The Definitive Guide on How Early to Arrive at the Airport

Sitting at the airport waiting to board a flight in 25 minutes, I have just realized that we arrived at the airport possibly the latest I have ever arrived for a flight in my life. Generally given any option, I leave earlier rather than later. I am quite certain that at some point in my…

Should I Take My Kids to a Cenote in Mexico?

If you don’t know, a cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. They are looked on as places of great importance in Mayan culture. During…

Visiting Chitchen Itza with Kids

Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. It recives a lot of internet hype and rightfully so. The site is well preserved and easily accessible from the tourist hubs of the Mayan Riviera, but is it worth you travel time and money? Getting There Chances are if you are considering…

A Tale of Two Tours

I once wrote that it would be a long time before I considered another bus tour. That long time turned into approximately twenty months. During our trip to Mexico I very apprehensively decided that if we were to see Chichen Itza, it would be more cost efficient and easier to pull off via big bus…

Monday Musings: My New Love of “Vacations”

I am writing this while sunning myself in the Mayan Riviera in January. I am eating chips and salsa and drinking a Corona with a lime. The sun is warm, the beer is cold, and there is a delightful sea breeze. As many of you are cursing me in a bit of envy, this is…

Fish Heads, Tails, and Everything in Between: Eating in the Med

Fish Heads, Tails, and Everything In Between: Eating in the Med At home I would never think of ordering fish in a restaurant. It always seems like something that will be utterly generic and not worth my time, and I live on the Atlantic coast of Canada where fresh seafood should abound. We do lobster…

46 Hours in Lisbon

Forty Six Hours in Lisbon I had roughly 46 hours from the time my plane touched down in Lisbon until I would be leaving again. A confusing and brief layover facilitated by a trip for work…that thing I am forced to do to allow me the luxuries of travel and feeding a family of 5….

New York and My Obsession With Its Sneakers

While I would not consider myself a fashionista, I try to dress well and to the occasion. I was also heavily influenced by my time living in Europe to steer clear of sneakers in favour of something a little more reserved and age appropriate. My footwear choices have always been low key sneakers, leather boots,…

Twenty Years of Visiting New York

The first real travel experience I had away from my parents was to visit New York City. It was 1998 and I was a freshman in university and some friends and I borrowed a car and drove to New York. The shear magnitude of the city was overwhelming. We stayed in the one place I…

How to be a Terrible Traveller Part 3: Hotel Etiquette Edition

If you follow me on twitter, and if you don’t you probably should (hint, hint), you may have seen that we recently used some expiring hotel points for a staycation at a local hotel with a pool and a waterslide. This is not about the staycation, which we actually all quite enjoyed thank you, rather…

Which Nova Scotia Zoo is Right for You?

Within roughly an hour drive of downtown Halifax you can find two zoos in Nova Scotia. Technically one is called a Wildlife Park, but if you want to take the little imps to see some live animals, these are your choices. Oaklawn Farm Zoo Located in the heart of the Annapolis Valley you will find…

Musings of a Museum Nerd

For me, sometimes the most interesting things can come in the details others may not even notice. True travel experiences include the small details as well as the massive hits one travels the world to see. Maybe it is your dream to see the Mona Lisa, but joy can also be found in the minutia…