Time. Have you ever noticed that we are slaves to time almost every minute of the day? Time to get up, time to go to school/work, time to get a job finished on time, time to go for lunch, time to get more work done, time for coffee, time for an appointment, time to go home, time to make supper, time to do dishes, time to get groceries, time to get gas, time to do the things on the list before going to bed, time to go to bed, time to get up… rinse and repeat, and repeat, … More… →
Something Happens to People at Christmas It happens to people when they start thinking about the joy people will experience from the gifts they will give. They suddenly feel kinder, more generous, more caring. They want to spread a little happiness! It should happen all year round, but the thought that we should do a good deed or spread a little happiness every day might pop into our heads, but then it promptly leaves when our busy lives take over. If Kids Can Do It… Some of the things people in our local communities are doing to spread … More… →
We all wish we were multi-millionaires at Christmas and that money was no object when buying gifts. Millionaire Unfortunately, most of us do not have unlimited funds (however much we fantasize about winning a lottery), and we could all use a few tips, and a few hundred extra dollars, on how to spend less on gifts for Christmas. Saving money Here are a few suggestions. This list is by no means exhaustive so feel free to share your tips with the rest of our readers. My Idea Make a list of those lucky People who will get gifts from you. Send an email asking for Wish Lists by the … More… →
Our style is sassy because it is a bit different, a bit bold, a bit adventurous, and as inexpensive as possible. Follow along for travel tips galore. Trends are more and more toward adventure travel, which we love, but we like comfort too, so we don’t do hostels and backpacking. On the other hand, luxury travel is out too because we like to experience the local culture, and like the average person, we simply cannot afford luxury travel. Still we travel somewhere every year, for at least a month, to one country, usually a little-known place. Our logic for spending a month or more in visiting that … More… →
After years of travelling all over the world, there are certain things that we consider travel must-haves when we travel. Here is our Travel Must-Haves List: Camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC R100 – this is the best little travel camera you could ever have. It takes high quality pictures in a pocket-fitting point-and-shoot size and it takes amazing night pictures. Its ability to take low-light pictures is a top feature for us, plus its small size, and compared to other cameras in the same price range of around $5-600, it has more of the high-end features than similar-priced cameras. … More… →
Wow! I just love BOOM Sticks. Compact cosmetics sticks, perfect for purse and travel. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I rarely have time for make-up. We are anxious to get out and see the million things there are to see in a new country. Still, it would be nice to have something small, light and quick to soften and protect my skin and it’s finally here. BOOM cosmetics are perfect. The Boom Sticks (which I call Boom-Sticka-Boom because they are amazing) will change your cosmetics routine. There are 3 small sticks, perfect for … More… →
OK, this is the best travel tip we have ever given or heard about! Cheapest flights you will ever find. We came across this new site by accident and we were wowed by the cheap flights! Incredibly cheap. If you want to save money on flights, it just cannot be beat.
Since we are thinking of going to Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Borneo so I did a quick check for flights from Canada to Manila – $650 per person return! Last time I checked prices they were around $1200 per person, but the price on this new site is almost half the price!
We wanted to pass this quick tip on to you: if you’re looking at a flight for a vacation next winter, or anytime, take a look here first:
<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14946963/?claim=p7xrnf7smrm”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> We all want to go to a beautiful, fascinating, relaxing place, but wouldn’t it be great if that could be one of the cheapest places as well? There are such places – more than you might think. The only reason we can afford to travel at least once a year is because we find the cheapest places. Since we live in Canada, we tend to travel during the long cold winter and we look for the best and cheapest places to go. Even on those years that I have said to my husband that … More… →
Recently, someone said to us, “I wish you would write about….”, and it occurred to us that we have never actually asked our loyal readers exactly what travel information they wish we would write about! So this is your opportunity to say what you are thinking. Don’t be shy. Tell us what you would like to know more about in terms of travel and vacations. We will do our darnedest to research thoroughly and provide the information that you are seeking. Is it the cheapest places to travel? Is it the best bang for your dollar? … More… →
Wow, who would have guessed that travelling could be so healthy?! According to a survey of more than one million people, Expedia says that travellers reported that getting away from home and exploring the world increased their sex drive. Why? Because travel results in an improved mood and more body confidence, which in turn makes travellers more amenable to closeness. The article below goes on to explain that as our stress levels decrease, our positive moods increase resulting in many benefits such as a higher perception of self, higher motivation levels, higher productivity and a generally more positive … More… →
