The Americas

14 Fantastic East Coast vacation spots

When you’re thinking about an US East Coast vacation, your mind automatically goes to New York. Or maybe you think of the sun and beaches of Florida for inspiration. But there are so many other great holiday destinations up and down the US East Coast that deserve your attention. From…

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Top 28 things to do in Toronto in winter

If the thought of travelling to a reputationally-freezing place during the winter months sends a shiver down your spine, put on a jacket and prepare to have your mind changed. There are so many great things to do in Toronto in winter, that I wish my February visit was longer…

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A year long US road trip

What happens when you pack up your life, including three children in Australia, and take them on a year long US road trip? I’d like to say magic. But I’m thinking that it’d be more like 365 days worth of swings and roundabouts. And an adventure of kid wrangling and…

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17 Mile Drive Monterey in pictures (with maps)

California’s 17 Mile Drive, Monterey has a reputation for a reason. It stretches for miles (17 of them, as the name suggests) of beautiful coastline, glimpses of wildlife, nature and gorgeous houses. Whether you’re stopping at Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea on your trip or just driving through on a roadtrip, 17…

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13 Midwest travel hotspots

If you’re planning a trans American road trip or just thinking about Midwest travel in general, you’ve found the right blog post. If I’m being honest, I contacted some fantastic fellow bloggers for their Midwest travel expertise because I know I’ve woefully neglected that part of the US on my…

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Visit Candytopia San Francisco

As renowned sweet maker Willy Wonka tells his tour group in the beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” That’s how I felt when I stepped into Candytopia San Francisco. Surrounded by cogs, colours and candy,…

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Fall camping: Portola Redwoods State Park

Squeezing the most out of summer sometimes means bleeding into Fall (Autumn to everyone else in the world). In order to crowbar in a few more camping trips before the weather really goes south, it’s a good idea to find a campground close to home. Less travel time required, and…

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Top 10 cheap things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, where money just begs to be frittered away needlessly. Can you tell that I’m not a gambler? I worked hard to earn that money and I’m not just going to hand it to some casino like it means nothing. That’s why I’m giving you a list of 10…

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A Relaxed guide to Napa winetasting

There’s no disputing that Napa and Sonoma are home to a veritable glut of wineries. There are many places to choose from that you can make the mistake of trying to pack in as many as you can into a day. But that’s not the point of wine, is it?…

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A San Francisco ghost tour

Whether you’re a believer or not, a San Francisco ghost tour is a great way to see a different part of the city and learn a bit of history at the same time. Of course, you usually need to take it all with a pinch of salt, because it’s in the…

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Top 55 things to do in Maui

After two delightfully sun-drenched trips to Maui, I feel like I’m qualified to give a proper list of the 50 things to do in Maui. Even after both of my visits to the Hawaiian island, there’s still so much more to see and do! You know you’ve found a pretty…

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Visit Niagara Falls from Toronto (in winter)

If Niagara Falls is on your bucket list (and even if it isn’t) planning to visit Niagara Falls from Toronto as a day trip is a great way to see one of the world’s most photographed sites. There are a couple of ways take on the 137-kilometre (85 mile) journey…

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