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Did You Know? Melbourne Edition

Learning a bit of the local history is one of my favourite things about travelling to new places.  On my first morning in Melbourne I opted to take the I'm Free Walking Tour to get acquainted with the city, and picked... Continue Reading →

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Hobart Highlights

My trip to Tasmania started with the recommendation of a friend and a quick Google search of "Wineglass Bay".  While this Ireland sized island south of mainland Australia doesn't make the itinerary for many travelers to Australia, it is well... Continue Reading →

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 →

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