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11 Best Things to Do in Chiang Mai

2021

1. Take A Visit To Doi Suthep

The most famous attraction in all of Chiang Mai is this one! Doi Suthep, it was the most beautiful thing I ever seen! It’s 12km outside of Chiang Mai and there is multiple ways to get there. I ended up splitting a Songkran ride with someone to my hostel for a round-trip! Be careful the timing you go because, we went late and getting home.. YIKES if you do not have a driver set up. There is also a beautiful mountain that overlooks the whole city! You must go

Doi Suthep at Night.

2. Be Fashionable At Nimmanhaemin Road

Nimmanhaemin Road
Nimmanhaemin Road

Nimmanhaemin Road is the trendiest part of Chiang Mai, full of fancy bars and restaurants it is the place where all the up and coming citizens of the area hang out. I woudnt say its “Backpacker Haven”, but it is a trendy spot if you like that vibe Check it out!. There is also a shopping Mall close by

3. Take A Trip Down The San kamphaeng Road

San kamphaeng Road, Chiang Mai
San Kamphaeng Road

This is the ‘Handicrafy Highway’ 10km stretch of different locals who make a various degree of pottery crafts, silverware, sculpting, wood carving and silk production. Always support those local business.

4. Visit Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park: home to the highest mountain in all of Thailand, LITERALLY, THE WHOLE OF THAILAND!! an extension to the Shan Hills and made mostly from granite. In this park you will be amazed by the birds and overall scenic view.

5. Eat Khao Soi

If there is anything, that I miss about Thailand it is Khao Soi! Since im home due to COVID i need to try remaking it! (I am about to youtube a video and deter off this haha). Northern Thailand is famous for many things but its greatest export surely has to be Khao Soi. It has a coconut and curry flavored soup filled with yellow egg noodles and chicken,(if allergic to nuts I suggest you miss this) sitting on top of the soup are crispy fried egg noodles giving a real mix of textures to the dish. At the side you typically, get some sort of preservatives, but man this bowl is EVERYTHING.

Khao Soi

6. Shop Again At Warorot Market

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If you’re looking for a market that doesn’t inflate the price this is it. Local’s shop here and so prices are fairly low. They are only open in the morning. So if you’re not an early bird this market is not for you.

7. Cat Café

Cat Cafe

Popular in China and Japan, Chiang Mai now has its very own Cat Café and there is many!. Who doesn’t want to enjoy a Matcha Latte with a furry friend!

8. Chiang Mai’s Very Own Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai

I’ve never been, but i heard good things about it. There is an entrance fee, so just be mindful of that when you budgeting your day. I suggest going with a group of friends from the hostel to cut down prices.

9. Have Fun Bartering At The Night Bazaar

Nigh Bazaar

Chang Klan Road is just another road during the day, but at night the whole place lights up as the stall holders drag out their stalls and get set up for the night. I had an absolute blast here! with my friend the road is extremely long, so just check prices along the way!

10. Make A Visit To Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Sing is a Buddhist temple and monastery that was founded in the 14th century.

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11. Hail a Songthaew

Songthaew

Chiang Mai is home to the Songthaew. I call them the red Taxi. Hailing one down was my equivalent to hailing down a Taxi in New York City, living my best Serena Vanderwoodsen Gossip Girl dream. Its the easiest and cheapest way to get around and it a ‘hop on, hop off’ type of vibe. You also get better prices versus riding a Tuk-Tuk which is a money grabber in my experience.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading! And you know me here’s an extra!

Bonus: Try A Traditional Thai Massage From An Ex-prisoner

Chiang Mais Woman Correctional Institution

All over Chiang Mai you’ll find reputable massage parlours thats a given. However, on my tours around the world I like to always experience different things. This being one of them, try getting a traditional massage from a female Ex-prisoner. It’s incredibility difficult to find a job after serving your sentence and The Woman’s Jail, creates workshops and trainings to help support these women post-sentence serving. I enjoyed my massage thoroughly here.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post xoxo

2021

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10 Things You Don’t Need When Backpacking

Yep, you read that right! You DON’T need these things.

1. Jewelry and Valuables

The only thing, i brought on my travels was one pair of earrings, studs and one necklace my evil eye. You really don’t need any of these things when you’re going on a backpacking adventure. It keeps unwanted eyes off of you and one less valuable to take care of. Interesting enough, when i lost my one pair of studs (I lost them in the Adriatic Sea) I decided to buy some homemade earrings from a local. Once I lost those… I just gave up haha.

