How Not to Let Bad Weather Ruin Your Trip

How not to let bad weather ruin your trip.

  One week before our departure to Costa Rica, we received an email from our accommodation warning of upcoming “bad weather.”  This bad weather turned out to be Hurricane Otto – the first hurricane recorded to touch land in Costa Rica.  Without insurance, we decided to take our chances and continue with the trip.  We […]

Costa Rica’s Cahuita: Now & Then

Cahuita, Costa Rica, wildlife, beach

  Cahuita has a lot going on for a little town, so it’s no surprise that it has seen significant development in the last 15 years.  Despite the increase in tourism, Cahuita remains one of my favourite places in Costa Rica.  Abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches, a fantastic national park, and superb Caribbean cuisine make this […]

Lesbian & LGBTQ Travel in Japan

lesbian travel in Japan, lgbtq, pride

Lesbian Travel in Japan Tokyo is an amazingly diverse city and you won’t have a problem finding the LGBTQ neighbourhood just a ten minute walk from Shinjuku Station.  Ni-chome/2-chome (“knee-ko-may”) is everything you love about the Japanese bar scene – intimate little bars with great people –  with the added benefit of not having to […]

The Best of Tofino Without Breaking the Bank

Having some fun on a teeter-totter at Combers Beach!

  No visit to Vancouver Island would be complete without a stop in Tofino.  Here, the Pacific Ocean travels unencumbered all the way from Japan.  The waves draw crowds of surfers and storm watchers, while the old growth forests and epic sunsets enthrall nature enthusiasts.  Tofino may be a small town, but it has a […]

Magical Mayne Island – Exploring the Gulf Islands of BC

Mayne Island, British Columbia Southern Gulf Islands

  There are few places in the world that capture me so much I feel the need to return.  It is even more rare for Laura to find a place outside of Vancouver she would consider moving to.  Mayne Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia, is one of those places. A […]

Hiking Costa Rica’s Osa Pensinsula: Finca La Tarde

  Costa Rica has no shortage of natural beauty.  No matter where you find yourself, you can expect to have your breath taken away.  The wildlife is abundant and the rainforests are enchanting.  Still, if there is an ultimate destination in Costa Rica for people who love hiking and want to immerse themselves in nature, […]

Visit Vancouver Like a Local

  Somehow, somewhere, Vancouver got the reputation of being a no-fun city.  Admittedly, gentrification has contributed to independent and cultural activities becoming increasingly rare.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had! At nearly $2,000 per month to rent a 1-bedroom apartment, Vancouver is an expensive city to live in.  But since the […]