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Are the Gili Islands the new Bali?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Bali, it’s beautiful.  But after visiting Gili Trawangan, one of the three Gili islands, I felt as though I was being unfaithful to Bali. Why? Because I enjoyed the Gili Islands so much that a part of me wished I booked more of my holiday there. The three Gili … Continue Reading →

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Our Top Travel Experiences in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city full of personality, rich history, fantastic music, charm and Southern hospitality (yes, this is a real thing!). A city that can be enjoyed year-round, there is no shortage of things to see or do. I visited NOLA for an extended long weekend, focusing most of my time in the French Quarter, and was able to see and do a lot over four days.

Here are our top 5 travel experiences in New Orleans: Continue Reading →

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Flying (& Barfing) Over Glaciers in the Yukon

The experience of flying over a glacial mountain range in a Cessna is difficult to describe.  As the overwhelming and awe-inspiring landscape pours into your eyeballs, your language functions are rendered inoperable. Sights like this can make even the Hitchens-iest of atheists reconsider their faith if only for a moment — I did. But God … Continue Reading →

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A Culinary Journey at Sandals St. Lucia

As a world traveller, I’m always on the hunt for a genuine dining experience. Exploring cuisine is one of the best ways to learn about other cultures. On the road, I want to taste local ingredients, meet the cooks, and hear stories and traditions associated with the dishes.

I never expected to experience this at an all-inclusive resort. But Sandals has created a culinary expedition with its Discovery Dining concept. Continue Reading →

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Where Can You Find A Beef Aging Chamber in Toronto? Head to Michael’s on Simcoe

As if there wasn’t enough happening on King West to keep us busy – there’s yet another gourmet restaurant to try. Well, if you can get reservations, that is. Michael’s on Simcoe has become a hot spot for the theatre crowd and the Toronto International Film Festival. This year at TIFF, the restaurant hosted celebrity events and even scored a mention in People Magazine. Continue Reading →

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Checking In: Sandals Regency La Toc Resort in St. Lucia

I have a confession: I’ve never been a fan of all-inclusive resorts. The repetitive meals, the gated community atmosphere, and the obnoxious tourists on their fifth drink by 11am – none of it has rocked my world. I’d rather be backpacking someplace, meeting new people and sampling unique dishes.

That is, until my recent visit to Sandals Regency La Toc in St Lucia. A four day visit changed my perspective on the resort experience. Continue Reading →

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Cozying Up at Cafe M in Toronto

If you’re familiar with the Downtown/U of T area of Toronto, you’ll know that there’s a plethora of major coffee chains. Yes, these coffeehouses have great variety and an almost militant routine, but the independently owned café was refreshing change from all that. Nestled cosily between Yonge Street’s local boutiques, Café M turned out to … Continue Reading →

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How to Upgrade to First Class on KLM (Without Spending a Fortune)

When I checked in online for my overnight flight to Amsterdam, a message suddenly popped up on my computer screen. “Would you like to upgrade to World Business Class for $300?” Um, yes please. I decided to take advantage of an upgrade option to World Business Class on KLM. For less than $300, I experienced comfort and luxury at its finest. The … Continue Reading →

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Six Secret Stopovers for Your Next Vacay

The stopover has rapidly become the best deal for savvy travellers. If you’re travelling on a long haul flight, why not get off the plane at the halfway point and add an extra country to your trip? It’s an opportunity to stretch your legs, get some decent sleep, and explore an extra city (or two) that you would’ve otherwise flown over. Continue Reading →

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The Culinary Wonders of Calgary

Whenever I set off to a new destination, I like to do a little word-association test with friends, family and a couple of complete strangers thrown in for good measure. It helps to better orient my piece if I understand the existing landscape. On doing research for my recent fine dining tour of Calgary, it … Continue Reading →

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Feng Shui Sushi at Ki Modern Japanese & Bar

I have always admired the Japanese focus on form; everything is carefully considered, and immaculately designed to create the perfect balance. It’s this simple elegance that Ki Modern Japanese and Bar has managed to encapsulate. From their chic entrance on 181 Bay Street, Toronto, where hand blown tentacles reach out to welcome you, to the … Continue Reading →