• Abroad,  Travel Tips

    My Favorite Travel Pack

    A year ago I was in the market for a new travel backpack. You know, for those random European excursions and last-minute carry-on bag-only trips. With a tenancy to be neurotic, I had no problem spending my time researching… and researching… and researching for the perfect pack that would fit all my needs while remaining petite enough for my small frame to carry around without keeling over. When I say I spent time researching, I’m talking about two months reading reviews, asking questions, visiting stores, checking out materials, and beyond. I told you, neurotic. Thankfully, I am an online shopper, for the most part, so I am used to reading…

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    Living It Up In Canadian Cottage Country

    Chris and I have just got back from a fabulous, dreamlike two weeks in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.  A couple months ago, I had no Idea what or where “Muskoka” was.  I had only heard of the fun summer stories that revolved around cottages, boats, lakes, and cocktails (or docktails as they like to call them). We were generously invited to join some amazing friends who own a cottage on Lake Joe, one of the 3 lakes that make up the Muskoka Cottage Country, during our last visit to their amazing hometown of Toronto.  I loved Toronto the minute I laid eyes on this big city that seems to be New…

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    Adventures in Old York and Montreal  

    When planning your journey to leave the country, for the first time (ever) most usually thinks, “I’ll backpack Europe!” “Fly to Asia!” “Cabo here I come!” For me it was a little bit different. I have never step foot outside of the United States. I’ve been to Hawaii, New York, Florida and currently reside in California; however taking the next step of actually becoming a “traveler” hadn’t happened. I decided to break the cycle of staying close to home when I was generously invited to travel to Canada, along with my boyfriend, Chris, by some great friends who have now become family. Talks of the trip began when our friend’s…

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    Update from Ontario, Canada!  

    A quick post for your Monday, since I have neglected my blog while traveling in Ontario, here’s a summary of my trip. The weather is absolutely amazing; I truly believe the California sun followed us here, with a high of 24 degrees (celsius) we have been wearing jeans and tank tops throughout our travels.  We explored a rural town called Stouffville where we are staying with our amazing friends, which they nicknamed “Slow-Ville”, however it is incredibly charming and beautiful with all of it’s cornfields, green fields and trees which have begun to change color as Autumn creeps in. We spent a day running around Toronto, which has a New…