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Planning Your Best Year of Travel

2017 is just around the corner and I’m already planning all the traveling I want to do next year! It’s never too early to start dreaming of your ultimate travel wish list, and I find it easier to look at the whole year at once in a big picture.

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Now, I know budget, time, and planning are the biggest travel constraints – so I thought I would put together a few tips to help you plan your best year of travel:

1) Where Do You Want To Go?

Make a list of your top 5 of places you want to go right now, in your lifetime. They could be a mix of big places or small places – just let your dreams run wild and put your goals on paper. It’s good to narrow down your destinations.

2) What Can You Afford?

Can you afford one big blowout trip on your travel wish list? Or would you prefer to hit 2-3 more affordable destinations next year? Set a budget and see how much you can squeeze out of it. Divide the amount you need by 12 and start putting that monthly amount away for your travel fund.


3) Time of Year

Research the best time of year to visit your destination and figure out when the shoulder season is. Summer is usually the busiest, but springtime, before schools let out, can be a more affordable time to travel. Don’t be afraid to call a couple hotels you are considering and ask them when they offer their most affordable rates.

Take some time to research the weather and look at flight prices. Once you’ve decided the best time to visit – request that vacation time off and start planning!


4) Get Pinning

I don’t know about you, but Pinterest is a visual search engine and a great place for me to bookmark anything trip-related. As you work towards your travel goals, don’t be afraid to start a Pinterest board for each destination today and start collecting ideas of sights to see, foods to try and cool hotels to research.

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5) Look for Seat Sales

Once you know where you’re going and when – keep an eye out for seat sales and travel deals for your destination. It helps to know far in advance what you’re looking for as seat sales can start as early as 6 months out. Set a price alert with Kayak.com – they have an algorithm, which will predict whether a flight price will get cheaper or more expensive.


6) Maximize Your Credit Card + Start Collecting Points

Are you using a credit card that lets you collect points to use towards flights? Since flying is usually one of the most expensive parts of traveling, I definitely urge you to research a credit card that can help you bring down the cost of your trip.


So what’s on my travel wish list this year?

We just bought a house, so I’m planning on doing more domestic vs. international travel as we deal with closing costs, upgrades and purchasing furniture. I would love to finally visit New Orleans and try all the amazing food in this eclectic city.

I’m planning on visiting Toronto for a month at the end of the summer – just to spend quality time with friends and family. We are also considering a ski trip to Aspen or Telluride, Colorado near the end of the year to get some time up on the mountain.

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Looking for the best of both worlds? Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home Bakery Series® coffee has a rich and delicious flavor with bakery-fresh taste that you can enjoy at home. Brew yourself a cup as you contemplate your travel plans! It’s the perfect companion to travel research at home.

Check out Dunkin’ Donuts® at Home new Bakery Series® coffee at your local grocery store and try one of their new six fully baked flavored coffees. Trying a new coffee and planning an adventure in a new city is the perfect way to spend an afternoon

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What’s on your travel wish list for 2017? Share your answer with me in the comments!



Weekend Brunch: DIY Coffee + Tea Station

diy coffee station cup

Are you getting all set for the holiday season?

I know many of you, myself included are hosting family and friends over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. One of my favorite things to do is to host a killer post-Thanksgiving or post-holiday brunch! It’s just another way to make great memories and spend time with the people you love over great food. (more…)

Vanilla Cupcake Blended Coffee Dessert

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CoffeeCreamerCombos #CollectiveBias


I LOVE flavored coffee.

Just the smell of a warm vanilla cup brewing away in my coffee maker instantly lifts my mood. I find it comforting and a nice fall afternoon pick-me-up to finish off the work day. It’s usually my go-to drink and I like it hot or cold. I don’t always have time to get out of the house, which is why I love being able to make my own coffeehouse-style drinks at home. (more…)

The Ninja Coffee Bar Review + Giveaway!


Need a new coffee maker? I was recently sent a Ninja Coffee Bar to review for This Beautiful Day and I’m actually surprised how much I am using it. Here’s what I liked and disliked about it:

The Water Reservoir

I like that this is removable and I can bring it over to the sink to fill-up as opposed to getting out a clean measuring cup to pour water into the coffee maker. I can fill it up with fresh water every time and just add enough to the suggested fill lines. (more…)

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe


One of the things I can’t get enough since my trip to Japan is matcha-eurrything.

Matcha is practically a national flavour there, right alongside its friend red bean. I found matcha ice cream, Kit Kat, mochi buns and everything under the sun during my trip to Tokyo.

I love a good Matcha Green Tea Latte and have started crafting my own matcha drinks at home. This one is great hot or iced and you can control the level of sweetness by either leaving out sugar entirely or using agave nectar (I use this one) as a subsitute. (more…)

Bump N Grind Cafe – Vancouver


By: Mark Sutherland

Anyone who shops along South Granville knows that there is an abundance of places to get the latest in everything from fashion trends to home decor – but where can you go for for well-crafted specialty coffee when your puppies need a rest? Fear no more, Bump ‘n Grind Cafe has opened opened up their second location, giving the neighbourhood exactly what it needed!


Photo by Nancy Wu of Nomss

Bump N Grind is a Vancouver-based, independent speciality coffee house owned and operated by Cheryl and Kyle Wright. This husband-and-wife team is passionate about quality coffee and food. This is clearly evidenced by the impeccable selection of tasty treats that are baked in-house, not to mention their serious attitude toward selecting the best quality beans.


Inspired by the trend of baked-good-hybrids, popularized by Chef Dominique Ansel with the Cronut (a combination of a croissant and donut), Bump N Grind continues to offer its signature Mookie (above)  – the light, fluffy texture of a muffin on the inside combined with a firm, cookie-like exterior. Not to mention, it’s vegan! (more…)