In Honor of USA Sun Vacation Sale!

Flight Centre currently has an amazing offer for packages to USA Sun destinations, like California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, AND Puerto Rico! We are offering $200 OFF PER ADULT for custom packages which include flights from Canada, accommodation (3 nights minimum), and an activity. You can email me any time for more information: cate.ciu@flightcentre.ca  . In honor of this sale, I wanted to include a couple of my own highlights from some of the places on the list!

  1. Dole Pineapple Plantation in Hawaii
    Oahu is breath taking. The Hawaiian culture just inspires the ultimate sense of CHILL. The pineapple…ahem CHERRY … on top of the trip, was the my visit to the Dole Planation, where I tried delicious pineapple ice cream and looked my very best in a bikini (haha get it? because I am a pineapple in the pic below)
  2. Grand Canyon just outside Las Vegas
    I did Grand Canyon independently the first time, and with a tour the second. I highly recommend the latter. There is so much to see, and it is pretty difficult not to get lost in the “awe” of it all during your visit. Also, the tour company packed an amazing snack box and provided comfy, festive blankies for when it gets nice and chilly at the Canyon.

  3. Disneyland in LA
    My first visit to Disney was as an adult, and I cried from accidental joy. Also, try the churros.
  4. Do everything in Phoenix!
    I love Phoenix, AZ. Like truly love it. The long highways and the tall palm trees are music to my soul. It’s home to the BEST BBQ joint in the universe (no exaggerations here) and huevos rancheros that will make your mouth taste like heaven. If you want to go to Phoenix, we need to CHAT.

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Good Luck Charms Around the World

I am super duper superstitious. This is 100% due to my Eastern European upbringing. We take this stuff seriously. I think my grandmother would prefer me lighting a cigarette in the house than….God forbid…whistling (if you whistle indoors, the house will have no money). It may be a placebo effect, but as another Russian saying goes, better safe than sorry. Here are some good luck charms around the world.

Turkey/Greece/Italy – Nazar – Eye shaped amulet that protects from the evil eye

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Mystery Solved: Why can you hear the ocean in the sea shell?

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From mermaid-caves tumblr page

The other day, I asked someone (whose identity will stay anonymous on this blog in order to protect their dignity) why you can hear the ocean in a shell and that person gave me the greatest answer. He or she said that a shell is basically a canyon, and when a sound gets trapped in the canyon, it echoes for a certain period of time….which is why you can literally hear the ocean when you hold a sea shell up to your ear. This pretty much brought a tear to my eye. It’s so romantic that a little piece of the ocean was circulating the inside of the shell for us to hear wherever we are. I was so touched, I wanted to share it with everyone…but just wanted to confirm it first. Well…

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Dreamcateon: India – Darjeeling Limited

Has a movie ever ignited your wanderlust? I certainly always want to go where Wes Anderson and his imagination reside. The first Wes movie I have ever seen though was Darjeeling Limited..and it was love at first sight. In part due to that movie, one of my dream destinations is India. The colors, the flowers, the chai, and the food, and the culture, of course, are so enticing!

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StayCATEon

I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, and fellow Vancouvereites (sp?) can confirm that today, we all woke up like….

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