Travel

The Best of Riga in 2 Days

By Hannah Logan - June 14, 2023
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Riga, the capital of Latvia, is still considered to be ‘off the beaten track’ for many travellers, especially non-Europeans. When I visited, I was the only North American in my hostel. I surprised a lot of people when I told them I was Canadian which was actually kind of fun. Despite being under the radar, Riga…

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Porto, Portugal

Best Places to Travel Solo: Portugal

By Hannah Logan - June 1, 2023
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Portugal seems to have become an ‘it’ destination over the last years, and having been, I can see why. It’s a gorgeous country with friendly people and lots to see and do. I spent a week travelling solo in Portugal. I went from Porto to Faro; exploring cities, castles, and the wine region of Douro…

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One Week in Portugal

One week in Portugal: The Ultimate Portugal Itinerary

By Hannah Logan - June 1, 2023
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Portugal has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in Europe. The promise of exciting cities, a beautiful coastline filled with beaches, good food and wine, and reasonable prices is hard for any traveller to resist. But what if you are short on time? Is it worth it to do just one week in…

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Day Trip to Douro Valley

The Ultimate Day Trip to Douro Valley, Portugal (From Porto)

By Hannah Logan - June 1, 2023
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I bounced eagerly on the balls of my feet at the bottom of the stairs. It was 8:10am on a Saturday and the streets of Porto, Portugal were quiet. I, on the other hand, was buzzing with energy; eagerly looking to start my day trip to Douro Valley; Portugal’s famous port and wine region. The…

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Nile Cruise, Egypt

Why a Nile Cruise is the Best Way to Explore Ancient Egypt

By Hannah Logan - April 25, 2023
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When I was in the planning stages of my trip to Egypt, a Nile cruise wasn’t on my radar. I was planning a DIY 2 Week Egypt Vacation on a budget and, in my head, a cruise wasn’t going to fit into that budget. Yet as I researched hotels in Aswan and Luxor, the best…

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Vancouver skyline

The Best of: 3 Days in Vancouver

By Hannah Logan - March 21, 2023
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The first time I visited Vancouver, I spent a little over a week using the city as a base to explore and catch up with some of my friends who had moved out to BC. I had a blast in the west coast city and cam back to explore more a couple years later. Having…

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Lake Louise in Summer

Things to do in Lake Louise in the Summer

By Hannah Logan - March 21, 2023
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If you know anything about Canada, chances are you have heard of or seen photos of Banff, Lake Louise. Lake Louise in the summer is all turquoise waters, towering Rocky Mountains, and the stunning Fairmont Lake Louise Hotel on the shoreline. It’s one of Canada’s best known destinations and a must-see on many traveller’s bucket…

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Waterfowl Lakes

Off the Beaten Track in Banff: Alternative Things to do in Banff in Summer

By Hannah Logan - March 21, 2023
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What is the first thing you think of when you someone says Banff? Chances are its Lake Louise, that’s what most people picture. Having been, I can’t say I blame them. The lake and surrounding scenery is beautiful. But, while I’m glad to have seen it, sharing it with about 20,000 people in a single…

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The Best of Toronto in 2 Days

By Hannah Logan - March 20, 2023
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Known for having the tallest building in Canada, and being the home to both the Blue Jays baseball team and actor-turned-rapper Drake, Toronto is one of the most popular cities to visit in Canada. This multicultural city has something for everyone from foodies to sports fanatics, shopaholics and museum enthusiests there is plenty to see…

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Castle Hotels in Scotland

The Best Castle Hotels in Scotland

By Hannah Logan - February 16, 2023
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Scotland has a ton of charm. From the dark, medieval city of Edinburgh, to the mysterious Loch Ness, and the fairy stories of the stunning Isle of Skye; this small island country is filled with magic. But while the folklore and landscapes are fun to explore, there’s another way to add some magic to your…

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Edinburgh

How to Spend 2 Days in Edinburgh

By Hannah Logan - February 16, 2023
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Going to Edinburgh was my first real solo backpacking experience. Sure I’d been living in Ireland for a few weeks by then and seen a bit of the country, but I had either been with my parents or close enough to my new home that I didn’t feel that it really counted. I chose Scotland…

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Hannah climbing a palm tree on a beach in Huahine

The Best Plus Size Swimsuits for Travel and Ocean Lovers

By Hannah Logan - February 13, 2023
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 Let’s be honest, no matter your body size I think that one thing that all women can agree on is that shopping for swimsuits is not always fun. In fact, it can be downright depressing, especially for those of us who don’t look like fashion models. Despite being a water-lover I used to hate wearing…

