Fun Facts about Oktoberfest


The countdown is on… Oktoberfest is just three weeks away!

The beer, the dirndls, and the meter-long hot dogs are just some of the things attendees will get to experience when they make their way to Munich this year for the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling fun fair). Are you in?

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Fall Travel Essentials


It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and no, I’m not talking about Christmas.

Fall is on the horizon! Meaning chunky knits, patterned scarfs, layers of texture and more boot options than one can comprehend. The September issues of Marie Claire, InStyle, and ELLE are lining the shelves, tempting us to purchase new trends and having us wish Starbucks would just go ahead and launch the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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Hairstyle Travel Hack: Spin Pins


When you are travelling for an extended period of time, you’ll fight your way through many early mornings. Whether it’s to catch a flight, wait for a bus, or meet up for the local tour; the morning often comes sooner than you think.

One thing I struggle with when travelling is how I’m going to make myself presentable for the day ahead when I have so little energy and even fewer products to help me look even vaguely human (I’m looking at you hair straightener).

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My Happiness List


Heading home after an extended period away is no easy feat. I learned this back in 2011, when I returned home from my first backpacking experience in Europe.

Was I excited to get back? Of course. I was looking forward to plunking my backpack down and never picking it up again… expect to maybe burn it. Beyond that, I was excited to see my family and friends, sleep in a room solo, and take as much time in the bathroom as I desired. But my excitement was lessened by the thoughts of post-trip depression that sometimes crept into my mind.

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Standing on top of the world: Vancouver Sea-to-Sky


When I look back on my first trip to Vancouver, almost three years ago now, there is one memory that stands out. One painful, gruelling, yet exhilarating experience that stands out amongst the other memories I made during my trip… hiking The Chief.

The Stawamus Chief, just 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver, is a mammoth rock face that towers over the city of Squamish and offers unprecedented views of Howe Sound and the coastal mountain range. For a beginner hiker it was a rough journey, therefore; despite the amazing views, climbing “The Chief” has never been my go-to suggestion for Vancouver visitors. Suddenly, all of that has changed.

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