Hotel Review: Rove Downtown, Dubai

When I booked this hotel I was very excited to see if it lived up to the hype I read from other travellers who stayed here. We were pleasantly surprised that it not only met our expectations but exceeded them. Aside from being one of the nicest hotels we’ve ever been to, it was also…

Emirates Economy Review

From everything we’ve read online Emirates seems to rank fairly high on most people’s list for carriers doing a long haul flights from North America or Europe on-route to either the Middle East or Asia. We recently returned from our trip to India, which is a 15 hour flight from Toronto. We decided to take…

Resort Review: Occidental Grand Xcaret

Occidental Grand Xcaret is a resort conveniently located beside the Xcaret ecological park in the Mayan Riveria, Mexico. This five star resort is massive complex that boasts 11 restaurants, 10 bars and 700 rooms. The resort is surrounded by lush vegetation and natural wildlife. The resort is fairly large, and this can make walking around…

Niagara Falls Travel Guide

Niagara Falls, Ontario is an obvious place to visit to pair with your visit to Toronto, but it’s also a great single destination for many Canadian, American and International travellers alike. We tend to visit the falls a few times a year and are still aw struck by its beauty and raw power!  A lot…

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen has a bit of it everything and it really shows. The city was a small fishing town that mainly serviced passengers to Cozumel. A transition happened over the past fifteen years where tourists no longer come to Playa Del Carmen just to get to the island of Cozumel. Sure, that is certainly…

Resort Review: Villas Jibacoa, Cuba

Tucked away along the northern coast of Cuba, halfway between Varadero and Havana lies an area called Jibacoa. The region is secluded by dense lush green mountains that engulf the entire area. This remote area boasts only two resorts, Memories Jibacoa and Villas Jibacoa Both are located next to each other.   Villa Jibacoa is…

A New Year, A New Adventure in Cuba

If you go to Cuba with an open heart and open mind, you won’t be disappointed.  We spent the first week of 2018 in Cuba! What a great way to start off the year: warmly coloured sunsets, warm water, warm people. A stark contrast to the bitterly cold -30 degree winds our home in Canada…

Lisbon

It felt like so many travel bloggers had something to say about Lisbon in the past three or four years. Lisbon is a unique city. A quick web search will show the top 10 things to check out on your visit, but our experience of the city was different from any other. Unlike London or…

Porto

We’ve consistently read that Porto is one of Europe’s most underrated cities, and it’s easy to see why people have such an affinity towards this ancient and gorgeous city. The entire city is variations of hills, so be sure not to rush and mind the cobblestone when it’s wet out. Advice I certainly wish I…

Places We Want to Go in 2017

Every traveller has a physical or mental list they keep to themselves of places they want to go. These lists have especially come in handy for us when winter approaches or is in full effect and we’re desperate to go anywhere that is warm. Our list is an accumulation of blogs we’ve read and conversations we’ve had with…

Visting Toronto From a Local’s Perspective

It’s weird that it’s more comfortable writing about places you’re less familiar with than ones you know very well. I think this has a lot to do with the feeling of wanting to do your city justice and represent it well. Toronto has really grown up in the past couple years. This isn’t always easy…

France: Planes, Trains, Automobiles…and a Ferry

Our journey to France actually began in Britain. While visiting family in Bristol, we accompanied them to Brittany on a route they take often: a ferry from Plymouth, England to Roscoff, France. Brittany Ferries operates out of several ports in France, the UK, Ireland and Spain. The base fare for the journey was about £35 each,…