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Authentic Experiences in Dublin – Not where you’d think

I’m sure you’ve seen the iconic picture of the richly painted The Temple Bar in Dublin. No doubt if you’ve been to Dublin you’ve likely stopped in for a pint here or your friends have told you it is the ‘must see’ spot in the city. When I visited Dublin, I learned the secrets and ... Read more

There are 365 Pages in the book of 2023. What Story will you Write?

Every year when the new year rolls around there’s a surge of energy and excitement for what’s coming for the year ahead. My favourite new-year-inspired thought as of late has been the question, “You have 365 blank pages in the book of 2023, what story you are going to write?” For the past nearly three years ... Read more

What you need to know to make the best of Black Friday Specials

Every year when black Friday rolls around in November people go crazy for a good deal. We’re talking door crashers, long lineups, hair pulling … It’s a zoo out there! When it comes to travel, things are a little less competitive. No standing in line for hours, but phone queues will be busy and spots ... Read more
Charles Bridge and the Vltava River on a sunny day

Fall in Love with Prague

Prague What cities have you fallen in love with on your travels? There are only a handful for me as I prefer mountains and ocean rather than the hustle and bustle of the city, but there are exceptions to every rule, right? Istanbul, Lisbon, Cape Town and now Prague has been added to my list ... Read more

Mountain Biking in Colombia – Going Downhill Fast

Before trying something new, there’s always a mix of fear and excitement. If I’m being honest, Mountain Biking in Colombia might have erred a little more on the side of fear for me though. After my first-day mountain biking in Colombia, climbing 4 kilometres uphill and succeeding, I was on a high. All the fears ... Read more
a group of women standing together holding flowers petals and welcome scarves

The Importance of Supporting Women in Tourism

Inequality for Women Women play an important role in society and account for half of the world’s population yet they continue to have lower earnings, less access to education and funding. They also face many barriers to employment. Women are also less likely to have opportunities to advance to higher positions within companies, limiting their ... Read more
group of travellers at a winery

Why you should consider a Small Group tour for your next Adventure

One of the best ways to travel for the first time, or to venture back into travel after the Covid-pandemic is to consider a small group tour. They are easy on logistics, have incredible local guides and adhere to current safety protocols while giving you incredible, authentic experiences in your chosen destination. You might have ... Read more
blue and green hummingbird sitting on a tree branch

3 things you may not know about Travel right now

We all know it is way past the point of having itchy feet to travel! Our entire bodies and minds are itching. Most of you probably haven’t left the country (or maybe even your province) for nearly two full years. We hear clients tell us weekly (sometimes daily) that all they want to do is ... Read more
Sun breaking through storm clouds over the mountains and countryside of Colombia

4 Recommendations for Planning Travel in 2022

Travel is a luxury and a privilege, one that many people around the world don’t have on a regular basis, let alone during a pandemic. We all know getting back to travel is important for our own mental health. Who doesn’t need a vacation from all of this stress, gloom and doom? Trying to decide ... Read more
Group of people with mountain bikes in the mountains of Colombia

Mountain Biking in Colombia: Uphill Battle

With wide eyes and an ear-to-ear grin, I stared out the window of our private transfer van as we left the city of Pereira, Colombia in the foothills of the mountains and headed to the countryside. I was tired but pleased all had gone smoothly to get me to Colombia without any hiccups. I was ... Read more
Plane wing with clouds in the distance and green lush valley below

What it is like to Travel right now

I did it! I broke free! I hopped on a plane and took off for Colombia for three glorious weeks of fresh air, mountains, great food, nature, sun, sea and new friends. Ah! The world of travel is a wonderful thing. It’s good for the soul. As a travel professional, I used to have all ... Read more
wax palm trees scattered over mountainous landscape

9 Reasons to Consider Colombia for your next Adventure

Colombia is an incredibly diverse country that has sadly been plagued by an out-of-date, bad reputation. Many years ago the country wasn’t safe to visit, but that political situation has changed immensely in the past 10 years. It is time to move forward! It is now an up-and-coming destination with rich cultural history, colourful communities, ... Read more
street corner with historical yellow buildings and white terraces with red and pink flowers in the historic centre of Cartagena Colombia

An Insider look at Shari’s Responsible Travel Itinerary in Colombia

Photo Credit: Hacienda Venecia After two years of not travelling, it is time. I’m hopping on a plane and getting out of dodge! There’s still a pandemic. Life and travel are not in any way, shape or form back to normal. But I’ve stifled my wanderlust enough and as you all know the tourism industry ... Read more
group of people paddling in yellow inflatable kayaks near a blue and white iceberg in Antarctica