We’ve been researching all kinds of travel accessories to see if there are any that are truly worthwhile, and which ones are just another tech toy to take up more precious room in your carry-on. But I wish they would invent one friggin’ cord that works in ALL DEVICES. I’m really tired of packing all these individual cords and chargers and accessories for each devices. Aren’t you? Of course we all have a cell phone or an Ipad or a small laptop today with many travel apps to guide us in our travels. Be they for maps or … More… →
Do you know the countries of the world? Can you tell which country is marked on this world map? Are you able to recognize countries like the USA, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Mexico? Go to: How Many Countries Do You Know Quiz We were only able to get scores of B+. Can you beat that? Imagine, world travellers, and we don’t know all the countries in the world. Kind of embarrassing… The quiz only takes one minute, and if you find the quiz too easy, you can play again and it will bring up different … More… →
For years, we have wanted to go to Belize. Belize is located directly South of Mexico, below the Mayan Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was cheaper to fly into Cancun and drive down the Mayan Riviera coast, scattered with delectable turquoise beaches, and then drive on into Belize. Something always goes wrong on most trips. Seldom are they disasters, but still they are disappointing at the time. We expect to have little problems, so we never get too wound up about them. We flew into Cancun, and took a taxi to the Solymar Beach Resort … More… →
We’ve travelled to over 30 countries, and each one had something special, unforgettable and memorable. But upon careful review, do we have any travel regrets? Have we travelled to any places that we wish we had not gone to? There are a few that stand out above others as the best with no regrets whatsoever, like Tonga, New Zealand, Uruguay and Venice, but then there was also China, and Ireland… oh, and Croatia, and Scotland… and France and Mexico and Hungary… there are so many incredible memories, and so many fantastic places! So… ummm… let me … More… →
If you would like to travel cheaper, save money and have fewer travel issues, these tips for Europe will help: 1. Forget super-expensive Western Europe (England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy). It’s hard to enjoy travel when you are aghast at the costs of everything. 2. Focus on cheaper Central Eastern Europe: Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia with a quick 2 day side trip to Venice, a must-see in Europe. 3. Croatia and Slovenia are both as beautiful as France at a quarter of the costs for food and accommodation, and has an amazing coastline with hundreds of islands, as … More… →
House sitting sounds easy enough – who can’t look after 3 dogs and 4 chickens on a gorgeous country property? The problem lies in the constant tension created when you are not sure of things. Why is the dog biting himself? Why is that chicken not moving? What if that had just caught on fire? What if one of the dogs gets run over? Where is this? Where is that? Driving up and down trying to find the recycle bins, or looking for a can opener for an hour. Breaking something, however small, even a glass… What if it … More… →
Our hostess for the house sit was a charming single woman with 3 dogs and 4 chickens. The Property The property was a two-story house on a large, 4-5 acre, treed lot with flowers and shrubs, a pool, and it backed onto the famous River Lot. In short, a beautiful setting in the Aquitaine region of the South of France. Our bedroom held a large white canopy bed and had a private bathroom. The weather was 23 and sunny. In short, it was lovely, and worth the train fiasco to get here. Inside the house there … More… →
To get to our house sitting assignment, near Toulouse, first we had to catch the hotel shuttle bus from the hotel to the Marseille Airport, next catch the big bus to Marseille, St. Charles Train Station, a 25 minute ride for 8E (12C) each, with a bus driver that liked to take corners at high speeds, rocking us into each other and tipping the top of the bus to near the sidewalk. St. Charles Station was huge, but there was a nice view of Marseille’s Basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde high on a hill, that is seen as the guardian of the … More… →
Half-asleep, half-awake, over-stimulated in airports, under-stimulated on long flights, out-of-sorts, out-of-routine, off-keel, and off-base, much like when you wake up after surgery with the effects of heavy-duty drugs. In short, jet lag. And in this condition, you are expected to navigate new airports… And take off your jacket, sweater, shoes, belts and jewelry, have your Boarding Pass and Passport ready at all times, and God Forbid if you should forget to put your liquids and gels in that clear plastic bag. We had 3 flights to get to Marseilles, on 3 different airlines. Flights were all fine and … More… →
It started with a comedy of errors. Freezing rain cancelled our flight out of Toronto to Nicaragua so there were 40-minute line-ups at the pay phones just to try to re-schedule. T was relatively new at “travel glitches” and was wringing his hands in anxiety. After many years of travel I was used to flight delays, but this long forty-minute wait was getting to me too. We finally gave it up and suddenly found direct line phones where we quickly got re-scheduled on a flight the next morning. Then it was back to the hotel overnight. … More… →
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