Author: Mary Chong

An All Inclusive Gourmet Experience at Villa Premier Boutique Hotel

Admit it. All inclusive resort dining packages aren’t always the best, are they? Every single person I know who has taken an island resort getaway has experienced highs and lows when it comes to all inclusive dining packages. You know — limited dining hours, uninspired dishes, limited selections on the menu, and bland, tasteless food. I have friends who admit to bringing different spices when they travel because they have often found the food at some resorts too bland for their palate. Exquisite All Inclusive Gourmet Dining I recently stayed at the Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta...

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Discovering the Taco – Vallarta Food Tours

In Puerto Vallarta Mexico one can’t live on sun, sand, sea and Mojito alone. Eventually, you are going to have to eat something. For a first time visitor to Mexico who loves great food, finding good Puerto Vallarta eats is easier said than done. Being Canadian, I don’t have a lot of experience with Mexican cuisine. Truly authentic Mexican restaurants are few and far between, and all that we have are Tex-Mex chain restaurants, fast food joints in the mall, and boxed taco kits from aisle 4 of the supermarket. Given the opportunity to explore the streets of an...

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16 Awesome Airport and Airplane Travel Tips

If you are planning a trip somewhere soon the chances are high that a visit to an airport is in your future. With more than 43,000 airports in the world and 100,000+ flights happening every day there is zero room for error for YOU the passenger. With that in mind, we thought that we’d share our airport and airplane travel tips and tricks with you whether you have a short flight or a long flight or are flying for the first time. Travelling Tips and Tricks at the Airport 1. Boost your immune system – With all those people...

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STM Velocity Cable Wrap – Review

With a name like Calculated Traveller, you’ve got to know that I’m crazy compulsive about planning and organising to get results. I like need order in my life! Also, as a graphic designer and travel blogger, I carry around a lot of technology on my daily journeys as well as on a trip. When I say a lot – I mean A LOT. There’s my laptop, an external hard-drive, e-reader, mp3 player, DSLR camera, card reader, cell phone, GPS and of course all the chargers, cables, memory cards that go along with all the technology. Whew… Technology – How...

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Cruise the Caribbean: The Best Way to See the Islands

I love cruises. All the food I can eat, activities for days, and free shows to watch, what’s not to love? I’ve taken about 30 cruises in my life, and most of them have been to the Caribbean. Here’s why I think that cruising the ocean is the best way to visit these paradise islands… Check out: What I Love about Cruises 5 Days 5 Dinners — Caribbean Princess Dining Review Money The Caribbean Islands are a hot spot for tourists, and as such it seems every major cruise line has ships that go there. With so much competition,...

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Canadian Points University #PointsUYYZ Travel Hacking Conference

Travel hacking, frequent flier points, hotel rewards, loyalty rewards — they go by many different names, but they all mean the same thing — Free Travel. Travel Hack Definition – Noun A way of travelling by attaining flights, hotels, and other amenities at little or no cost by using rewards, shortcuts, tricks, travel points, or a gimmick to avoid the cost. A productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and make travelling easier, lighter, or more efficient by solving everyday travelling problems in clever or non-obvious ways. I admit that this is a form of travel...

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Getting my Guacamole on in San Antonio Texas

In San Antonio Texas there are good eats everywhere you look but each time I visit this gorgeous city I feast on one thing —- guacamole. I’m not sure what it is that makes guacamole in San Antonio so memorable. It could be the romance of a candlelit dinner along the picturesque Riverwalk at Boudro’s Texas Bistro. Perhaps it’s dining with the locals in El Mercado (Market Square) at Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia. Or maybe it’s the party atmosphere of dining al fresco with friends at La Fogata as you laugh it up during a guacamole cooking lesson...

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Sudio Vasa Bla Bluetooth Earphone Review

Never have I yearned for a piece of technology before now until I saw the Sudio Vasa Bla Bluetooth Earphones online. Earphones and Earbuds have always been a utilitarian item for me because they were a practical necessity that did a job. I wore them on the plane to watch the in-flight entertainment system and would listen to some soothing travel music so that I could peacefully get some sleep on a red eye. It never mattered what my earphones looked like because they were always black or white and Plain Jane boring — until now. Super girly of...

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#CruiseSmile Dream – Regent Seven Seas Tongass Explorer

I recently wrote about the cruise line industry’s “Plan a Cruise Month” campaign for October and the #CruiseSmile #Sweepstakes that they’ve been offering. I hope that you’ve been entering daily for a chance to win a cruise. Well, I wanted to share with you one fabulous dream cruise that I’ve been crushing over so maybe you’ll start a crush over it too. This cruise and itinerary will be the one that I select should I be one of the free cruise winners in the sweepstakes! How’s this for a #CruiseSmile dream cruise? Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers this amazing...

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Nine Dishes in Nine Cities as Recommended by Nine Food Writers

On every journey I make to some far off place in the world, I find I return home with the memory of one meal, one particular dish that remains with me forever. This unforgettable memory is the best souvenir because it involves all five traditional senses — sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. I reached out to a few of my fellow International Food Wine and Travel Writer Association food writer friends and asked them to share one dish in one city that has been particularly memorable for them. I hope you enjoy our tasty memories. Chinese Egg Tarts...

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