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Chicago Segway and Architecture Tour

My first Segway Tour ride didn’t culminate without a hard fall. I got nervous when we were passing on a narrow pathway and I didn’t turn the handle at the right time in a little curve that goes a little uphill. I hit the concrete rectangular flower bed pot and

Chicago Getaway Hostel

I’ve been to more than 20 youth hostels in my travels but Chicago Getaway Hostel already impressed me within an hour after I checked in. It’s the best hostel I’ve ever stayed so far. The moment I walked in, the organized and clean lounge, the friendly ambiance, and the smiling

Niagara Upside Down House

Guaranteed to make you feel a bit dizzy once inside, Niagara Falls‘ newest attraction is the Upside Down House sitting at the heart of  Clifton Hill. Just by looking at it, one would be curious of what’s like inside and how things are organized in such a weird facade. We

Travelling with the Rainbow Wig

Last night, I was in a conversation with two other travelers and one popped the question: What is something that you can’t travel without? One answered her iPad, the other was her cellphone. Me? I can’t travel without my rainbow wig, a symbol of me being different. I sweat glitter,

The Best Section of The Great Wall of China

I have yet to meet someone whose bucket list doesn’t include climbing the magnificent Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It was built to ward off enemies. The photos you see of this architectural feat are stunning but when you are in there

Maple Syrup Sugar Bush Tour

At the Maple Syrup Festival yesterday at Elmira, my friends and I joined the Maple Syrup Sugar Bush Tour just outside the township. It cost us $5.50 each which included transportation to and from the sugar bush. The weather was already a bit windy when we decided to go and

The Taste of Maple Syrup Festival in Elmira

Canada is synonymous to maple syrup. No wonder, its flag bears a maple leaf on it. For 49 years, a little town in Waterloo, called Elmira, has been hosting the Maple Syrup Festival which the Guinness Book of Records recognized as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival! An

Travel Quote from Paulo Coelho

True words from Paulo Coelho. If you have read some of his books, you’ll know that he’s a traveler at heart. For more travel quotes, click here. HOSTELS AROUND THE WORLD      

Holy Week in The Philippines – Apo Island

Holy Week in Apo Island in the Philippines is a really holy, holy, holy, holy week. The Catholics celebrate it seriously and religiously to commemorate the Passion of Christ by doing the The Way of The Cross from the first station to the 14th station. It begins when Jesus is

The Joys of Traveling Solo

While it doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes (because we are basically social beings) there is a lot to be said about traveling solo, particularly backpacking alone. If you’re the adventurous type that enjoys your own company, being out on some of the world’s best trails, or even some you create on

Things To Do in Toronto for Budget Travellers

Toronto is a fantastic city to visit for families and for budget travellers alike. It might seem that the major attractions in Toronto are expensive and out of reach for those on a tight budget, but you can still enjoy this world class city. In fact, check out these attractions

Merida – Once A Home To More Millionaires Than Any Other Cities in The World

Most visitors to the Yucatan come for the sun, sand and surf of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. Those who want to experience the history, culture and architecture of this region of Mexico will want to make the 4 hour journey west to Merida. ——————————————————————————————————————— Travel Guide for MEXICO Traveling Solo

The Rituals of Voladores

The first time I saw it was at a park, on my way to the the Tulum Ruins gate, I thought there was some kind of festival going on. Five men in their full ethnic costume were on the pinnacle of a 30-m pole with extended rotating wooden planks in

Cenote Azul

Cenotes are unique to Mexico, especially in the Yucatan State. They are wells surrounded by rocks and most often they serve as the mouth of an underground river or a cave. They’re also good for snorkeling and diving. The freshwater is crystal clean that you can see the bottom /

Snorkeling in Cozumel

Together with a fellow backpacker I met at Playa del Carmen, we bought a round-trip ferry ticket to Cozumel for 316 Mexican Pesos. The plan was to chill in one of the famed beaches there—and perhaps, go snorkeling at one of the island’s famous diving and snorkeling sites. The ferry
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