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How to Spend 36 Hours in Los Angeles

My husband and I went on a little jaunt to L.A. on our way back to Toronto from Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was our first trip to Disneyland (you can read my post on 12 ways to maximize your time at Disneyland here), and since we were only there for 4 days, we wanted to spend some time in La La Land before returning to the harsh Canadian winter. This was not our first time in L.A. But in the 5 years since our last visit, a lot had changed (while a lot had stayed the same). Being…

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12 Ways to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever” – Walt Disney. Here, I sit, on a snowy, minus 10-degree Celsius day in Toronto writing this post (and shedding one single tear). When less than 2 weeks ago, I was living my best life at Disneyland in California. At the ripe old age of 36, it was my first time visiting Disneyland – can you believe it?! In all fairness, I had been to Disney World before, but I have very little recollection of it. So, that’s why I was so thrilled (and honoured) to have been invited by…

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Melia Braco Village beach
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Where to Stay in Jamaica | Air Transat’s Luxury Collection

I just got back from a one-week trip to Jamaica with Air Transat where I was given the arduous task of checking out their Luxury Collection offerings on the island *sigh*. I’ve been fortunate to visit Jamaica 3 times in my life, and each time, I’ve had a vastly different experience. I’ve done everything from the standard all-inclusive, to budget friendlier, to luxury all-inclusive resorts. You may remember that I also had the privilege of joining Air Transat in Jamaica last year (which I wrote all about here). Being one of the most visited islands and the 4th largest in…

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Cartagena travel guide
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Cartagena Travel Guide

Cartagena is one of those places that you instantly fall in love with. It’s so incredibly beautiful that pictures don’t do it justice – you just have to see with your own eyes! At the end of 2018, I went on an origin trip to the eje cafetero (coffee-growing region) in Colombia to learn about sustainable coffee-growing. It was my first time traveling to Colombia and to South America and I had no idea when I’d be returning. So, I knew I had to extend my stay to visit Cartagena. I went to Cartagena on my own; and as a…

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Going Beyond the Cup: Understanding Sustainable Coffee Growing in Colombia

You can’t scroll for more than 5 minutes on Instagram without seeing a picture of someone’s coffee, and I’ve seen so many people comment or caption “coffee is life” or “coffee is everything” (including me). But until you’ve walked a mile in the shoes of a coffee farmer, you really have no idea what that actually means! I was recently invited to join Keurig Canada and 3 other content creators on a coffee origin trip in the Eje Cafetero (traditional coffee-growing region) in Colombia. To the average coffee drinker, like me, this obviously sounds like an incredible opportunity on its…

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Layover in Panama
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20-Hour Layover in Panama City

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of accompanying Keurig Canada on a coffee origin trip to Colombia. On our way there, we had a layover in Panama City, Panamá for 20 hours. Panama City had never been on my bucket list, and since we only had a short time there en route to Colombia, I didn’t bother to do any research (as I normally do, when I travel). I went into Panama City with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised at just how beautiful it is! Panama City piqued my interest and now, I definitely want to return!…

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36 Hours in Niagara on the Lake with Buick Encore
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36 Hours in Niagara-on-the-Lake | Girls’ Road Trip with Buick Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the most charming places I’ve been to. Within 1.5 hours from downtown Toronto, it’s one of the best road trips you can plan, whether you’re an oenophile, foodie, lover of architecture, or just seeking a little change of scenery outside of the city. A few weeks ago, my good friend, Soheila, and I went to Niagara-on-the-Lake on a girls’ road trip with Buick Canada. We spent a quick, 36 hours in the region, but managed to squeeze in A LOT! We did our own research (obvi to find the most Instagrammable spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake, hello?!) and…

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Reasons to plan a trip to Northwest Florida
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12 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Northwest Florida

Did you know the best beaches are in Northwest Florida? Spoiler Alert! This post is about 12 reasons to plan a trip to Northwest Florida, and the beaches are at the top of the list! My good friend, Karen, and I had an opportunity to hit up several Northwest Florida destinations in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA and local tourism boards, South Walton, Emerald Coast, and Visit Pensacola. From East to West, we visited Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Destin, Okaloosa Island, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. These towns are just a few inside the larger region called…

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
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10 Reasons Mauritius Should be on Your Bucket List

Exotic location, tropical climate, beautiful beaches, turquoise water and lush scenery, Mauritius is one of the most underrated islands in the world. Full stop. The land of the Dodo bird – it’s been on my bucket list for over a decade! I finally had the opportunity to visit a few months ago for my honeymoon. When people asked where we planned to go for our honeymoon and I told them Mauritius, many asked me “why?” or “where is that?”. It was surprising to see just how many people didn’t know anything at all about this beautiful island nation just in…

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Review of Hotel X Toronto
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Review of Hotel X Toronto – Toronto’s Newest Luxury Hotel

Where in Toronto can you find a hotel/resort/entertainment complex/sports facility, all in one property? Well, prior to Hotel X Toronto opening earlier this year, the answer would have been nowhere. Hotel X is Toronto’s newest (and only) luxury resort-style hotel. In fact, it’s not just a hotel; it’s an entire experience. I had the absolute privilege of being treated to the full experience last week with girlfriends, Solmaz, Soheila, and Karen, for a girls (and fur baby)-themed staycation. The Location Hotel X Toronto is located on the grounds of the Canadian Exhibition Place, just across from the Enercare Centre. It…

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