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Giveaway w/ Radisson Hotels! Plus: 15 of the Best Places to Visit in Canada

Canada is celebrating it’s 150th year anniversary! Here’s a travel guide to the best places to visit in Canada. Even better, I’m hosting a hotel giveaway for a free stay at any Radisson Hotel! Enter the giveaway for a chance to win.

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Luci's MorselsJune 21, 2017 - 7:48 pm

Canada has so many amazing destinations to offer! These photos are simply stunning!

Heather SJune 24, 2017 - 10:48 am

I would love to visit Montreal and stay in the Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill!

Suan OaklandJune 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm

I’m dreaming of a vacation at the gorgeous, newly updated Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront. This waterfront, boutique-style hotel would be an AWESOME base for celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!Thank you for offering the giveaway!

kimpcoleJune 24, 2017 - 1:05 pm

Your # 14 {Visit the glacier fed blue pools, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in Alberta} is on my travel bucket list!!!

~ Kim Pincombe Cole

Ada DiazJune 24, 2017 - 3:43 pm

Canada has got to be in my top 3 countries to visit in the world and you’ve greatly described why! This makes me miss this country so much!

ElenaJune 24, 2017 - 4:38 pm

I would love to visit Toronto

Crissie woolardJune 24, 2017 - 7:42 pm

I would love to visit Niagara Falls!! It on my bucket list

Dutch Windmills, Cheese & Tulips: 5 Day Trips from Amsterdam You Can’t Miss

Looking to take a day trip from Amsterdam? Why not sample dutch cheese, see dutch windmills at Kinderdijk, visit the Hague or see tulips at the Keukenhof gardens. Here’s a roundup of my favorite 5 Amsterdam day trips.

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CelenaJune 19, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Thanks for your amazing guides! My only trouble with them is that you make every place sound so amazing that I have trouble choosing where to go! I’m planning on spending 2.5 weeks in Europe next month and was either going to do something to your Spain/Portugal itinerary, or a river cruise. I haven’t been to Europe as an adult, so every place is new to me. Between the cruise experience or the S/P itinerary, what would you recommend? I’m a solo, female traveler in my mid/late 20s if that is helpful. Thanks in advance!

SherJune 19, 2017 - 2:24 pm

Hi Celena, thanks for the kind words :) Hmm Viking and the Spain/Portugal trip I did are pretty different so I’ll do my best to provide some more context and hopefully make your decision easier!

The spain/portugal trip I did on my own, which was wonderful in that I was able to plan my own itinerary, and linger where I wanted to. On the flip side, it can get a bit exhausting to be on the go and traveling every ~3 days or so from city to city.

You mentioned you’ll be going solo – are you interested in meeting up with other solo travelers and experiencing the cities at night? You might prefer booking a hostel dorm room, LOTS of people visit Spain in the summer and it’s easy to make friends that way.

The other thing to mention about Spain is that it really helps to plan it in advance. Pretty much all their top sights require timed tickets (buy these online beforehand) and they sell out if you wait too long. For example, all of the Gaudi works in Barcelona you have to pick an exact hour that you plan to see the attraction (if you miss it you buy another ticket). Also in Spain, you can save a significant amount on train tickets by buying as early as possible, same with hotels. July/August is peak high season for Spain and Lisbon.

I really loved my Viking trip, but a couple things to note: the average demographic is a bit older, about 40+. Most people travel with someone because cruises will charge a single supplement fee for only 1 person. Viking hits a lot of places in 1-2 weeks, so you have the benefit of seeing a lot while having everything taken care of. I’ve taken tons of tours and traveled on my own and I was really impressed with how seamless Viking manages everything. Only unpack once, guided tours, free time, all meals/transfers included.

They do offer a Portugal douro river cruise, where the itinerary looks amazing, so check that out! I believe that portugal itinerary is new for 2017. Also they do have 2 for 1 sales from time to time so perhaps a friend or family member might want to go with you? If you like to mingle, they have shared tables at dinner so you can get to know other travelers. There isnt really entertainment on board in the evening the way there is with a massive ocean liner cruise, but they stop overnight in a couple cities so you can stay out late on those days.

I hope that was helpful! I loved Spain but would stress that a trip there in high season is probably best done if well planned in advance, whereas a viking cruise is great for “show up and have a great time”. If you want to meet other solo travelers, the spain/portugal itinerary i wrote hits all the top spots other travelers will be at, whereas viking is more leisurely and tends to attract an older crowd. Maybe you might be interested in the viking douro river cruise for 1 week and then fly in to barcelona/madrid for 1 week?

If you have any other questions, let me know!

CelenaJune 19, 2017 - 3:31 pm

Thanks so much! This was so helpful.
I think I will go the Spain/Portugal route, I have 16/17 days, so I was thinking Porto (2d) -> Lisbon (3d) -> Seville/Grenada (3d) -> Bilbao/San Sebastian (3d) (Have you been? I’ve heard great things about Northern Spain) -> Barcelona (5d) (Leaving Madrid for another time). Thanks for the tip on booking everything in advance! I will be sure to do that.

