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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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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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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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