4 Must-Do Experiences for your Once in a Lifetime Trip to Antarctica

Venturing into the dreamlike and uncharted world of Antarctica has never been easier. With more opportunities to explore than ever, there is truly something for everyone. If you are an adrenaline junky, animal enthusiast or photographer, you’ll feel right at home. Experience the freeing sensation of being officially nowhere. No country owns this continent which ... Read more
black sand beach with boats and mountains in the background

4 Things to Consider if you are Planning an International Trip Soon

In some ways, travel is starting to move again. In other ways, it is still very much at a standstill. We are starting to see an increase in domestic flights and the beginning of the return of international flights, but there is still a very long way to go. Here in Canada, the avoid non-essential ... Read more
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4 Responsible Wildlife Experiences in Costa Rica

One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is an animal lover’s paradise. It’s home to more than half a million plant and animal species and the wildlife spotting opportunities are abundant year-round. The country is home to a variety of habitats and it’s the poster child for eco-tourism. In fact, a ... Read more
Five Icelandic horses grazing at the base of a snowy mountain

7 Great Adventures to Enjoy in Iceland

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and for good reason. With varied terrain including glaciers, volcanos, and natural springs, Iceland is the place to go to experience adventure and relaxation. Snorkelling between tectonic plates, exploring vibrant tunnels formed by lava, and relaxing in natural thermal baths are only a few unique ... Read more
Canadian mountain range in Alberta with sun kissed peaks

5 Must-dos in Banff and Lake Louise

Photo Credit: James Wheeler | Unsplash With snow-capped mountain peaks reflected in turquoise lakes, exploring the picture-postcard sights of Banff National Park is a must when visiting the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The park is home to two of Rocky Mountaineer’s destinations, Banff and Lake Louise, making it easy to spend time here either before or ... Read more
building at night in Pecherskyi District, Kyiv, Ukraine

5 Meaningful Community Experiences in Ukraine

Travelling in Ukraine offers so many distinctive experiences to visitors. Not only is the country beautiful, but it is also filled with rich cultural heritage, ethnic groups, and colourful history. Ukraine is an up-and-coming, off the beaten path destination that people are just beginning to discover. Since it’s still relatively untouched, it’s full of unique, ... Read more
Indigenous totem pole carving

4 Ways Supporting Indigenous Tourism can have a Positive Impact

Like so many Canadians, I’ve been saddened by the news of the children found buried on residential school grounds across Canada. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t understand the depth of the residential school system. I didn’t understand the devastation it has had and continues to have on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. There were ... Read more
Close up of two Canadian passports being held by a person with blue nail polish

Passport tips to get you ready for your next adventure

Nova Scotia is open. The Atlantic bubble is coming soon. Different parts of the world are starting to open. I bet you are starting to think about travel even if you aren’t quite ready to book that trip yet! The idea that it will soon be possible gives travel lovers a reason to celebrate! Although the ... Read more
Historic buildings along a river in Strasbourg, France

4 Incredible Countries You’ll Visit on a Rhine River Cruise

If you’re dreaming of a relaxing European vacation filled with history, culture, food and wine a Rhine River Cruise is the perfect fit! River cruising is one of the most in-demand styles of travel and, no wonder! You’ll only unpack once, get to visit several countries, travel sustainably on a ship rather than flying from ... Read more
Three hot air balloons raising above the rough landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey at sunrise

4 Reasons you Should be Booking your Next Vacation, Now

It is hard to think about booking travel when there are still so many restrictions in place. Slowly, but surely, they are lifting. If you have a specific trip you’d like to take or are bound by specific vacation dates it is time to get into planning mode. Here are four reasons you should be ... Read more
Boulders and dirt track on single track mountain bike trail

Mountain Biking at McIntosh Run

Recently, I learned about McIntosh Run in Spryfield. It’s a multi-use trail system, built for mountain biking of various levels. What actually caught my interest was the story of McIntosh Run (a river) and how the McIntosh Run Watershed Society is working so hard to protect the river, the green space within the city and their focus ... Read more
View of a pink building along the river in Ljubljana, Slovenia with green foliage

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
Woman in white shirt learning to surf on red surfboard

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
Colourful Malachite Kingfisher on a rock

5 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
Woman in white shirt learning to surf on red surfboard

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
View of the Douro River and historic district of Porto, Portugal with boats along the river

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

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
Spread of small plates of Turkish 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
View of mosque in Istanbul with a cruise ship in the background

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
Busy street full of people and cafes in Buenos Aires with a Tango sign by the restaurant

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
Rustic accommodation with a thatched roof and blue fabric for privacy with green foliage and a picnic table

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
The ruins of Machu Picchu in the fog

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
Man on boat with arms outstretched and smile on his face

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
Beautiful waves in various shades of blue rolling into a beach in the Galapagos Islands with Floreana Island in the distance.

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