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I’m a writer!

I’m a writer!

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Aug 9, 2013
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  I chuckle at that statement. I’m a writer. I even have a playlist on iTunes called “I’m a writer!” for those tunes that help me type. Yes this personal joke may sound ridiculous in my head but the proof is in the pudding…and by pudding I mean pages. For the past few months I […]

THE COLOURS OF BO-KAAP

THE COLOURS OF BO-KAAP

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May 22, 2015
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THE COLOURS OF BO-KAAP One of the most unique neighbourhoods in Cape Town is the Bo-Kaap area. Formally known as the Cape Malay quarter, it is nestled into the slope of Signal Hill. Although a multicultural neighbourhood, it is considered the heart of Cape Malay culture and history in Cape Town. Cape Malay: a member of […]

A Super Cool Beer Tour in Cape Town

A Super Cool Beer Tour in Cape Town

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May 20, 2015
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A Super Cool Beer Tour in Cape Town I love beer. This should come as no surprise as I have well documented this passion over the years. From the beer halls in Germany to breweries on North America’s east and west coasts, I have sampled my share.  So when I found out that Cape Town […]

How to Stay Hip in Cape Town – Hippo Hotel Review

How to Stay Hip in Cape Town – Hippo Hotel Review

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May 18, 2015
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How to Stay Hip in Cape Town – Hippo Hotel Review Cape Town is a rad city. Sure it has boatloads natural beauty and scenic shorelines and blah blah blah. Those are all great and were factors in why decided to live in Cape Town, but what really sold me on it as a temporary home is […]

Durban Downtime – Concierge Boutique Hotel Review

Durban Downtime – Concierge Boutique Hotel Review

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May 16, 2015
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Durban Downtime – Concierge Boutique Hotel Review Fresh off an exhausting trip on the most luxurious train in the world (he said sarcastically) we arrived in Durban. Beautiful, tropical, Durban. Moments after leaving the train station the heavens opened up and the torrential rains came down…and didn’t stop for our entire stay. Thankfully we were booked in at the Concierge Boutique […]

Experience the Golden Age of Travel with Rovos Rail

Experience the Golden Age of Travel with Rovos Rail

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May 14, 2015
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Experience the Golden Age of Travel with Rovos Rail With a blow of a whistle and a steam engine slowly pulling us down a track I couldn’t help but feel like I was being transported back in time. Back to a place where travel was so much more than getting from A to B. A time […]

Unearthing a Gem in Joburg – Villa Simonne Review

Unearthing a Gem in Joburg – Villa Simonne Review

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May 12, 2015
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Unearthing a Gem in Joburg – Villa Simonne Review “Welcome to Mykonos!” announced the enthusiastic night manager as he opened the door to our room, revealing a huge (there were stairs!) and peculiar space. I have yet to visit this Greek island but if it is anything like what Villa Simonne is portraying I’m on the […]

The Benefits of Working with a Travel Blogger

The Benefits of Working with a Travel Blogger

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May 11, 2015
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The Benefits of Working with a Travel Blogger I don’t normally write about the back end and day-to-day duties of being a travel blogger (there are plenty of great sites for that) but I feel I have to speak up on the topic of working with a travel blogger and how to avoid the ones […]

A Recap of My Busiest Travel Month Ever.

A Recap of My Busiest Travel Month Ever.

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May 7, 2015
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A Recap of My Busiest Travel Month Ever. I don’t normally post my monthly travel recaps on my site, I save that for my newsletter. This past month however, was a special one. Many milestones were achieved and buck list items ticked. I have much to cover and commitments to fill but in the meantime […]

7 Questions To Avoid When Thinking About Long Term Travel

7 Questions To Avoid When Thinking About Long Term Travel

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May 5, 2015
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7 Questions To Avoid When Thinking About Long Term Travel (and one you need to ask) Deciding to travel around the world for an extensive period is an up hill battle. For most it is a fight that is given up on before even starting. This is a shame, as we all know it can be […]

Experiencing The REAL Circle of Life in Africa

Experiencing The REAL Circle of Life in Africa

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May 1, 2015
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Experiencing The REAL Circle of Life in Africa Make no mistake, Africa is a wild place. I have shared my experiences in the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Maasai Mara and all the wonderful and cute animals found there but don’t let me fool you, these are dangerous places, especially if you are a delicious antelope. […]

Africa got Back – My Safari BIG 5 Behinds

Africa got Back – My Safari BIG 5 Behinds

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Apr 28, 2015
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Africa got Back – My Safari BIG 5 Behinds As we made our way from the dusty airstrip to Encounter Mara Camp our tour guide Collin was quick to point out the different kinds of antelope as they ran away. “Be prepared to photograph a lot of behinds” he said with a laugh. “By the time […]

Walking Maasai – My Guilt Ridden Boma Visit

Walking Maasai – My Guilt Ridden Boma Visit

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Apr 23, 2015
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Walking Maasai – My Guilt Ridden Boma Visit While on safari in Tanzania I had the unique opportunity to hangout with a Maasai man and get a glimpse into their world. It was an eye opening experience, one that has left me with mixed feelings. Here’s why: Meet the Maasai Throughout Kenya and Tanzania I had the pleasure […]

5 Reasons to Choose Encounter Mara for your Safari

5 Reasons to Choose Encounter Mara for your Safari

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Apr 21, 2015
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5 Reasons to Choose Encounter Mara for your Safari  Tucked away in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is the intimate and permanent tent camp Encounter Mara. As mentioned in my post on my 1st safari experience, Encounter Mara had the privilege and (not so) difficult task of setting the bar for my first safari. Although I was blown […]

