Yo Families! How To Fulfill Wanderlust (And Be Wallet Friendly)

Yo Familes! How to fulfill wanderlust and be wallet friendly
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What do you think of when you hear the words: family travel? For me, this phrase used to inspire both hope and fear. Hope for future bouts of wanderlust with family in tow and fear that I couldn’t find trips that were wallet-friendly.

When I heard the term ‘family travel’ before motherhood two visions popped into my mind. Vision number one was of my super-traveller, self-sufficient friend Susie who packed up her 18 month-old (and big pooch Igor)  and drove solo many hours to our annual Tofino girls’ weekend. Her SUV was full of toys, she had all her snacks packed and she even brought a portable enclosed play area (think playpen on steroids). Family vaca vision number two is  of the Griswolds on their chaotic US roadtrip, station wagon packed to the gills and misadventures befalling their every turn.

Given a choice, I’ll choose the Susie situation any time. Planning, snacks and efficiency help make any (family) trip a bit less of a gongshow. Part of my family travel plans these days always include thinking about how I can shave some of the dollars and cents off my trips. Recently, my fellow blogger Sarah from Smile and Conquer asked me to share some of my wallet-friendly, wanderlust tips with her blog readers.

Below you’ll find a couple of tips from the article after the jump. If you want to read the rest be sure to stop by my Smile and Conquer guest post to end up like Susie and her wee one not Clark and the gang…. Read more

Westcoast to Winnipeg – This Summer’s 5 Best Summer Sips

Victoria's Olo serves up a savoury summer sip: the What's up Doc?
Victoria’s Olo serves up a savoury summer sip: the What’s up Doc?

Summer is in full swing. My instagram feed is full of magic hour photos of patios, picnics and colourful cocktails. My real life feed is full of toddler trips to the beach, road trips with visiting family and when I can manage, a fancy cocktail or three. I love having folks for a bevvie on our deck. There’s nothing better than a tumbler full of quirky flavours spiked with some interesting spirits to mark the end of the day or the beginning of the weekend. I’ve been alternating my TGIF bevies between rose cordial spritzers and strong, extra sour mojitos. (The never ending pot of mint on our deck is a total enabler.)

Last year I interviewed some of Canada’s best bartenders for their favourite summer cocktail recipes and was completely inspired to up my host game. This summer, I decided to continue canvasing Canada’s cocktail stars to highlight the crazy talent we have in front of our bar stools from sea to sea to sea. Whether you love savoury sips with carrot garnishes or a rainbow twist on an old classic, I reckon you’ll swoon over the drink recipes below. Read more

North, West, South

Little Beach, Maui.
Little Beach, Maui.

I love the satisfaction of pushing in yet another pin onto my travel map. What I love even more is sharing travel experiences with friends and family. Because if you have a great experience, why wouldn’t you want someone else to have it too, right? When friends ask where to find the best taco/croissant/whiskey sour/comfy & stylish rooms to sleep spots in the places on my  travel map, I’m super stoked to send them to my fave spots en route.

Case in point. Recently a friend went to Maui and was posting her gorgeous, lush, sandy, palm tree filled photos on Instagram. I spent a month on Maui seven years ago, and ate at an amazing little taco truck on a rural road on the way to some lava beds and beaches (yes, yes, this could describe many-a-road on the Hawaiian isles). I commented that she should check said truck out, where to find it.  Then, BLAM! The next day she was posting saliva-inducing photos of her taco truck seafood feast. I felt like I made a tiny, but helpful, drop in the giant interweb bucket of travel tips.

In the last few months I’ve been sharing my travel experiences with Vitamin Daily readers. One of Canada’s largest online lifestyle blogs, Vitamin daily delivers daily doses of fresh life, beauty, travel and food tips across Canada. Read more