Travel Tips

Visiting the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall of China

I just knocked a big one off the bucket list. Or should I say a really long one? My tips (and some pics) for conquering the Great Wall!

Where to Stay in Newfoundland This Summer

Where to Stay in Newfoundland This Summer

Whether it’s a saltbox house vacation rental, drop-dead gorgeous boutique inn o homey hostel, there’s a plethora of Newfoundland accommodations to snuggle into this summer.

48 Hours of Eating: A Winter Guide to Ottawa Restaurants

48 Hours of Eating: A Winter Guide to Ottawa Restaurants

Visiting Ottawa in the winter might seem frigidly foolish, but it’s delicious! Small lines make hole-in-the-wall restaurants even cozier. From waffles and ramen to Spanish tapas, the restaurant scene is anything but cold.

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

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

After three seasons working on an archaeological dig, I know my Turkish food. These are my favourite Turkish dishes from grandma’s specialties to street eats: the best Turkish foods according to The Food Girl in Town.

CabinZero Bag Review and Carry-On Packing Tips

CabinZero Bag Review and Carry-On Packing Tips

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 […]