Posts by: Lisa Jackson

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24 Hour Getaway: This Fall, You Can Glamp, Kayak, and Eat Your Way Around Haldimand County

There are so many ways to enjoy autumn in Canada, and Ontario’s Southwest offers more than just scenery. It’s only an hour and a half drive to Haldimand County, a region where filled with outdoor adventure, farm fresh fare, and agritourism. It’s also one of the few places near the GTA where you can go glamping!

We’ve put together an itinerary for a 24-hour fall getaway to Haldimand Region, but we recommend staying overnight to fully soak up the region’s offerings. Are you ready to rumble? Continue Reading →

London

Six Filming Locations in London That You Can Visit (+ One Cool Contest to Win Airfare!)

The City of London has been featured in countless films: from historical recreations of the Elizabethan London in Shakespeare in Love, to the Victorian Era flicks such as Sherlock Holmes, to the romantic comedies of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. And don’t forget the slew of crime films, spy thrillers, science fiction and the “swinging London” films of the 1960s (yeah baby!!).

But truly, the film sites are even more enthralling in person. I’ve picked out six of my favourite filming locations in London, England that you can actually visit. And to win a roundtrip flight to the Big Smoke, keep reading to get the details about the We Love London Ticket Race on September 22! Continue Reading →

Right: Blue Elephant's strawberry lager

Four Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ontario’s Southwest

The jig is up! Although Ontario’s Southwest has flown under the radar for awhile, this region is becoming uber popular for foodies seeking a gastronomic retreat. After a weekend in Norfolk County, I’m sharing four of the best kept (and delicious!) secrets about the food scene in Ontario’s Southwest. But go quickly: once the hipsters find out, tourists will flood this region. Continue Reading →

Photo: Paris Tourist Office / Photographer Jair Lanes

Five Filming Locations In Paris That You Can Visit

Since the first reel started rolling, Paris has been a Hollywood hotbed, with the “City of Lights” hosting some 900 film shoots a year. And why not? With its dreamy gardens and stunning architecture that evokes romance, not many cities can look as beautiful as Paris on the big screen.

But truly, the film sites are even more enthralling in person. I’ve picked out five of my favourite filming locations in Paris that you can actually visit. Before you go, rent these films to get in the mood, and then start planning your route along the “Parisian Film Trail.”
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Travel

How I Saved a Year’s Salary to Travel the World

Four years ago, I was slumped over a desk, longing to explore the world. On my lunch breaks, I surfed the internet and drooled over safaris, seat sales, and rainforest hikes.

Fast forward to now. I’m enjoying a one-year unpaid sabbatical from my office job. I spend my days flying to new destinations to peruse markets, taste fresh foods, meet new friends, and check off an ever-expanding bucket list.

How did I do it? Continue Reading →

Conrad New York City hotel

Checking In: The Conrad Hotel New York City

In a past life, the ritzy Conrad New York City was once a budget hotel.

It’s certainly hard to tell today. In 2012, this luxurious Lower Manhattan Hilton hotel was renovated into contemporary glass building with 463 sleek and chic suites. Stepping inside, it feels downright sexy and stylish. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a striking lobby atrium that soars 16-storeys high and glows luminescent blue and purple. Talk about dramatic entrances. Continue Reading →