Mountains, Glaciers & Blue lakes; Western Canada Adventures

Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta

Car camping – (n.) A type of camping which involves driving rather than walking to a campsite.

car camping has got to be one of my favorites. Mostly because I love that you can wing everything last minute and call any place you can pull over to ‘home’ for the night… which if you know me, you know that’s so me!

For my Western Canada trip, which was during the long weekend in August, we didn’t plan anything other than booking our flights and reserving a rental car. I booked an open jaw flight arriving in Vancouver with a departure from Calgary, and then booked a matching car rental reservation with pick up at Vancouver’s airport and drop off at Calgary’s airport. I always use kayak.com to search for the best car rental rates. The flight round-trip fare was $370 CAD, direct flights! I found this sweet deal through yyz deals. If you’ve never checked their website out, do yourself a favor and click here to see the best airfare deals.

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My Singapore trip recap

The funny thing is going to Singapore was never my intention when I left Canada to backpack around Thailand.

The time zone difference between Thailand and Toronto is a solid 12 hours…basically exactly opposite. So it was only natural to be jet lagged the first few days of my trip. One of these days that I was jet lagged, I woke up at 5AM and could not go back to sleep. As all of us millennials would probably do, I picked up my phone and launched the google maps app to explore where in this world I am and what countries are surrounding me. Quickly after I realized there are so many cool countries around that I want to see… then this crazy idea came to my mind to look at flight prices to some of these countries from Thailand! Long story short, I found out for around only $200 I could get a flight to Singapore round trip. Since I was going to be by myself I figured Singapore is probably a good choice due to it being really safe. And so just like that I ended up going to Singapore on a whim!

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A weekend getaway to the Adirondacks

Lake placid view
View of Lake Placid from Whiteface Mountain

I always thought we don’t have any mountains here in the East coast. That’s why whenever I would get a few days off from work I would make a trip to the West coast for some mountain therapy. Well, this year however, one of my goals has been to explore more destinations near me…or, better yet, in the county I live in (more to come on my Canadian adventures soon!). Hence, this Canada day long weekend I decided to plan a getaway to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. (You see the irony here…. it’s Canada day long weekend..decided to spend it in New York…) In case you’re lost on what I’m talking about…the Adirondack park is comprised of 46 peaks over 4,000 feet that make up ‘The High Peaks’ area. This is why some people refer to the Adirondacks as the 46ers.

Here are some key points you should know if you are interested in visiting the Adirondacks:

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