To my amour, Québec City:
I’d heard about you before I ever laid eyes on you, and though my friends were adamant that I would fall head over heels, something kept me away. Maybe I was afraid because I already knew you would steal my heart.
This teddy bear has been my constant companion on my journey through life, but even more than that, he has been a fantastic actual travel companion! I started taking pictures of him when I began traveling solo, because he was a way for me to take personal photos without having to try to always get myself in the shot somehow.
However, I soon realized that he was also an amazing conversation starter!
For a quick getaway from Seattle that still boasts the best of the Pacific Northwest, cross the Canadian border into Vancouver!
Known for its natural beauty, you’ll never run out of things to do in Vancouver if you stay outside. And when you’re ready to take a break from exploring the great outdoors, Vancouver is full of excellent restaurants and breweries to refuel for more fun. Be sure to spend some time strolling through the shops on Granville Island, too.
Let us show you all that Vancouver has to offer!
The common travel resolutions for the new year always seem to include “travel more” or dreams of specific destinations. And those are great goals – but why not make 2016 the year you change the way you travel? With a new perspective, every trip can be an adventure!
Looking for a great Midwestern getaway, just a few hours from Chicago or Detroit by bus or train? Grand Rapids, MI is the perfect destination to spend a day or a weekend! Whether you want to explore nature at the gorgeous botanical gardens, try creative cuisine at local restaurants, appreciate art at one of the coolest festivals in the country, or sample the brews of Beer City USA, Grand Rapids offers everything you could want in a quick trip! (And I should know, since I grew up here!)
If you’re not quite ready to brave the full-on Canadian winter weather, what about a visit to Vancouver? The climate is much milder on the west coast, and it generally feels more like fall, even in February. I happened to take my trip during a bit of a cold snap, and, being true Canadians, several Vancouverites actually apologized for the unseasonable chill. But I handled it just fine – especially because of what I packed.
It’s officially spring, and if you’re looking for something to do as the weather warms up and people come out to play, we’ve got you covered with this guide to spring celebrations around the US and Canada.
Sometimes the best way to get through the winter is to simply embrace it. Enjoy all the fun that the snowy season offers by visiting one of these cities where you can find plenty to do indoors – and even outside!
If you want to get out in nature now that the weather is warming up, explore your wild side with an outdoor adventure for spring break!
With so many craft breweries opening up all the time, how does a local beer lover decide what to drink? Here are the best new breweries of 2015 that you might not know about yet, but you’ll definitely want to sample their beer next year!
My beloved bag is the Dakine Carry On Valise 35L. I bought it six years ago (wow, can’t believe it’s been that long!) for $80 on Zappos.
Is it too big, too small, or just right?
It’s appropriate that I have hair like Goldilocks, because it is just right! I can always fit what I need into it, but it also keeps me from packing too much.
One of the questions we get asked the most here at Wanderu is, “How do you actually pronounce Wanderu? Also, why is your mascot a monkey?” Turns out the answers are related, so here is the story of why Wanderu is pronounced “wanderoo” – and why we have a monkey for our mascot!
For the past five years, I have set off solo to celebrate my birthday somewhere in Canada.
Some people might (ok, definitely) think it’s strange for me to travel by myself on such an occasion, but I have never had a lonely birthday away from home.
Instead, I toasted to 30 years in a quaint bar in Québec City with brand new friends, then cemented that friendship with a snowball fight in the fairytale streets. Who knew a broken nose would be the best birthday gift?
Still looking for a place to get away for spring break, but don’t want to go to one of the traditional (and crowded) spots? Try one of these unusual but awesome holiday destinations!