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Maui with a baby: YES you should
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Maui with a baby: YES you should





It's hard to believe the chunky 10-month-old man in the photo is now seven. Now before you close this window, rest assured I've researched that all the information in this post is still up-to-date. Maui, Hawaii was somewhere we always wanted to visit, and it seemed like a suitable first destination to take baby number one, Cohen. Maui with a baby would allow us to dabble ...
4 days in NYC: epic and unique things to do
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4 days in NYC: epic and unique things to do



In July 2019, I poured a glass of rosé and turned on Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind. Belting it out like I was Ms. Keys herself, I paused to laugh as my husband washed the floors of our not-as-pristine-as-we-hoped Airbnb in Midtown Manhattan. We had arrived for my third trip to the concrete jungle – 4 days in NYC to celebrate our good friends Tracy and Scott's 40th birthdays.
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Unfortunate YOLO experiences: backpacking Nicaragua
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Unfortunate YOLO experiences: backpacking Nicaragua



I can't say we weren't warned. The charming surf town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua gets crazy busy during Semana Santa (Easter for Catholics). One April 2011 day while backpacking Nicaragua, a local woman working in a shop told us, "Be careful, bad people come from Managua (Nicaragua's capital) during Semana Santa just to prey on tourists." Awesome.

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The best Okanagan wineries: your ultimate guide (written by a local)
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The best Okanagan wineries: your ultimate guide (written by a local)







I'm not writing this guide to the best Okanagan wineries as a sommelier or journalist on a press trip. I'm writing it as a long-time, passionate (translation: obsessed) wine drinker who lives in the region and has spent countless hours and days visiting more than 80 of its wineries. From Lake Country in the North to Osoyoos in the South, there are no ...
Disneyland hacks and highlights to make your trip awesome
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Disneyland hacks and highlights to make your trip awesome



Confession: prior to going, I wasn't sure if I would love Disneyland. It felt like an obligatory trip one must do while their kids are young. Turns out my piss poor attitude was proven wrong, because I had SO MUCH fun there! Although my friend gave us an awesome suggested itinerary, it still took some figuring out. So here are my top Disneyland hacks and highlights, coming from the ...
Tofino must dos (with or without kids)
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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 ...
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? It's a highlight for me on any trip. 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...