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How to spend a layover in Mexico City

On our recent trip to Tulum and Isla Holbox, we had a long layover in Mexico City on our way back to Vancouver. It was originally supposed to be a couple of hours, which we'd planned to spend at the airport, but this was extended and we had about 20 hours in Mexico City. Our flight landed late in the evening on a Sunday night and left the following Monday evening. This meant we had ...

How to get to Isla Holbox from Cancun, Tulum and other popular cities

On our recent trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, we travelled to the beautiful, peaceful island of Isla Holbox from Tulum. I'd heard it's supposed to be "the new Tulum" and so I was keen to see the difference (spoiler alert: we both much preferred it to Tulum). I've also heard it's quieter and prettier than Isla Mujeres if you're looking to compare Mexico islands. We spent 3 days relaxing by the beach, swimming in a ...

The ultimate Tulum travel guide (on a budget)

Are you planning to travel to Tulum and want to make sure you don't miss any of the best things to do in Tulum? Consider this your ultimate Tulum travel guide! While I did an (almost) excessive amount of research before travelling to Tulum, there were a few things I wish I'd know before or things we did that I hadn't seen anyone else mention. We didn't spend a fortune in Tulum and, despite what ...

16 Incredibly useful gifts for hikers they’ll ACTUALLY want

It's that time of year again when everyone's thinking about gifts! If you know some hikers and are wondering what to get them this year then be sure to check out this list of the BEST gifts for hikers. These Christmas gifts for hikers are based on my own experience of things that are useful when I'm out hiking in Vancouver (or dog walking 'cause that kinda counts too, right?). They're things I use every ...

Where to stay in Tulum – and how to choose which part of Tulum to stay in

When we booked our Tulum trip I immediately began looking at where to stay in Tulum and discovered two things. One, Tulum accommodation is insanely expensive, two it's so difficult to try and choose somewhere to stay. I wasn't sure whether to stay by the beach, in the town or somewhere in between, whether I should opt for a Tulum Airbnb, a beach resort in Tulum, a luxury hotel or do what we usually do ...

Where to eat in Tulum, Mexico on a budget

If you're looking for the cheapest places to travel to in Mexico, Tulum isn't going to be at the top of that list. Is Tulum expensive? Well, it's no longer a cheap travel destination and, in fact, many things are going to cost even more than they do in Vancouver (which also isn't cheap!). One of the things that might end up costing rather a lot is food. Especially if you're anything like me and ...

The best cenotes in Tulum

If you're planning on travelling to Tulum then you simply HAVE to check out some of the best cenotes in Tulum and the prettiest cenotes near Tulum too. I have a whole post about some of the best cenotes in Mexico and Tulum is surrounded by these beautiful pools of water in every which direction. On our recent trip to Tulum, we visited a couple of cenotes by bike in Tulum and had a great ...

Things to do in Whistler in winter for non skiers

If you'd ever told me growing up that one day I'd live a couple of hour's drive away from Whistler I wouldn't have believed you. Whistler was that big ski resort I'd heard of that I dreamed of visiting one day. I was lucky enough to go skiing in the Alps and spent the best part of the year living in Grenoble in France near the Alps too. Now that I live in Whistler we ...

Best cabins near Vancouver, BC for cosy weekend getaways

I've lost count of the number of times I've gone on to Airbnb and searched for "cabins near Vancouver". There's just something about staying in a wooden shelter with a fireplace, blankets, a board game or a good book. Tell me I'm not the only one? I've hiked around the cute cabins on Cypress Mountain and will soon be staying in this super cute cabin on Bowen Island. The list of cabins in BC that ...

Hiking the Mt Harvey trail

This summer I tackled more of the peaks along the sea to sky highway that look out on to the Howe Sound in Vancouver. I hiked the famous Vancouver lions with friends as well as the Mount Harvey hike on my own. Despite it not being the best visibility, the hike still provided incredible views, especially along the final section of the hike. It's definitely not a hike to be taken lightly though, it's very ...