Breaking Bad

Employers in the United States are not mandated to provide paid vacation or holidays to their employees thus contrasting sharply with any other industrialized nation in the world. In view of this, I believe the logical mental leap here would be to think that those of us who get paid vacation would put it to good use. Not so. US employees perform rather poorly in the vacation department and as many as 60% of us end up working during the breaks we do take.  How did we end up with a workation culture?...more

Caribbean Travel 101 for Sun Starved Canadians

Caribbean Travel 101. The Caribbean is beckoning to you! If you crane your neck to the left you may even be able to hear it. Even as you're experiencing the first glimmers of real spring sunshine in Canada, there is always going to be a warmer, more sun-bleached place.  If you want to live the dream for a while then consider a Caribbean holiday to a tropical paradise....more

Vacation for Your Pet

Now that summer is right around the corner, daydreams of a a relaxing, maybe tropical, vacation start to enter our minds.  But for those who have pets, the thought of leaving our beloved four-legged friends in a kennel or in the care of a stranger is not something we look forward to....more

Best Places To Take Your Kids On Vacation #1 (Video of my own)

Best Places To Take Your Kids On Vacation #1 This is #1 in a series of posts. If you’re going on vacation soon, you’ll want to look at some of these places. They are great for kids and adults. This video is a view of Myrtle Beach from our hotel last year. Next month, in May we’re going back. This time we found an actual beach house to rent, for not much more! ...more

To infinity, and the road. Er, beyond.

If you want to get to know somebody, you spend time with them. If you really want to get to know somebody, spend six hours trapped in a car with them. And if you really, really want all the gory details, spend twelve.That’s my personal philosophy on travel. (And maybe on people, too, but this is a travel blog.) It all started for me six years ago, when my at-the-time-boyfriend-now-husband and I decided to take off for the weekend and visit a friend in Chicago. Twelve hours away by car. In the middle of winter. What could possibly go wrong?...more

Vacations Shouldn't Make You Vomit: Why I Won't Go on a Cruise

Other people seem to like cruises.  They rave about how it's one-stop vacation fun: endless buffets of food, daily planned activities, and kid camps.  But even after having friend after friend come back from their cruise vacations tanned and rested, I have no desire to ever step foot on a cruise ship.  Stories like the 600 passengers that just fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea on a Royal Caribbean cruise this week seals the deal. ...more
Norovirus happens on land too.  It happens in land hotels ALL the time it's just not easily ...more

How To Stay Fit On Vacation

Staying fit while on vacation can be a daunting task, but with a little determination it CAN be done. You need to go into your vacation with the mind set that you will find a way to work out every day or every other day.  Having a plan will keep you on track and feeling great while you relax and perhaps overindulge. ...more

Accounting for Time

Once Ben and I broke up and went our separate ways, things got tough. I could no longer afford the townhome we were living in so I moved to a dinky one bedroom in the same complex. It seemed like, overnight, my coworkers got mad at me. You see, we worked together, all of us. Me, Ben and the baby’s father, Michael. (names?)Yes. It WAS awkward.It was also the first time I’d ever experienced social backlash....more

Victory! I Didn't Gain an Ounce During Holiday Break with 6 Tricks

Every Christmas season do you promise myself you won't fall off healthy eating and fail? How can you not? With Thanksgiving dinner (for us Americans), holiday parties, Christmas feasts and then holiday vacations, it's enough to make me want to throw my hands up and declare, "I give up!" Which is exactly what I did this year and didn't gain an ounce....more