Me, watching my stud fall to the bottom of the sea.

2. Full Toiletries Bag

I promise, you do not need a full bag. I went down with basics (extra toilet paper) and I ended up not needing as much as I had. There were so many 7/11’s or stores that would sell it and I was always able to restock.

3. Multiple Cotton Cloths

Yes, cotton clothes are very warm but depending on where you’re travelling it is not necessary to bring 4 shirts, 4 sweaters! You only need a few items. Would you be interested in a “What I pack to travel” post? let me know in the comments below. The reason why you do not need multiple cotton clothes is because they can get extremely heavy when there are wet and the key to backpacking is travelling light.

4. More than one pair of jeans

You don’t need it! Trust me, I went backpacking in Europe and Asia and I only brought one pair of jeans for both trips and I was gone for over two months! You learn to recycle outfits and make it look different with different styles of wearing it. I,e, rolling up the bottom or using a scarf as a belt. I got super creative.

5. Bulky Towels

Two Words – Microfiber towel! I purchased this one and it worked fantastic. It was also large enough to cover my entire body and become a curtain when I didn’t have drapes in some hostels.

6. Large Camera

This one is situational because some people vlog using a big camera. I often used my Iphone 8 at the time and it worked fine. I also purchased a “Go-Pro” from amazon and the footage was phenomenal and captured all my adventures. You can shop my link here for that Go-Pro! If you purchase through my link, a small gain is made and supports me. Please let me know if you purchase it, I can walk- you through the best settings.

7. Full Makeup bag

You do not need a full travel makeup bag. Bring the basics especially if you are going to a hot country. You’re going to get that full on glow! without having to try! I always brought mascara but I did not end up needing it. I just got exhausted. I kept all my toiletries in this bag and I still have it to this day!

8. Those Nice shoes

You. Dont. Need. It!

1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of a ‘fancy flip-flop’, 1 pair of runners. The best way to go is either black, white or grey. It matches everything!

9. If You Think “What if…” or “For this one occasion” When Packing This One Item

When I was backpacking outside of my mom yelling at me not to go. There were moments when she said “what-if”. By the time, i was finished with what if’s I realized i was overweight. I took everything out. You do not always need to think the what-if when packing an item. 8/10 You wont need it. Which brings me to the last note…

10. Things You Can Buy There

YOU CAN BUY THINGS THERE! HELLO! There were so many things I packed that I could of bought while in that particular country. But, you live and you learn!

If you’ve made it this far.. I wanted to tell you exciting news! Given all the feedback, I’ve finally made an “Amazon Store”. Where you can shop all my travel favourites. Usually, I post the direct link and you can purchase and shop through there. The support means everything to me, xoxo.

2020

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Ayutthaya Day Trip Itinerary and How to Plan

A Day in Ayutthaya

Thailand, will always be very dear to my heart. While it was one of the first places I backpacked alone! As I think about my next solo adventure Thailand speaks out to me! It is truly a hub to access additional flights to neighbouring countries! Not to mention it is such an easy way to find cheap flights out of there.

Today’s post, I share some photos of the beautiful Ayutthaya, Thailand. I am also going to discuss a bit how to plan a day trip with two options. Booking with your hostel/ experience guide or independently. Thus, this post will break down how you can do a cycling tour or take it by foot like I did!

I highly recommend spending a full day here, but 5 hours will do fine as well. With trains departing every hour from both Bangkok and Ayutthaya, I will leave the exact timing of this trip down to you, but I would suggest giving yourself a minimum of five hours in Ayutthaya as there are some amazing sights to see! When, I tell you that you will get absolutely lost on this trip believe and the place is fantastic.

Must See’s on a Day Trip to Ayutthaya

There is loads to do in Ayutthaya, and most of the key sites are fairly close together. To be honest, if you rented a bike you could easily see everything quickly. But, i liked to sit down and observe the environment and really take it all in.

Here is a general map of the place:

For those who like a bit more structure: I’ve listed the tops see’s.

I am not aiming to give a full historical background to Ayutthaya in this article, just a list of the best places to visit.

If you want more background on the city: I’ve posted a brief description at the bottom.

