KOH PHANGAN – BEAUTIFUL PARTY ISLAND | THAILAND

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We visited most party island in Thailand – Koh Phangan. Here are all the full moon parties. It is beautiful island with beautiful beaches.

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25 Photos that will inspire you to visit Curaçao this winter

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Photos that will inspire you to visit Curaçao

Are you thinking about visiting a new tropical destination this winter? If so, have you considered the island of Curaçao? Located in the Southern Caribbean, about 100 kilometers north of Venezuela, Curaçao is the largest of the Netherland Antilles. It’s the ‘C’ in the trio of ABC islands.

The colourful European-style buildings in the above photo are found along the waterfront in the Old Town of Willemstad, the capital city and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Curaçao is known for its smooth sandy beaches and world class scuba diving. Given its close proximity to Bonaire and Aruba, you can easily include multiple islands to your beach vacation.

Here are few photos from our trip to Curaçao.

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Good timing! I happened to catch a class of uniformed students on a field trip.

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The water is so clear and blue in the beach cove near the Curacao Sea Aquarium.

Pull up a chair! Look at that silky smooth sand.

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Funky beach bar at Mambo Beach. Happy hour is always better on the beach.

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Related: The Charming Old Town of Willemstad

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We stayed at the Lions Dive and Beach Resort (more info here).

This is the beach in front of the Lions Dive and Beach Resort.

The beach has a protective barrier of rocks, making the water super calm.

Colourful buildings along St Anna Bay in Willemstad.

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Pink flamingo at the Curacao Sea Aquarium.

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Architecture in the Old Town of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sharks swimming in the natural habitat at the Curacao Sea Aquarium.

Freshly caught fish on display at the Willemstad floating market.

 This beautiful iguana loved hanging out at the hotel restaurant.

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Sunset swims at Mambo Beach. Highly recommended.

Related: Our experience at the Lions Dive & Beach Resort

Lots of family fun, shopping and eating at Mambo Beach.

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Gotta love those Caribbean sunsets!

Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad, Curaçao

The iconic Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad, Curaçao.

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Dolphin show at the Curacao Sea Aquarium. These guys got serious air!

Fact – lunch is always better with your toes in the sand.

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The beach in front of Lions Dive and Beach Resort. Hotel info here.

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If not, is Curaçao on your travel wish list?

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EXPLORING BEAUTIFUL PARTY ISLAND – KOH PHANGAN | THAILAND

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Winter fun at Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia

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Winter fun at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

One of the things we love about living in Vancouver is that we can be deep in nature within a short drive. There are so many awesome day trips from Vancouver that it can be difficult to make a decision. Those who live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia rarely say, “there’s nothing to do this weekend”. 

We visited the Sea to Sky Gondola shortly after it opened in the summer of 2014 (read about that experience here). Since then, we’ve hiked the Sea to Summit Trail a few times in the summer but had not yet visited during the winter. Our friends informed us that visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola during the winter was a fun experience. When we learned Santa Clause would be making an appearance, we thought it would be fun to take the boys up to the Summit Lodge and get their photo taken with Santa

It was nice to finally put on our winter gear and play in the snow again. This was our first taste of snow this winter. We embrace winter and look forward to playing in the mountains whenever we have the opportunity. It had been a busy few weeks, so it was nice to get outside and surround ourselves with nature. 

Fortunately, the weather co-operated during our visit. It had been raining for days and the temperatures were quite mild. We hoped to catch a fresh snowfall, but we settled for open skies.

Photos often tell the story better, so here are a few photos from our winter day at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. 

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish

The gondola ride takes about 10 minutes to reach the Summit Lodge.

It’s a totally different experience during the winter months. 

Incredible mountain landscapes from the Summit Lodge platform.

View from Sea to Sky Summit Lodge, Squamish, Howe Sound, Mountain landscape

Panoramic views of Howe Sound from the Summit Lodge.

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The dizzying Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge.

Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish British Columbia

The bridge gets a little bouncy in the middle section. Connor preferred to sit down while I took his photo. The bridge is perfectly safe, but I’m not great with heights. I have trouble crossing on my own, so it’s a little nerve-racking when I have a camera in one hand and a child’s hand in the other. 

Nicole and Braydon crossing the suspension bridge. 

