A Wander Across the Big Island of Hawaii

    Trudging down a water-logged street in Vancouver’s West End, peeking out from under my umbrella, clutching a bag of groceries, trying in vain not to soak my sneakers, it’s hard to believe that only three days ago I was standing on the eerie bluffs of South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. I even delayed unpacking my suitcase, just to let the aroma of sunscreen, salty seas and plumeria unfurl from my wrinkled sun-dresses, with hopes of it permeating every corner of my small, cozy apartment. It’s hard not to feel the sting of the post-vacation blues, especially when you return to winter after a stint somewhere tropical. However,…

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    Adventure Travel,  Bali,  Travel

    Top 5 Best Bali Beaches for New Surfers

    For the last eight decades, wave riders from around the world have been flocking to Bali’s beautiful beaches in hopes of catching the big one. With the peak surfing season running from May to September, there is no shortage of fantastic surf spots. However, if you’re stepping onto a board for the first time, the renown Balinese Pipeline at Padang Padang, or the challenging ‘Racetracks’ at Uluwatu can be a tad intimidating. So before you try anything death defying, there are a number of surf spots perfect for those first time wave riders. Kuta Beach  It’s hard to believe the maze of alleyways that make up the island’s backpacker mecca…

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    Travel,  Travel Agent Tools,  USA

    5 Ways to Save with a Travel Agent

    “I’ll just book it online.” Those words were once thought to be the kiss of death for the travel industry. And in all fairness, there isn’t much you can’t book online yourself these days. From hotels, to luxury yachts to a Disney Parkhopper, with the click of a mouse, your trusty credit card and some simple planning, you can throw together a fun getaway. So why bother with a travel agent? Well, it’s not always so simple and the savings aren’t always there – Here are a few ways a travel agent can save you money! When Sh*t hits the fan, you want us in your corner! When I was…

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    Health for Her,  Life Hacking

    8 Pieces of Advice for the Generation “Me” Girl

    You know those posts that start with: 10 Things I wish someone Had Told Me When? I never read those things. What’s the point? Sure, if someone had told me that some days, being a teenager was going to feel like climbing Everest with no shoes, on the coldest day, naked, maybe I would’ve been better prepared. But probably not. And besides, I wouldn’t be who I am today if someone had given me all the answers. There’s no manual for adolescence or early adulthood, it’s a damn free-for-all, a real life Hunger Game. Not even a compass would have helped me navigate the labyrinth of uncontrollable emotion, angst, fear, self-loathing, and unrealized…

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    Feeling the Pride in Vancouver’s West End

    We may be a few months out from Vancouver’s much anticipated Pride Weekend, but a quick stroll around my neighbourhood aptly demonstrates that Pride isn’t merely an event that occurs over a weekend in June, it’s a state of mind. Here, love and sexuality transcends economic status, ethnic background, and religion. In a country that boasts tolerance, Vancouver’s West End embraces acceptance. It isn’t merely good enough to allow the existence of another, especially when the message of those being tolerated is to love ones self, and celebrate and support the rights of others. “We join with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence around the world through our universal vows to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic…