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Western Canada Road Trip

This summer was spent travelling inside Canada. We did a Western Canada road trip and what a good time it was. I am making a series of blogs about my time out west and so far I have completed two. I thought I might as well outline the trip we went on city by city and as I write more blogs you will know what to look forward to. My first two blogs where about Stanley Park in Vancouver and Lake Louise, Alberta.   So we flew into Vancouver and back home from Edmonton. This was haw we went in between.

Vancouver.

Whistler.

Sydney.

Ucluelet/Tofino.

Hope. (Hells Gate)

Hope.

Kelowna.

Revelstoke

Lake Louise and Banff.

Hinton / Miette Hot Springs.

 

Edmonton.

 

 

One Hour In Lake Louis

With only one hour in Lake Louise we had to zip in and zip out. Lake Louise is a beautiful place to go if you are ever in the Banff, Alberta area. Lake Louis is located about 10 minutes outside of Banff and is located in an extremely convenient location. On our trip to Lake Louise we weren’t even going to go and when we decided last minute to go we ended up getting stuck in traffic. This is one thing about the area, lots and lots of traffic. When we arrived at the parking area we had to go through it twice just to find a spot so if you are going be prepared for the possibility of parking about 15 minutes away. I wouldn’t worry though because there are shuttle buses provided.

This little hour wasn’t to eventful so I won’t bore all you readers with it but what I have to say is that it is an amazing spot for photography. You have the aqua blue lakes with the snow covered mountains and the aqua streams. It is a definite must see if you are in the area as it is absolutely breath taking.

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A day in Stanley Park

This year we decided to do a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. If you have never been to Vancouver, you will be quite presently surprised. Our trip got off to a rocky start because of an airline mishap that should not have happened. I won’t bore you with those details on this post because that one deserves a post of its own!

We flew out of Toronto Pearson and landed at Vancouver International to begin the trip. Upon arrival we had rented a vehicle for our stay and since Vancouver wasn’t our only destination and considering we were about to embark in a road trip through the Rocky Mountains we decided to rent a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Actually that was a great choice so I give that a recommendation. We drove from the airport to our condo which was across the street from Stanley Park. This park is a major tourist destination in Vancouver and is beautiful. Vancouver is a great city and very walkable. While we were there I never took the car out once because to me the city didn’t seem like a very car friendly city, with all the bike lanes and such.

We spent 3 days in Vancouver before heading over to Whistler so we had plenty of time see and do some very exciting things. We started off by walking the entire Stanley Park and we got a pleasant surprise when we were almost done. For those of you who have never been to Stanley Park, there is an amazing public pool that is heated just near the end. This was great considering we had walked for about 3 hours.

After the public pool we decided to walk some nature trails and that lead us up to the aquarium. The aquarium here in Vancouver is relatively the same as the Ripley’s one in Toronto but it does have some outdoor scenery so even if you have been to the one in Toronto, this is a must do! After the aquarium we walked around some more and went to have a late lunch at one of the little restaurants on the pier. This was a nice little place and I would recommend. I will add some pics to show all that I we have done so don’t worry. lol

There is much more than a pool and aquarium though in Stanley Park so if you do go here I would recommend attending all or at least one of these destinations:
Sea Wall
trails
Pitch and Putt
Picnic Areas
Tennis Courts
Splash Pad
Totem Poles
and much, much more!!!!

This was just the beginning of our 12 day adventure from Vancouver to Edmonton. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to see much more about our travels. Little disclosure time… This blog post has affiliate links that if you click and use will help pay for the blog.

Top 10 Eco-friendly resorts in the world

Are you an eco-friendly tourist who pays right tribute to the nature for its blessings? There are the places pristine or tropical with nature in its purest form, undisturbed. It’s very easy to clear out woods and build in massive luxury places but it takes thought and effort to build something amazing and inspiring while preserving what’s around. When you choose to go green, you don’t go along with the masses. You choose nature over buzzing city life. You see the outstanding beauty that nature has over any other. And yes, there is happiness, magic, and peace in nature that surrounds us. But that’s not all. It has many thrilling adventures packed up for us. So why wait? Here’s a list of the top 10 eco-friendly resorts reviewed and recommended by all-time popular travel magazines. All these destinations ensure that your money spent here is far more worth than anywhere because they are all about luxury + nature.

1. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve


This award-winning five-star lodge sets the perfect standard for a well-spent holiday. Situated in the Western Cape of South Africa and as the name implies, this lodge is defined with lush wilderness and is ideal for sport. Since it is amidst the South African Natural Heritage site, you will have an amazing view of impressive fauna and flora with many endangered species, not to mention the Big Five. This site is also close to a rock-art site containing around 130 ancient Bushman’s art. Bushman’s reserve boasts of an iconic private villa, the Koro Lodge and other 16 top-notch suites and rooms. The outstanding spa with the outdoor Gazebo is what’s really famous here and one of the top favorites among its frequent visitors. Immerse yourself in luxury while getting fascinated by the wonders of nature in this eco-friendly resort.

