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Best Places to Spend Christmas: 11 Places We’d Love to Be this Holiday Season

When you’re travelling, it’s tempting to think the grass is greener (and the snow is whiter) on the other side of the border. I usually work hard to appreciate the place I’m in and ignore the constant call of other bright, shiny destinations. At Christmastime, despite my best efforts, nostalgia takes over and I yearn […]

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3 Unbelievably Gorgeous Vancouver Bike Routes

By far the best way to experience Vancouver is by bike. Here are three of our favourite Vancouver bike routes, rated for distance, difficulty, and exposure to traffic. If you want to skip the preamble… Jump straight to the Vancouver bike routes Vancouver Bike Route 1: Stanley Park Seawall Vancouver Bike Route 2: False Creek […]

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13 Ways European Culture Can Improve Your Life

There’s a reason Europe is such an attractive travel destination: the rainbow of European culture is easily accessible to outsiders – one trip can expose you to dozens of ways of life. For the last four months, Stephen and I have been able to spend most nights in other people’s homes, trying out their lives. […]

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Day Trip To Turin Italy – The Capital of the Alps

Though it’s not a huge city (like Rome) or the European capital of fashion (like Milan) Turin, Italy is a charming destination that has much more to offer than its (in)famous shroud. Sure, Turin is most famous for a ratty piece of off-white fabric but when you visit, obviously you’re going to skip the famous […]

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10 Reasons to Love Berlin (and One Thing I Hate)

“I love Berlin!!” It’s the standard reply people give when they hear we’re headed here. Yet, despite having spent more time Berlin than any other European city (except London, where we lived for 9 years), Stephen and I aren’t so sure… There have been times when we’ve disliked Berlin immensely, even a few days when […]

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Getting Merry on the Ultimate Vancouver Craft Beer Bike Tour

You know how much Stephen loves beer, right? And you know how much I love independent people who follow their passions, right? And, of course, you know how much we both love biking in Vancouver. Well, the other day we merged our passions into one awesome mash-up: A Vancouver craft beer ‘n’ bike crawl through […]

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17 Reasons To Visit Vancouver This Summer

Is Vancouver one of the best cities in the world? We’ll leave that question to the pollsters (who overwhelmingly say yes). All we can tell you is that when the sun is shining, it’s the best city we’ve ever visited. We never get tired of the mountains, the ocean, the beer, the coffee… but I’m […]

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Kayaking in the Broken Group Islands, BC, Canada

Adventure alert! Stephen and I are leaving within the hour to spend a week kayaking in the Broken Group Islands, one of the most stunning playgrounds in the world, for humans and marine wildlife alike. Update: Find out all about our trip in How to Survive a Family Kayaking Trip in the Broken Group Islands […]

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Hidden Gems Hong Kong: Po’s Atelier

This drool-inducing bakery and patisserie in Hong Kong is hidden high on the twisting residential streets of Sheung Wan. For people who like to indulge after a long walk, this modern patisserie is the perfect hidden gem. This Hidden Gems Hong Kong edition was recommended by Stephen and Jane. Find out all about Po’s Atelier […]

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Day Trip to Riga, Latvia

What springs to mind when you think of Riga, Latvia? Unless you’ve been there, you’re probably right now imagining… nothing. That’s all we knew about Riga before we cycled into town in the summer of 2013. Riga is a vibrant small European capital, with a large proportion of the population under 30 (34%, according to […]

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Share Your Hidden Gems Around the World

The best travel tales are never about that rare painting you lined up for hours to see or the ancient monument you gazed upon with hundreds of other people crowded around. The best moments come as little unexpected treats. It’s that cozy deli you stumble upon when lost in the backstreets of a foreign city, […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Denman Island to Nanaimo

My camping mattress has started leaking air, turning last night’s sleep into an uncomfortably cold marathon of tossing and turning. Before I woke up this morning, I already knew I wanted to sleep in my own bed tonight. Since it’s about 90km from here to Nanaimo, I had to mentally prepare myself for a longer […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Hornby Island

If you take a look at a map of the Sunshine Coast region, you’ll see the drowned valleys and small islands that are markers of a submergent coastline: one where the sea level has risen to overtake the land. In other words, lots of ferries are needed to get around. Including two rides on the […]

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Outside My Front Door on Contented Traveller

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A lot of you have asked what it’s like to live in Nanaimo. I wrote a post about Nanaimo for our friends at Contented Traveller. When you’ve read it and seen the pictures, you will want to live here too. And though I can’t promise you a Canadian passport, you’re all invited to come visit.

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Comox to Denman Island

Hardly anyone camps in a tent anymore. These days, when I show up at a campground and start unfolding my tent, I’m an anomaly. Everyone else is decked out in their fancy RVs looking pityingly upon the poor girl who couldn’t bring her TV, microwave, and refrigerator camping with her. Tonight, as I lie just […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Powell River to Comox

Powell River is a mixed-up little place. It has been a mill town since the early 1900s and the mill is still a major employer in the community. In fact, a picture of the mill is still proudly displayed on the “Welcome to Powell River” sign. As the gateway to Desolation Sound, one of the […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Pender Harbour to Powell River

Last night, just before leaving my cozy spot by the gas fire to go to bed, I discovered a newish-looking wool blanket inside a box of supplies. Needless to say, I absconded with it for the night and attribute that extra bit of coverage to getting me through the night relatively unfrozen. More Downs Than […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Sechelt to Pender Harbour

The sound of fat raindrops splatting against the tent was my alarm this morning. After a fitful night – during which I was too hot, then too cold, and then unable to sleep until I got up to pee – I managed to sleep in until 9am. I briefly pondered lying in the tent until […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Vancouver to Sechelt

The rain this morning was hanging suspended in the air, not falling, but just patiently waiting for its next victim. That victim was me, and the faster I went, the wetter I got. By the time I was on the SeaBus heading back towards North Van, my gloves and socks were soaked. Here’s a shout […]

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A Snowy Hike on the Howe Sound Crest Trail

It was a sunny spring morning in Vancouver, so when we hopped in the car to go hiking, I never expected our trail would look like this. We pulled into the parking lot at Cypress Mountain Ski Area, one of Vancouver’s local ski hills, which has been bare almost the entire ski season, to find […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Trip, Nanaimo to Vancouver

The last couple of days, while getting ready for my solo Sunshine Coast bike trip, I’ve been worried that I had some sort of weird flu. This morning I figured out what’s to blame. Nerves. Before any big trip (or even a small trip, as it turns out) I get nervous. Not just a little […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour

In two days, I’m leaving for a week-long solo bike tour. Surprise! The route starts out my front door and takes me in a loop from Nanaimo to Vancouver, then up the Sunshine Coast and back down to Nanaimo on the east side of Vancouver Island. Here’s the rough map for my Sunshine Coast Bike […]

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About The Trans Canada Trail

Today was the deadline for applications for the Woods Dream Job, and of course Stephen and I applied ages ago, but I can’t stop thinking about it. Ever since we applied, every time I try to plan something, my thought process goes something like this: “We should visit Haida Gwaii this summer. It would be […]

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3 Minutes of Travel Inspiration

I’m spending my Friday evening looking for some inspiration for my trip in May (while Stephen is galavanting working his way around Europe). I have never heard of Nimmo Bay before but talk about inspiring. I want to go now – and I could because it’s just a 4-hour drive from here! According to their […]

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