Costa Rica: Departure and Day 1 San Jose

We’re in the Panama City airport on a layover on our way to San Jose, Costa Rica, when my best friend of 13 years, travel buddy, and mischief to my mayhem orders a… Continue reading

You Can Pick Your Friends: Thoughts on Choosing a Travel Buddy

Just because someone is your best friend doesn’t mean that they’re the best person to travel with. You may think you know someone, but until you actually get on the road and have… Continue reading

Dear Canadians, Take a Gap Year!

A copy of Teen Vogue changed my life–seriously! I was 16 and reading their September issue which featured an article about various options one has at the start of a new scholastic calendar.… Continue reading

26 Years of Family Vacations, and I Haven’t Killed Anyone Yet

My family still travels together at least once a year. We’re a small family really, just my parents (married for 32 years!), my older brother, and I. But personality clashes are inevitable, and… Continue reading

Christmas Overseas: Lessons Learned

I was 18 years old, in China on my gap year, and it was my first Christmas ever away from my family. I don’t know who it was harder on, me or my… Continue reading

5 Favourite Travel Books

Christmas always means two specific things for me–lots of time with the fam-jam and long car trips. The whole lot of us–uncles, aunts, cousins, assorted SOs, and pets–trek it to my Grandmother’s house… Continue reading

No, This isn’t my Real Hair Colour: Tips for Traveling with Dyed Hair

My hair is bright red. As in the kind of red that you spot in the street from up in a tower (true story!). But people always ask me if it is my… Continue reading

Biggest Packing Mistakes

For me, researching my destination and reading packing lists is part of the fun of taking a trip. It works out well for my less organized friends because I always have suggestions or… Continue reading

Italy Packing List for Fall

I love Italy, it is one of my favorite places in the whole world. So when it came to deciding where I would go to use up my last week of vacation days… Continue reading

Italian Espresso: Day 8 & 9 Rome and back Home

On the coach for 6:45am and I don’t want to go. The last thing I wanted was to leave most of the group behind and head back to Rome. Long goodbyes and promises… Continue reading

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