All of the temples below costed 50฿ = $2.12 entry fee unless otherwise listed. The prices may have changed since I last went so be sure to double check.

1) Wat Maha That (Buddha’s Head in Tree Roots)

This temple is famous for having the head of a Buddha statue that has been consumed by a tree. No-one really knows how it ended up here, and it's just one of those mysteries of how the head was left behind after the city was raided and its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767. Legend, has it that the head was left behind and a tree started growing around it.

**Travel-hack do not take a picture with your toes facing the Buddha it is considered as disrespectful

2) Wat Ratchaburana

3) Wat Thammikarat (Temple of the Roosters & Giant Buddha)

Ayutthaya: Touring the Ruins of an Ancient Island Capital - Sailingstone  Travel
This temple is a little different from the rest, because it’s filled with Roosters. Which local people bring as offerings.

4) Wat Phra Si Sanphet (The Most Important Temple)

I thoroughly enjoyed just getting lost here.

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5) Wat Phra Ram (Tranquil Gardens)

This was located very close to the gardens

6) Wat Lokkayasutharam

I gave a flower as a offering ❤
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Overall…

The experience here was immeasurable, the history behind the ruins are of course sad but to see a piece of history still standing today was such an honour and experience. I reccomend you go. Below you will find any photos i didnt get to post as of yet, and further down you will find “How to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok” 🙂

With some friends I met in my hostel.

Bangkok to Ayutthaya Train Ticket

  • Tickets are easy to book. Go to the ticket booths at Hua Lamphong station, the cashiers speak good English, and will spin round their computer screen to show you your booking, so you can confirm it is correct. 
  • There is two booths. Go to the one on the left. One booth sells advance tickets and the other day tickets. Be sure to go to the one selling day tickets.
  • Tickets cost 15฿ = .64 CAD per person. Yes you read that righttttt ! .
  • You will be issued with a 3rd class ticket. There is no other option for this train and the train ride is great!
  • You will not be issued with a seat as your journey is too short.
  • The cashier will tell you which platform to go to.

If you are not confident enough to just turn up at the station and order a ticket, you can book in advance using the fantastic site 12Go.Asia.

I used 12Go.Asia to book transport right across Southeast Asia, from sleeper trains along the coast. I used this website religiously throughout Thailand, and it worked fine. It is quick, efficient and it takes out the worry of booking at the station.

If you’ve made it this far, I love you and thank you for the continued support. I can wait to take you on my next adventure. With Love, xoxo

2021
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Best Countries to Visit in a COVID Era

Backpacker Edition

Long time no talk friends! A lot has been happening within the past four months and COVID has and has not played its part. I unfortunately lost my grandma at the end of the year and it has really taken a toll on my mental health. Not to mention, I can’t back-pack anywhere so I feel really stagnant in my life. That being said: a lot of other good things happened this year. For instance, i started this blog and I never would have thought it would reach countries world-wide. This by far is still my favourite post if you haven’t gotten the chance to check it out please do !

Now, let’s get into this! You know me I like to make these post short and informative! COVID is not going anywhere, which is why a few weeks ago I made this post about ‘10 Countries with Covid Level 1 or No Risk’. Granted, as countries reopen, travel is going to look a lot different, thanks to new safety, testing and cleaning practices. This is the new reality for travelling. Not, to mention the importance of have a negative covid test and mandatory quarantine days. But the new face of travel is also going to have a silver lining. Not only will once over-touristed destinations be less crowded, travellers will be opting for more isolated places.

*Please remember to check all COVID/ Safety regulations before booking any of these places. Be safe and Enjoy.

10 Best Places to Travel in 2021

  1. Greece

From Santorini to Athens, theres something for everyone here and a must see on a bucket list.

2. South Africa

Looking for city life? vineyards? and wildlife all in one place. Take an amazing tour and really dive into the culture and people of this country. Travellers can head to the bustling hub of Cape Town for its dynamic food and design scene, experience historic sites in Johannesburg.

3. Bodrum, Turkey

This is the new St. Tropez, and the best part is its a back-packer love! With scenic outdoors and less busy pace its great for catching sunsets and scenic walks.

4. Puglia, Italy

I have such a soft spot for Italy. I truly fell inlove the last time i went and quite-frankly Italy is very easy to navigate as #backpacker. If you’re every wondering how my time went in Italy or my favourite place. Check out my post here where I share photos from the beautiful Cinque Terre– this alone will make you want to visit Puglia.

