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Sydney Has It All

Cities can be overwhelming.  Often noisy, crowded and confusing to get around, I find that I rarely have an overwhelmingly positive first impression of a new city.  Fortunately, not all places are created equal and it took less than a day... Continue Reading →


Planning a Trek on the Inca Trail

Whether you have decided to hike the Inca Trail or one of the other treks leaving from Cusco, many tour operators will be vying for your business.  While there are plenty of good operators, there are some bad ones too... Continue Reading →

Havana for the Day

A day trip to Havana was a definite highlight of our week spent on the beach in nearby Varadero (~2 hour drive).  All of the resorts will be able to book you on day trips to Havana  and there is... Continue Reading →

5 Tips for Effective Packing

Packing for an extended trip (in my case, 4 months) can be a daunting task, especially when different climates are involved.  The below tips can help you avoid lugging around more than you need and will keep your backpack light.... Continue Reading →

A Week in the South of Spain

Andalusia is a special place and I am eager to go back.  We spent a week traveling from Seville to Granada with a pit stop in Nerja along the Costa del Sol.  If you have more time, you can tack on visits... Continue Reading →

Planning Around the Weather in SE Asia

There is nothing worse than getting rained out when traveling.  Vacation time is precious and as much as we can all handle a downpour of rain, I prefer to stay dry.  I'm planning an extended backpacking trip in Southeast Asia... Continue Reading →

5 Things to Do in Cleveland

Last year, we took a long weekend road trip from Toronto to Cleveland, and I had no idea what to expect.  It turns out Cleveland has a lot more to offer than just cheap houses (in one neighbourhood, detached houses... Continue Reading →

Long Weekend in New Orleans

About a year ago, we spent a long weekend in New Orleans, and I can't wait to go back!  If you are just visiting NOLA to party, make your way straight to Bourbon Street.  Here are some of our highlights for... Continue Reading →

Maximizing Value When Redeeming Points

Recently, I redeemed 77,500 of my hard earned Aeroplan points for a one-way business class ticket between Singapore and Vancouver.  The same ticket in economy was going for 45,000. That 32,500 point difference is valuable.  It was enough for a round-trip ticket from... Continue Reading →

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