Category: Plan

Jason boarding the airplane with his Thule bag in backpack format

Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light: Carry-on Packing Tips

What do you pack into a carry-on when you will be traveling for close to 3 weeks and visiting 4 destinations with different weather conditions? It is not the first time we have been challenged with “Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light” and it will not be the last! In this post, we share tips and…
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February 13, 2020 2
View towards the pool

Marriott Titanium Annual Choice Benefit: What We Chose and Why

As a Marriott Titanium member, you get to choose one Annual Choice Benefit before January 14 or it defaults to Suite Award Nights. Here is a list of the choices: 5 Suite Night Awards™ One Free Night Award Gift Gold Elite status 40% off Heavenly™ Bed mattress 5 Elite Night Credits $100 charity donation Of…
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January 23, 2020 0

Plan: 3 Days in Porto Portugal

Last Updated: June 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Portugal has re-opened to tourists from certain countries as of June 1st. TAP Air Portugal is scheduled to resume flights to North America on June 4, 2020. Overview: The last stop on our recent around the world trip this past November was Porto, Portugal! Having really enjoyed visiting Lisbon…
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January 21, 2020 2

Overtourism: Did “Eat Pray Love” Ruin Bali?

Last Updated: January 24, 2020 Overtourism is becoming a problem in many tourist destinations around the world and it has been getting more coverage in the media the last few years. One place that we love and have visited where overtourism is a problem is the island of Bali in Indonesia. In the last few…
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January 20, 2020 7
Max on a bridge in Chicago

The 7 Things We Love About Chicago Illinois

We have fond memories of visiting Chicago from back when we lived in Southern Ontario and always love to visit the windy city! Thankfully, you can fly to ORD – Chicago O’Hare on Alaska Airlines from YVR – Vancouver through SEA –Seattle-Tacoma airport which makes it a nice and easy place for a weekend getaway…
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January 15, 2020 0
Douglas Coupland's Digital Orca

Planning: 10 Tips for Visiting Vancouver

Updated: January 30, 2020 We love living in Vancouver and are proud to call this city home! Known as the “City of Glass” due to all the tall glass condos, Vancouver is a world renowned city that draws visitors all over the world due to its unique setting against a backdrop of awe inspiring nature,…
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January 10, 2020 4
Setting at AMA in Hanalei

Kauai Island in Hawaii – Where to Eat and Drink

Last updated: February 6, 2020 As we keep visiting Kauai, we will keep updating this list with a focus on small, local and unique businesses. When there is only one location of the place mentioned, if you click on its name, you will be taken to a Google Map where you can pin the location…
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January 8, 2020 1
Max in awe of a Japanese vending machine in Tokyo

Our Trip To Tokyo: 7 Things We Learned

Tokyo is one of the world’s greatest cities and planning a visit there can be challenging; not only is the city massive but the language can even be challenging when researching online. It’s also one of those cities you can ask for recommendations but no one seems to recommend the same things.  There are so…
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January 3, 2020 3
Jason and Maxine at the Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island of Hawaii

We Leave Today: The 2019 Recap

It’s been another busy year for us; working full-time while maximizing all the travel opportunities that present themselves and also seeking them out. It is always a challenge for us to balance visiting all the places we are interested in but also to visit the places where the return on investment for miles and points…
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January 3, 2020 4
View from the rooftop at Nomad

Visiting Marrakech in Morocco: 13 Tips

Stop number 3 of 4 on our 6th around the world was Marrakech Morocco! Marrakech Morocco is not as easy to get to from North America as it is from Europe and so it hasn’t been easy for us to achieve our goal of visiting this culturally rich, historic and exotic destination for many years…
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December 5, 2019 7