5. Egypt

Yes you better believe it. Egypt is one the most beautiful places to backpack and it’s cheap. Theres long days of sight-seeing and culture so its defiantly worth the trip going!

6. Slovenia

I had a short stay here, but i found this was a great place for backpackers because it was within a connect spot. So you can easily go to Croatia or Italy and other neighbouring countries.

7. New Zealand

Let’s talk about this HOTSPOT of a place. They were one of the best countries to deal with COVID and is estimated to be the top travel place for 2021. I know its hard to imagine a life with travel right now. But this country is a must for us backpackers.

If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading! If you’re interested in a part 2. Leave a comment below! I miss you all so much.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in the next post, With Love, xoxo

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8 Places That the Canadian Dollar Goes Far

I was speaking with a friend the other day, and he advised “I can’t travel man, our dollar sucks everywhere i don’t know.. what do you think is the cheapest place to go?” This question stuck with me because it didn’t come down to where was necessarily cheaper, but the concept we were talking about was called ‘currency arbitrage’ which means “making your money go further by using a strong currency in a country with a weaker one“.

Let’s face it.. If you’re Canadian you already know the struggle of our dollar.. IT SUCKS VIRTUALLY/PHYSICALLY EVERYWHERE lmao.. Okay, maybe I am being extra but our dollar really does suck in most places. Thus, I’ve done deep research, and talk amongst my backpacker friends and here are 12 places where Our Canadian Dollar surprisingly goes far. This list is in no particular order.. I am just listing places.

One thing, I wanted to stress is that I don’t believe there is such a thing as, ‘poor’ countries and ‘rich countries’ because CLEARY during this pandemic we have seen big countries do absolutely nothing for their people. So there’s that myth.. BUSTED. That is not to say that there isn’t many people living in poverty. Globally people are facing a myriad of difficulties in their lives however, I just wanted to disclose that identifying a country as ‘poor’ vs ‘rich’ just doesn’t sit well with me.

Below you’ll find a collection of 12 countries that may not be the cheapest in the world, but that represent the best value for our dollar – and thus are worth visiting. I wanted to give a combination of back-packer friendly and travel friendly countries. If you need help finding cheap flights to these places, take a read of my post of finding cheap flights. Surely, it will help.

Please, leave a comment if you’re not sure which country to visit based on your style or send me a email 🙂

1/10

Romania

$1 CAD = 3.13 leu

100 Romanian leu = $31.94 CAD

Romania is an ancient land, full of castles and historical antiquities, and the exchange rate presents some serious bargains for Canadians. For example, a typical meal for two in the capital of Bucharest will run you under $35 Canadian, the cost of living is estimated to be nearly 40 per cent lower than living in Toronto. Imagine that!

2/10

Croatia

1$ CAD = 4.87 Kuna

100 Kuna = $20.53 CAD

Croatia is just a phenomenal and easy country to back-pack for two. Not, to mention how romantic some parts of the country can be. A typical meal for two in the capital will run you about 289.80 kn which is just under $60.00. Keep in mind, Dubrovnik is one of the most expensive cities in Croatia and will double in price for basic things. Thanks to Games of Thrones attractions.

3/10

Cambodia

$1 CAD = 2740.42 riel

100,000 Riel = $36.51 CAD

Asia is a destination hot spot for Canadian travellers and I can see why. The cost of travelling is cheaper in these countries and the people are the most friendliest you’ll ever met. If visiting Phnom Penh, a domestic beer will cost about a buck and a half, while an average dinner for two will run less than $23 CAD.

4/10

Belize

$1 CAD = 1.54 (BZD)

100 BZD = $64.76 CAD

Average Hotel Price: $40

Average Cost of Food for a Day: $23 / for two: $55

Average Daily Cost (Per Person, Per Day): $78

Belize is the only country in (mainland) Central and South America where English is the official language! As such, it’s an easy place to travel to. This may not be the number pick for backpackers, but for travellers alike our money will go far.