2. Luna Lodge, Costa Rica


Like most destinations in Costa Rica, Luna Lodge also gives due credit for the wild nature. If what you are seeking is a remote, nature bound holiday to soothe your hectic mind, this is perfect for you. What Luna Lodge has to offer you is endless. You can involve in yoga lessons or spa treatments to comfort yourself. Then head off to hiking or bird-watching to fuel yourself with fresh air. Also, remember to have a spark of excitement through kayaking or horseback riding into the thick wilderness. But the most priceless offer is the exotic ambiance of a tropical rainforest with gushing waterfalls. This eco-friendly resort runs on hydro-energy, has organic swimming pools and many other which boasts being eco-friendly. Yes, the exact thing you are looking for!

3. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji


Looking for an island escape far away from city life? Well then, a perfect private island resort waits for your visit to give you an ultimate experience of an islander. Located in Fiji, this resort is a cluster 25 unique Fijian style built villas. Coconut plantations and palm trees, sandy beaches, sea-green lagoons and greenish peaks and scenic views are what will encircle you in Laucala. But that’s not all. You can get into a boat and go for diving or game fishing or pay a visit to the spa or even choose to go on horse riding. This eco-friendly resort genuinely plays its part towards its visitors where most of the island is preserved wilderness and the villas run on environmental-friendly supplies. After a well spent day, you can help yourself with delicious cuisine and rest in one of its cozy villas.

4. Turtle Island Resort, Fiji


Here’s another paradise island for you to delve in ecstasy. Surrounded by the breathtaking view and scents of tropical flora, the scenic landscape is simply picture perfect. With only 14 villas accommodating only 14 couples at a time, Turtle Island is magic for honeymooners and lovers. Get yourself excited and tranquillized at the same time with private beaches, the immense luxury of the villas and the eco-friendly ambiance. Even if you are an adventurous island seeker, thrilled to explore and wander in peace, this is an ideal eco-friendly resort you must not miss.

5. Tiamo Resort, Bahamas


Located in the heart of Caribbean, in South Andros Island, Tiamo resort is full of life. The specialty is that it’s encircled by the ocean and is accessible only by boat or seaplane. So, it sounds like the perfect getaway you would crave for with luxury awaiting you to settle in peace. The popular Bird’s Nest in Tiamo Resort is a three bedroom villa boasting of grandeur with 10 other equally charming villas located nearby. Though all of them are furnished with modern facilities, this haven of recreation is built in a traditional Caribbean style. When you are in this top eco-friendly resort, the lush greenery of Bahamas and golden sandy beaches will invite you for many adventurous activities. But you can always stay idle and still find the visit unforgettable.

6. Jicaro Island Lodge, Nicaragua


What this beautifully built lodge has to offer you is simply one-of-a-kind. It will remind you of cottages in books surrounded by woods with a lake flowing nearby. Jicaro is simply a picturesque vacation spot that will awaken your lively spirits instantly. This is a world renowned eco-friendly resort for many reasons. First, Jicaro is found amidst the nature in its purest form and many things in this lodge run on supplies from nature. Also, it encourages its visitors to be eco-friendly with reusable aluminum bottles instead of plastic, heated solar panels that generate electricity and organic biodegradable toiletries. So, Jicaro can be the first step of your journey as an eco-friendly tourist So, Prepare to enjoy yourself while paying tribute to Mother Nature.

7. Machu Pichu Pueblo Hotel, Peru


This colonial style property is clustered in an Andean village with high hills, gushing waterfalls and attractive stone pathways. The abundant bird species, attractive varieties of flowers blossomed all over; the famous hot springs and the forest that is situated within a short walk from the hotel are top attractions here. What’s more the greatest archaeological site, Machu Pichu is tucked in the peaks just above the hotel. The Unu Spa in the hotel which offers you a nurturing sensual experience uses extracts of natural products from the forest located nearby. The eco-friendly resort itself is much preferred by the Mach Pichu visitors for giving the best value for the price paid with comfortable accommodation.

8. Brando, French Polynesia


The pristine natured luxury resort is renowned globally for its beautiful scenic location. Tucked in French Polynesia’s island of Tetiaroa, this top-notch eco- friendly resort is a star among celebrities. When you land in here through a seaplane, the first sight Brando offers you is its breathtaking solitude atmosphere lined with white-sand beaches. Thirty-five elegant villas boast of luxury yet of contemporary furnishings and well equipped with a private pool and an outdoor dining area. These villas are designed to reflect the Polynesian life and culture with such a cozy environment built within that will persuade you to remain indoors all times. But the outside is much magnificent and defines the best eco-vacation. During your stay, you will come across rare scenes of sea turtles and manta rays and if you explore the island you will be surrounded by wild nature and exotic birds. If what you crave is for mere privacy, Brando offers you it as all these villas are separated by a grove of trees.

9. Unique Garden Hotel and Spa, Brazil


The modern era gives you untimely travel experiences with countries seeking to make their travel destinations eco-friendly today. Brazil plays its part with this eco-friendly hotel which gives its visitors nature bound, healthy and tranquil mind-body-soul experience. The acres of gardens here are blossomed with fragrant and exotic flowers all throughout the year which means you can visit it anytime of the year. The accommodation here is all garden themed but comes in varieties for you to choose. The spa on the other hand simply gives due credit for your body, soothing it in and out. The experience you will get is much more worth than the money you pay because it’s simply divine and is perfect for relaxation after a hectic lifestyle.

