2015 – Year in review

2015 Year-in-Review

Now the the holiday season is over, and the New Year draws near, it’s that time again… Time to look back on 2015 and reflect on all the places we’ve been and things we’ve seen.

At this time last year when we were writing our 2014 post, I think we had said something along the lines of 2014 being a big year for our travel; and that we might take it easy in 2015… Fast-forward one year, and all I have to say is “ha!” We didn’t have a lot planned going into 2015, but we ended up covering a fair bit of ground. It started with a mistake fare to Rio, and ended up with an aspirational booking in first class to Hong Kong on one of the top airlines in the world. Continue reading


Catching Up


I can’t believe it’s fall already, where did the summer go?  I have learned to love the fall season in New York, with the brisk air and colorful leaves.  But with the change of season, comes the colder weather – which I am definitely not a fan of.  This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, so I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on our year so far.  There are so many heartbreaking things going on in the world, and it makes me appreciate everything that I have and everyone in my life. Continue reading

Places I Want to Go: Hallstatt, Austria

 A few months ago in a moment of impulsive spontaneity Fausto booked us on a flight to Austria this Fall.  We talked about it for a few days and then completely put it out of our mind for the rest of the summer.  Now as October is fast approaching, I started to think more about what I want to do when I get there.

The original plan was to stay 3 days in Vienna and soak in some culture, music, and pastry.  But as I started planning, I realized we’d be remiss to go all the way to Austria and not see the country-side. So while looking for places nearby that we could visit for the day, I came across this beautiful picture of Hallstatt.  This idyllic town is about 3 hours away from Vienna by train, nestled between a lake and towering mountains in the backdrop.  

If this looks familiar to you, it’s because this picture and others like it have been used in many screen savers. In fact, this place is so beautiful that a replica of the village has been created in China. I can’t wait to see the real thing for myself in a few months.

Cheap Flight Alert: Toronto to Kilimanjaro

I just saw that KLM is having an airfare sale from Toronto, Canada to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania for $1,000 per person, round trip including taxes.  If you are not from Toronto like me, you can probably find a cheap and flight your overall cost will still be lower than a regular priced ticket.  Climbing Kilimanjaro has not always been on my bucket list because 20,000 feet above sea level seems very intimidating.  Now, fresh off my success with the Inca Trek, I feel like I can conquer the highest peak in Africa as well.  Continue reading

Places I Want to Go: Wave Canyon


Photo Credits: Mateusz Pitak [via photo.net]

Susan Sontag said it best when she said “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list“. And one of the places on my list is Wave Canyon, located near the Utah-Arizona border in Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona. This sandstone rock formation looks so surreal and out of this world, it’s not hard to imagine it as a backdrop in a sci-fi movie. From the vibrant colors to the fluid lines, this place is a photographer’s dream. It is worthy to note that access to the hike is difficult to obtain, so if you want to go, make sure you plan ahead.