I am interested in meeting others– but am a bit of a sensitive sleeper, so I’m not sure whether to go the hostel, hotel, or AirBnB route. Perhaps a private room in a hostel would be a good medium? Do those exist? It’s actually going to be my first solo trip.

I also wanted to add that I used your itinerary for my trip to Thailand last November and it really helped me decide where I wanted to go. My friend and I had a blast of a trip largely thanks to you, so thank you again!!

SherJune 19, 2017 - 4:06 pm

Ah that’s great! Im so glad you found it helpful and im so happy to hear it :)

The times that I’ve stayed in a hostel (to be honest, not many times) Ive always chosen a private room with a private bathroom just bc i travel with my photo gear and like the privacy. They definitely offer those, you just select the type of room you want and then usually lots of people will hang out in the common areas to mingle. There was actually a really cute barcelona hostel i looked at… ill see if i can find it and let you know the name.

I did a mix of hotels and airbnb in spain/portugal. They were all good! It is kind of hard to meet people that way, but when I do travel solo i don’t usually meet up with people unless I know them.

I loved barcelona, way more than madrid! Madrid was quieter than I expected and the sights in Barcelona were so unique! I really like good food/ pretty architecture so barcelona hit all that for me. that reminds me, i’ve been meaning to write some posts about Barcelona still… one year later.. ha. Do a day trip to Girona and Montserrat if you have time. The gelato at rocemblanc is really good.

I wanted to do bilbao/san sebastian for the food and museum but had to save it for a different trip (sadly) let me know how you liked it after your trip!

CelenaJune 20, 2017 - 9:04 am

I think private hostel might be the way to go then– unless I really feel I need some space and quiet, or just a nicer accommodation break in which case I’ll book a hotel/AirBnB.

I’ll definitely let you know how Bilbao/SB is and report back :) Thank you again for all the help!!

PS. – I think a cool topic to write about in the future could be solo traveling/female traveling. I didn’t know you made the trip alone and it really gives me some confidence doing so knowing you did it yourself!

JoyceJune 20, 2017 - 10:04 am

All the windmills are so gorgeous! I love that outfit of yours with the red cap :)

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cherriJune 20, 2017 - 3:49 pm

these suggestions all sound amazing! I would love to visit some day!

SherJune 20, 2017 - 7:33 pm

No problem! I didn’t travel alone for my spain trip – I do occasionally but for the most part I travel with friends or family :)

OkiziaJune 25, 2017 - 1:47 pm

All interesting places to visit, enjoy and learn of. My favorite from this article was learning about how they use the wind mills to mean different things like joy etc. I think that is very creative. Thanks! :)

SherJune 25, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Right? I thought the secret signals were fun to learn about :) thanks for stopping by Okizia!

25 Picturesque Photos of German Castles on the Rhine River

Germany has so many beautiful fortresses, ruins and castles on the Rhine River. Here are photos of the best castles in Germany from my Viking River Cruise!

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Luci's MorselsMay 24, 2017 - 4:55 pm

How stunning! Looks like a beautiful trip!

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CarinaMay 25, 2017 - 4:25 pm

Oh my, these look incredible, simply breathtaking!

Jas from My Suitcase JourneysJune 7, 2017 - 11:57 pm

Wow! Love reading those little history notes you added and these photos are just so incredibly stunning! This makes me wanna visit so bad and I’m definitely adding this to my bookmark!

Life in NYC: May 2017

Carbon 38 leggings / Boohoo Fit sweatshirt / Fabletics set       Life in NYC: May 2017   What I Got Up To I can’t believe another month has gone by and it’s almost summertime. Where does time go?? This month I got back into traveling and went on a Rhine River cruise. I know most people my […]

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Luci's MorselsMay 29, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Beautiful photos! Love your cute active wear!

JoyceMay 31, 2017 - 2:24 pm

Love your workout photos! haha ;) I didn’t know that Macy’s held so many events, I really need to check it out! Also loved following along your travels on insta story!

Rainy Day Outfit: Cargo Jacket with Short Rain Boots

What I wore for a week of rainy days!

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Jas from My Suitcase JourneysJune 7, 2017 - 11:45 pm

Love how effortlessly chic this is! I’ve been looking to add more army jackets to my wardrobe and this Macy’s William one looks so so cute! Also is it just me or have rain boots come a long way from those boring, dorky long boots to these stylish, fun-colored ones!

SherJune 8, 2017 - 1:02 am

Yes! I was immediately drawn to these rainboots because theyre ankle length and looked like regular short boots!

Review: What It’s REALLY Like Aboard Viking River Cruises

I sailed on the Rhine River Getaway from Basel to Amsterdam. Read my Viking River Cruise review for the itinerary, best sights, on-board experience & more!

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DabinMay 24, 2017 - 9:59 am

Those photos are just perfect! They made me want to travel Europe more. Thanks for sharing such an informative post! :)

Lynzy & CoMay 24, 2017 - 7:58 pm

This looks so amazing. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. Such a great informative post.

