to cruise the length between Guilin and Yangshuo, and it’s easy to see why – the landscapes are out of this world! Karst mountains rise up from either side of the river, giving way to one of the most magical journeys in the world. The place is so […]

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China, it’s not the easiest place to travel

by Audrey November 29, 2014

I have travelled to many countries where I didn’t speak the local language, but I have to say, China is perhaps the toughest country I’ve tackled to date. Even though I did quite a bit of travel around southeastern China last year I still haven’t written much about it, and part of the reason is because I have so many mixed feelings about my time there. On the one hand, Sam and I got to experience some amazing things; we went biking down dirt roads surrounded by fields and karst mountains, we went rafting down the otherworldly Li River, we witnessed bizarre […]

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Holiday Travel Gift Ideas FOR HER

by Audrey November 25, 2014

The Christmas season is just around the corner, and while the holidays are all about spending time with your loved ones, you’re probably also thinking about a little something special to put under the tree. So if you have a special lady in your life who loves to travel, here are a few gift ideas just for her: World Map Watch I love anything travel-themed and this watch is a pretty cute one. Even if you can’t be on the road, looking down at this watch is a nice reminder of a whole world that’s waiting to be explored. Packing Cubes If you’re messy […]

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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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