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…

My Problem With Tourism in Nova Scotia

I have a problem with the tourism industry in Nova Scotia, Canada. That problem is that although there are wonderful sites to see and ways to explore the regions vibrant history and culture, those places are far too often closed. When we first moved here, we visited the Natural History Museum, and were happy to…

Pier 21: A Family Travel Review

My wife and I have wanted to visit Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Immigration, for some time. Although every blog review we had seen touted it as a museum that was great for kids, we were quite sceptical. Adding to our concern was that, although not unreasonably priced, it is not cheap either. We…

What We Are Doing With Our Summer Vacation

“It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.” – Robert Plant, 1972. As a parent, this is true. It has also been a long time since I, or we travelled more than an hour away from home. It has been nearly a year since we embarked on our last “big trip” as a…

Dealing With Illness While Travelling

This post is 100% inspired by every member of my family having a bout of gastro within the last few days. Fortunately, we were at home for this and everyone had the time to recover and not feel like we were missing out on things like if we had been travelling.¬†On that note, here are…

Annapolis Valley: New Ross Farm Museum

A few weeks ago, a large rodent crawled out of the ground not far from here and whispered in the town drunk’s ear that we would have an early spring. We have not received much snow this winter but that does not mean the weather has been good. Yesterday we ventured out of hibernation, on…

How to be a Terrible Traveller Part 2

There is no travel jail, but maybe there should be. There is a reason that seasoned travellers often avoid destinations when they are at their busiest. Yes, we despise being surrounded by people because sooner or later you encounter terrible travellers. Recently we visited the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Canada and my experience…

Halifax, Nova Scotia: Museum of Natural History

Spoiler Alert! The Museum of Natural History is our favourite place in Halifax to visit with our kids. We started visiting with our eldest when he was around three years old because at the time he was dino obsessed and Sue the most complete T-Rex skeleton in the world was visiting from Chicago. We kept…

Happy Holidays

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who took the time to read about our adventures this year. This blog has always been as much a personal labour of love as it has been about popularity or personal gain. I cherish every time I see that I actually have a new subscriber,…