“Not all those who wander are lost” [Tolkien]: Quotes and photos to inspire your journey

There is a journey that awaits every traveler that is larger than him or herself. It is the journey to be at peace with yourself and the universe we all are a part of. These quotes and pictures are meant to inspire you to continue your journey of learning – about new cultures, new lands, and new languages – while remembering to discover something new about yourself every step of the way.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” [St.Augustine]

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Quick Tip #9: 7 Must-have items in your carry-on for an overseas flight

Quick Tip #9: 7 Must-have items in your carry-on for an overseas flight

After making yet another cross Atlantic flight from Toronto to Munich, I realized that were it not without the perfectly-packed carry-on, I would emerge exhausted, unhappy, hungry and basically a train-wreck waiting to happen. What I hate most following a long-flight is the time lost after landing. You know, those few hours where all you want to do is crash and sleep until morning so your holiday can finally begin? Well, having made the trip countless times, I have successfully (thanks to trial and error) developed a list for every traveler hoping to survive the long-haul, without risk of losing precious time upon arrival.

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Ottawa: A City for Every Season

Ottawa: A City for Every Season

Tucked somewhere in-between the business culture of Toronto and the trendy beat of Montreal, is Ottawa, Canada’s (cute) capital city.

Subjected to ridicule by home grown Canadians and tourists alike, this forgotten gem continues to be overlooked and is, more often than not, skipped over by most folk with limited time to tour the best of Canada. My first instinct is to nod in agreement when people say they are skipping over Ottawa as they plan a whirlwind trip to T.O or Montreal, followed by an over the border crossing to NYC. Sure, Ottawa doesn’t have the skyscrapers lighting up  Toronto’s downtown core, and no, it doesn’t offer the same historical appeal as Vieux-Montreal. Yet, Ottawa, as small and as quaint as it may seem to the excitable traveler, remains wholly underestimated in it’s ability to entertain. Here are a few reasons why Ottawa should make the top ten on your Canadian hit-list:

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