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Writing in the sand at Ocho Rios beach near Dunn's River Falls
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Exploring Jamaica, the Home of All Right, with Air Transat

Just a couple weeks ago, the universe finally answered my call, and I was transported out of the dreary Canadian winter right onto the sunny shores of Jamaica, courtesy of Air Transat and Visit Jamaica! Jamaica is known as the “Home of All Right”, and boy, did that slogan ever hold true during what can only be described as a magical 5 days in the sun! This trip was the perfect getaway, and Jamaica is one of the best places you can go to escape winter. But outside of winter, there are so many unique things about this island that…

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Touching face holding balloon
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It All Started with a Text Message (Our Love Story)

Everything happens for a reason. I know that sounds so cliché, but I truly believe it. That’s because, 4 and a half years ago, there was one single text message—timed so perfectly—that saved me from a dark place, and steered my life in a different direction at the time I needed it most. My husband has become a bit of a permanent fixture on my Instagram account, popping up regularly in my photos. It’s to the point that I will bring him to a blogger event and people he’s never met will say “you must be Alex”! Since he’s such…

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In Alex's arms smiling at the camera
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5 Reasons You Should Work with a Travel Photographer on Your Next Vacation

When you travel, do you: a) use a DSLR camera and professional lenses to capture your vacation photos, or b) rely on your good old smartphone camera (and possibly a selfie stick)? Whether you chose a) or b) (or maybe even both), I think you could benefit from working with a professional travel photographer for your next vacation, and I have 5 reasons why. Now, I consider myself to be a pretty competent photographer – I own a full frame DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, several lenses, a full-sized tripod, and a tabletop tripod, all of which allow me to capture…

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Why I Quit My Job as a Corporate Lawyer to be a Full-Time Blogger

About 8 months ago, I did something that I, never in my wildest dreams, would have imagined to be possible: I quit my job as a lawyer (of 9 years, I might add) to pursue my passion as a full-time blogger. I traded in my 6-figure salary, steady bi-weekly paycheque, medical and dental benefits, and office with a view on a bit of a whim. At the time, I had no clue whether it would pan out in the long run. But I can honestly say that it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I haven’t…

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Travel Guide: Why Mexico City Should be on Your Bucket List

How do I love thee, Mexico City? Let me count the ways! It’s the 4th largest city in the world with a population of over 21.3 million. It has over 40,000 restaurants, more than 600 hotels, 150 museums, 100 art galleries, and so much more. So, it’s not hard to see why, after visiting Mexico City for the first time, it instantly became one of my favourite cities in the world! My good friend and travel buddy, Solmaz K of The Curious Creature, and I spent 4 days and 4 nights in Mexico City at the end of November, 2017…

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Travel Diary: Grand Velas Riviera Maya with Air Transat

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I returned from THE most luxurious resort vacation we’ve ever been on at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya thanks to Air Transat. As I sit here writing about what it was like to spend a week in paradise and looking at all of our photos, there is a blizzard happening outside my window and I’m thinking, “Why did we ever come back?!” Can I just sum up the entire trip in one word (AMAZING) and leave it at that? While that would be 100% accurate, I definitely have way more to say about…

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Why “Vacation” Doesn’t Really Mean Time Off When You’re Self-Employed

One of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn since starting to blog full-time is that vacation doesn’t really mean time off, when you’re self-employed. There is no such thing as truly unplugging, especially if most of your work is online. Unless you have a team of people or an intern working for you back at home (which I don’t), going away doesn’t mean you get a break from your business. You still have to be able to pay the bills when you get back, so you can’t just abandon ship! Out of office message? Guess what – IT DOESN’T…

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Fun fact: if Alex and I didn’t live together, I’d probably be a minimalist. Kinda hard to believe coming from a blogger, when it seems from my Instagram that I’m constantly receiving blogger mail. But, trust me when I tell you, I simply cannot stand clutter…and even worse, DUST! I make it a point to purge my closet quarterly, give away/donate products I receive that I don’t use, and there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not picking up at least one strand of hair from the ground somewhere. I am a neat freak, period. Bless his heart,…

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If you’re anything like me, your idea of staying active while on vacation is walking to the buffet or pool bar! If I go on a resort vacation, the whole idea is to relax and enjoy paradise. It’s to relish in the bounty of food and drink that I wouldn’t otherwise have on a daily basis back home, like huevos rancheros for breakfast, Blue Hawaiians and Piña Coladas every hour, 24-hour room service…you get the idea. I’m also the type of person who likes to try everything on the menu. So, if there is basically unlimited food available at my…

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