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If you wonder whether your supersized family can enjoy an exciting and smooth trip together, we’ll assure you: yes, of course! As long as you are creative, far-seeing, and resourceful. Everything is possible with elaborate preparations and attention to details because when you hit the road with your children on board, every mistake (be it worn tyres or a failure to make a hotel reservation) will cost you lots of nerves and money. We’ve made a list of tips to help you plan your perfect family trip. Plan, plan, plan While travelling with a big family, you (adult) must be ahead of the game all the time, in every detail. It is hard to be spontaneous with a large group. So make a detailed game plan! You need to know for sure when, where, and how you are going to stay, eat, and see things. So make all possible reservations (hotels, campsites, dining etc.) in advance. For example, with a little internet research, you can make sure that diners you are going to have meals at are family-friendly. Making a list of attractions and discussing it with your family beforehand will help you avoid arguments while on the road. Another […]

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I’ve always been a firm believer that it’s possible to mesh boutique experiences with budget prices – just take a look at my 5-star hostel guide, for example! Hotel Zed manages to be one of the best boutique hotels in Victoria without breaking the bank. When I first visited Victoria in 2015, I was on a super tight budget. Hotel Zed was my go-to for an affordable stay, but it was unfortunately sold out during my visit. So, I was beyond excited when I was invited to check out the hotel’s new Zedstream trailer! Hotel Zed’s Rooms and Amenities Hotel Zed has some of the most unusual rooms in Victoria and the whole hotel is ridiculously fun, so it was no surprise that the Zedstream was as well. The trailer is chock-full of unique amenities – like a rotary phone, a vintage alarm clock, colors that pop, comics in the bathroom, and a deck with a hammock.  It rained during most of our stay, but we loved hanging out on the deck with a beer when the weather cooperated. The seating area in the living room folds out into a comfortable bed, so the Zedstream is perfect for families and small […]

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Last month, I took my second trip to Victoria. You would think I would know better than to eat near tourist areas, but my boyfriend and I still found ourselves sticking with restaurants near the Inner Harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf. Even with the help of Yelp and TripAdvisor, we still struggled to find unique places to eat in Victoria. Thanks to Off the Eaten Track Food Tour, we now know where to eat when we return to Victoria (yes – there will be a next time!) There are several food tours in Victoria but Off the Eaten Track has the best TripAdvisor reviews and we were glad we organized our tour with them! We originally hoped to go on the Canada 150 tour, which highlights some classically Canadian treats. Due to bad weather we opted for Off the Eaten Track’s Knife & Fort Tour, which was a special experience as well! Choux Choux Charcuterie We started at Choux Choux Charcuterie where we were offered sampler tray featuring homemade sausages, pates, and artisanal meats and cheeses. Everything was great but the pate was my favorite! We were bummed we couldn’t take any across the border back home! The staff was very knowledgable about […]

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When I was younger, I was all about exploring Europe and other parts of the world. Now that I’ve reached the ripe old age of 25, I want to see more of what the US has to offer. One region I had yet to explore was the Southwest. So, I was stoked when my boss asked me to go to New Mexico for work. One day in Albuquerque wasn’t enough but I feel like I got a good taste of the city! Visit Albuquerque Old Town I was only in town for two days, so my itinerary was jam-packed. Due to meetings and what not, I was left with the equivalent of roughly one full day stretched out over two afternoons. On my first day, I headed to Albuquerque Old Town. The Old Town is relatively small and pedestrian-friendly, so it was easy to cover everything by foot in an hour or two. San Filipe de Neri Church was the first thing that caught my eye. The church is over 200 years old and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It’s also among the oldest churches in the country! Next, I hit Church Street Cafe per a colleague’s […]

