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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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10 Things to do on a Road Trip around New Zealand

by Audrey January 19, 2015

Today’s post comes from Marie, the blogger and very talented illustrator from Miles of Happiness. Marie spent half a year driving around New Zealand and she produced beautiful watercolours to help document her trip. Here she shares some of her highlights from that journey. I’d also recommend you check out here blog – this girl was born in France, currently lives in Hong Kong, and has crisscrossed the globe many times over. New Zealand is a paradise for outdoor adventurers. I spend half a year driving through this beautiful country and, to be honest, I totally fell for this place. Here are […]

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The Cuban Honeymoon + 6 Months of Marriage

by Audrey January 12, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but this month marks six months since Sam and I tied the knot! It has gone by so quickly that I actually forgot to share the few snaps I took during the honeymoon, so our six month anniversary seemed like a good time as any, am I right? So let’s start off with the destination – we ended up in CUBA! I was initially set on Uzbekistan (a little unusual, I know), but in the end it didn’t seem like a very reasonable spot considering we had just come back to Canada after 15 months of galavanting around the […]

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50 Photos That Will Make You Want to Travel to Europe in 2015

by Audrey January 8, 2015

One of the things I love about travel in Europe is that you can hop on a train, ride it for a few hours, and by the time you get off, you find yourself surrounded by a different culture, language and landscape. There is so much diversity across the continent and you don’t even have to travel very far to find it! I have now been to Europe around 5 times, yet I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve travelled to places like Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, England, Scotland, Bulgaria and Turkey, but […]

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How To Get Ridiculously Cheap Flights On Your Next Trip!

by Audrey January 5, 2015

I’m not a flight hacker and I don’t collect frequent flyer points either (I know, it’s horrible considering the amount of flying I do!), but despite this, I have managed to score some incredible deals over the past few years. There was the time I flew from Toronto to London for $405 return, the time I flew from Bangkok to Frankfurt for around $380, and I most recently scored a return flight from New York City to Johannesburg for a mere $324. I must be doing something right, RIGHT?! Today, I thought I’d share how I go about finding these amazing […]

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A look back at 2014

by Audrey December 31, 2014

Today marks the last day of 2014 and what better way to reminisce than through a look back at photos? Yes, this is one of those year-end posts because I like lists and this is how I keep track of it all. So let’s rewind! Scotland Places visited: Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, The Highlands The year started out in Scotland for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. There were street parties, fireworks over the castle, and I even tried haggis. From there we headed out on a fun tour of the Scottish Highlands where we castle hopped and searched for Nessie. I have to say, even though […]

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A Holly Jolly Visit to the Toronto Christmas Market

by Audrey December 24, 2014

This week marked the start of the holidays! After finishing up the fall semester at university, Sam and I hopped on the first train out of Kingston to go and spend some time with my family. The nice thing about arriving in the city just before the holidays was that the Toronto Christmas Market was still open, so we managed to visit on the closing day. Christmas markets are a tradition that originated in Germany during the early 1400s, and thankfully it’s a tradition that has grown and spread worldwide. Toronto’s market is now in its fifth year running, and it […]

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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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