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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

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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  • the cape on the corner - gorgeous! this is definitely on my list. thanks for the detailed route!
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  • Janice & George, Sand In My Suitcase - We used to live in Calgary — and we’ve done this road trip; spectacular! Maligne Canyon is gorgeous to hike. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.May 31, 2018 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristie - Can you comment on doing this trip the end of October/beginning of November?  I wasn’t sure if the weather would still be good for driving.  I live in the very humid South in the US, so not accustomed to snow or cooler weather, lol!October 3, 2018 – 4:28 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That really depends on the year. Sometimes we have snow that sticks around by October, but sometimes not. In general, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, especially on the Icefields Parkway. I would make sure I come prepared with blankets, food etc. just in case. I think if road conditions get really bad they close the highway but I’ve never seen that in October/early November.November 18, 2018 – 5:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Shelley - Very helpful! We’re planning our trip through the Rockies in September.  Will definitely make reference to this ….nothing like getting a locals insight. Thanks for the tips! 🙏🙏June 2, 2019 – 6:13 amReplyCancel

  • Diane - Great information!  Thank youJuly 1, 2019 – 11:07 amReplyCancel

  • Kelley - Hello! You’re article has inspired me to take this trip and try out your itinerary. I am curious if you have any thoughts on doing it by Campervan. We did the Ring Rd in Iceland by camper last year and really enjoyed it but I don’t see it as widely recommended for Banff and Jasper. Thoughts?August 8, 2019 – 7:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You can definitely do Banff and Jasper with a camper van. My family did this all the time when I was a kid. Nowadays though you’d have to have your trip planned well in advance (if visiting in July or August) because campsites book up months ahead of time.August 11, 2019 – 2:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Aman - Hey guys. First of all, thank you for creating this blog. It has helped me tremendously in planning and organizing our first trip to Canada. I had saved this blog in my bookmarks last year and just last month, I and my wife did a ditto road trip to the Canadian Rockies. The only difference was, we did a 7-day trip but we loved it. We did Calgary – Canmore – Banff – Lake Louise – Icefield Parkways – Jasper and flew back to San Francisco from Calgary. Thank you again for the great work on this blog and for inspiring me to visit Canada. August 29, 2019 – 10:56 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Aman! This is just the type of note I love to receive. Glad I could inspire your trip to Canada and help you plan your adventure. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!September 18, 2019 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Jo - Thanks for the great article! Doing a round-trip visit to Calgary shortly, and this really helped quickly structure a timetable for day hikes and lodging. Cheers!September 7, 2019 – 4:20 pmReplyCancel

  • io - Hi! Awesome plan! Thinking about doing it next year. Do you think this route can be done in middle May? Thanks!! 😊December 4, 2019 – 2:29 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, you can do this trip in the middle of May. Be aware though that the Moraine Lake road may still be closed for the season. It usually opens around mid-late May, but depends on the amount of snow. There might also still be some snow on the trails at higher elevations (if you plan on doing some hikes) and the glacier lakes could also still be frozen. But the best part of visiting during shoulder season is that the parks won’t be so crowded with tourists!December 5, 2019 – 12:10 pmReplyCancel

Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk- Walking the Cliffs of Moher from Hags Head

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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  • Sarah - Great article ! I went there last summer. As you mentioned a lot of people around the Tourist Centre, even with the heavy rain, wind and fog on the day I went. Still it’s part of the experience ?May 14, 2018 – 4:51 amReplyCancel

Themed Towns in North America- 5 Locations to Experience Another Time or Place

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. Themed Towns in North America…

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  • Mike - What will be your next theme town adventure?May 7, 2018 – 1:15 amReplyCancel

Cusco’s Historic Centre- Exploring the Capital of the Inca Empire

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 stand over Inca temples, long arcades…

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  • Debraj Banerjee - The description is so vivid, I felt that along with you people I was also travelling in these marvellous destinations.April 30, 2018 – 1:21 amReplyCancel

Glendalough Monastic Site- Visiting One of Ireland’s Premier Monastic Settlements

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 my Ireland road trip, Glendalough monastic site was…

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Killarney National Park, Ireland- Photo Series

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 lakes, mountains, woodlands, and…

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The Gap of Dunloe- Boat and Bike Trip From Killarney, Ireland

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…

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  • Danielle - Do you remember the name of the boat tour company you used.January 27, 2019 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Danielle. I went with Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. Definitely recommend them!February 8, 2019 – 5:47 pmReplyCancel

Gokayama, Japan- Enjoying Historic Architecture and Traditional Crafts in Ainokura Village

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 dreamed about…

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9 Ways to Experience Japanese Traditions in the Chubu Region of Japan

Each country has its own unique culture, but there’s something really compelling about Japan, a place that widely respects and complies with tradition. Japanese traditions, whether it be those associated with architecture and craftsmanship, ceremonies and celebrations, or etiquette and hospitality, are a big reason why I keep returning to Japan. On my previous two…

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How to Spend 5 Days in New York City- Itinerary for First Time Visitors

New York City is a place I felt like I knew even before I’d ever visited. A backdrop to countless movies and television shows, New York City has been making appearances in my living room for as long as I can remember. Planning a 5 day trip to New York City felt like making plans…

