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Some destinations are heavy meat-eating cultures and that means eating in a restaurant can be tricky.
At seven am the phone rings, lifting me out of a food-induced sleep. Day five of my luxury getaway on the Mayan Riviera is dawning and I am beyond irritated to receive an early morning phone call duri...
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Instead of trying to find a patch of sand on a loud, crowded beach or witnessing a wet T-shirt contest by the pool, my boyfriend Geoff and I were able to fully immerse in the natural habitat of our surroundings. We ate fresh food from the on-site garden, watched as the sun rose during daily morning yoga, released baby turtles out to sea, and walked for hours on a stunning stretch of secluded beach.
To get the most out of visiting a new destination, we have curated a list of top tips for first time travellers following global research* from the most creditable source -- travellers who have been there, done that and have the passport stamp to prove it.
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I love travelling to new places. They can be around the corner or across the globe. Recently, I was lucky enough to explore San Francisco and found it to be an amazing place to visit with plenty of things to see and do (read: shopping) and innovation!
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I have been travelling more and more, and want to keep my style fresh when I am running through airports or travelling to new exciting destinations. I recently picked up some amazing spring style tips from Bradley O'Brien -- executive vice president of design and product development for Tommy Bahama.
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What would change if we spent as much time glorifying start lines as we do finish lines? What if we cheered as wildly for people the moment they assumed their position in the starting blocks as we do when they run through the tape at the end of the race?
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Hawaii is the only state in America that is completely located in an ocean and is made up entirely of islands. There are hundreds of islands that make up the state of Hawaii, but the eight main islands are Ni'ihau, Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, Lāna'i, Kaho'olawe, Maui and the island of Hawai'i. The weather in Hawaii is always warm and tropical, so it is the perfect place to vacation at any time of the year.
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Many Canadians may be putting themselves at risk of acquiring a number of preventable, travel-acquired illnesses. For those planning trips to warmer climates, including Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean, it is important to protect yourself from diseases that may not be prevalent in Canada, but are common in other countries.
I have been lucky to visit Toronto quite a few times in the past year. With each visit, I am learning more about this fantastic city and the best things to see and do in Toronto.
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It's opening night at the Marrakech International Film Festival, a week-long celebration of global cinema patroned by Moroccan King Mohammed VI that beckons you to tumble down the rabbit hole.
Port Credit is a neighbourhood in Mississauga, approximately 25 kilometers from Toronto or about a 35-minute drive from downtown Toronto. You can also take a train from Toronto to Port Credit or Uber as transportation to this lovely lakeside area.
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I have been travelling a lot lately, and I realized that just because I am in a new place, does not mean that my style has to go out the door. In fact, it is possible to look and feel great when you're travelling with a few easy tips.
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I love uncovering hidden gems and when someone told me about how Winnipeg has so many amazing restaurants, a flourishing art scene, a fabulous shopping district and one of the most famous museums in Canada, I know I needed to visit.
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It can be tricky (and tempting!) to stick to your normal eating routine and daily dietary habits when traveling. The first thing to remember is to stay hydrated and reach for water wherever you go! It's super easy to forget to drink water while we're rushing to our destination not to mention the dry airplane air that you'll find if you're flying.
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Canada is a natural theme park. It hosts endless mountaintop vistas, dark skies perfect for stargazing, and beautiful waterfalls. Canada's natural wonders are scattered across each province and are usually just a couple of hours away.
I love finding new places to visit and exploring new parts of cities. Recently, I was lucky enough to learn about some new fun activities to try in Toronto in the winter!
While it is certainly a city rife with history, there's so much more to see and do beyond "the bell." You may not be aware but this is a lively city budding with delicious cuisine, art culture, beer gardens, local artisan boutiques and so much more.
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Before visiting Austin, I had the idea of looking for options for bike tours as a way to see this exciting city. When I arrived, the temperature was 32'C and amazing sunny days. The perfect setting for a bicycle tour of Austin.
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My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.
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Harrison Hot Springs is known for their world famous hot springs and picturesque views of Harrison Lake. Nestled in among southwestern British Columbia's mountains. This is the place to visit if you are looking to relax, take in nature and enjoy the local cuisine.
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Recently, I was visiting Victoria, BC and came across ten fun things to do, places to stay and spectacular views of the province's capital.
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Travelling is like being suspended above a world that doesn't need us to function. We're irrelevant. Despite how amazing travel is, that isolated irrelevance can gnaw at us. So it's important to remember everything ends, even travel. Few ever experience these prolonged journeys. Don't let homesickness or isolation spoil your adventure.
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I love uncovering hidden gems and when someone told me about Abbotsford, I was delightfully surprised. During my visit, I was touched by the farming community and how deeply they care for what they are doing. It is truly a way of life for them and the region.
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The history of chocolate in Saint Lucia dates as far back as the 1700s when cocoa plantations flourished in the area. And it's no wonder the crops fare exceeding well here; Saint Lucia benefits from a...
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Dubai has become synonymous with extravagance, indulgence and luxury. Over the last few years, this adult playground, has been drawing in visitors by the hoards. In fact, it is now the fourth most visited city in the world -- after London, Bangkok and Paris.
A friend of mine recently moved to Nanaimo and she shared with me that it is a wonderful and often overlooked destination. I spent a few days in the Harbour City, and she couldn't have been more right: Nanaimo is a hidden gem.
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It's really sad when terrorist attacks and other tragic events halt travel to a country, especially because people depend on the tourism industry to make a living -- from restaurants and hotels to travel companies, shops and more. But big and small risks exist everywhere: overseas and at home.
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Canada Day is coming up, and while it's always fun to head to a huge celebration in a big city, it can also be a good time to get off the beaten (and crowded) path for a more relaxed and local experience. If you're craving a more laid-back Canada Day experience there are many options all over the country.
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A close friend of mine, recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua and she told me it was one of the best adventures she has ever been on. She shared with me, that it had exceeded her expectations in every way. Still not on the tourist's radar, she told me that it was fairly easy travel around, gorgeous beaches, and nice little hotels spotted throughout the country.
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The best travel looks are made-up of comfortable yet stylish pieces that can be worn in a variety of scenarios. Simplicity is key. I designed a comfortable black dress thinking of travel. You can pair it with flip-flops for the beach or with leather sandals for dinner. Add a nice scarf and some jewelry and you have created a different look with the same dress.
For me, the best part of traveling is when I chat with the locals. I learn from them what life is like in the town or city. Where do they eat? What shops do they visit? It can be an amazing way to explore a new destination. I asked those very questions to locals in Victoria, and here's what they told me.