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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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August in Review: From Finland, to Cuba, to University!

by Audrey September 3, 2014

I walked out of my apartment this morning and I could already smell that crisp autumn air. It’s hard to believe how quickly summer came and went, but I’m excited for what this next season will hold. The blog was a little quiet over the last two weeks while I went off to Cuba and then moved into my new home for the year, but I’m back with this little end of summer wrap-up. Back from the Honeymoon Cuba was amazing! After getting hitched earlier this summer, Sam and I just took our much awaited honeymoon to Cayo Santa Maria. Even [...]

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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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