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June is almost over, so it’s probably a little late to share my May with you guys! Better late than never, right!? Anyways, May was another busy month for me! So busy, that it’s almost all a blur now. I’ll get started with the fun stuff first! Blog Income May was the month I made the most money from my blog to date! My grand total was $925. To quote my mom, I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.  Blogging full-time might be a pipe dream for now, but it’s so rewarding to earn money doing something you love! So, how did I do it? By sharing relevant links within posts, collaborating with awesome brands (like The Good Cards), and working on a social media influencer campaign. The social media influencer campaign was the bulk of my earnings ($600), so my blog income probably won’t be as high next month. Personal Highlights May was also the month where I finally made friends in Washington! If you’ve been following my blog, you know I moved to the Pacific Northwest in September. It’s been a tough transition, especially since I work from home and haven’t had the chance to meet a […]

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Have you ever found yourself SOL while traveling? I definitely have, and my saving grace has always been the kindness of strangers. Like that time in Argentina when I got lost right before dark and a friendly Australian couple drove me back to my hostel or when a stranger gave me $40 after my debit card went missing in Nicaragua. Those strangers were my hero at the time and will never know how much I appreciated their help. I likely won’t have the chance to repay those kind strangers, but I can pay it forward. When I later met another backpacker who also lost their debit card, I paid for their hostel bunk and treated them to lunch. I’ll never know whether or not this stranger paid the act forward, but imagine if I could? Well, a cool new social enterprise has finally made this possible! So, when I was approached by the Good Cards about helping spread the word for their Kickstarter Campaign, I couldn’t wait to help! How Does it Work?  The Good Cards is a real-life game that takes good-doers through various missions and levels of kindness. Thanks to this breakthrough game and app, people around the world […]

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Full disclaimer: I love camping, but I didn’t always. Summers where I grew up were incredibly hot and humid. So, spending a lot of time outside was simply out of the question. I didn’t even realize that I could be remotely outdoorsy until I moved to Washington! I only agreed to go camping for the first time in 2015 because my crush (who is now my boyfriend) invited me. As a former city girl, I had no idea how I would manage without a shower or flush toilet. I did my best to prepare for the camping trip by packing a hammock, tons of books, and wine to get me through the weekend. I did the same on our next three camping trips before it dawned on me that I actually like camping *cue identity crisis*. The following things helped me figure out how to camp if you hate camping: Get Comfy Pack an air mattress and your favorite sheets. Invest in some comfortable camping furniture or a portable hammock. Don’t buy a tent that’s too small for your group. Check out some glamping hacks (these are some of my faves). If you’re doing something you don’t enjoy, the last […]

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Astoria is a popular stop along the Oregon Coastal Highway 101 and with good reason! Astoria was never on my radar before visiting but the waterfront town left me pleasantly surprised. If you caught my last post, you’ll remember that my boyfriend Lucas and I spent a week in a remote Washington beach town on one of his business trips. Since we were only an hour away, we decided to visit Astoria on one of his days off. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I am so glad I got to experience this gem in the Pacific Northwest! What to Do We were only in Astoria for a few hours, so this limited what we were able to do. Our first stop after lunch was to the Astoria Column. The column sits 600-feet above the city on a hill overlooking Young’s Bay and the Columbia River. It’s one of the most visited attractions in Oregon and Astoria’s most popular tourist attraction. I’m a little afraid of heights, so I was hesitant to make the climb to the top. The spiral staircase is pretty narrow but it’s not too bad of a climb. If you get winded, there are a few points where you can […]

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When I first told my friends and coworkers I was moving to Mexico I was largely met with stunned silence. Like most other New Zealanders, all I’d really heard of Mexico was tacos and tequila. And maybe the occasional news article on El Chapo, drug lord and prison escapee extraordinaire. But growing up I had always wanted to experience other cultures. I learnt Spanish at university, studied abroad in Spain, and travelled as much as my student budget would allow. After graduating from university, I worked in public policy for three years. I loved it, but I began to get itchy feet. After hunting out opportunities for long-term volunteering in Latin America, I packed my bags, said adios to New Zealand, and hola to Mexico. I volunteered for 13 months with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos – “Our Little Brothers and Sisters” in Spanish – or NPH for short. NPH provides a stable home life and education to thousands of children and young adults in nine countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos, I worked as the Communications Officer for NPH Mexico. I was the liaison between NPH’s home in Mexico and NPH fundraising […]

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