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Villach, Austria

When you are travelling, there are some places you go to party, there are some places you go to sit on the beach, there are some places you go to see the museums and art galleries, and then there are the places you go to get great service and to relax and recover to be able to keep going for the months ahead. Villach is the perfect spot to recover from way too much country hopping.

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is a very quiet place that can only be accessed by car or by taking a combination of a train and boat (2€) to the town. Be careful on the trains getting there. I had to make three train changes to get there and because most people only spoke German it was difficult to check if I was at the right stop.

houses Hallstatt Austria

It is very easy to find accommodation although things seem to book up fairly quickly. (more…)

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Gimmelwald Switzerland is one of those rare places that you stumble upon that just has everything. It’s hard to describe in words what is so special about it, but it seems to be the combination of one of the best views in Switzerland, the clean mountain air, the endless hiking opportunities, the cozy dining area in the Gimmelwald Mountain Hostel and the nicest people on the planet visiting it. Something (more…)

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What Traveling With a Backpack vs a Suitcase, is Really Like

Choosing the Right Backpack… or a Suitcase

If you are thinking about going traveling and being on the road a lot (ie: not just staying at the same hotel the whole time) it’s probably worth it for you to read below what happened to me when I backpacked through Europe before you decide to buy a backpack or suitcase. The suitcase and ultralight travel gear are the two most important things to get (more…)

World’s Friendliest Cities

Here’s a list of the world’s friendliest cities. If you live in one of these places… lucky!

By far the friendliest places we’ve been were anywhere in Austria, Switzerland and many places in Canada (such as Jasper, Banff and Victoria). Try and find someone who’s not nice to  you in these places. What a treat.

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Perth, Australia

Honolulu, Hawaii

Copenhagen, Denmark

Villach, (more…)

5 Of The Best Travel Websites and Real Examples Of Deals From Each

These are the best travel websites and any backpacker or flexible traveler likely uses them all the time! Here’s some real life examples of travel gems from each.

1. This is a project set up for people to stay with others while they are traveling and to host other travelers while they are at home. It is mostly designed for the backpacker type of traveler, but we’ve seen all sorts (more…)

Christmas Carol of the Bells – Maisie’s Magical Christmas House Light Display

The Christmas house just off 97st and 144ave in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  is called Maisie’s Magical Christmas House and is in honor of the home owner’s mother who created a light display every year for people to enjoy before her passing in 2007.

The family wanted people to be able to enjoy the Christmas Lights as her legacy. It’s free and visitors are encouraged to bring a a donation for the food (more…)

Roadtrip Vancouver To Oregon Coast


Here’s some great places to visit and ideas for a roadtrip from Vancouver to the Oregon Coast.

1. Plan to leave Vancouver to cross into the States at a time when the border waits aren’t too long. So if you’re doing a trip for the long weekend… perhaps take the day off and leave in the morning before the after work rush. Going from Vancouver to the Oregon Coast is a popular (more…)

Find Cheap Accommodation Hostels, Hotels and More

There are some great places to find cheap accommodation for backpackers and other budget travelers. If you are able to be a bit flexible with your accommodation or are ok waiting until closer to the date you’ll need your accommodation you can find absolutely amazing deals!

The reliable way to find cheap accommodation: Book Hostels
The perks
-you can make a reservation in advance online
-hostels are (more…)