Travel Tips

The 10 Best Turkish Foods according to The Food Girl in Town

The 10 Best Turkish Foods according to The Food Girl in Town

Turkish foods have a long and rich history; sometimes sweet like pistaccio-filled baklava, and other times salty like briny village cheese. A mix of Middle Eastern, Balkan and Central Asian, cuisines it consists of delightfully diverse dishes — and everything comes with a dollop of […]

CabinZero Bag Review and Carry-On Packing Tips for Turkey

CabinZero Bag Review and Carry-On Packing Tips for Turkey

For the past two years I’ve travelled carry-on exclusively. I used to agonize over the weight of my bag, never thinking about the souvenirs I would buy travelling, proceeding to sweat buckets at airport check-in. Enough was enough! I researched my buns off to learn the […]

Why you need to take a cooking class when you travel

Why you need to take a cooking class when you travel

The paella class I took in Valencia made me regret every trip I’ve ever taken. After spending one day at the Escuela de Arroces y Paella Valenciana I wished I’d taken pasta-making class in Italy or cassoulet class in France. I learned so much more than just […]

How to pack a carry-on for multi-season trips | Winter/Spring

How to pack a carry-on for multi-season trips | Winter/Spring

I arrived in Ottawa on a Saturday and it was -20C with the windchill. When I left on Tuesday it was 7C and raining. No, this wasn’t atypical for Canadian travel. It was March. During those shoulder season months (travel-industry jargon for March-June and September-November) it’s […]

How to find good restaurants while travelling (without doing any research)

How to find good restaurants while travelling (without doing any research)

Eating is the best part about exploring a new place, but figuring out how to find good restaurants while travelling can be tricky. Even defining what a ‘good’ restaurant means to you is tough. Throughout your trip, you’ll have moments when it means something different: […]

How to Pack a Carry-on for a 10-day Trip Home for Christmas

How to Pack a Carry-on for a 10-day Trip Home for Christmas

I’m always surprised when people tell me they are still checking bags when they fly. First of all, it costs at least $25 these days to check a bag on an economy ticket, and come on, who wants to wait in those lines? Especially during […]

How to get Black Friday & Cyber Monday hotel deals

How to get Black Friday & Cyber Monday hotel deals

When I think of Black Friday deals, one terrifying image comes to mind: I’m standing at the front of a line the minute the doors are unlocked, and thundering crowds trample me as they are reaching for the latest iPhone. This may seem hyperbolic, but […]

36 Hours in Salzburg

36 Hours in Salzburg

Never have I fallen in love with a city faster than I did with Salzburg. Even though it rained, even though we were only there for 36-hours, my love for this city grew exponentially with each corner turned. I already loved Salzburg through the scenes of […]

48 Hours in Prince Edward County

48 Hours in Prince Edward County

“Aww I don’t want to spit out all that wine,” Adam said as we pulled away from the car rental spot in Toronto — we were headed to Prince Edward County for the weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday with food, wine and fresh air. Neither of […]

How to road trip Normandy, France

How to road trip Normandy, France

Normandy is spectacular. Rolling fields, fairy-tale villages, and all the Camembert cheese you can eat (not to mention Champagne for 8-euros a bottle). Adam and I spent a week roadtripping the Norman countryside, soaking it all in, and eating our faces off. It was a dream…most of […]

How to survive an overnight train ride through Italy

How to survive an overnight train ride through Italy

Let’s be honest, overnight trains are tough. It doesn’t matter how experienced a traveller you are, how many times you’ve ridden a train, 15 hour train rides from Munich to Rome suck hard. If you are not lucky enough to snag a deal on a sleeper car, […]