My Safari Big 4 out of 5

My Safari Big 4 out of 5

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Apr 19, 2015
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My Safari Big 4 out of 5 I didn’t arrive in Africa with a list of things to tick off – except those on my bucket list of course. I had no expectations for my 1st safari experience and definitely did not have specific animals in mind that I had to see. This was of course […]

Experiencing The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

Experiencing The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

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Apr 17, 2015
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Experiencing The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Visiting the Serengeti has always been something I had to do but I was never really sure why. I suppose on name power alone I was drawn in. Anyway, it wasn’t until arriving at Chaka Camp in the Serengeti (sort of) did I realize what makes it so special. The […]

Hunting Rhino in Ngorongoro

Hunting Rhino in Ngorongoro

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Apr 15, 2015
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Hunting Rhino in Ngorongoro Ah, the elusive rhino. Of the “Big 5” animals we had yet to spot the toughest of them all, and our time was running out. Although I wasn’t really counting, I did want to see one of these horny and odd animals in the wild. Our last day on safari had […]

Experiencing Tanzania from Chaka Camp

Experiencing Tanzania from Chaka Camp

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Apr 13, 2015
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Experiencing Tanzania from Chaka Camp After what felt like a week of travel we arrived in Arusha. We had just spent 3 relaxing days in our sleepy banda at Kizingo Lodge on the Island of Lamu in northern Kenya and already felt drained. Travel will do that. Ironic as Chaka Camp, our Tanzania Safari home, […]

The Crabs of Lamu

The Crabs of Lamu

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Apr 10, 2015
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The Crabs of Lamu Although Lamu Island was void of tourists while we were visiting, we definitely weren’t alone. Minutes after enjoying my morning coffee and swaying in my awesome Kizingo Lodge swing bed I spied a donkey grazing around the corner. I quickly grabbed my camera and I made my way to the exit […]

No Cars Go – Visiting Lamu Town

No Cars Go – Visiting Lamu Town

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Apr 8, 2015
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No Cars Go – Visiting Lamu Town Imagine a town with streets so narrow no car can pass. Pretty amazing right? No honking, pollution, or road rage. No parking tickets, fender benders, or traffic. Where does this car free utopia exist? Lamu Town on the island of Lamu in northern Kenya. What makes visiting Lamu […]

Shark Bait: Swimming with Dolphins in Lamu

Shark Bait: Swimming with Dolphins in Lamu

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Apr 6, 2015
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Shark Bait: Swimming with Dolphins in Lamu “Alright chaps, over we go.” With that Kizingo Lodge owner Louis was gone. We had traveled 40 minutes or so in large swells to a tiny rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean to swim with dolphins in Lamu, and no one moved. On the ride over Louis […]

Downtime on Lamu – Kizingo Lodge Review

Downtime on Lamu – Kizingo Lodge Review

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Apr 3, 2015
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Downtime on Lamu – Kizingo Lodge Review After a super stressful time eating three-course meals, seeing all the animals, and taking frequent cat-naps at the wonderfully awesome Encounter Mara safari camp it was time for some much-needed rest. Clearly I am writing this now with a sarcastic pen but when I booked my trip to […]

My 1st Safari Experience

My 1st Safari Experience

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Apr 1, 2015
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My 1st Safari Experience For my very 1st Safari experience I had no expectations. I had no set goal of seeing “big five” anything or whether my tent would be lion proof or not. In doing so I could be easily impressed by what was to come. This was evident on the short drive from […]

Roam Mobility Review – Connected South of 49

Roam Mobility Review – Connected South of 49

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Mar 30, 2015
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— CONTEST CLOSED!— Big congrats to Emma Lane! Enjoy your Roam Mobility prize package! Thanks to all that entered. Be sure to Like This Life in Trips on Facebook  and sign up for my newsletter as I have a few more giveaways planned! Roam Mobility SIM Review – Connected South of 49 With my recent month long+ trip through […]

The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs

The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs

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Mar 27, 2015
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The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs With my year+ long trip comes the unique opportunity to share some images and stories from around the world. Over pizza and beer before leaving Vancouver I brainstormed with friends for a travel photo series to share while on the go. It had to be something fun, on-brand, […]

What to do with 8 hours in Rome

What to do with 8 hours in Rome

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Mar 25, 2015
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What to do with 8 hours in Rome As mentioned in my post on the Library Hotel and what to do with a short layover in NYC, I love me a good stop over. So much so that I consider them “Bonus Stops” and use them as a chance to see somewhere extra or new. […]

CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales

CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales

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Mar 23, 2015
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CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales Shaun and I spent a few weeks earlier this year visiting my parents in their snowbird home – Lake Wales, Florida (with stops in Nashville, Louisville and Key West). Lake Wales is a sleepy little town in central Florida about 1.5 hours south of Orlando – and the […]

Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC

Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC

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Mar 20, 2015
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Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC New York City has so much to offer visitors. From Broadway shows to world-class museums and famous sites seen in film and television time and time again, there is much to see and do. With a recent stop over I had intended to document my short layover […]

Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review

Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review

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Mar 18, 2015
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Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review I love a good layover. What many perceive as an annoyance I see as an opportunity to see somewhere extra or somewhere new. If long layovers were branded as “Bonus Stops” maybe more people would see this. Anyway, I recently planned one of these “Bonus Stops” for […]

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