What to look for in a pet sitter while you are travelling

What to look for in a pet sitter while you are travelling

As the Holidays are upon us, many of us are either looking to go home for the holidays, or escape the cold. Travelling often brings up one issue for pet owners: What do we do with Fido? Whenever possible, many pet owners choose to bring their pets with them, which is great, if it is possible! Sometimes, limited flights or hotels that allow pets, pets health concerns, or even convenience may inhibit the ease of travelling with your fur baby….

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German Christmas Traditions

German Christmas Traditions

This weekend I get to hang out with my mom for the day and help her at the German Cultural Center in Edmonton, Alberta, and ‘man a booth’ with her for this years’ Christmas Market, or – Christkindlmarkt. I LOVE Christmas. I love the values underlying Christmas, the time to spend with family, and celebrate a year passed with them. I love the twinkling lights, the delicious dinners, baked goods, chocolates, and drinks you don’t get any other time of…

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Re-Branding!

Re-Branding!

So, what started as just a blog for fun has quickly expanded, and so has the vision for it. The feedback I received from you suggested that Journey 196 was a difficult name to remember because of the numbers. After a great deal of consideration, I’ve realized that one of my favourite things about travel is the stories it creates. Every time I have a friend or family come home from one of their journeys, I can’t wait to see…

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What’s the Chefs Plate?

What’s the Chefs Plate?

If you ask anyone that knows us, they will tell you that Calvin is the cook in our household. If you ever come over for dinner – make sure he’s cooking, or grab a burger on the way over. I have literally turned chicken noodle soup into chicken noodle casserole (apparently there is such thing as too many noodles, no matter how tiny!). When Calvin’s colleague recommended Blue Plate, we were intrigued. I’ve now been telling some of my friends…

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Top 5 Experiences You Must Have in Jamaica

Top 5 Experiences You Must Have in Jamaica

With white sand beaches, unlimited drinks and a comfy sun-bathing chair, you may find it difficult to leave your resort (assuming you’ve chosen one of the many beautiful all-inclusive resorts Jamaica has to offer). If you’re like me, you want to do every activity every day and take-in the entire experience. For others, days of soaking up the sun may be all you are looking for (but I would still suggest making 5 visits to the island, and doing one…

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