a small street with shops on either side

Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Located an hour and a half from Toronto and only 45 minutes from Buffalo, NY, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picture-perfect historic little town in the heart of Ontario’s wine country.  Although April to October are peak tourist season, coinciding with warmer weather and the Shaw Theatre Festival, there are great deals and plenty of activities here in the…

a table full of paint supplies

Tap into your creative side at Paintlounge

I’ve heard we all need a creative outlet…whether it’s writing a blog or fiddling with an instrument, it’s nice to get away from the every day and let your creativity take over. Armed with a 2 for 1 Groupon and a sense of adventure, my friend and I headed to Paintlounge, a very well-equipped College Street…

Travel Tip #5: Maximize vacation time

Unfortunately most of us do not have unlimited vacation time, but there are still tricks to make the most of what you have. I never ever take a vacation day off work unless I am travelling.  Some people love staycations, but I am not one of them…that is what weekends are for!  Here are a few tips to…

Travel Tip #3: Planes, trains or automobiles?

Different options may be cheaper at different times and in different places, so do your research! Flying can be quite cheap in Europe with many discount airlines – Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Air Berlin, Monarch, Vueling, Air Europa, etc.  Sometimes you might also find good deals on Alitalia, British Airways and other established airlines.  Keep in…

Travel Tip #2: Sign up for everything

Join mailing lists.  Recently I went to Miraval Resort in Arizona, a top world spa and way over my usual budget.  How did I do this?  My friend was on their mailing list and got word that they were having an incredible summer sale, so we booked it immediately.   Hotels and airlines will notify subscribers of…

Travel Tip #1: Consider different types of accommodations

Renting an apartment through a service like AirBnB or Vacation Rental By Owner can help you save money over the cost of hotels, especially when travelling in groups.  I have used AirBnB many times and never experienced issues (though sometimes places can be a bit quirky — just be open-minded, it’s part of the fun!).   My tips…

A series of bridges over the a river with a slight mountain in the background

Maximize your vacation, minimize your cost

I love travelling….I mean I REALLY love travelling.  I try to take as many trips as I can possibly squeeze in while still working full time.  Over the next little while, I will be sharing all my strategies for getting the best travel deals and maximizing your trips. Happy travels!