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10 days in Portugal trifecta: cities, beaches, and wine
Portugal

10 days in Portugal trifecta: cities, beaches, and wine



There aren't many countries I'd say this about, but you really can't go wrong with Portugal. Most other countries I absolutely love had at least one or two slight pitfalls, ...
2 days in Lisbon: Portugal’s captivating capital
Portugal

2 days in Lisbon: Portugal’s captivating capital



You know what I love about Lisbon? There isn't an over the top amount of "must see" attractions like in Rome, New York, or Paris. The pressure is off to go here, there and ...
Douro Valley road trip + a side of luxury = three perfect days (Portugal)
Portugal

Douro Valley road trip + a side of luxury = three perfect days (Portugal)



Acres of terraced wine vineyards. Picture-perfect views. Vintage ports and old-world wines. Sunshine and relaxation. A Douro Valley road trip and stay at the Six Senses Douro ...
Top 10 tried and tested family travel hacks
Travel Tips & Lists

Top 10 tried and tested family travel hacks



No one ever said travelling with kids is easy. The trade-off for "hard" is fun, adventure, culture, education, and much more. But... it can be easier! So that's why it's time ...
Maui with a baby: YES you should
North AmericaUSA

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 ...
4 days in NYC: epic and unique things to do
North AmericaUSA

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 ...
Unfortunate YOLO experiences: backpacking Nicaragua
Nicaragua

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 ...
Top 8 must-see Tenerife attractions
EuropeSpain

Top 8 must-see Tenerife attractions





The following is a guest post by Nick Dean of

globalbackpackers.com. When Nick reached out about a Tenerife, Spain guest post on my site, I ...
The best Okanagan wineries: your ultimate guide (written by a local)
CanadaNorth America

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, ...
Inspiring travel books for aspiring travellers
Travel Tips & Lists

Inspiring travel books for aspiring travellers



It's a refreshing feeling to tear yourself away from the screens. I still love picking out a new travel book and getting lost in it. There's something about hard copy – the ...
Disneyland hacks and highlights to make your trip awesome
North AmericaUSA

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 ...
The adventurous 10 day Vietnam itinerary
AsiaVietnam

The adventurous 10 day Vietnam itinerary



I get it. It's impossible to decide where to go in Vietnam with limited time, because there are so many cool spots from North to South. So instead of spending hours figuring ...
An unforgettable Bai Tu Long Bay cruise (Vietnam)
AsiaVietnam

An unforgettable Bai Tu Long Bay cruise (Vietnam)



Legend has it that millions of years ago, a dragon descended on the sea Northeast of Vietnam, dropping hundreds of eggs, which hatched to form beautiful karst ...
10 Days in Bali with Kids
AsiaIndonesia

10 Days in Bali with Kids



Culture, scenic beauty, gastronomic delights, equatorial heat, adventure activities, and killer nightlife - Bali has it all. It's not easy to decide how to spend your 10 days ...
What to do in Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam with kids
AsiaVietnam

What to do in Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam with kids



When I return from a trip, I usually write about my favourite place first. From our December 2018 trip, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (Phong Nha) in Vietnam was that place. ...
Fancy a Tuscany road trip? Love wine? Read this.
EuropeItaly

Fancy a Tuscany road trip? Love wine? Read this.



A few years ago, I had the pleasure of drinking a bottle of 2008 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino. I instantly declared it one of the best red wines I had ever tasted ...
Tofino must dos (with or without kids)
CanadaNorth 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 ...
Secrets of the incredible Galapagos Islands (9 surprises I found there)
EcuadorSouth 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 ...
70+ countries then baby makes three… now what?
Travel Tips & Lists

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 ...
10 days in Hawaii Island (the Big Island) with kids
North AmericaUSA

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

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 ...
5 YOLO travel experiences I’d never do again
Travel Tips & Lists

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. ...
Best family ski resorts Canada: 6 reasons to visit Big White
CanadaNorth America

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 ...
My top 10 exhilarating YOLO travel experiences
Travel Tips & Lists

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 ...
Bocas del Toro, Panama with Kids
North AmericaPanama

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 ...
What to eat in Japan
AsiaJapan

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 ...
Unfortunate YOLO experiences: the boat to Luang Prabang, Laos
AsiaLaos

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 ...