5/10

Argentina

$1 CAD = 56.92 ARS

5692.42 ARS = $100 CAD

Average Hostel/Hotel Price: $20-25 / $51

Average Cost of Food for a Day: $12

Average Daily Cost (Per Person, Per Day): $76

6/10

Belarus

$1 CAD = 2.03 BYN

203.36 BYN = $100 CAD

Average Hotel/Hostel Price: $14-$25

Average Cost of Food for a Day: $7

Average Daily Cost (Per Person, Per Day): $25

Belarus is considered one of the gems of Central and Eastern Europe; visiting museum towns like Mir and Nesvizh will take you back in time, and they’re both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Vitebsk is the place to be in the summertime with lots of arts festivals. Trekking fans will love the ancient forests of Belavezhskaya Puscha National Park, which is home to 212 species of birds.

And because Belarus is one of the few European countries that didn’t adopt the Euro, our dollar goes farrr HUNNTYYY.

7/10

Indonesia

$1 CAD = 11307.52 IDR

1130751.62 IDR = $100 CAD

Average Hostel Price: $10-35

Average Cost of Food for a Day: $15

Average Daily Cost (Per Person, Per Day): $30

Honestly: I think people get clouded by ‘instagram photos of lavish life’ and assuming it costs an organ. In Indonesia you can ejoy the finest things because prices are super low and our money goes far !

Also, most people have no idea just how big and diverse Indonesia is as a country. Many also don’t realize that the popular tourist destination of Bali is just one of many (as in, 17,000!) Indonesian islands, each with their own flavour and sometimes culture.

8/10

Philippines

$1 CAD = 37.30 PHP

3729.58 PHP = $100 CAD

Average Hostel Price: $20

Average Cost of Food for a Day: $12

Average Daily Cost (Per Person, Per Day): $20

9/10

Thailand

$1 CAD = 24.00 Baht

2400.22 Baht = $100 CAD

Average Hostel Price: $14

Average Cost of Food for a Day: $10

Average Daily Cost (Per Person, Per Day): $25

Thailand is a very easy place to visit, and has been a backpacker haven for decades. It’s easy not only because it’s cheap (Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket all made the 2016 Price of Travel Index’s list of cheapest Asian cities), but also because it’s incredibly friendly it’s the ‘land of smiles’ thats for sure. I survived in Thailand for one month with $300 CAD!! Cant you believe that!

10/10

Chile

$1 CAD = 591.05 CL

59104.95 Chilean Peso = $100

Average price of dinner for two is 35,000 CL

If hiking through Patagonia is on your bucket list, now could be the time to go as every dollar is worth 18% more. Peak season in Patagonia lasts from November until March, when temperatures are perfect for exploring the wonderlands of Torres del Paine, Laguna San Rafael and Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks. Of course when your travelling it is always recommended you download apps, just to help you situate yourself in countries that are more spread apart in terms of activities in different cities.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post, xoxo.

2020

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8 THINGS BLACK WOMEN TRAVELLERS WANT YOU TO KNOW

I want to express that my experiences shouldn’t be symbolic of the entire demographic of black women, but that as a black woman, these are various things I’ve experienced, noticed, and would like to bring attention to by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned. Please note: I am not an expert, but I learned the ways by self- teaching.

I WANT TO BE VERY FRANK: I’M DISAPPOINTED THAT IN 2020, THIS TOPIC IS STILL RELEVANT. It’s a shame to see that women of color like myself aren’t traveling more often, so much so that when looking at the landscape of travel bloggers and bloggers, I’m one of a handful. That being said: traveling is a privilege, one that women of colour often do not always have.

1. We Barley Exist

I am not kidding, going through my travels there was always excitement when I saw another female black traveller. Especially, one that is back-packing. Of course, there are black women traveling the world every single day, but the ratio to everyone else traveling is minuscule.

2. We Experience More than Cat-Calling.

Of course, all women have to deal with the annoying and entitled action of rude men catcalling as we casually walk around, even in our own cities. There is so many videos of men harassing women as women are simply walking or minding their own business.

Often times, on trips fellow Black travellers had told me experiences of being cat-called and men blowing loud kisses or getting extremely touchy. However, this kind of treatment isn’t only limited to foreign travel but also extends to our Home countries.

I once read “There’s a sense of respect that white women receive without knowing it” which is very much true for travelling women of colour. That being said: Black female travels have far more anxieties than the average cat-calling.

