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    Pandemic Travel: My Stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

    Do you have a bucket list? I do and I recently got to check something lovely off: I treated myself to a stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel (a.k.a. the Fairmont YVR). It's where I spent my last 48 hours in Canada before making the big move to England. Read on for my review of this luxe experience and why it's 100% value for money — especially in COVID times.

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    Mini-Guide to Old Montréal

    Montréal: city of history, cultural melting-pot, and home of the best soft-serve ice cream I’ve ever had. Here’s my mini-guide to the Old Town of a city I’ve been dying to get back to since I was 15.  I recently hopped on a plane for a whirlwind 72-hour trip to Montréal to celebrate the wedding of the lovely Karlie Rosin, and I was so excited, not only to witness my friend marry her soulmate, but also to finally explore one of my favourite cities as an adult. Specifically, the Old Town and Port (or Vieux-Montréal and Vieux-Port) areas. Back to my roots When I was 15, I spent a summer…

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    The Wellness Products I Can’t Live Without When I Travel

    Wellness is particularly important to me when I travel, and I’ve previously shared some tips for staying healthy and happy while travelling, here on the blog. I take most of my home wellness routine with me when I travel, because I can, and I because it’s important to me. And while it’s nice to shake things up sometimes, my overall wellness isn’t worth shaking up; so my travel wellness essentials come with me. In honour of Global Wellness Day (day of this post!), and because I’ve discovered some great new products for my travel wellness arsenal, I’ve pulled together a list of some my favourites. Almost all are made in…

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    Exploring East Sussex Wine Country

    If you’re not from the UK (or have been living under a rock since Harry married Meghan), your first question is possibly “Where is Sussex?”. Answer: Sussex is in southeast England. Your next question might likely “England has a wine country?” Answer: Yes. East Sussex wine country. Actually, wine countries, plural. And they make damn good wine. When you think of England for alcoholic beverages, you might think of ales or bitters; maybe a refreshing gin and tonic. Likely not wine. But East Sussex wine country happens to have soil very friendly to the grapes used for sparkling and Rosé wines. Which has made their offerings, and those all over…

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    5 Tips for Travelling as a Couple

    Similar to travelling with friends, there are key things to keep in mind when travelling with your partner. Here are some tips for travelling as a couple. Before I met the Brit, I had become accustomed to travelling mostly solo. But it’s way more enjoyable to travel with someone, so you can share those special moments. One of my favourite things about our relationship is that we travel well together, and we have many of those special moments — very grateful! Although we’ve been together for over three years, our trip to England for Christmas was the first time we had been on a plane trip together. Prior to this,…