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Parmjit Parmar

Travel & Lifestyle Writer, Social Media Expert, Photographer

Parmjit Parmar is a freelance travel and food writer, avid photographer and social media expert. Visit her blog at <a href="" rel="nofollow">Planet Blue Adventure</a>. She travels every opportunity she gets.
The Best Cloud-based Productivity Tools for Travel

The Best Cloud-based Productivity Tools for Travel Writers

Travel writing is certainly a profession that has benefited greatly from cloud-based tools in recent years. Every day, my business runs smoothly thanks to a number of cheap or free cloud storage applications and tools that didn't even exist a few years ago. Here is a rundown of the best cloud-based tools for writers I can't live without.
01/08/2015 05:42 EST
How to Stay Healthy While

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

As the year winds down, we often find ourselves spending more time toasting to the holidays or rushing around buying perfect gifts and less time at the gym or getting a good night's rest. If you're one of the millions of people across the country preparing to board a flight this week, here are a few ways to avoid getting sick or stressed out while travelling.
12/24/2014 11:22 EST
How to Start a Successful Travel

How to Start a Successful Travel Blog

About a year ago I hit "submit" on my very first travel blog post. I'd spent most of my adult life traveling to many destinations and amassed hundreds of stamps in my passport over the years. Writing about my travel adventures and experiences seemed like a logical, and even easy, next step. Here are five things I wish I knew before starting my travel blog.
12/19/2014 05:53 EST
Does Social Media Influence Your Buying

Does Social Media Influence Your Buying Habits?

Some companies are masters at influencing buying habits. Starbucks, for instance, has been at the helm of controlling the customer experience for a long time. From the in-store environment to the presence on social media, the company has been able to balance its image as a responsible coffee source and still nearly quadruple share prices in the last 5 years.
12/11/2014 01:06 EST
Going Solo: Advice from the Travel

Going Solo: Advice from the Travel Experts

What does the solo traveler look like nowadays? Women are following their own schedules to explore destinations beyond North America, preferring to relax in luxury at resorts, full service hotels or on board cruise ships. As a frequent solo traveller myself, I sought out some Toronto experts to find out what they think of this trend and ask for their advice.
03/24/2014 12:23 EDT
Culinary Adventures in Southern

Culinary Adventures in Southern Ireland

There are places around the globe that affect you deeply and resonate long after your visit is over. Ireland is one of those places. My September journey driving around Ireland took me down the south coast for a visit to luxury hotels and a famous cooking school.
01/27/2014 12:17 EST
The Chefs Have Landed at Toronto's Pearson

The Chefs Have Landed at Toronto's Pearson Airport

Have you noticed what's happening at airports? Gone are the days where your only choice is grabbing unhealthy, fat-laden food or having to settle for pre-packaged on-board food options as you make a mad dash for a flight.
12/23/2013 12:05 EST
Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations in

Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations in Belize

Garifuna Settlement Day is a national holiday in Belize on November 19th. The day celebrates the arrival of the first Garifuna in 1832. The British army exiled the Garifuna from the Grenadines to Roatán, Honduras in 1798.
12/10/2013 11:10 EST
How to Throw a Holiday Dinner Party You Can

How to Throw a Holiday Dinner Party You Can Enjoy

With the holiday season fast approaching many are thinking about having friends and family over for a dinner party. What better way to celebrate the season than having a swanky dinner party? With the dinner party in mind, we decided to check in with Toronto's home entertaining maven, Dee Brun, a.k.a., the Cocktail Deeva to solicit her advice on throwing the ultimate party.
11/15/2013 12:24 EST
Gourmet Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice

Gourmet Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream

Shelly Westgarth started her ice cream venture in 2009. With twin children about to start school, Shelley realized she had to adjust her working hours to accommodate her growing family. As a regular visitor to the Muskoka farmer's markets in summer, she identified an opportunity to make and sell gourmet Ice cream. The rest is history.
11/10/2013 01:05 EST
Photo Essay: Off the Beaten Path -- Heir Island,

Photo Essay: Off the Beaten Path -- Heir Island, Ireland

Just off the coast of West Cork, Ireland lays tranquil Heir Island. This island is the perfect retreat for anyone looking to get away, feel inspired, sail, paint and cook. Only 2.5km long, Heir Island is located in Roaringwater Bay and home to 24 residents.
11/04/2013 03:07 EST
What to Do, See and Eat in

What to Do, See and Eat in Dublin

When Irish food comes to mind it's quite amazing the first thing that people say is ''cuisine? What cuisine? Do you mean Irish stew, potatoes and Guinness beer?" Well, you couldn't be more wrong. In today's Ireland, young chefs like their European counterparts have embraced their heritage and are taking Irish cuisine to new heights.
10/28/2013 05:26 EDT
Gros Morne National Park: 4 Days in Nature's

Gros Morne National Park: 4 Days in Nature's Playground

Gros Morne National park in Western Newfoundland is a geologist's paradise. The landscape is a testament of how our earth evolved from rock fjords bursting through the ice and Tablelands of earth's tectonic plates to become rugged and rocky mountains. This is the place to be if you want to be one with nature, and I just finished a four-day stay there.
09/19/2013 08:39 EDT
A Tale of Two

A Tale of Two Teas

Having grown up in a household of tea drinkers, I've always had a penchant for a good cuppa. Today afternoon tea has risen to new heights with tea sommeliers and chefs pairing tea with food to enhance the flavours of this repast. On recent visits to tearooms in Washington and Toronto two very different afternoon teas were tasted.
08/23/2013 12:02 EDT
A Weekend in Washington

A Weekend in Washington D.C.

The political heart of the United States, Washington D.C. offers endless possibilities to foodies, history buffs and art lovers. It's the perfect place to spend a weekend I recently spent 48 extraordinary hours there, and I know that I will be back soon for more.
07/18/2013 12:39 EDT
8 Travel Apps to Make Your Summer Holiday Less

8 Travel Apps to Make Your Summer Holiday Less Stressful

Between planning your flights, booking your hotel, finding food, and learning the local customs, travelling abroad and even domestically can be quite the hassle. Luckily, your journey can become a lot simpler (and much more fun!) by using some of these travel apps.
07/17/2013 08:12 EDT
Exploring Deerhurst Resort and Cooking with Chef Susur

Exploring Deerhurst Resort and Cooking with Chef Susur Lee

Deerhurst, if you recall, was also the site of the 2010 G8 Summit when thousands of muscled up security teams and world leaders descended on the resort for two weeks The resort is still buzzing with stories from that period. If you are a huge foodie like me then you can't go wrong with a weekend jaunt like this one.
06/18/2013 05:22 EDT
How to Take Better Travel

How to Take Better Travel Photos

Travel photography can offer some of the most inspirational, exciting, and candid shots from the places you visit and the people you meet. If you are like me, one of the largest challenges when travelling is what to take with you. How much can you carry around? How do you protect your gear from theft?
06/11/2013 05:23 EDT
Photography Workshop at the Briars Resort and

Photography Workshop at the Briars Resort and Spa

When visiting any of the premier Ontario resorts for a weekend getaway, you are likely looking to eat great food, take a dip, and experience the top spa treatment. If you're also looking for beautiful vistas and pristine golf courses, then the Briars Resort and Spa is the perfect place.
05/31/2013 05:13 EDT
Linkedin to Personal

Linkedin to Personal Branding

LinkedIn has become one of the most important professional network platforms on the planet. It has grown phenomenally in the last 5 years, with over 200 million members worldwide and 7 million in Canada alone.
02/27/2013 08:05 EST