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The travelers of this world understand why traveling is addictive. There is this thrill of being in a new place, the sensation of experiencing something that you can only experience in this one exact spot. Sometimes it is the vibe of a Central American beach town or an Asian metropolis that captures your heart, sometimes it is a remote stretch of wilderness that takes your breath away. The exhilaration of travel is enough to make you wonder: What if I could just keep traveling forever?


Travel Quiz: Which Travel Quote Describes You Best?

Are you the type who is ready for a rugged adventure and content to live out of a backpack for days on end? Or, do you prefer to indulge in luxury and spend your days enjoying the sunshine by the pool? Maybe you're the type that likes to blend in with the crowd and get immersed in the sights and sounds of a foreign culture. 

Whatever your travel style, there's a quote out there that is sure to get you in the mood for your next trip! Take our quiz to find out which travel quote describes you best! 


10 Travel Quotes That Will Inspire You To Explore The World

There's nothing like a good travel quote to inspire you to pack your bags and take off on an adventure!

I am a sucker for quotes of any kind, and you can usually find me with a pen in hand when I'm reading ready to underline a favourite quote or jot it down to reference later. It's amazing the power that one or two sentences can hold when you need a little inspiration. 


Start Your Trip Right! 8 Tips For A Seamless Arrival

You finally got your suitcase zipped-up, made it to the airport with minutes to spare before check-in closed, managed to get through security without being strip-searched, and had just enough time to buy water, a magazine, and some chocolate (I never fly without chocolate), before it was time to board.

Exhausted, you half-slept through the three movies you watched on your 9 1/2 hour flight, and you're feeling a bit disoriented — but you made it! 

 


Your Guide to Trekking The Epic West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island

The West Coast Trail will forever hold a special place in my heart. 

I embarked on this epic 75 km trek with a group of fellow trekkers that included my dad, my best friend and her dad, and three of our dads' friends. We had no idea, standing at the trail head in Port Renfrew on our first day, the adventures that would befall us. 


3 Amazing Restaurants In New York City That You Must Experience

One of the most important things about traveling is eating — and not just because your travel buddy gets grumpy when she's hungry. A city's food and the ambiance in the places it is served can end up being some of your favourite, most memorable experiences.

These are three spots that I tried on my last visit to NYC that are definitely not to be missed.


Dining In New York City By The Numbers [Infographic]

Did you know that Manhattan has one Starbucks location every 5.6 blocks?! 

Find out more interesting facts about dining in NYC with this infographic made be me!


8 Sights In New York City That Live Up To The Hype (+Packing Tips)

Guys, I (seriously) love New York. 

I knew that I loved it before I had even set foot in it. 

And it wasn't just because of all the gorgeous photos on Instagram or my addiction to Sex and The City. No, it just seemed to contain all of the things that I love in a city: food, cafes, museums, art galleries, shopping, parks, libraries, history, fashion, culture, quirkiness… what more could you ask for?! 


Destination Paris: Unconventional Things to See & Do in This Must-Visit European City

The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, Champs-Elysees — there are so many incredible things to see and do in Paris. But, with so many major sights to check out, travellers often skip (or don't even know about) the other stunning museums, parks, and one-of-a-kind sights to experience in the city. In this post, we are leaving the conventional spots behind and taking a look at some unconventional spots that are definitely worth adding to your must-see list.


How To Pack Your Carry-On Bag Like An Expert

Packing a carry-on for a trip involving air travel isn’t rocket science, but you would be surprised how many people forget to throw even the smallest (but often the most important) things into their bag. 

The first thing to remember is that your carry-on can't be more than 10kg. Though you can often sneak through with a heavier bag (I do it all the time), there is always the risk of getting caught and having to pay to check your heavier items. 


5 Important Questions To Ask a Potential Travel Buddy

Trust me, travelling can test ANY relationship.

Whether you are planning on travelling with your boyfriend, best friend, sister, father, or a new acquaintance, there are a few questions pre-travel that you must ask any potential travel buddy to make sure you both have an amazing trip.


How to Protect Your Travel Funds & Become a Cash-Savvy Traveller

Whether you are a penny-pinching backpacker or a traveller with deeper pockets, everyone loves a great, cash saving travel tip.

These tips will not only help you save and protect your money while you are travelling, but can also lead you to more genuine cultural experiences and — what every traveller loves to collect — some great stories.