The Christmas Forest Walk is a short trail that’s perfect for young families. 

Christmas Forest Walk, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, British Columbia

Some of the trees on the Christmas Forest Walk are wrapped to look like candy canes. 

Christmas Forest Walk, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, British Columbia

The trail has a few of these picture frames hanging from trees. Perfect for festive selfies.

It’s an easy forest trail that’s great for kids. It gets a little slippery, so bring proper winter boots.

Of course, we had to build a snowman!

The Christmas Forest Walk only takes about 20 minutes. Longer if you stop to build a snowman. 

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There are plenty of hiking and snow shoe trails that are accessible from the Summit Lodge.

Chief Overlook Viewing Platform, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, British Columbia

The Chief Overlook Viewing Platform. It takes about 30 minutes from the Summit Lodge, round trip.

Chief Overlook Viewing Platform, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish, British Columbia

The view of Squamish from the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform. That rock formation is the Chief.

Views of Howe Sound from the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform.

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Snow-capped mountain views from the Summit Lodge viewing platform.

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Related: The Best Road Trip from Vancouver for first time visitors

Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

This is the first Santa photo where Connor isn’t crying. Big moment!

What you need to know before you go:

  • The Sea to Sky Gondola is located 2 kilometres south of Squamish, directly on the Sea to Sky Highway/Hwy 99. It’s about a 45 minute scenic drive from Vancouver. More info here
  • Parking is free at the base of the gondola. 
  • The gondola, lodges, trails, suspension bridge, and viewing decks are open year-round, but the hours of operation will change depending on the season. During winter, the gondola is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. More info here.
  • It’s cheaper to purchase your day pass online. Prices and ticket info here.
  • Come prepared for the weather. You will need proper winter boots and it’s wise to wear multiple layers, including gloves and toques. Weather can change quickly in the mountains, plan for it. Check daily weather conditions here.
  • If you are visiting in the winter, make sure you have proper snow tires for the drive from Vancouver to Squamish because the road conditions can change quickly and it can be a challenging drive with lots of snow.
  • Photos with Santa cost $15 for one picture or $20 for two. Plan to arrive early, around 10:00 AM, and go directly to the Santa Booth. You will receive a number when you check in. If you’re lucky, you can get your photos taken right away. If there’s a wait, go outside to the viewing deck or suspension bridge and come back closer to when your number will be called. More info here.
  • There are plenty of activities for the holiday season. Find out what’s happening here.

Have you visited the Sea to Sky Gondola?

Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below. 

Read next – 25 Awesome Day Trips from Vancouver

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LIVING LIKE A KING AND QUEEN IN MANILA FOR 30€ DAY – PHILIPPINES TRAVEL

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Our last day of the Philippines trip. We spend it in Manila. We stayed in beautiful hotel with pool. It was near airport, they call it there Resorts World.

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Why You Should Get Travel Insurance When You Travel

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Posted: 1/17/2019 | January 17th, 2019

I’ve written about buying travel insurance a lot. I’ve talked about how to find the right policy, discussed why World Nomads is my favorite company, and answered a few of the most common questions on the subject.

But while I’ve talked about the practical “how-to” part of getting insurance, I’ve never really focused on the why of travel insurance.

So let’s talk about that today.

Why should you buy travel insurance?

Why is it important?

What’s in it for you?

Peace of mind.

And the potential not to go broke.

And the ability to get care when you need it.

Many of us believe we’re invincible: we think we’ll never get sick on the road, robbed, or be involved in an accident. As someone tweeted to me “I’ve traveled extensively for more than a decade and never once ever *considered* buying travel insurance. Still no issues.”

But the past is not prologue.

I never thought I’d break my camera or pop an eardrum while scuba diving. My friend never thought he’d break his back. My other friends didn’t plan on bike and car accidents, or getting their stuff stolen, or their dad dying and having to suddenly fly home.

But all those things did happen.

And travel insurance was there for each of them.

You’re not Superman or Wonder Woman. You can’t fight off criminals, bend steel, or fly. You can’t fall from the sky and walk away.

When you’re a budget traveler, spending a few hundred extra dollars on something that only might be used can be a hard pill to swallow. When every penny counts, the temptation is to just roll the dice and hope nothing happens.

I can give you thousands of examples of people who bought travel insurance and were thankful they did.

