Take A Tour Of Canada’s Capital Ottawa

The city of Ottawa, Canada's southeastern capital

If your touring through Eastern Canada definitely make it a point to visit Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital city. Ottawa is commonly described by locals as an environmentally friendly city that’s safe, quiet, and very clean. Although it’s not as big of a metropolis as Toronto or Montreal, Ottawa does share some of the same cultural advantages while managing to retain a small town feeling. I decided that by taking a bus tour of the city I could enjoy Ottawa’s charm and at the same time learn about it’s fascinating history. Continue Reading →

Exploring California’s Gold Country

Columbia State Historic Park

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS! I’m referring, of course, to the hills along California’s historic highway 49 often referred to as Gold Rush Country. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of the miners and their quests for gold. So I decided it was high time that I take a road trip through the eastern California countryside to explore the old historic gold towns that were left behind. On this adventure I planned to visit mines, learn some history and even trying my hand at panning for gold. Maybe I’d get really lucky and find gold just like the early prospectors had! You might say I was already coming down with a touch of “gold fever”.

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A First Timer’s Guide To Eastern Canada

View of Old Quebec City in Eastern Canada

What a country! People used to say this about the good ol’ USA but I’m referring to our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada. Last year I spent a week exploring the western part of Canada and this year I wanted to visit Eastern Canada. The two sides of Canada are equally beautiful, but the eastern side of Canada is unique in that it seems far more “European” than than its western half. The cities are intriguing and the countryside is simply beautiful. For this trip we’d be visiting the four eastern cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal. But is one week enough time to really see them all? Continue Reading →

Make Niagara Falls Your Bucket List Destination

Boat Cruise At Niagara Falls

Whenever I’d ask people what’s on their travel bucket list, Niagara Falls seemed to be one of their top destinations. I had never been there and thought it was finally time to put it on my own bucket list. It was also time to see why Niagara Falls is regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world! I’ve seen many impressive waterfalls in my life, but there is definitely something very special about these falls that makes me understand why it’s earned such a highly regarded title. Continue Reading →

Don’t Wait Too Long To Apply For Your Passport!

Dont wait to get your passport

Fellow travelers if there is one piece of travel advice I can give you it’s this. DON’T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY FOR YOUR PASSPORT! Trust me! By applying early you will save yourself time, money and above all the possibility of suffering a heart attack due to the stress that comes with waiting till the last minute. You’d be surprised at how many people apply too late and find themselves in a terribly stressful situation, myself included. It usually happens like this… you find a fantastic last minute travel deal, decide to book it right away, and suddenly reality hits. Oh sh*t! My passport expired! What should I do? Based on my recent agonizing experience of trying to renew my mom’s passport for a last minute trip to Canada, I have some advice to help you out if you find yourself trying to renew or apply for a passport at the last minute. Continue Reading →

Weekend Getaway to Palm Springs

Escape to Palm Springs

Can’t you just feel it? Spring is definitely in the air. Although it may be too cold to travel to some parts of the country right now, it’s the absolute perfect time for a weekend getaway to Palm Springs, California. Springtime means abundant sunshine, clear skies, and most importantly warm weather! There is no shortage of chic hotels to choose from, dining options for every palette, and fun activities to keep you busy while exploring this relaxing desert oasis. Continue Reading →

Plan A Snowboarding Trip To Park City Utah

Park City Utah

Utah has “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” That’s a pretty damn bold statement to make but in 1985 it was stamped on every single Utah license plate. In fact they still stick by that mantra so of course I had to test it out for myself. The only way to do so would be to plan a snowboarding weekend trip to Park City Utah to see if there was anything magical about their snow that could warrant such a bold claim.

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A First Timers Guide To Chicago

Chicago Skyline

Wow, what a view! Chicago’s skyline is one like no other. From up here on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Tower you can get unbelievable 360 degree birds eye views of the breathtaking metropolis below. There are so many architectural masterpieces everywhere you look. Do you see the tall black building on the right hand side in the image above? That is the Sears Tower (renamed the Willis Tower) that once held the record for being the tallest building in the world. From its’ skyscrapers and beautiful architecture to its’ parks and deep dish pizza, Chicago has always had a unique and interesting personality. Journey with me as we explore some of the coolest attractions in Chicago.

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Two Countries, One Island: Exploring St. Maarten

St Maarten

Are you ready to walk along the white sandy beaches of a Caribbean island? Then let me introduce you to the island of St. Maarten. But first, let’s get one thing straight. This island has not one but TWO names and there is a very good reason for that. This tiny island is divided between two countries, France to the north and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the south. On the French side, the island is called Saint Martin and on the Dutch side, it is called Sint Maarten. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to refer to it as St. Maarten. Each side has it’s own unique feel but together they make one incredible island. From the casinos, shopping, and nightlife on the Dutch side to the French Caribbean cuisine and nude beaches on the French side, this island has a lot to offer. Now that I’ve sparked your interest, come along for some incredible Caribbean fun!

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