SherMay 24, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Thanks Lynzy!

MelanieMay 24, 2017 - 9:17 pm

I have never been on a river cruise abroad. I am not sure that the tour that we did on the Ohio river would count as a cruise lol! I would like to visit here. All of your photos make me really want to plan a trip.

LisaMay 24, 2017 - 9:37 pm

Wow, amazing indeed! I have to add this to my bucket list of places to visit! Your pictures are Stunning!!

TamiMay 24, 2017 - 11:32 pm

The itinerary for this trip is near perfect. I think I’d enjoy every single thing planned. I especially like what’s scheduled on the third day.

Melissa DixonMay 25, 2017 - 9:25 am

These photos make me want to head out on a cruise right now. I love the exotic feel of the settings in these photos and the breathtaking views. Someday I will get it together enough to visit.

SherMay 25, 2017 - 10:44 am

Strasbourg is definitely a highlight! Supposedly the university is fantastic and has affordable tuition, i might just apply!

SherMay 25, 2017 - 10:45 am

Hey Melissa, glad you like the itinerary/photos! Hope you get to experience it soon :)

Amy Stenehjem-KelschMay 25, 2017 - 1:46 pm

I was sooooooo excited to read your article! I have wanted to go on a Viking River Cruise for awhile now. Thanks so much for the helpful information.

SherMay 25, 2017 - 6:45 pm

It was my first Viking River Cruise and I totally loved it (as you can tell from the post) Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you sail with them soon!

Deborah NicholasMay 27, 2017 - 1:47 pm

Oh that looks amazing and your photography is beautiful. I would really love to do one of these holidays but with 6 children i worry about all the water! lol

[…] For vacations, I’m usually go, go go and I have a complete day to day itinerary planned but for that trip, I did no research and planned nothing! Our cabin was so luxurious and the food was fantastic. You can read more about my trip in this post if you’re curious about river cruising! […]

Jeannine CliffordMay 30, 2017 - 8:39 pm

This sounds much better than I expected! Some family members have been trying to get me to do one of these. Thanks for sharing!

Danielle TheriaultMay 31, 2017 - 7:37 am

This was an excellent review! I’ve always wondered about Viking River Cruises and have strayed away from them because I just had never heard much about them. I love cruising on the big ships though, so I’m sure I would love a river cruise as well!

‘Shave’ Time With These Shaving Do’s and Dont’s

A spring beauty guide for shaving tips & tricks.

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JoyceMay 22, 2017 - 3:01 pm

Love the tip about shaving in the direction of hair growth, totally unexpected but definitely gonna try that next time! Love the overlay photo as well!

MelanieMay 22, 2017 - 3:26 pm

I used to purchased Pure Silk all the time. I can’t remember why I stopped using it. I always had a good experience with it, and I will have to use it again soon.

NikkiMay 22, 2017 - 4:41 pm

I never knew that you should shave in the direction of growth. I’ve been doing the opposite my entire life, and I do get bumps and knicks. I’m going to have to try it the other way! We have a can of Pure Silk in our shower right now. :)

TiffanyMay 22, 2017 - 5:16 pm

I’ve been shaving for years but I had no idea against the growth was the way to go!!! I am so glad I stopped by because that was definitely Need To Know!

lisaMay 22, 2017 - 6:18 pm

Me and my oldest daughter love Pure Silk products. I love how well they work and how smooth my skin is after my shave. These are some great tips!

AllisonMay 22, 2017 - 6:35 pm

Great tips. I too dread the shaving process and have considered laser hair removal a number of times. But then I talk myself out of it and hit the ol’ razor again and again haha. I completely agree with having a good shaving cream. It makes a WORLD of difference. I live in the dry desert so I need all the added moisture I can get. Thanks for sharing and have a great time on all your travels!

Felicita MoncadaMay 22, 2017 - 7:49 pm

I love the Pure Silk shaving creams – definitely more bang for your buck! I like using disposable razors when I travel – it is easy to just toss out when I’m done.

Jamie HMay 22, 2017 - 8:53 pm

I remember when my close friend’s son began shaving. Being a single mom, she tried to teach him to shave and he ended up with such bad razor burn on his face, since she was teaching him to shave against the grain. Seems like that’s how all of us ladies do it– I had no idea we shouldn’t!

Ali RostMay 22, 2017 - 9:55 pm

Great tips for shaving. Who knew to shave in the direction of hair growth. I’ll definitely have to give this one a try. My daughter swears by Pure Silk products. She says they leave her skin super smooth x

Farrah Less G.May 23, 2017 - 9:48 am

I read an article before about the proper way of shaving your legs. And it is exactly what you’ve said here. Woman needs a soft and smooth skin esp. this summer. Having a great product to use to keep our skin healthy and soft is so important.

TamiMay 23, 2017 - 10:11 pm

These are all worthy shaving tips. I have to admit that I often borrow my hubby’s razor because mine is dull or rusted. I also then to use it long past it’s life. It only results in cuts. Ouch!