Author archives: guest

4 Books You Must Read Before Visiting Paris

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Do you love Paris? Admit it, you know you do! I could pull the old cliche on you, but I won’t. You already know it’s always a good idea to go to Paris, don’t you? Picture yourself strolling along the Seine while biting into a flaky croissant, exuding the glorious taste of full fat butter. If you hadn’t planned on visiting Paris any time soon, one of these b[...]

Top 5 Secluded Island Getaways

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Don't want to be the 100th person in your FB feed to post pics of your holiday to Miami or Bali? How does an endless horizon of crystal clear water and warm white sand between your toes sound? Why not do something a little different for your next getaway? Something off-the-beaten-path. Forego the stressful big city visits filled with touristy to-dos and the [...]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Renting Short-Term in a Foreign Country

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Isn’t it amazing to have the freedom to travel around the world? It sure is something to be glad about because not everyone is physically and financially capable of doing it. When you live out of a suitcase, you’re essentially sacrificing stability for adventure. And while that is enticing at first, you’ll find yourself sooner or later yearning for a sense o[...]

What Travel Did for my Body Image

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I have always liked being active and staying healthy. When I lived in America, I went to the gym six days a week in the winter and alternated gym days with running outside in the summer. I loved competing against myself for running times, pushing myself in high intensity cardio workouts, and lifting heavy weights to define my muscles and keep my metabolism h[...]

How to Spend A Day in Dubrovnik

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Last month I made my first visit to Croatia - and it definitely won't be my last. Croatia is a country that has been recommended to me by fellow travellers for the last few years. When a low-cost airline launched direct flights from my local airport to Dubrovnik this summer, I took that as a sign from the travel gods that I should go. So I booked a seven-nig[...]

Cracking the Art of a French Picnic in Provence

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I was convinced to move to France by my British francophile man. Always a foodie, I fell in love with Europe during my fine art studies in Florence, where I also gained considerable weight... Although I miss my native Montréal, now that I’ve gotten used to the food culture - thank goodness I’ve found a whole nation with my same obsession - wandering the mark[...]

My Friend was Kidnapped By a Taxi While Traveling

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It was 11pm, I was lying on the bed staring at the ceiling of a seriously lacking hotel room in Panama City. My friend had left earlier to go out dancing. It was our first night in a new city and we were just starting our 3 week adventure in Central America. I was too tired that night to go out with my friend. After debating whether she should go alone or no[...]

5 Reasons to visit Ucluelet, British Columbia

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Tell anyone who’s been to Ucluelet that you’re going and their sudden excitement and enthusiasm will infect you. My Dad talked animatedly about walks alongside quiet coastline. Lit up with excitement on hearing my holiday plans, my hairdresser launched into a series of recommendations for nearby Tofino. My manager sighed at the mention of Vancouver Island: i[...]

The Sicilian Speciality that is Worth a Journey

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When thinking about Sicily, drop the Mafia and take the arancini instead: these golden orbs of deep fried rice exemplify Sicilian street food. But that hasn’t stopped Sicilians from debating the tradition's history, name and recipe. Some scholars trace their origins to St. Lucy’s day, celebrated on December 13th, when citizens ate rice to commemorate a grain[...]