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afternoon tea tray

The Best Spots for High Tea in Ottawa

By Hannah Logan - January 6, 2023
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When I was a little girl my Nana told me over and over again that when I was older she would take me for high tea in Ottawa at one of the city’s most prestigious hotels; The Chateau Laurier. For most little girls, that would probably be a dream. However, six-year-old me, being the huge…

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Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

45 Magical European Fairytale Towns

By Hannah Logan - January 13, 2022
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There’s something about Europe’s old villages that just scream ‘magical’. The historic buildings, colourful houses, cobblestone streets, and local folklore. Add some bright flowers in the spring, or festive market stalls during the holiday season and I always feel like I’ve left the real world and stepped into the pages of fairytale storybook. There’s no…

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Nanaimo Bar Recipe: A Classic Canadian Dessert

By Hannah Logan - April 27, 2020
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My mom and I make nanaimo bars every Christmas. It’s been our tradition for as long as I remember and despite the fact that these are one of my all-time favourite desserts, for some reason, I always associate them with Christmas. Which means, usually, I only make them once a year. This year at Christmas…

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Prague with Air Canada Vacations: A Perfect Choice for Independent Travellers

By Hannah Logan - September 2, 2019
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This post was written in partnership with Air Canada Vacations and the tourism board of the Czech Republic. As always, all opinions are my own. What’s preventing you from trying independent travel? Is it all the planning involved? The daunting task of trying to figure out where to stay and in which neighbourhood? Maybe you…

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Real Thoughts on My First Ever Group Trip: Sailing with Intrepid Travel

By Hannah Logan - July 9, 2019
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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Intrepid Travel for this trip. However, all opinions are, as always, my own! In June of 2019 I had the opportunity to do something completely new for me. Two things actually. The first thing was to join a group tour with Intrepid Travel and the second, which ties into the…

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My Santorini Photoshoot with Localgrapher

By Hannah Logan - July 2, 2019
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Disclaimer: My Santorini Photoshoot was sponsored by Localgrapher “Are you Hannah?” I nodded and smiled nervously as I shook hands with Dimosthenis, my professional photographer for the next hour. Yes, that’s right. I had a photo shoot in Oia, Santorini. Which sounds incredibly extra and not like something I would normally do. I’m not the…

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Cabo, Mexico

Everything You Want to Know About a Panama Canal Cruise

By Hannah Logan - April 23, 2019
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If you asked me at the start of 2019 what my travel plans were, I would have told you nothing. After a busy 4th quarter in 2018, I was planning on spending a few months at home catching up on work, getting new clients, and saving money for upcoming adventures. But, as is usual, things never…

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Ashford Castle

Irish Fairy Tales Come to Life at Ashford Castle Estate

By Hannah Logan - May 8, 2018
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Picture this: a historic castle located in the woods beside a lake. The front of the castle has a stone bridge, spanning the rushing river below and protected by small towers. Once past the bridge, visitors are greeted by a grand entranceway, guarded on either side by statues of Irish wolfhounds. On the lakeside, there…

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7til8

Custom Wetsuit 7till8: The Solution to my Problem With Women’s Wetsuits

By Hannah Logan - April 10, 2018
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*Disclaimer: After reading one of my freelance stories, 7till8 sent me a custom wetsuit for consideration of review. All opinions, however, are my own. In 2015 I finally got certified as a scuba diver. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’ve taken advantage of that certification ever since. From Thailand’s…

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Carousel at the base of Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris

Montmartre: My Favourite Neighbourhood in Paris

By Hannah Logan - February 12, 2018
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I didn’t expect to fall in love with Paris. In fact, I didn’t even plan on going during my first trip to Europe. It was only thanks to a seat sale and the promise of Christmas markets that I wound up in France’s capital city. Then, just a few short days later, I left completely…

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Nuremberg Christmas Markets

Girls Getaway: European Christmas Market Cruise with Viking River Cruises

By Hannah Logan - December 19, 2017
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Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and my mom’s too. We’re both Christmas crazy and go all out during the festive season. Both of us love the bustle of holiday crowds, the Christmas songs, and of course the lights and decorations. And while neither one of us would trade our (normally) white Christmases…

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The Legend of Dracula & more of Romania’s Monsters

By Hannah Logan - October 30, 2017
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It was a dark and cloudy day in Transylvania as I climbed the hill approaching Bran Castle; home to the legend of Dracula. The centuries old fortress jutted out on the rocks overlooking Bran; it’s stone walls ominous and foreboding. There was a definite chill in the late September air and I could imagine myself as…

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Paris food market tour

Paris Food Market Tour with a Local Chef

By Hannah Logan - October 17, 2017
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The Paris metro was busy as we pushed through throngs of people, seemingly more locals than tourists. “What was the stop again?” I asked as we whizzed through the noisy tunnels. My friend Taylor repeated the name to me for about the tenth time that morning and I still didn’t recognize it, despite the fact…

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