10. Couran Cove Island Resort, Australia
Located in the South Stradbroke Island centered around beaches and rainforests, this eco-friendly resort is not just blessed with the perfect natural ambiance but also offers its visitors a range of awe-inspiring activities to take part in. You can relax and work on the perfect tan or you can get yourself boosted with adventures. Couran Cove is for adrenaline seekers as there are water sports from ski boat to tube rides and 4WD tours into the island full of heritage listed bush lands and native animals. There’s also the exciting virtual reality gaming, an assortment of sports and seaplane scenic flights to delight you with! The accommodation isn’t less pleasing either. It offers you with well-furnished rooms, special gourmet dining and an overview of the beautiful setting of the island. So from couples to nature enthusiasts are welcome to experience this bundle of joy.

About the Author: This article was written by Raeesha Ikram, savvy travel blogger at asabbatical.com, a solo travel blog of Adrian Sameli. To connect with Raeesha, follow her on Facebook.

5 American Cities Canadians Will Want To Visit

As the Canadian dollar seems to be slipping we find ourselves with less and less cheap travel options, but have no fear. If you are looking for travel into the US than here are 5 American cities Canadians will want to visit. Some might not want to venture south of the border because the Canadian dollar is so low, but if you don’t mind that, there is still lots to see.

First off Canada is a beautiful country with so much to see and I have dedicated my personal travels over the next little while to seeing this country. Nonetheless if you do want to go to the States, you will want to see these cities.


1) Los Angeles (Round trip flight from Toronto $435-$700) – La La Land as they call it is a beautiful city with a nice climate and tons to do. You can fly from direct from any major Canadian airport. The one thing I remember about landing at LAX is flying over the bicycle casino because they have the neon lights lit up on the roof and it’s pretty cool. So what will you want to do when in Los Angeles? If and when you travel to L.A. you will want to check out the  Hollywood Sign. The sign is big and bold and you have seen it in many movies, but to see it in real life is supper neat.

Most people will want to rent a car when they arrive to see some things just outside the city limits. Once you are driving a destination in LA you will want to see is the Vasquez Mountains, they filmed StarTrek. So much to do in LA you will also want to check out the Hollywood walk of fame where you can see the stars of all your past and present notible people.

You will also find things to do outside of Hollywood. You will want to go to Venice Beach where they have a great path filled with all type of shops and street performers. You can also check out muscle beach when you are there. That’s a workout area on the walkway. So these are just a few things to do when in L.A..


New York (Round trip flight from Toronto $240-$400 ) – New York City is one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world and. Has so much to see. You can either fly into Newark, New Jersey, which I did when I visited the city or fly intonnew your altogether. Once in New York you won’t find a shortage of places to visit. Some things you may want to experience may include Madison Square Garden, Broadway, Central Park, Time Square and much much more. I wrote a blog about a weekend I spent there so you can check that out here. Weekend In New York Flying Porter.


Chicago (Round trip flight from Toronto $270-$400) – The Windy City as they call it. The Chicago landscape is just amazing and you will find so much to do. You can walk on the waterfront or take in a number of the large city parks that they have. When in Chicago you can visit the iconic Wrigley Field or any number of sporting attractions in any season. I’m a sports fan so this city is a must and you have lots to do. Depending on what season you are traveling to Chicago you can see the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, or if you are a football fan Da Bears. Chicago is a must see destination and if you are short on ideas where to go when there you can check out my recent blog Top 5 Must Do Chicago Attractions.


San Francisco (Round trip flight from Toronto $460-$600 ) – San Francisco and the Bay Area is a beautiful city that everyone will find amazing. If you haven’t been to SanFran as they call it you will want to visit a number of destinations. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is one of architectural magnificent. Another trip in SanFran, dating myself here, is to check out the street and area where they filmed Full House. That was an iconic 90’s era sitcom that was very funny. Also for history buffs you will want to take the tour of Alkatraz. The Alkatraz Island Jail housed some of Americas worst criminals. No one ever escaped that place!


Detroit (Round trip flight from Toronto $375-$450 ) – Motown has a history almost like no other American city, actually like no other. Motown was home to the lucrative boom of the auto industry and the industrial revolution. You can find so much to do in Detroit and you won’t miss the GM buildings shaped like engine pistons! When in Detroit you will want to take a Red Wings game in at the Joe Louis Arena. Again Detroit is rich with sports history. Whether it’s the Pistons, Tigers or Lions you will find no shortage of sporting events int he city. I always find it ironic that Isaiah Thomas won multiple championships with the Pistons in the 90’s and now they have another start called Isaiah Thomas playing for them.

Canadians enjoy wonderful scenery at home but if we love to travel and don’t mind our neighbours south of the border, we can find some pretty amazing places to go. This little list is just the ice berg and if you are a sports fan like me you can see any number of cities in the States!

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