Travel? Yes Please!

Travel blog by Canadian newlyweds Rhonda and Mike out to explore the world: Photos, stories, reviews & tips to inspire & help plan your next solo or couple's adventure.

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Getting to Know Nagano and Zenko-ji Temple
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Nagano was familiar to me as the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, but beyond that I didn’t know what there was to see and do besides winter sports. What I discovered during my one day in Nagano was a pleasant city surrounded by low mountains, with a relaxed vibe that quickly drew me in. […...
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Jigokudani Monkey Park- See Hot Spring Loving, Wild Snow Monkeys in Japan
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My main reason for visiting Nagano was to do a day trip to Jigokudani Monkey Park, home to Japan’s famous hot spring loving, wild snow monkeys. I was inspired to visit Jigokudani Monkey Park by all the adorable photos I was seeing of snow monkeys soaking contentedly in the hot pools. As an animal...
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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains
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A trip to Alberta wouldn’t be complete without doing a road trip in the Canadian Rockies. The drive from Calgary to Jasper is one of the finest road trips in Canada, a route that passes by Alberta’s most inspiring scenery as it makes its way through the mountains and into the heart of Banff and [...
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Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk- Walking the Cliffs of Moher from Hags Head
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The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top destinations and the best way to experience this natural wonder is by doing the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk. Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a 13 km trail that runs along top the cliffs from Doolin to Hags Head, [̷...
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Themed Towns in North America- 5 Locations to Experience Another Time or Place
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One of my favourite things about road trips is finding unique small towns, especially ones with some sort of fun “theme”. Most often, these themed towns make me feel like I’ve travelled back in time, but I’ve also found ones with international flair that transport me to another place entirely. Th...
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Cusco’s Historic Centre- Exploring the Capital of the Inca Empire
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As the first stop on our 3 week trip to South America, Cusco was an introduction to the Inca history and Quechua culture that make Peru such a fascinating destination for travellers. In Cusco we discovered a city quite literally built on Inca foundations. Spanish colonial cathedrals and churches ...
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Glendalough Monastic Site- Visiting One of Ireland’s Premier Monastic Settlements
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Tucked into a forested valley in the Wicklow mountains are the remains of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most important monastic settlements. It’s an evocative site- ancient stone buildings surrounded by Celtic crosses and gravestones, while two lakes and a river flow nearby. As the first stop on ...
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Killarney National Park, Ireland- Photo Series
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When I was visiting Killarney, I kept thinking how nice it must be to have such a beautiful national park right at your doorstep. Just steps away from the centre of town, Killarney National Park encompasses some of the best scenery in Ireland. Killarney National Park is a sublime collection of la...
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The Gap of Dunloe- Boat and Bike Trip From Killarney, Ireland
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My favourite memory of my 2 week trip to Ireland is my day in Killarney, where I did a boat and bike trip to the Gap of Dunloe. A boat tour of the Lakes of Killarney, followed by a bike ride through the Gap of Dunloe, showcases the very best of Killarney National Park and […] The post The G...
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Gokayama, Japan- Enjoying Historic Architecture and Traditional Crafts in Ainokura Village
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As with most places I travel to, I was inspired to visit Gokayama by a photograph I had seen. It was a scene I couldn’t resist- a tiny village of thatched roof houses, their steep, sloped tops covered in snow, perfectly complementing the mountainous backdrop in the distance. From then on, I often...
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