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70+ countries then baby makes three… now what?
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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
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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 the Big Island with kids, two little sleeping heads on my lap.

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Big Island snorkeling: why it’s the best (with video)
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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 ...
Best family ski resorts Canada: 6 reasons to visit Big White
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Best family ski resorts Canada: 6 reasons to visit Big White



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 one of the best family ski resorts in Canada less than an hour from your doorstep, winters ...
My top 10 exhilarating YOLO travel experiences
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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
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Bocas del Toro, Panama with Kids

Even though I had travelled extensively before kids and vacationed to Mexico and Hawaii when the kids were babies, 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 young ...
What to eat in Japan
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What to eat in Japan

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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. So, if you're wondering what to eat in Japan, the short answer is: EVERYTHING.

Now here's the long answer...
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Unfortunate YOLO experiences: the boat to Luang Prabang, Laos
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Unfortunate YOLO experiences: the boat to Luang Prabang, Laos



Have you ever had something happen to you while travelling where you were paralyzed for a good few minutes (or hours...or days...) thinking, "W.T.F... did that actually just happen?!" A boat to Luang Prabang, Laos from Northern Thailand presented a situation of the sort for me back in 2002.

While I love to tell positive stories and useful tips regarding travel, the reality ...