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Southern Caribbean on the Carnival Horizon

First adventure of 2020, Miami-bound. See you later snow! Good-bye socks and jackets! Hello sandals! Uneventful travels. Mid-evening arrival in Miami, complete with entertaining taxi ride to the hotel with Steven – the human GPS. Nothing more was done than checking into the hotel (Holiday Inn Express Miami Airport Doral Area) and finding snacks.

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NYC for the Holidays

Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of Christmas… it’s so rushed and busy and exhausting. So obviously heading to NYC on Boxing Day was the perfect solution – there’s nothing rushed or exhausting about NYC, right? I’ve always wanted to see it lit up for the holidays and I was feeling the need for a show or two… so we did. NYC really lights things up for the holidays, so it’s definitely worth a visit… despite the crowds (and there really are crowds… especially around Times Square).

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England and Scotland 2019: Happy Stops, Speed Touring, Brews, and Coos

20190908_172719Someday we will learn that booking an overnight transatlantic flight for after Market on Saturday is a terrible idea – but we haven’t yet. So, market day, hurricane that shut down pretty much all the other Maritime airports but ours, Big Stop supper, and getting super drenched – and the adventure was underway. Our flight was off to Toronto without delay and it was smooth sailing once we got up above the storm. Had several hours in Toronto before our midnight-ish flight to London… so since we were already exhausted, we found beer. And walked around.

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Alaska 2019: On the Hunt for Unicorns

Seventeen hours, three flights, four airports, and six movies after having left our house, we arrived in sunny Alaska. The view from the plane of the snow-capped mountains was worth the crick in the neck… when will I learn to stop looking out the window so much? The Anchorage airport, what little we saw of it en route to getting our luggage, was really nice. Maybe 20 minutes to our hotel (Westmark Anchorage) in the heart of downtown. A quick change of clothes (it was nearly 30C!!) and off we went to explore… and to try and stay awake, since it was already about 9pm for us with the five hour time change.

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When the Universe Gives You a Mostly Free Cruise…

So back in September, at a Carnival Cruise Line event, I won a free cruise! So when the universe gives you a free cruise, and the window you have to use it in includes your birthday, you take it. So we did.

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A mostly uneventful travel day (can’t say I really enjoyed the chaos that is Air Canada pulling 5 flights worth of passengers out of security line, leaving us to stand there for an hour… but I’ve been on the receiving side of getting pulled out of that line, so I get it… I did enjoy the no-nonsense security person telling the Air Canada rep to piss off eventually though).. Got to Houston by noon… Uber to Galveston (complete with 90 minutes of the vocal stylings of Phil Collins and other terrible easy listening) and away we go. Continue reading


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NYC: Extreme Broadway Edition

When your husband tells you that he’s being sent to upstate NY for a conference, the perfect response is “I’m coming too, and we’re spending a few days in NYC to visit friends!” And so we did.

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After uneventful travels and an early morning departure, we were at the airport in Jersey shortly after 10am. Our awesome friend Melissa picked us up, we found some tasty Thai food for lunch, and spent the rest of the day chilling out and catching up. Continue reading


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What Happens in Vegas… 40th Birthday Edition

This has been a pretty epic year for traveling and it’s been awesome to be able to spend so much time with friends from away… but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to milk my 40th birthday for anything else. Celebrating in Vegas was a pretty fun way to do it up!

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All the Adventures (Team Awesome in the Med 2016)

I’m pretty sure I’ve never titled a blog more accurately. I must have all the adventures!

This time, we took the Med by storm with loads of our awesome friends, including 10 days on the new Carnival Vista. And here we go…

(and if you just want some random tips for travelers, head right to the bottom)

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Day 1 – A completely uneventful but incredibly long travel day…

It’s been a few years since our last visit to Europe and I’m always pleasantly reminded how much easier it is to fly from Canada to anywhere in the world but America (not that it’s hard, it’s more just that our main airports are kind chaotic with US customs on our own soil). We left on our midday flight to Toronto and didn’t have to touch any kind of security or customs again until we got to Athens. We had a couple of hours to kill in Toronto, so of course we had to start our holidays off right with a visit to Mill St. for some beer! Continue reading


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California dreamin… kicking off 2016

IMG_8150I must have all the adventures!

I love taking holidays after the stress of November/December… and I especially like it when we go somewhere warm… and meet up with friends. So maybe California in January isn’t that warm sometimes, but it was definitely warmer than here and there was definitely friends involved.

Uneventful travels put us in CA before lunch, even though we had been up for about 12 hours by then. Our most excellent friends Alice and Bill picked us up as LAX and we were off to find some lunch and beers. We ended up at the Baja Cantina near Venice Beach. After lunch, since it was nice out and we found easy parking, we explored the pier and some of the canals (admiring IMG_8173their most snazzy Christmas decorations… which even after seeing a lot of them, all look weird to me because they don’t really have winter in my world), found coffee and beer to go, and then hit the road for our hotel in Mission Viejo. Might as well enjoy some LA traffic en route, right? Drive to the hotel took about 2 hours. Continue reading