My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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#Alphabet Adventures: Travel memories from A to Z

I’m bored. The province of Ontario is finally looking at a gradual re-opening of the economy, but the process is going to be a slow one. This is surely appropriate, but it unfortunately means that my beloved hobby of travel planning is still on hold since I don’t know when I will be going anywhere!…

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Top 10 travel moments of 2019

This year was filled with new travel experiences, inspiring the inception of this blog, so there is no better place than here to reflect on my top memories from around the world in 2019. Over the past 12 months, Mr. Chuckles and I had the opportunity to embark on 4 trips, encompassing 3 continents, 5…

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Best and worst of Intrepid Travel Thailand & Laos Adventure

Those who followed this blog over the past couple weeks will know that my recent trip through northern Thailand and Laos was with a small group tour via Intrepid Travel, specifically the 13 day Thailand and Laos Adventure. Now that I’m settled back at home, I’ll leave you with a review of my experience on…

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A scorching goodbye to Laos in Vientiane

Today’s forecast: 38ยฐC, sunny ๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ”ฅ Mosquito bite tally: 14 Temples, water fights, and monuments Today was our last full day in Laos. We left Vang Vieng early in the morning for a 3 hour drive to the Laos capital, Vientiane. Skies are blue here but it is hot, hot, hot! Our guides were keen to…

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Sizzling in Vang Vieng

Today’s forecast: 38ยฐC, sunny ๐Ÿฅต Mosquito bite tally: 11 Sweating on the bumpy road to Vang Vieng I am composing this blog entry while hiding out in our hotel room to seek some reprieve from the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing over the past couple days. We arrived in Vang Vieng yesterday evening after a…

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A couple days in lovely Luang Prabang

Today’s forecast: 40ยฐC, hazy and humid โ›…๏ธ Mosquito bite tally: 7 We have had a great stay in Luang Prabang for the last couple days, one of which was my birthday. Celebrating a birthday on vacation – can’t complain about that! As I mentioned in my previous entry, Luang Prabang is a small city in…

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Along the Mekong to Luang Prabang

Today’s forecast: 37ยฐC, very smoky ๐Ÿ”ฅ Mosquito bite tally: 7 Saying goodbye to Pakbeng We woke up early this morning after an interesting evening, to continue onward with our slow boat cruise down the Mekong. We had breakfast at a bakery down near the docks, overlooking the river. We had been told that the elephant…

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Rolling on the Mekong River

Today’s forecast: 36ยฐC, smoky ๐Ÿ”ฅ Mosquito bite tally: Still 5! Waking up to a smoky sunrise We stayed the night in the border town of Chiang Khong as we approached our entry into Laos. A quiet afternoon and evening was spent preparing for our upcoming trip on the Mekong River slow boat, enjoying a final…

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Toward the Thailand-Laos border

Today’s forecast: 36ยฐC, sunny with haze โ›…๏ธ Mosquito bite tally: 5 Visiting the White Temple in Chiang Rai Today was mostly a travel day on account of us approaching our move onto the Laos portion of this trip. We packed up our bags in Chiang Mai early this morning and headed north toward Chiang Khong,…

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