Thailand: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

We visited the amazing Elephant Jungle Sanctuary while in Thailand, nestled in the rolling hills outside Chiang Mai. We did lots of research before picking somewhere to visit the lovely Asian elephants. This spot won us over for its positive reviews and work to not only provide sanctuary for elephants in need, but also to…

The best things about Chiang Mai

The vibrant activity, incredible night markets and cooler air made Chiang Mai one of our favorite spots in Thailand. We spent four nights in the city and one night in the mountains at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary (which I will write about later). Many travelers come here for elephants and temples, which the city does…

Yelapa – a hidden(ish) gem near Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa is a small boat access town off the beaten path near Puerto Vallarta.  These two town shares the same bay. Although Yelapa is on the coast, the towering mountains keep roads away, which gives it a remote island-feel. This town does have a daily influx of tourists on boat trips from Puerto Vallarta that…

Florida: Kayaking, Biking, Swimming with Dolphins, and More

Orlando, Florida: Kayaking, Biking, Swimming with Dolphins, and More When you think of Orlando, you often think of theme park. No one can deny the pure excitement of a Disneyland day or a weekend at Universal Studios, there’s so much more to Florida than rollercoasters and hotdogs. Beyond that, Orlando is home to many nature…

Florida: swimming with manatees and a drift scuba dive

We recently visited Orlando, Florida for a trip to Disney with our friends and their kids. In my books, no trip is complete without a bit of adventure. I was hoping to do some scuba diving, but the coast in this area didn’t have the best diving – instead we found something better! My mom…

Algonquin in Four Days: Tim, Rosebary, Longbow Lakes and Tim River

As is tradition, in mid-August, we took off to Algonquin for a mother-daughter backcountry camping trip. Our itinerary was two nights on Rosebary Lake with a day trip to Longbow Lake, and one night on Tim Lake. Day 1 – Friday We left the GTA early and arrived at the permit office by 9:15am. The…

San Pedro, Belize: secret beach, scuba diving and swimming with sharks

The last leg of our Belize trip was to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye - off the coast of mainland Belize. We split our trip between the mainland and the islands off the coast of Belize. There is such a contrast between continental life and life on the islands in Belize, but it is worth seeing…

Exploring the ancient Lamanai Ruins of Belize

A short walk through a dense jungle canopy and we emerged to Mayan ruins towering above us – almost like a walk back in time. The monkeys could be heard howling around us while they protested our early morning arrival. We were at Lamanai Ruins in Belize. This tour is offered by a number of…

Tayrona Park: a jungle and beach adventure in Colombia

  When the opportunity to camp in a jungle, on the side of a mountain, overlooking a beach in Colombia came up, the obvious answer was YES! Now I should clarify that this was glamping and some very nice glamping at that! We stayed in the Ecohabs in Tayrona Park.  Tayrona offers stunning expanses of…