A few months ago, Mike and I came up with this pretty cool idea. We wanted to find restaurants in Toronto that served cuisine from all the places we've travelled to. Since Toronto is such a multicultural city, we thought it would be pretty easy and also really fun!
I was craving another adventure. Surprise, Surprise!
I heard a lot of great things about Nicaragua. Even though its the biggest country n Central America, it's not as frequently visited as its neighbouring countries, but that's slowly starting to change. Nicaragua has a lot to offer, trust me! If it's not on your radar yet, it should be.
Ecuador is much more than the Galapagos islands. The mainland is full of abundant amazon rainforests, adventure and high octane activities, lively cities and an entire coastline we heard great things about but totally missed out on due to our lack of time. Aleks and I without a doubt will be returning to Ecuador to further explore this beautiful country. Check out my 15 facts and tips, Ecuadorian edition!
We almost never made it to Brazil. That would have been a total shame because I've been dying to go there since I was a teenager. I don't know why. Maybe it's the people, the music or just the joy for life that every Brazilian person has. Whatever it is, I'm just glad that Mike and I were on the same page for this one...
Tourist's thoughts of travelling to Peru is primarily to see Machu Picchu. If this is all you think Peru is, I can assure you your wrong. Rainbow mountains, sacred valleys, colca canyon, surf beaches, historic, indigenous cities and a true culinary experience are a few that come to mind. Check out 21 facts and tips, Peruvian edition!
So I finally managed to get through all the photos from Australia and I was able to narrow them down to 800...from about 3,000. I'll be sharing a couple of hundred with you here. :)
But before you storm off to the photo gallery...
Impressive salt flats, cholitas, llamas, alpacas, witch doctors, chewing cocoa leaves, chaotic bus rides and extreme altitude living are the many things that come to mind about Bolivia. Enjoy the 25 facts and tips; Bolivian edition.
Elegant tango dancing, stunning landscapes, superior cuts of beef smothered in chimichurri sauce, juicy empanadas and wine tasting are many of the highlights of this massive land in South America. Please check out my 30 facts and tips, Argentina Edition.
We fell in love with Indonesia almost instantly. It's been on our list to visit for a long time and we couldn't wait to get there! When I say we visited Indonesia, I mean that we only really saw a fraction of it including Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Ever thought of travelling to Brazil? Good news awaits you my western world friends. Brazil is amazing and surprisingly safer than what most people think. If you love to dance, people watch, go to the beach and eat Churrasco meat till you pass out, put Brazil on your bucket list. Here are 40 facts and tips about Brazil.
I'm going to try and keep this post short and sweet, but considering that we spent 40 days in Thailand, it's not going to be easy. We travelled to Bangkok, visited four islands and met some great people. I hope you enjoy the read as well as all the photos and the VIDEO!
Australia the land of the world's most poisonous anything. At least that's what some of the locals will have you believing. Ok, it's true! Check out my latest travel facts and tips, Australian edition!
We were pretty excited when we received the Liebster Award. What is this you might ask? It's basically an award given from one blogger to another with the goal to recognize and discover new blogs.
Ah, It's finally here and completed! Part three of my travel facts and tips, Asian edition. The countries included are the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.
Our initial plan was to spend two weeks in the Philippines and split that time between two or three of the 7,500 islands! We did some research and a few came up that caught our attention...
We were not ready to leave Sri Lanka. It meant leaving the cool beach towns, small villages and friendly locals. At the same time, we've heard some pretty good things about Kuala Lumpur so we were pumped anyway.
A couple of days ago we went to check out a coffee plantation just north of Ubud. There are many in Bali because this island has the perfect conditions for coffee beans to grow. We decided to visit Bali Pulina Agro Tourism. We were really curious about the Kopi Luwak coffee. It's regarded as the most expensive coffee in the world.
"What's your favourite country so far?" We get asked that a lot. If we had to pick one, we'd have to say Sri Lanka. We had no idea what to expect before visiting this beautiful country, but the two weeks we spent there was barely enough time to get a taste of the country's diversity and character. If we could do it all over again, we would have stayed for a few months.
So this is probably obvious to some of you, but this country is not ideal for backpackers. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was hoping that we were going to be able to manage seeing a couple of cities in this country on our backpacker budget. We were SO wrong. This country is not backpacker friendly and it most certainly doesn't offer backpacker prices. If you decide to visit Abu Dhabi or Dubai make sure you bring a full wallet or two because there's no other way to enjoy yourself. Despite being strapped for cash, we still manages to have a great time thanks to Jen and all he amazing people we met.
I don't even know where to begin. Istanbul is one of the coolest cities I've been to and it's now one of our favourites. We could have easily stayed here for 15 days and been fully occupied the entire time. Istanbul is so full of life.
Putting together my previous facts and tips, Europe and Middle East edition, was heaps of fun. It has inspired me to keep up the trend to surprise or shock most people on real facts I have collected from personal experience and some travel tips for those interested. This time around I have so much to share about a very small and special place on the globe. That country is Sri Lanka. Enjoy!
The last time I was in Serbia was right before I came to Canada for the first time. It was exactly 21 years ago. I don't remember Belgrade at all and I was really looking forward to spending some time in the city, but things didn't go as originally planned. Do they ever?
After THREE months of travelling so far, I was looking back on all the places we have visited and I have decided to create my own series of travel facts and tips. Europe and Middle East edition.
Our first stop in Bosnia and Hercegovina was Neum. I bet most of you have no idea where that is. Well, it's actually the only coastal town in this country and 60km from Dubrovnik, Croatia. It's also a town where I used to spend summers as a child before coming to Canada.
We were pretty excited to get to Croatia. I knew that once we reached the Adriatic coast, the food, beaches and family wouldn't disappoint. We landed in Zadar close to midnight...
Well, I finally managed to get this post together. I had a feeling this one would set me back and I'll tell you why. I normally write a blog post about a country once we leave and head to our next destination so that I can gather all the photographs and information. Since we were heading to Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia next, I knew that catching up with family would leave me no time to work on the blog. So, the photos kept piling up and all the people and places were staring to get mixed up in my head.
It's probably the worst time to travel for Canadians. The dollar couldn't be weaker and being in London made us feel extremely poor. Everything we bought, we had to double in price. A cappuccino was between $7 and $8, which meant that I had to cut down on my coffee consumption. Not cool.
Yes it was. If you are looking for a good time, go to Ireland. The Irish certainly know how to party, so you better step up your game and build up that tolerance because the Irish people can DRINK!
The first thing I noticed was how green everything was. I guess it makes sense considering how much rain they get throughout the year. Oddly enough, we lucked out and had quite a few sunny days. The second thing was how much more affordable everything was - and yes, compared to Iceland, Ireland was very affordable! Last but not least, the people are beyond friendly and everyone always went out of their way to help us out no matter where we went.
I'll get straight to the point - Iceland is EXPENSIVE! If you plan on visiting get ready to blow through your money fast especially if you want to eat well and stay in nice hotels. Because we are travelling for a year and on a tight budget we had to figure out how to see as much of the country as possible and spend as little as possible.
Good question. I'll be honest - I thought packing for a year would be easy. Less stuff = less stress, right? Oh boy, was I wrong! When it came time to figure out what I was going to bring, I laid out a bunch of things on the bed - clothes, shoes, bathing suits, my camera, laptop and whatever else you can think of when going on a trip. Since military style packing proved to be very effective in the past, I started rolling everything like crazy. I was on a roll...or so I thought!