Travel Tales: Catching A Ride With The Easy Riders In Vietnam

There is a white, round scar, about the size of a dime, halfway up the inside of my calf. Like the tattoo on the bottom of my foot, I forget that it's there sometimes, but as soon as I catch a glimpse of it out of the corner of my eye, it always makes me smile.

My travel buddy Michelle and I had just spent a long night on a sleeper train (if you ever get a chance to sleep on a train do it, it's the coolest feeling) from Hanoi to what we thought was Hoi An, Vietnam.


Travel Trends: Book A Layover Instead of Trying To Avoid One Avoiding long travel layovers used to be the goal when it came to booking tickets — not anymore!

Travel Trends: Book A Layover Instead of Trying To Avoid One
Avoiding long travel layovers used to be the goal when it came to booking tickets — not anymore!

13 Travel Quotes That Will Inspire You To Pack Your Bags! Get ready for your next adventure with these inspiring travel quotes from!

13 Travel Quotes That Will Inspire You To Pack Your Bags!
Get ready for your next adventure with these inspiring travel quotes from!

Your Ultimate Guide to The Best Spots To Travel In 2017 Wondering where to go on holiday this year? You've come to the right place!

Your Ultimate Guide to The Best Spots To Travel In 2017
Wondering where to go on holiday this year? You've come to the right place!

12 Top Tips For Solo Travelers I'll be the first to admit that traveling alone for the first time can be scary What happens if you get lost? 

12 Top Tips For Solo Travelers
I'll be the first to admit that traveling alone for the first time can be scary What happens if you get lost? 

The One Travel App I Can't Live Without  This fantastic app gives you access to fast, detailed maps while you are offline. 

The One Travel App I Can't Live Without 
This fantastic app gives you access to fast, detailed maps while you are offline. 

24 Hours in Shanghai Do you only have a day to spend in Shanghai? You've come to the right place!

24 Hours in Shanghai
Do you only have a day to spend in Shanghai? You've come to the right place!

What You Need To Know About Thailand's Official Year of Mourning On October 13, 2016, Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away.

What You Need To Know About Thailand's Official Year of Mourning
On October 13, 2016, Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away.

The Best Travel Quotes From Around The World  Need some inspiration for your next adventure? Here you go!

The Best Travel Quotes From Around The World 
Need some inspiration for your next adventure? Here you go!

How To Survive a Bear Attack If you are in a situation where you are threatened by a bear, it is important to know what you are dealing with.

How To Survive a Bear Attack
If you are in a situation where you are threatened by a bear, it is important to know what you are dealing with.

6 Items I Pack For Every Trip (and you should too!) No matter where you are headed, you need to pack these items. 

6 Items I Pack For Every Trip (and you should too!)
No matter where you are headed, you need to pack these items. 

What's The High Line in NYC? (and why you should visit it) It's on every "must see" list for New York City, but what is the High Line?

What's The High Line in NYC? (and why you should visit it)
It's on every "must see" list for New York City, but what is the High Line?

Reads For The Road: The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson I had never actually read anything by Bill Bryson — glad that changed!

Reads For The Road: The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
I had never actually read anything by Bill Bryson — glad that changed!

5 Things All New Travelers Need to Know I get a lot of questions from novice travelers — here are some top tips! 

5 Things All New Travelers Need to Know
I get a lot of questions from novice travelers — here are some top tips! 

The Best Podcasts To Listen To While Traveling Do you have a long flight, six hour road trip or bus ride in your future?

The Best Podcasts To Listen To While Traveling
Do you have a long flight, six hour road trip or bus ride in your future?

Traveling By Plane? Here's What NOT To Do Don't annoy fellow passengers on your next flight!

Traveling By Plane? Here's What NOT To Do
Don't annoy fellow passengers on your next flight!

10 Tips For Women Visiting Morocco A maze of winding alleyways and intricately tiled doorways await you in this mesmerizing country.

10 Tips For Women Visiting Morocco
A maze of winding alleyways and intricately tiled doorways await you in this mesmerizing country.

Adventure Tales: Camel Trekking in The Sahara Desert The tale of my overnight journey into the desert.

Adventure Tales: Camel Trekking in The Sahara Desert
The tale of my overnight journey into the desert.

7 Diseases You Can Get From Mosquitos (and now not to get them) Yup, there are a lot of scary viruses that you can get from mosquitos.

7 Diseases You Can Get From Mosquitos (and now not to get them)
Yup, there are a lot of scary viruses that you can get from mosquitos.

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