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Tourism Vancouver Experience Pass: Day 1

*The Media Experience Pass featured in this post was provided complimentary to media. All opinions are my own.

Vancouver is a city that had been piquing my interest for a while. Just north of the border, I realized I knew very little about the city other than the fact that it was supposed to be very cosmopolitan. As a child, we drove up from Seattle, had a quick lunch at the Hard Rock, and drove back down. That was the extent of my experience with the city.

So when I went a few months ago, I was looking forward to really exploring the city both from the standpoint of the usual attractions, but also from the local perspective.

I was able to partner with Tourism Vancouver to obtain a Media Experience Pass to explore all of the top-rated attractions that Vancouver had to offer. This is a amazing company that was my one-stop shop on this trip. It offers visitor’s guides, advice on activities, foodie recommendations, and even allows you to book excursions through their site. And I was able to jam quite a lot into two days, with the help and company of a local buddy who had insight on how best to tackle the city. So off we went. This is my account of day one.

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Doing Good: Volunteering While Traveling

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

~Mahatma Ghandi


Travel is typically thought of as a retreat. A vacation. Something to get away and recharge. Most times we just want to relax, but some have their travels take on a different meaning. Some take time to give back while jetsetting around the globe.

This is an area that I want to dive into in the next year. Going to a less fortunate area and taking some time to expose residents to a different culture while trying to enrich their lives in some way. And, inevitably, when you give back, you get so much more than you give.

Here are some women who share their experiences in volunteering while traveling abroad:

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Register with STEP When Traveling Abroad

Given the recent events throughout the world, it would behoove travelers to think about enrolling in STEP on their next international trip.

STEP stands for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and is available for U.S. citizens and nationals who are traveling abroad. It allows travelers to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to their destination.

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5 Camera Bag Essentials for the Traveler

*This post contains affiliate links from which I get a small profit if purchased. 

When trying to capture life’s moments, being at home or abroad, what’s in your camera bag is important. Your gear can mean you capturing ‘the shot’ or having your camera rendered useless.

I shoot with a Nikon DSLR. I have a couple of lenses, even though the body of my camera is an older model. It is durable and has lasted me for a number of years. (Noting that the newer bodies are pretty dope too.) But without the additional gear I carry, I wouldn’t be able to catch those important. Below is a perfect list of 5 camera bag essentials for everyone from the amateur family photographer to the avid traveler to the pro shot (and just in time for the holidays).

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Teen Travel Chat: 7 Places I Want To Visit Before I Graduate High School

In this month’s edition of Teen Travel Chat, our teen correspondent Brooke discusses some of her travel goals over the next couple of years. Check out her shortlist of places to visit ASAP.


Although I may be too young for a bucket list, I have a few places in and outside of the United States that I am longing to visit before I graduate high school. I am hopeful that I can make it to some of these places over the next few years. However, if that doesn’t happen, I will keep these destinations on my travel to-do list for during or after college. Among many qualities and goals I imagine myself achieving as I grow older and wiser, some of them include playing back up music for a famous artist, breaking a record for sprinting in the National Senior Games, and traveling to different places around the world. Here is a list of destinations that I can’t wait to visit.

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