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My Coolife PC+ABS Hard Plastic Suitcase Review

After years of airports beating up our luggage, it was time to get new suitcases for all of us. Our former luggage set was torn, had broken handles and pretty much was falling apart except for the carry-ons.  It was getting embarrassing. We’re a family of four – two young sons. Instead of getting a …

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My Detailed Four Seasons Resort Whistler Review After a Multi-Night Stay

It’s been quite the Whistler year. We enjoyed two stays at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel for a ski vacation in February 2020, then two-night summer stay. This past week, we spent two nights and three days at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Whistler is an easy trip for us because it’s only 1.5 hours …

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Is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel Worth the Money? My Review After Staying There Twice

We’ve had the good fortune to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler twice this year.  The first was in February 2020 for a 5-day ski trip.  The second was 3 days in July for some Summer fun in Whistler. We live 2 hours down the road so it’s a great get-away spot for us in …

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11 Interesting TripAdvisor Alternatives

This list of alternatives to TripAdvisor is not a TripAdvisor put-down or in any way meant to bash them. I LOVE TripAdvisor and have benefitted from the hundreds of millions of user-submitted reviews for many years.  I’ve even left my own travel reviews on the site. However, TripAdvisor has evolved over the years; it’s expanded …

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Honua Kai Resort Review: Overpriced or Great Family Vacation in Maui?

I’m super excited because we recently booked a 2 week trip to Kauai, Hawaii during Spring Break 2018.  Now that our oldest boy is in school, we’re restricted to planning trips around the school year which isn’t easy because it’s when many other families book a vacation. Hawaii bursts at the seam during Spring Break.  …

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The Essential Stanley Park Seawall Cycling & Walking Guide (FAQ by a Local)

Since I cycle to work in downtown Vancouver, I can ride around the Stanley Park Seawall any time I wish before, during or after work.  The Seawall is a flat 10 km added ride to my already 30 km roundtrip commute (made easier with an e-bike). As North Vancouver resident I ride and walk the …

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15 Alternatives to Hawaii (Tropical Destinations Around the World)

I’ve been fortunate to go to Hawaii four times.  One of my favorite trips was when we stayed at the Honua Kai resort on Maui. Hawaii or the Aloha State is the youngest state to join the U.S. and the only one that’s geographically not located in North America. It’s also the only U.S. state …

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13 Different Types of Toiletry Bags

You may have a really efficient makeup or morning routine but it can become really difficult to keep up with it while traveling. Carrying all the essential must-haves like shampoos, lotions, makeup, toothpaste, and other similar products can become really hard. There is also the fear of spilling liquids or any bottle breaking, as well …

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14 of the Best Places to Visit in Upstate NY in the Fall

Travel. Travel can be that therapeutic break you often need from a mundane routine or a stressful lifestyle. Us city folk are always on the move, trying to meet deadlines and keeping up with a fast-paced life. New York City, in general, is known for being one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, …

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34 Different Types of Travel

  This article tells you all the ways you can enjoy traveling. Many of which you probably never considered before now.  While luxury vacations are nice, there are less expensive ways to vacation.  This outlines everything from budget travel to cruise travel and everything in between. This article even includes the way to spend your …

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My 35 Favorite Things to Do on Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island is one of those places that capture your heart and never lets it go.  This is especially true if you originally come from a landlocked state, like me.  There are two ways to gain entrance to the island from the Seattle area, by ferry, or by a gorgeous drive over Deception Pass. The …

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10 of the Best Hikes on Whidbey Island, WA

Hiking is my favorite thing to do when I need to rejuvenate.  It is especially peaceful on Whidbey Island.  Most of the hikes take you down to the beach or through some amazing old-growth forests.  Some of the towering trees have been growing there for over 500 years. I have enjoyed vacationing on Whidbey Island …

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10 of the Best Beaches on or Near Whidbey Island, WA

Growing up in a landlocked state, I find beaches mesmerizing, especially rocky ones with driftwood.  I remember feeling like a little kid the first time I experienced a rocky beach at low tide.  I would run from rock to rock flipping them over to see what I could find underneath. Little crabs would scurry about …

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Where to Stay on Whidbey Island, WA (21 Accommodation Options)

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy vacations that are relaxing.  Whirlwind European vacations full of sightseeing are fun every once in a while, but when I want to unwind, I want peace, quiet, and natural beauty.  Whidbey Island provides all of those things.  I love falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves …

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10 Tasty Places to Eat in Woodland Park, CO

We have stopped to eat in Woodland Park many times.  It is the perfect place to grab breakfast before an adventure in the mountains or lunch or dinner before heading back to Colorado Springs.  As the city has grown, so have the restaurant selections.  Find a delicious and filling breakfast, a quick lunch, or an …

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