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Port Moody Breweries along the BC Ale Trail

I usually spend my weekends hiking, camping and road-tripping but every now and again my legs need a rest (especially after a long week of dog walking!). A few weeks ago that break meant heading out to explore some of the BC Ale Trail and the Port Moody brewery scene. Heading out to the Port Moody breweries makes a great day trip from Vancouver as you can get the sky train there and back from ...

Day trip from Vancouver: What to do in Bellingham

We were recently given our Canadian Permanent Residency (hooray!) and decided that crossing the border to activate it would be the most fun way to do things. So we took a day trip to Bellingham from Vancouver and found there are so many things to do in Bellingham. It was such a nice day and I'm already hoping to go back again sometime in the not too distant future. If you're planning a trip there and ...

The Lions Hike – Lions Binkert Trail

If you've ever visited Vancouver and looked towards the north from downtown the chances are that you've seen The Lions. The two mounds that rise up are landmarks of the city of Vancouver. Lions Gate Bridge gets its name from them as does the town of Lions Bay. It's fair to say they're Vancouver (and southwestern BC) icons.  Hiking to the lions has been on my list of Vancouver hikes for a while now and ...

A complete guide to the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

Once we’d decided we were going to travel on the Trans Mongolian Railway we did a quick bit of research and saw that the Naadam games were happening around the time we were looking at going. They looked fun and very different, so we planned our entire trip around them. Before deciding on going to Mongolia, I’d never heard of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival. But, having now experienced the wonder that is these cultural games in ...

Things to do in Yoho National Park

On our road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver, I knew that I also wanted to stop off in Yoho National Park on the return drive. Yoho National Park is across the provincial border from Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise and seems to receive a lot less attention than it's neighbouring national parks. I'm not quite sure why since it was probably one of my favourite areas we visited during that week. If you're ...

Our Trans Mongolian Railway 2 week itinerary!

Me: "Where do you want to go away this year? How about a Northern BC road trip? Thom: "I really want to go to Eastern Russia" Me: ... And that's how we ended up deciding to spend 2 and a half weeks travelling along the Trans Mongolian Railway.  In truth, when Thom suggested Eastern Russia I wasn't exactly ecstatic. I knew nothing about the region, what was there or why on earth Thom had decided ...

How much does 2 weeks on the Trans Mongolian Railway cost? EVERYTHING we spent

Budgeting for a trip can be hard, especially when it's a trip through three different countries! I didn't really know how much to budget for our Trans Mongolian Railway trip where we spent two weeks across China, Mongolia and Russia. Quite a lot of the costs came before we actually left; train tickets, hotel bookings, flights, travel insurance and visas. That still left quite a lot unaccounted for in terms of food and activities though. ...

How to travel the Trans Siberian Railway (Trans Mongolia route)

I’ve always thought we’d travel on the Trans Siberian Railway I just didn’t realise it would be this summer. When Thom said he wanted to go to Eastern Russia, or Mongolia, I went to the library to look up guide books and came across the Trans Siberian Railway Lonely Planet book. A quick flick through and I realised we could go to Eastern Siberia and Mongolia (and also Beijing to see the sites we didn’t ...

How to stay at a ger camp in Mongolia

Despite the fact that our main plan when travelling to Mongolia on the Trans Mongolian railway was to experience Naadam in Ulaanbaatar, I knew that I wanted to stay in a ger gamp in Mongolia too. Keen to get out into the fresh mountain air and away from the air pollution in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, we headed out to Bert's Eco Ger Camp in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. If you want to head out ...

What to eat in Beijing, China

Ask me what the highlight of our Trans Mongolian railway trip was and I'll tell you it was Beijing. There are many reasons I liked Beijing (you can see what we did in Beijing here), but one of those was the food. On our first trip to China, I wasn't impressed. We ate something that Google translated as "pig arse" and there definitely wasn't a highlight dish on our trip. So, when it came to ...