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  • joe - I’m not so Familiar about NYC But after reading this blog I got know many things to do in NYC such a beautiful place! September 3, 2019 – 5:02 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is an icon of the United States, standing in New York Harbor as a symbol of freedom and democracy. A gift from France, the Statue of Liberty commemorates their alliance with the United States during the American Revolution. The idea for the monument was proposed in 1865 by Edouard de Laboulaye,…

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

The Brooklyn Bridge has long been an icon of New York, so walking across it was one of the first things we did on our trip to New York City. Crossing the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge has connected the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn since it opened in 1883. Not only was it the…

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What to Expect on Your First Trip to Ireland: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

As I was leaving for my first trip to Ireland, I felt more relaxed than I usually do before visiting a new country. The excited anxiety that I normally experience was replaced by confident anticipation. Since I was going to be travelling solo for my first trip to Ireland, I made sure to do plenty…

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  • Alouise - I’ve been living in Ireland for a year and a half now, and I agree it’s a great place for solo travel. I was surprised when I got here that there weren’t any paid toilets like you see elsewhere in Europe. I think I saw one at a beach outside Dublin, but that was it. Usually if you’re by a pub (and in Ireland you probably are) you can pop in to use the toilet if you need it.January 8, 2018 – 2:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Joel - ireland is always my most favourite one destination to visit as travelling point of view. I really like to see its most fabulous adventuress places which attracts the visitors towards it each year. I had a great time there but I will love to make a tour there for again and againMay 10, 2018 – 3:42 amReplyCancel

  • Eric - I say this as somebody who’s been traveling to Ireland for 20 yrs. Ireland is the best “starter” country for people looking to visit Europe. For many of the same points you make Ireland let’s the first time traveler, especially Americans, experience the European way of doing things without having to understand a different language. August 12, 2018 – 4:59 amReplyCancel

  • Tracey Jones - Thanks for sharing this informative blog. I am planning to visit Dublin and whole of Ireland next month. This blog would helpMay 22, 2019 – 7:37 amReplyCancel

Ruins Near Cusco- 7 Archaeological Sites Worth Visiting

Cusco is the point of arrival for people wanting to visit Machu Picchu, the most famous Inca ruin in Peru, but there are many fantastic, lesser known ruins near Cusco that are also worth exploring. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in South America, and capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is rich…

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  • Christine Havice - Thanks for the wonderful photos and the intelligent (and thoughtful) comments.  We have been planning a trip to the Sacred Valley (and MP) for months, leave in a few weeks, and I found your comments helpful, as they underscored (or made me pause about) some of our decisions about priorities for our short time in the area.  Thank you again!September 23, 2019 – 6:02 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Christine. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a wonderful trip to Peru!September 30, 2019 – 2:52 pmReplyCancel

Hiking in Burren National Park- An Unexpected Landscape in Ireland

Standing at the trailhead into Burren National Park, fascination sets in as I gaze off into the remote, rocky landscape. This is not what I expected to see in Ireland. The land here is harsh, grey. The Burren most certainly is not the rolling green fields I’d come to associate with Ireland. Instead, I find…

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Photo of the Week: Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin

Not too many places in Dublin stood out for me, but one that did was the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College. The 65 metre long, 2-storey main chamber is lined on both sides with stalls of books- 200,000 of the oldest in the library’s collection. In between each stall on the…

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Exploring the Arashiyama District of Kyoto

On the last of our 3 days in Kyoto, we decided to explore the Arashiyama district, a mountainous, forested region in the western outskirts of the city. We were initially drawn to this popular sightseeing district by photos of its famous bamboo grove, but quickly discovered that Arashiyama has far more to offer, both in…

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Day Trip to Inishmore- The Largest of Ireland’s Aran Islands

On my solo trip to Ireland I was looking to visit places that combined my two favourite travel activities- exploring nature and visiting archaeological sites. Inishmore (Inis Mór) fit the bill perfectly! As one of the Aran Islands, Inishmore was a place that I could feel far away from everything while still being connected to…

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  • Lauren - Really does look like the best place for nature and archaeological sites. Love all your pictures and now I really want to go!March 17, 2019 – 11:10 amReplyCancel

  • Jayanthi - loved your hike report.As a fellow solo hike enthusiast I had similar experiences on my hikes along cornwall coast & Harz mountains & Alps…wishing you lots more joy hiking  best regards JayanthiJuly 30, 2019 – 1:30 amReplyCancel

  • Eve - Very comprehensive, I plan on following your itinerary exactly when I visit next May, 2020.  Best blog I was able to find on the internet describing a day at this island. Thank you so much for posting it. September 24, 2019 – 9:36 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Eve. Glad you found my post helpful. Hope you enjoy your upcoming trip to Inishmore!September 30, 2019 – 2:51 pmReplyCancel

Solo Travel in Ireland- 7 Reasons Ireland is a Great Place to Travel Alone

When I decided to do a solo trip to Ireland it had been 11 years since I last travelled alone. I was itching to do it again! I hadn’t done much research about travelling alone in Ireland, but instinctually felt that Ireland would be the perfect place for a solo trip. For one, I’d never…

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  • Valarie - At thiis time I am going away to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming over again to read
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Visiting Sacsayhuaman- An Inca Fortress in Cusco, Peru

The uphill walk from central Cusco to Sacsayhuaman was slow going, since our bodies hadn’t adjusted to the high altitude yet, but the excitement of seeing our first Inca ruin kept us motivated to push on. In between frequent breaks and gasps for air, I hoped that the effort would be worthwhile and Sacsayhuaman would…

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