3. We surprise people.

Because of all of these preconceived notions about black women/people around the world, when we travel, we’re helping soothe the worlds’ ignorance about us. The more we become present in the travel space, the more we’ll change “ugly black women” stereotypes. I’ve had several conversations with men and women who are genuinely surprised at my ability to not only travel but to step into countries where Black people are not often seen. Now, this is not easy but I truly believe inserting ourselves in places where we have not been seen before can allow for exposure and representation.

4. We carry more weight than the average traveler.

This is just a fact, because there are so few of us out there traveling, when we come back from a life-changing trip, we swallow the moral duty to share our experience with the world, and more importantly, to other black women. Whether I’ve come back with stories of racism, praise, ignorance, or friendships in uncommon places, I always want to share my journey. As it’s in most women’s nature to help causes, and people, I feel personally responsible to bring up our kind.

I started this blog with the hopes of encouraging others to travel and learn what this beautiful world has to offer.

As a travel blogger, I feel this burden more with each new subscriber or reader. We carry the weight and responsibility of speaking on behalf of our entire kind. But let me correct myself, this is defiantly not a burden because I love writing about my experiences with you all.

5. We are seen as ugly in most countries.

Despite the high level of harassment we receive, we’re not seen as beautiful by most of the world, mostly because societies simply aren’t used to our thick hair, brown skin, and curvy bodies. The stereotypes that societies hold on to about black women never have the words: beautiful, graceful, or intelligent, attached; something that I’ve learned through microagressions.

Now: among my travels I have only received one comment which made me feel uncomfortable however, I’ve heard this statement a lot in my home country of Canada. I was traveling between countries one time and at the border the Agent advised “Wow you’re gorgeous for a Black women”. Now… I did not like that, but this statement wasn’t surprising to me because of the normative storylines society has created about Black women/People. That being said: I smiled and proceeded to walk away, I think if I wasn’t in a foreign country I would of directed that. But these are comments that Black women are often faced with. Indicating that Black women are commonly ‘ugly’ which also aligns with comments “You cant be full Black”. These microagressions Black women carry through travels and their daily lives.

6. We’re Scared

To up and travel is just not a luxury: We have so many things to think about. Such as: Are they praised in Cuba? Are they honoured in Portugal? Are they shunned in Denmark? Can we go to Germany? We have questions on what being a black woman means globally and we empathize with our sisters.

7. We’re Role Models

Breaking stereotypes and stepping outside our comfort zone. We ultimately become role models and story-tellers for fellow black female travellers. We inspire others to step outside their comfort zone and experience this beautiful world. It’s about changing the reputation of black women everywhere

8. We Can Do it

Despite, the barriers we CAN DO IT. We can travel, we can backpack, we can create communities, we can build friendships and most importantly we can be unapologetically beautiful and free.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post. Please leave me a like/comment xoxo

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How Am I Surviving During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Thanks to COVID the travelling world has been halted/changed forever. I for one, am very nervous about the travelling industry and what this means for hostels/hotels. I know things wont go back to the way they were but, hopefully they will become better! These are some things I’ve been doing to keep myself sane during these unprecedented times.

Ways to Ease Your Wanderlust During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Plan your next adventure

While nobody knows how long this is going to last and how long there will be restrictions on travel, nothing stops you from having fun planning your next adventure. Perhaps order yourself a scrapbook and make a wanderlust book. Make lists of all the places and things that you would like to see, print off some pictures and place it in a journal! This will help you narrow down where you want to go!

Eat international food

Satisfy your appetite for wanderlust! If you can’t go to the destination of your dreams, bring the destination of your dreams to you! I would recommend searching for family owned businesses that specialize in their country cuisine this can really satisfy your ‘belly wanderlust’.

Sort out the practicalities

Why not get everything ready so that when you can travel again, after the covid-19 pandemic has passed, you are prepared to go straight away. Perhaps your passport needs renewing – why not see if you can do that now? 

And let’s say (because this is the truth) COVID doesn’t disappear research what other countries are doing to keep their residences safe and see if this aligns with your worries. This is a great time to research and see if the country you’re planning to go has proper safety protocols in place.

Watch Must See Video’s

This is a great time to research “MUST SEE VIDEO”. Where people post the top must sees in specific places. Have you seen my ‘5 MUST SEE’S IN VENICE?’. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Read travel blogs

That might have brought you to me.  Well, if that’s the case WELCOME and thank you so much for reading and following my blog. By reading travel blogs, you can always find new information such as, new places to visit or new destinations you would of never have considered to visit before.

