It has been a long time since we posted to our blog. But 2017 will bring many chronicles of our Trip of a Lifetime… South Africa! We were very lucky that we wrung out 2016 and wrung in 2017 in stunning South Africa. From city to safari to beaches, we saw it all.
The Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park
About 3.5 hours northwest of Toronto is Bruce Peninsula National Park. We had the opportunity to do some car camping there last summer. Charlene and I have never been car camping before so it was a unique experience from the get go. We also had the opportunity to share in this adventure with her sister’s family. Once again, another first for us. We have never traveled with anyone else in this capacity. Continue reading
The journey over to Victoria is quite picturesque. We took the ferry over and soaked up the views of the mountains in the distance. It rained a little on the way over, but it didn’t keep us from being out on the deck. The calm of the water, the rugged rocky coastline, the deep green treeline, and the fresh cool breeze. Truly serene.
Clayoquot Sound – Tofino, B.C.
Travelling isn’t cheap and in order to do more of what we love we had to come up with some creative ways to save money while on our trips. We are providing you with some travel tips that we hope will save you some money on your next trip.
1. Don’t travel during peak times
The peak season of travel is June through August, the majority of people take time off of work and use this time to travel. This means that during this period prices are the highest. I’ve also found that weekends are a busy time to visit countryside locations (Parks like Grand Canyon and Algonquin Park, small towns) making it the most expensive time of the week to visit. For us, shoulder season has been the best time to visit our destinations, that’s the period between off season and peak season. Hotels know that summer and weekends are busy times and increase prices for both of these periods. We have saved lots of money by visiting countryside towns during the week and cities on the weekend. It has been my experience that the hotels in the city lower their prices on the weekend since the business travelers are gone. Not everyone has the ability to travel during shoulder season but if you do you can save lots of money by taking advantage and putting that money towards something useful on your vacation. Some of the advantages of shoulder season are less crowds, moderate weather and better prices.
The Glasgow Necropolis
Just outside the heart of Glasgow is an old Victorian cemetery. I’d say it took us about 30 minutes or so to walk there from downtown. I’m always looking for free or lost cost activities to do while on vacation because costs really add up after a while. The Glasgow Necropolis reminded me of one of those graveyards you would see in an old horror movie but obviously since we visited during the daytime we were able to fully appreciate the craftsmanship of the headstones and enjoy a nice walk. Continue reading
Every trip that I go on I always try to make sure that we get to do something adventurous and something that we haven’t really done or seen before. When we visited the Lake District in England I researched horseback riding… because what could be more English than riding in the countryside. If you are visiting the UK you should definitely look into horseback riding as one of your activities.
Edinburgh is an old city with lots to see. We stayed for about 5 days and drove in from the Isle of Skye on the west side of Scotland. Tourism thrives here and the people of the city are extremely friendly. Here are 5 things to do on your next visit to Edinburgh.
1. Calton Hill
For those days that you would just like to go for a walk and relax while on vacation I highly suggest visiting Calton Hill. While it takes a bit of energy to get to the top of the hill, the views are magnificent. The hill overlooks the city and seems to be a common place for locals and tourists to enjoy themselves. We spent part an afternoon here and enjoyed some sunshine.
The view from Calton Hill
Overlooking the city
St. Michael’s Mount
I fell in love with this little island castle. It was a rather unique experience to walk across the stone footpath to the island surrounded by Mount’s Bay. In order to truly experience this fascinating castle you need to plan for a whole afternoon. If you come during low tide you can walk across to the castle, if you come during high tide you have to take a boat across. As the tide comes in the stone footpath disappears under the water.
Cornwall was our first destination on our trip to the UK. When planning this I had researched pictures of scenic oceanfront hiking, old fishing villages and beaches and knew this was somewhere that I wanted to visit. It took about 4 hours of driving to get to our hotel in St Austell from Gatwick airport in London and we were pretty exhausted upon arriving. Continue reading
The beautiful scenery of Ambleside in Lake District, England. It is truly picturesque, rolling hills, calm waters, and friendly people. Both Andrew and I love small towns/villages in the countryside of England. It reminds me of fairy tales I read as a child.