Planning Your Next Trip in a Few Easy Steps

There’s actually not a lot of steps involved to trip planning but if you’re a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of person it can be quite overwhelming. From a weekend away to a long haul trip there are a surprising amount of things that stay the same no matter the length of your vacation. If you’re not …

Explore Vancouver Like a Local

local burrard bridge

Vancouverites know things like Stanley Park and the Grouse Mountain Gondola will be there in the off-season. Local people actively avoid Granville Island and Gastown in the summer. Many locals do hit the beaches, but that’s because in the off-season the beaches are cold. This is not to say not to do all the fantastic things Vancouver has to offer! …

Worst Travel Experiences

travel horror stories

I asked some travel bloggers, “What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you on a trip?” I received some awful (in a good way for this piece) answers. I’m pretty lucky; I think the worst thing that’s happened to me was coming down with the most terrible cold of my life. I was sneezing, blowing my nose, and coughing the …

Canadian Stereotypes, eh?

mounties

Canadian stereotypes. We’ve all heard them; most Canadians have laughed at them. But is there some truth to them? 1. We all say “Eh?” No. Ok, I have caught myself saying it, but it doesn’t pepper every conversation. I think we can thank Bob and Doug McKenzie for this one. 2. It’s always cold. In the winter. Canadian summers can …

How to Choose a Vacation Rental

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Finding the perfect vacation rental can be time consuming. You can get lost in the many, many options that are available. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of horror stories from travellers about how their vacations were ruined by a bad rental. If you do your research and protect yourself, you should be ok. Where to look for a rental? …

Ladies’ Weekend Getaway in Okanagan Wine Country

The view from Legend Distilling okanagan lake

I’m lucky enough to have kept in touch with some women with whom I was in high school back in the day (the “day” being 1980-1985). We were anxious to see each other and catch up so the four of us decided to meet in a relatively central location, Penticton, BC. The heart of the Okanagan wine country. We rented a …

Tourists’ FAQ About Vancouver, BC

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Every time someone visits from out of town they want to know what things to do in Vancouver and how to do them. I thought I’d put together some answers to a couple of the most frequently asked questions. How do I get to my hotel from the airport (YVR)? Taxi rates are now by zone from the airport. There’s …

Being a (Comfortable) Middle Aged Traveller

comfort travel

I realized not too long ago that I like to travel with things that make travel life easier and more comfortable for me. It probably came to me as I was researching a magnifying travel mirror for putting on make-up. I need the magnification because I can’t see to put on eye make-up otherwise and I’m averse to looking like a …

Kissa Tanto, a review

Italian-Japanese cuisine. Yes, you read that correctly. These two seemingly widely separate cuisines actually share a lot of common ground in their use of simple, seasonal ingredients. The 80 seat Kissa Tanto was conceived by Tannis Ling and chef Joel Watanabe in 2016. It’s tucked up on the second floor at 263 East Pender Street, an ungentrified end of Chinatown in Vancouver. …

AnnaLena, a review

AnnaLena, at 1809 West 1st Avenue in Vancouver, is Chef Michael Robbins baby. Named after his two grandmothers, it’s an intimate 60+ seat space with a cooking style he describes on his website as, “Modern Canadian cooking, heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest”. Recently listed as one of Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2016 and one of Vancouver’s best new restaurants in …