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Tofino must dos (with or without kids)
North America

Tofino must dos (with or without kids)



At the edge of an island on the edge of a continent, sits the ruggedly beautiful surf town of Tofino, B.C., Canada. One of Vancouver Island's gems, Tofino had been on my "must do" list for years. Luckily I live in B.C., so it was convenient to visit and combine our stay with other stops in the province. My "Tofino must dos"  cover not only what to do, but also where to stay and eat, and how ...
Secrets of the incredible Galapagos Islands (9 surprises I found there)
South America

Secrets of the incredible Galapagos Islands (9 surprises I found there)



The Galapagos Islands - sound exotic, right?! I remember learning about Charles Darwin's theories back in grade school and hearing of the Galapagos Islands for the first time. A cluster of islands in the middle of nowhere; somewhere people surely didn't visit (or so I thought). We laughed about a bird named the blue footed booby, which would've been even funnier had we known the males ...
70+ countries then baby makes three… now what?
Worldwide

70+ countries then baby makes three… now what?



Welcome to my first travel Q&A! I had this idea because I didn't want EVERY post on YOLO Travel Experiences to be about me and my family. I want to tell travel stories from other people who have inspired (or completely sold) me on new destinations for my bucket list, or travel ideas to keep in my back pocket .

This first Q&A is with a rad travel duo (well, trio) I ...
10 days in Hawaii Island (the Big Island) with kids
North America

10 days in Hawaii Island (the Big Island) with kids



"I wanna go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaiiiiii..." This catchy tune ran through my head as I momentarily woke every so often from light turbulence on our red-eye home, happy and fulfilled from our 10 days in Hawaii Island (the Big Island), tucked in my middle seat with two sleeping children's heads on my lap.

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Big Island snorkeling: why it’s the best (with video)
North America

Big Island snorkeling: why it’s the best (with video)



How awesome is snorkeling with ocean creatures in their natural habitat? I can't not love them. We had two Big Island snorkeling experiences in Hawaii that were unreal. The highlights? Coming within inches of spinner dolphins and giant manta rays. Like move-out-of-the-way close! 2206 ...
5 YOLO travel experiences I’d never do again
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5 YOLO travel experiences I’d never do again



When I was brainstorming for my post, "My Top 10 Exhilarating YOLO Travel Experiences," I couldn't help but think of  some of the "exhilarating" things I'd never do again. Here are a few I'm OK with sharing that I hope you'll find amusing, even though I'm not exactly proud of them. Would I do them again in my 20s? Maybe. But now that I'm closer to 40 than 30 and not on a shoestring budget ...
6 reasons families should visit Big White Ski Resort, Canada
North America

6 reasons families should visit Big White Ski Resort, Canada



At age 32, I was fortunate to move to what I call the ultimate year-round destination - Kelowna, B.C., Canada (lake in the summer; ski hill in the winter). Despite my opinion on Kelowna though, sometimes the cold days and dark evenings of long Canadian winters can get depressing. But when you've got a place like Big White Ski Resort less than an hour from your doorstep, winters are a ...
My top 10 exhilarating YOLO travel experiences
Worldwide

My top 10 exhilarating YOLO travel experiences



It was damn near impossible to choose my top 10 exhilarating YOLO travel experiences. I had to leave off quite a few gems, and from this idea spawned post ideas about the craziest things I've done while travelling, the worst things that have happened to me, my favourite cities/islands/hotels/beaches...and many more. But let's start with 10 of the best of the best...

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Bocas del Toro, Panama with Kids
North America

Bocas del Toro, Panama with Kids



Even though I had travelled extensively before kids and vacationed with my kids as babies and toddlers, planning our first adventure trip with our then two and four year-olds to Panama in March 2017 was slightly scary. It would involve a total of eight flights and staying on an island with no roads, let alone medical facilities. But we wanted to get our kids used to adventure travel from a ...
Foodies Unite in Japan
Asia

Foodies Unite in Japan



Someone once asked me, "Where is the place you've travelled with the best food?" My answer? Japan. I loved almost everything about Japan, but the food really stole my heart, hence the reason I'm writing about it before anything else from our trip.

While in Japan, we were on mission: eat Japanese food for every meal of every day. While we only stuck to it 90% of the time ...