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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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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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