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Back to Basics Travel Series – Should I Use a Travel Agent?

Back to Basics Travel Series – Should I Use a Travel Agent?

I was always taught to book my own trips, find my own way, and make my own path. When I was growing up, I also grew up under the assumption that any form of help costs money, which, when your planning a trip, is no incentive. I also thought: to be a real ‘traveller’, I need to be able to do this myself. I have since learned, being able to is not the same as having to. If it is…

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German Pancakes – The way mom used to make them

German Pancakes – The way mom used to make them

When I was a kid… Fun story. When I grew up, I ate pancakes (like duh, it’s not all that uncommon, right?). My mom made them, with icing sugar, and as I got older, with apple sauce on top. When I was around 10 years old I was visiting my grandparents, and my grandma told me that the company she worked for had a free pancake breakfast on, if I wanted to go, but that I would have to wake…

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First Timers Snowshoeing Weekend

First Timers Snowshoeing Weekend

Wait. February is already halfway over!? I feel like we have been living in fast forward for months now. This weekend was the first time in a long while that Cal and I finally got to go and hang out together – and it was still all hustle and bustle! But we finally got to try out snowshoeing! With some minor mishaps of course. We spent Friday and Saturday searching for deals on equipment and getting geared up – each…

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Back to Basics Travel Series: Carry-On Essentials

Back to Basics Travel Series: Carry-On Essentials

This might be one of the topics I feel the most strongly about. Here’s the thing. I’ve been known to be a bit of a princess. Now, don’t get me wrong, for short periods I’m fine with hiking, climbing, sitting in the dirt and washing my face in a river, but I always need to know that my adventurous discomforts are temporarily exchanged for experience. I will also wear the best gear, bring my own pillow to sleep in the…

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Back to Basics Travel Series

Back to Basics Travel Series

Travel blogs. There are so many of them. So many epic, wonderful, awe-inspiring stories, bloggers, and wanderlusters – who I admire and aspire to be like. The past few weeks, months even maybe… I have been trying to figure out how I can add value to this wonderful curation of online information and tales. I have spent a great deal of time lately wondering why is this important to me? Why did I really decide to start this blog anyway?…

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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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