Backpacking Mexico

I didn’t spend a lot of time in Mexico so I am by no means an expert on this topic. From my time here though I can say that backpacking Mexico is relatively simple and there are tons of tourists and other backpackers around. I flew into Cancun and travelled south in Quintana Roo through Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Bacalar. Continue reading “Backpacking Mexico”

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Quick Guide to Vinales, Cuba

So you’ve decided to travel Cuba and you’re considering going to Vinales, GREAT. Here’s a little guide to help you get the most out of your stay there.

A lot of people will do day trips to Vinales and then cram all the touristy stuff you could possibly imagine into that day. They’ll visit the tobacco farms, do a taxi tour and hang out in the valley. Although I guess it is possible to stuff all this into one (long) day there is so much to enjoy in Vinales and part of it’s charm is its laid back vibes. Continue reading “Quick Guide to Vinales, Cuba”

Backpacking Cuba

We chose to fly into Varadero because most low cost airlines will fly here to cater to those heading to resorts so you could get cheap flights into here. Even if you aren’t staying in Varadero, flying here still leaves the rest of the country accessible by bus or taxi. Our first stop was Havana so we had two options to get there: we could wait to catch the Viazul bus at 6 PM which only cost 10 CUC + 10 CUC for taxi from bus station in Havana to our airbnb or “casa particular” as they say in Cuba, or we could get a taxi from the airport which is typically anywhere between 80 CUC to 100 CUC. Depending on how many people you’re travelling with, and how much time you want to spend waiting for the bus, you might end up deciding a taxi would be best. Continue reading “Backpacking Cuba”

What to do in Oahu on a Budget

Unlike what most people think, it is completely possible to backpack Hawaii. I’ve gone to Oahu twice and I’ve heard great things about Backpacking the other islands – especially Maui. The nice thing about backpacking Oahu is that you really do not need to rent a car so you can save a lot there. Oahu has a decent public transit system that can take you all over the island for 2.50 every ride. The only downside is that it can take much longer on the bus than it would to do the drive. Continue reading “What to do in Oahu on a Budget”

Solo Travel: One Week in O’ahu, Hawaii

Flight: Westjet Toronto-Vancouver-Honolulu

March 29-April5

Hostel: HI Waikiki Interantional Hostel

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Out of all the Hawaiian Islands, I decided to go to Oahu. I heard that in order to explore the other islands that you needed to rent a car and I didn’t have that in my budget for the week. However, after talking to a friend who recently visited Maui, I was told that the hostel he stayed at would provide shuttles to the spots that visitors wanted to see – so definitely check that out if you’re trying to decide between islands and won’t be renting a car. Oahu has a reliable and easy bus system which made travelling the island much cheaper. It’s only 2.50 for a one way trip and you can get all the way around the island by bus.. it just may take a while. Continue reading “Solo Travel: One Week in O’ahu, Hawaii”

2 Days in NYC 

As we rolled into the New Year, I headed to New York. I got a few days off from work, and was off on my first adventure with my travel benefits to the big apple with my two sisters and mom. We were leaving from Thunder Bay and had a short layover in Toronto so we had to rush through customs and barely made it to our flight to NYC. By the time we got there we were sweaty, exhausted and ready to cry because we were so happy we made it. We were all ready to get on when the customer service agent called us over and delivered the bad news..  there was only three seats left and I wasn’t going to make it on. I held in my tears trying to be a mature adult about it as I watched the rest of my family get on without me. biiiiiii felicia

I hate winter travel. But I tried to make the most of it and headed over to a restaurant to wait until I could make it on another flight. The prospects weren’t looking so great because unfortunately I wasn’t the only one travelling standby, and the next three flights were full. Four hours later, I finally made it!

I landed in La Guardia and took a bus to Grand Central Station. The bus is only 15$ and you can catch it right outside of baggage.  From there my hotel (The Seton Hotel), was just right around the corner. I was SO pumped to have finally made it!

Despite being utterly exhausted, the adrenaline of arriving in New York City kicked in and I was ready to hit the streets. We went to this delicious Mexican restaurant. (restaurant name: salvation taco)

Then we walked to the Rockefeller centre to see the big beautiful Christmas tree and I felt like I was living in the moving “Elf” (aka my favourite Christmas movie).

The next morning I did not feel so hot though.. all that travel, crappy food and no sleep left my body feeling like garbage. After laying in bed for a few hours I finally pulled myself together and hit the streets where my little sister and I walked literally all over lower Manhatten.

To washington park…

To the Friends apartment in Greenwich…

Back up to get some gluten free bagels…

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To the Brooklyn Bridge…

To Taylor Swifts apartment in TriBeca…

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To an Italian restaurant in Soho…

And back to our hotel (18.9 km later)….

The next day it was my moms birthday so we properly celebrated the day.

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We went for brunch at Sarabeths (soooo tasssttyyyyyy).

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And spent the day walking around Central Park and shopping.

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I had to leave early the next day so it wasn’t a late night for me. It was a quick trip to the big apple and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!

Next month with my benefits I’ll be heading to Trinidad… stay tuned!

xx, S

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