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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adventure Travel on a Champagne Budget

Adventure travel is no longer a backpacker club of 18 – 25-year-olds. The new adventure traveller is nearing retirement but not ready to retire their adventurous spirit just yet. Nor should they! There is a whole world to discover outside of your comfort zone but tucked into a comfy bed at night. Get inspired by ... Read more
Surfing Sayulita

Learning to Surf in Sayulita

At over 30 years old, somehow I found the courage to give surfing a try in Sayulita, Mexico about 45 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta. It is a quaint little town with tonnes of restaurants and boutique shops along with a great tourist market. Not to mention a beautiful beach with great (small) waves for ... Read more
Nepal prayer flags and mountain view

Nepal – Not just for trekkers – Part 3 – Kathmandu Valley

Most people, when they think of travelling to Nepal, immediately think of one thing: trekking. And, most notably, trekking at painful, nausea- and headache-inducing altitudes. And yes, while, Nepal is a haven for trekkers and is home to the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, there is so much more to do beyond trekking to Everest ... Read more

Five Reasons Botswana is perfect for your Dream African Safari

If geography isn’t your forte and you don’t know a whole lot about the continent of Africa, then you might have no inkling as to why Botswana is an incredible destination for your dream safari experience or what makes it special! Let me share with you a little about the country itself and then we’ll ... Read more

Orphanage Trafficking – It’s time to stop it!

In 2019 I had the pleasure of travelling to Nepal with a group of travel agents for education with Intrepid Travel. What an incredible experience! Beyond the obvious excitement that comes with travelling to a new country; meeting the people, seeing the sights, tasting the food, there was a very specific “purpose” and educational component ... Read more
Trisuli River Nepal

Nepal – Not Just for trekkers – Part 2 – River Rafting

When I say Nepal, I bet you immediately picture snow-capped mountains and sherpas trekking up narrow pathways, right? I bet not even one person’s first thought would be White Water Rafting!  Little did I know, there is amazing river rafting in Nepal. There are opportunities to raft on several rivers and I was lucky enough ... Read more

Nepal – Not just for Trekkers – Part 1 – Kathmandu

In my mind, I’ve always known that Nepal is a diverse country. However, I’ve only known people who have travelled to Nepal to trek to Everest base camp or who lived in Kathmandu for work or volunteer projects. I know there are mountains and valleys, big cities and remote villages, but Everest (and trekking) was ... Read more

Sustainable Travel with Wilderness Safaris

I recently spent three weeks travelling in Africa having some of the most amazing and fulfilling sustainable travel experiences of any of my travels to date. Let me share with you a little about why this trip was so different and so special to me. For the first nine days, I travelled with Wilderness Safaris. ... Read more
Surfing Sayulita

Surfing Adventures

I love the ocean; the colours, the waves, the underwater world full of fish and coral. The power of the waves amazes me, and the sound of them crashing relaxes me. Sadly, its churning motion, the ups and downs and rocking motion also have been known to make me sick. Nonetheless, I’ve taken surfing lessons, ... Read more
Douro River, Portugal

River Cruise 101

For the past couple of years, the river cruise industry has been booming. What once was only for the retired and wealthy, has become a bucket list trip for many and a trendy way to travel for 21 – 45-year-olds. It is not just for 60 plus anymore! Be careful though, it’s addictive! You may ... Read more
Voila!

A Girl and her hair

A bad hair cut or dye job sucks. Come on ladies, I know you feel my pain and probably lots of men out there too! For whatever reason, much of our confidence, for better or worse is built around how we look. It directly relates to how we feel. Hence, the old advice to dress ... Read more
Turkish Food - Cold meze

Istanbul Night Tasting Trail

Exploring a country through food is one of my favourite things about travel. There are so many amazing ways to cook, spices to combine and varieties of fruits and vegetables that you just simply never get to try at home! Finding a great hands-on cooking class, or a local food and wine tour can be ... Read more

Stark Naked … At a Turkish Bath

I had heard rumours that you had to be naked and that you’d be scrubbed so hard you would nearly bleed, yet, I was curious what all of the fuss was about with a Hamam. When I visited Turkey for the first time in 2014, I had wanted to go to a Turkish Bath but ... Read more
The streets of La Boca, Buenos Aires

I heard the voice of Buenos Aires

THIS is what it feels like to be in a city that LOVES football (soccer for us Canadians) … Tonight was River Plate VS Boca Juniors. Two local rival teams playing in the semi-finals of the South American Cup. The game started around 8 pm. Thankfully I had already made my way safely back to ... Read more
Accommodations, Tubagua Eco Plantation, Dominican Republic

Natural Beauty

As I sit in my bed in a palapa this evening, under my mosquito netting, the world around me is singing. It is a constant rhythm of crickets with the symbolic chirps of various varieties of frogs whose music crescendos and minuends with the fresh tranquil breeze. Here I am in the mountains between Puerto ... Read more
Shari at Machu Picchu, Peru

Lost City, Found Self

Photography is a unique opportunity to see the world through another person’s eyes.  It gives you the ability to see exactly what the other person saw, through their lens. This often extends further to understanding the photographer’s emotion as they captured a particular moment or scene. It is no secret that travel inspires me. Getting ... Read more
Armando Boat Captain and Lifejacket fixer extraordinaire

Lifejacket Complication

Sometimes when we travel, funny things happen. Sometimes inappropriate or embarrassing things happen. And sometimes, they are worth laughing at.  I’m a pretty strong swimmer as I used to be a lifeguard. I’m not always 100% confident in open water though. I know that I can swim and I’m not going to drown, but when ... Read more

Snorkelling with Sea Lions on Santa Cruz Island

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the Galapagos Islands, I’m here to tell you it is worth every minute and every penny. What an incredible destination for wildlife viewing and encounters. The islands also have very strict measures in place for wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism. Santa Cruz is the island with the largest (albeit ... Read more

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