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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway Without a Plan

April 18, 2019 No Comments »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer and traveler, Staci Schwarz. I met Staci a few years ago when she and her family left for a family sabbatical.   I loved following her travels and subsequent learnings from that experience.  However now her kids […]

Snowmobiling in Quebec as a Beginner

April 10, 2019 3 Comments »

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The world moves pretty fast. I am often stunned when I think of all of the changes we’ve gone through in the last 12 years since I’ve started traveling. Smart phones, social media, smart watches, Airbnb, ride sharing apps, and streaming television all appeared spearheaded by computer-based change. Technology seems to move at the speed […]

4 Unique Places to Stay in Quebec Winter

April 5, 2019 3 Comments »

Quebec winter ice hotel

When you think of Quebec winter and snow, you normally think of a big comfy lodge with a couch you can sink into, a big fireplace, hot toddy, and lots of flannel. But I don’t like to do the expected, so instead of staying in a big cozy lodge for my winter adventures in Quebec, […]

The Ultimate Wolf Experience

April 2, 2019 3 Comments »

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As I was about to nod off to sleep, I heard it. “Owwoooooo”. A howl that made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up at attention. Soon after, I heard another howl join in, and then another. It was a howling chorus – and it was happening right outside my window. […]

Want Snow? Try These Winter Activities in Quebec

March 21, 2019 2 Comments »

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“I’m sorry folks, but we are unable to land because the runway needs to be cleared off. We’ll be diverting to Montreal until they can get the snow cleared and will try again,” our pilot explained. My trip to Quebec actually started by getting delayed by the snow. I was tired and sad as my […]

The 4 Best Ways to Visit the Panama Canal

February 28, 2019 1 Comment »

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As our Uber pulled into the Mira Flores Visitor Center at the Panama Canal, I suddenly had a memory race through my mind. I was transported back to being 13 years old again traveling with my parents for spring break in Florida. We always went to the same little place near Sarasota for the week. […]

Costa Rica and Panama Through the Senses

February 22, 2019 1 Comment »

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My hair blew in the wind and I took a deep, long breath; the Safari Voyager moved stealthily through the waves. My eyes focused on the horizon where the water met the sky. I was sitting on the bench looking out over the bow and soaking in the start of my vacation. Even thought we […]

Experiencing Sisterhood on a Surf and Yoga Retreat

February 13, 2019 4 Comments »

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I bobbed in the ocean, sitting on my board, breathing heavy from the paddle out past the break. I already felt like giving up, but my eyes were zeroed in on the horizon, squinting away the sunrise. My brain was on overdrive. This one? Too big. This one? No, wait…maybe…no. This one? No, I can’t […]

Maine Huts and Trails Hiking

February 8, 2019 1 Comment »

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If you want to go hiking in Maine, you’ll probably end up being bombarded by options in Acadia National Park. It is the most popular hiking area in the state. However, if you are looking to get away from the crowds, but have an incredible hiking experience in Maine, then you’ll want to go west […]

The Best Way to See Fall Colors in Maine

February 7, 2019 3 Comments »

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I looked down at my boots and smiled at the colorful leaf-covered trail. I enjoyed hearing the crunch of leaves under my boots and the sound of water trickling in the river next to me. The last few days on the trail were like a long, deep inhale of fresh air; my yoga teacher would […]