I should probably re-name this post ‘A not-at-all comprehensive guide to coffee in Ottawa’. The truth is, there are a lot of great independent coffee shops in Ottawa. But if, like me, you have 1.5 days in town and need something within reasonable walking distance of the Parliament buildings, Byward Market, or Centretown, these are all worth your attention. [Read more…]
First, a confession. I don’t read a lot of travel blogs. Sure, if I search a question and a relevant-sounding blog post comes up, I’ll click, but otherwise, I don’t really seek them out.
Instead, I try to find travelogues. Travelogues are more like memoirs; whole books written about a journey, rather than a destination. There tends to be a lot of good info to be found within on particular places, but it’s written more to set the scene and put the reader in situ rather than act as a pure guidebook. Many are written as journals, and may not have been written with the intention that they be read widely until long after the fact. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for female travelogues, especially ones that really put themselves out there before solo female travel became the latest buzzword. [Read more…]
While travel provides a great excuse to unwind and disconnect, technology has come up with some pretty awesome travel apps that make the life of the traveller a lot easier. I’ve had a few people ask what my favourite travel apps are, so here they are! [Read more…]
It’s always a good sign when a friend comes to you with the question, “You’re up for a winter adventure, right? Ever stayed in a yurt?” I may not have it verbatim, but in any case, it’s not the sort of opportunity I could turn down. [Read more…]
Every traveller I know, no matter how experienced, uses a guidebook in some form or another. Before you protest, let me assure you that I don’t just mean the Lonely Planet’s, Frommer’s or other ubiquitous paper guides. Who among you can say you didn’t do any research before leaving the country, such as by reading blogs (maybe this one?) or, once you had reached your destination, looking up Yelp reviews to find a good restaurant? Have you ever really gone to a new place without any information, ready to discover everything with fresh eyes? [Read more…]