I can also give you thousands of examples of people who didn’t buy it and regretted it when something went wrong.

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Travel is all about the unknown — and that unknown is a double edge sword bringing exciting adventures or disaster.

Don’t fall for the logical fallacy that because something hasn’t happened before, it’s not likely to happen in the future.

The past is NOT prologue.

Just because you haven’t gotten sick on the road doesn’t mean you won’t get sick in the future. If you’ve never had something stolen from you, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future.

Getting sick happens all the time.

Getting robbed happens all the time.

Getting injured happens all the time.

Getting delayed in transit happens all the time.

Breaking something happens all the time.

Travel insurance will be there in all those situations. It is comprehensive coverage that will protect you when you get sick or robbed or hurt, suffer an accident, have your flight delayed or canceled, or need to cancel your trip because of an emergency.

Travelers also often think, “Well, insurance is cheaper in other parts of the world, so I can just pay for it out of pocket. It’s all socialized health care, right?”

Wrong.

U.S. health insurance doesn’t cover you overseas. Neither do all those socialized medical programs in other countries.

When you travel, you’re not covered. You’re still going to have to pay out of pocket, and if you’re seriously ill or have to go home, those costs will add up!

When you need casts and airlifts and serious medical attention, it’s not cheap. I mean, here are just emergency medical evacuation costs in some popular destinations around the world:

  • Mexico: $15,000-$20,000
  • South America: $100,000
  • Germany, France, or other developed European nations: $50,000-$100,000
  • Russia: $90,000-$150,000 (weather conditions can dramatically increase costs)
  • Asia, Australia, and the Middle East: $220,000

That’s a ton of money! Who can pay that?

Travel insurance, that’s who!

While many credit cards offer insurance on things you buy with those cards (like flights and hotels), their service and coverage is very limited.

For example, if you used the Chase Sapphire Reserve, they will reimburse up to $10,000 per trip (for nonrefundable expenses like passenger fares, tours, and hotels) if it’s canceled or cut short by sickness, severe weather, or certain other situations. They’ll also cover up to $3,000 for checked or carry-on luggage that is damaged or lost by the carrier, and they’ll cover up to $500 for delayed flights (for things like lodging and meals). If you are injured or become sick during a trip far from home that results in an emergency evacuation, you can be covered for medical services and transportation up to $100,000.

But most cards will not pay out if you get sick while on the road. The less premium Chase Sapphire Preferred card has the same delay and cancellation reimbursements as well as coverage for lost or damaged luggage but there’s no reimbursement for medical treatment or an emergency.

Not everyone has premium credit cards and, even then, most are stingy about paying out medical claims.

Contrast that with World Nomads Travel Insurance (my favorite company), which covers everything that happens while you’re on the road. You get $100,000 for emergency accident or medical treatment, $750 for emergency dental treatment, and $300,000 for emergency evacuation. Luggage loss and trip delays are also included, with up to $3,000 reimbursed for lost personal effects, $2,500-10,000 for trip cancellation, $2,500-10,000 for trip interruption, and $250/day for trip delay.

Additionally, travel insurance covers trip delays caused by and nonrefundable tickets that you can’t use because of a death in the family, a strike, or a natural disaster. Nearly 162,000 flights were delayed and around 15,000 flights were canceled last year. That’s a lot of chances to get stuck.

In short, travel insurance is far more generous and comprehensive than your credit card’s insurance.

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When we travel, we embrace the unknown.

But with that unknown comes the increased likelihood that something could go wrong.

Travel insurance is your hedge against that.

At just a few dollars a day, it’s the peace of mind you need to know that if something does go wrong, you won’t be out of pocket even more money and that you can get the help you need.

Get covered!

Because you don’t want to end up like my friend who broke her arm after deciding that, since she never got hurt on the road, it was pointless to renew her insurance plan….and then immediately regretted.

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Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hotel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. I use them all the time.

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too!

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Aloha Friday Photos: Stitch at Akaka Falls

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Mahalo to Janielle Linder of Lake Stevens, Washington for sharing this cute photo for Aloha Friday Photos. Stitch is the rambunctious character from the from Lilo and Stitch — an animated Disney movie based in Hawaii. In Janielle’s photo, beautiful Akaka Falls on Hawaii (Big) Island is in the background. Stitch sure looks pleased to be there.

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