During this time I have been reading a lot of travel blogs, this is the perfect way to get a hit of travel and ease your wanderlust. Stay tuned for my new series I started with ‘Photo Journaling’ places in the World.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post! Leave a comment below what you’ve been doing!

Check out my latest posts below and take a read, xoxo

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HOW TO FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

I always wondered what were the tricks to cheap flights? Was it having a buddy pass? Working as a flight attendant? or COVID (you know before, anyone knew what would happen). While, those are all things that could get you cheap flights. I’ve found over time these hacks Im sharing today have helped me get some steals to get away.

In this post i’m giving you all my hacks I use, to get cheap flights. Through my experience with my brothers ‘last minute’ flights to my ‘get me out this country flights’ and ‘I just need to save coin’ moments . I’ve found all these tricks have helped me secure flights for the low low.

Apps

  1. SkyScanner

If you haven’t read ‘My Favourite Travel Apps’, I talk about this app here. Basically, it’s a great tool to have to secure cheap flights. The only con is: You will typically get flights with layovers.

2. Hopper

This App is basically a two-for one, I love Hopper! I use this religiously and i mean RELIGIOUSLY. This app predicts prices for flights and hotels, with 95% accuracy up to 1 year in advance. It also shows you the dates where flights are the most expensive. This helps me with my planning process which I talk about in this post (See Number #1) on “How to Start a Solo Adventure’

General Hacks

  1. Fly Budget

Honestly, a lot of people are afraid to fly budget but to me the risks are equal in comparison to bigger airlines.

Below is a list of budget Airlines:

Somewhereintheworld (2020)

2. Don’t Always Fly Direct

Not only does it help to be flexible with dates and destinations but being flexible with the route you take is another way to get a cheap flights. For example, sometimes it’s cheaper to fly to a major city than search for another flight. See an example below

I did precisely this when I was going to Bali. The flight from the CA was $1300 CAD, but I could fly to Thailand for $700 and get a $60 flight to Bali (round-trip). It meant more flying time, but savings were added to food and activities that my girl Alexis made me do lol.

To use this method, send me a comment or email and I’ll help you through the process.

3. Newsletters

Before you start looking for specific lights, make sure you’ve signed up for some newsletters. As annoying as it can be, when you know you’re going to be travelling soon I recommend signing up so that you don’t miss any deals.

**HACK – Secret Flying is a great tool I use to find cheap flights and deals. You can also catch nice 5-day specials from time to time.

4. Search Multiple Sites

Honestly, not all sites are the same and sometimes they can search you over. Below are my top three for flight searching:

Skyscanner

Momondo

Flighthub

5. Search Incognito

Now, some people say this is a myth but honestly, not for me! It has taken me a long time to figure this out but I realized the longer you use the same browser, same sites they track your interest. Much like an Algorithm therefore, they KNOW you want this flight and when time is ticking eventually you’ll select whatever is available.

By using Incognito, I’ve been able to snag some cheap flights without the computer jacking up the price.

6. Take Advantage of Discounts

Typically, companies/ employeers may have a ‘discount’ for their employee’s. Dont pass this up, as a Teacher I commonly look at the discounts and monitor what is available to me.

For Students, (or if you’re under 26) here are many, many discounts available to you. You can usually find prices 20-30% off the standard fare. Travel agencies usually offer this at times. So just take a quick look at those options.

7. Use Points and Miles

I rarely use this (Credit Card Point Wise), but it is worth mentioning to check your Airmiles card. The KEY to this I found is making sure your Air-miles card is set-up to add points to your *Travel* points verses Free Items, etc.

Airmiles

8. Book Early But Not Too Early

Play it smart! I like to think of finding flights as playing Russian roulette. Airline fares will keep rising the closer you get to departure, but there is a sweet spot when the airlines begin to either lower or increase fares based on demand. Don’t wait until the last second but don’t book far, far in advance either.

9. Book between Monday-Wednesday

Airlines post new prices on Monday. Book your flight Monday-Wednesday because price changes come after Wednesday into the weekend. Usually for the worse, lol.

10. Check your fly out dates.

Flying out Tuesday/Thursday and returning Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday are the cheapest days to fly, typically.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post.

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