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11 Apr, 2016

A night at the Czech Embassy

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Travel Massive is an organization that brings together travel writers with industry people at free events all around the world. I’ve been aware of them for some time and there have been Travel Massive networking type events in Ottawa over the past while, but for one reason or another I haven’t been able to attend. […]

I’ve been finding it tough to find my creative mojo lately BUT I know myself, and I know how to fix it. I need to stay fueled up – both physically and mentally – by doing the following: (a) Re-commit to my ten thousand steps. I’ve let it slide this past week because I’ve been […]

Sometimes the best little adventures are ones that happen when you divert from the original game plan. This is what happened when we went to Sandbanks a few weeks ago and decided to explore a new trail instead of just hanging out on the beach all day. It happened when we left our hotel without a […]

25 Aug, 2015

A road trip to Sandbanks and Kingston

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I would like to travel more, and write about travelling more. I’m not sure how to go about it just yet as the time and budget to travel is nearly zero but I wanted to put it out there to The Universe anyway. (It’s only when You Put Things Out There that things happen, right?) […]

18 Aug, 2015

A visit to Monkey Land

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

A good friend was asking me for resort recommendations and I realized I wrote two posts about our 2015 trip to Punta Cana and totally forgot to write about one of the best – and worst – excursions we’ve ever experienced. As I’ve mentioned before, my idea of a great family holiday includes time for quiet […]


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