UnCruise: A New Way to Love Cruising

The objections (and misconceptions) to conventional cruising are endless, and to be honest, as an independent traveler myself, cruising was never been my preferred method of travel. But a recent family cruise around the Hawaiian Islands made me appreciate why travelers love cruising. Dining like royalty, being rocked to sleep every night, exploring a new port every day – It’s exciting. But if you’re like me and love the idea of seeing the world from its oceans and waterways, but doing it with 2500 people makes your wanderlusting heart palpitate, I have a solution; Tap into your inner ‘un-ness’ and set sail on an UnCruise.

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Explore Granville Island with Context Travel

After being out of town on three back-to-back holidays, yesterday I decided to buckle down and do some research for my clients on walking tours in and around my hometown of Vancouver.  Context Travel is a Philadelphia based company I connected with at a travel blogging conference this past spring. I thought their “Made in BC Culinary Stroll” of historic Granville Island would be a perfect introduction to Vancouver’s vibrant culinary scene for my out-of-town clients.

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Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson

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Blue Caterpillars, caviar scotch eggs and applewood smoked croque-monsieur. Not exactly the traditional fare one expects to find on a table set for English high tea, but find it we did. High Tea is often thought of as a ‘touristy’  London activity, but I assure you, this English ritual is steeped in tradition, and any tradition that includes Devonshire cream, sweets and exotic aromatic teas is not one I want to miss out on. Full disclosure, the main reason I chose the Sanderson was because Claridge’s and the Palm Court at the Ritz were booked up until September. My beau had never experienced a proper high tea, so I was a little disappointed when the preferred venues weren’t available. However, when I heard the Sanderson was celebrating the 150th anniversary of one of my favourite childhood books, I couldn’t wait to tumble down the rabbit hole. Read more