1. Drive In movie
Old meets new. Use google to find the nearest retro drive in theatre in your area. Most drive in's offer two movies back to back for about $12/person, making it a super inexpensive date, with plenty of make-out time...duh
Going for a hike is a great way to spend time chatting with someone new or catch up with your longtime bae, all while getting some exercise!
3. Picnic under the stars
Pack a blanket, there is going to be major cuddling. Instead of making your special night out another Uber ride to your favorite restaurant, switch it up! Poor some vino in your travel mug and put together a simple meal to enjoy under the stars in your backyard or local park.
4. Road Trip
Your favorite sunnies and a good playlist are all you'll need. Head out for the day to see a new town, main attraction or our favorite, the beach! Don't kill time dwelling to long on choosing a destination, just pick a place and go. After all, the journey is half the fun!
5. Weekend Getaway
Everyone needs a break, take off from work early on a Friday and grab your passports! There are tons of great websites to find last minute vacay deals and packages. A little weekend relaxation away from home will only do your relationship some good!
6. Tipsy Tours
Need a little liquid courage? Try a wine tour, cider tour, micro brewery...whatever you fancy, you can probably find a tour nearby. Make sure to check out sites like Groupon for deals!
7. Music Festival
Party under the sun all day long with your lover. New festivals are popping up every year all over the world, so you have a pretty good chance in finding one that suits your musical preferences. If bae doesn't dig the same artists, make it a date with your BFF!
8. Bike Ride
Channel your inner romantic and rent a tandem, or go solo! Grab a couple bikes and explore your city. For Toronto residents, you can take your bikes on the ferry over to Toronto Island and bike there for new Views.
9. Amusement Park
Unleash your inner dare devils and hit the amusement park for a day of roller coasters and cotton candy. Check the parks website for nights that they have firework shows to make the evening extra special!
Spend the day monkeying around! Revisit a childhood hot spot and learn something new about your favorite animals. If it's a bad date, you can always leave them there with the tigers (kidding).
What truly makes me feel like I'm in paradise is finding the perfect little shell whilst walking along a white sand beach. Bringing those treasures home with me are a reminder of that feeling, but it's very important that my little treasures aren't someones home! When collecting seashells and coral, I only keep open faced, broken, or empty shells (dead shells) that have been washed up to shore. You should never, ever remove a seashell from the water with any sea creature still inhabiting it, or break any corals (live shells). With that in mind, you can still find plenty of beautiful seashells! Depending on what part of the world you are visiting (or living #blessed), you can find different seashells and corals, or similar ones to other regions, but with different markings. Here's how to prep and polish your seashells and corals so they look just as bright and beautiful as when you found them.
1. Soak over night for at least three days on a row, changing the water daily // Separate your solid white seashells and coral from the colourful ones and let them soak in a mixture of 50% bleach/50% water for the first night only 2. While seashells are wet, use a soft bristle tooth brush to gently scrub any debris or sand that has not been removed with soaking 3. Remove seashells and coral from water, and allow to dry out for 48 hours 4. Once completely dry, the seashells and oral will look cloudy and matte. Apply a small drop of baby oil to your soft bristle tooth brush and polish the seashells. This will restore colour and add gloss 5. Allow the baby oil to soak in for up to 24 hours, then use a microfiber cloth to remove any excess oil if necessary.
Hey everyone! As you may or may not know, I'm studying in Sydney, Australia, and for our spring break, I traveled and backpacked all over the beautiful island of Bali! Indonesia is a popular spot for the Aussies to travel because it's so close, so there is tons to do and lots to see. I'm going to tell you all the details on how I fell in love with Bali. First stop, Kuta!
What to do: Kuta is more of the party scene; where there is lots to do at night, but not a whole lot going on during the day. However, I would definitely recommend staying here for a few days. It's a cute little beach town that's pretty touristy, so there are lots of good restaurants and shopping, which I'll get into below. At night, definitely check out the infamous Sky Garden, there's all you can eat AND drink until 9pm every night for, like, $10 CAD!!! So major.
We felt like a Balinese facial was crucial to try during this trip, so we booked one at the Jamu Traditional Spa and it was the most elaborate and relaxing facial of my life. They used all natural ingredients and massaged all the tension-filled areas of your face, for a whole hour.
Where to stay: Because I was backpacking, we stayed in hostels the whole time. We stayed at the Kayun Downtown hostel. It was super nice with A/C, Internet, friendly staff and lots of social people!
Eats: I ate at a cafe near the hostel called Nebula, which had really good food and coffee. I got the smoothie bowl (YUM) and an iced latte and I was set for the day. They also have really fresh fruit which was amazing. For lunch, we ate at the Fat Chow; they serve REALLY good and fresh asian food. I would recommend the Asian Crispy Salad and the Oriental Burger (mouth is watering as I'm typing this out).
What to do: Seminyak is the cutest beach and surf town with really chill vibes! We loved it here, they have amazing food and shopping (check out Seminyak Square or the independently owned boutiques). It's quite "Australian-ized" so it's not hard to find nice restaurants, etc. Definitely check out Potato Head Beach Club or the W Hotel to chill and swim or watch the sunset in the evening!
Where to stay: Seminyak is filled with beautiful hotels, resorts, and villas that you can probably get for a cheap price. But, we stayed in the New Seminyak Capsule Hostel (or just Capsule, for short) which was really great! Clean rooms, A/C, Internet, good showers and really social! The staff are SUPER friendly and helpful during your stay and even when you leave. They helped us with getting around town, and then when it was time to leave Seminyak, they helped us get to the Gili Islands for a good price. 10/10!
Eats: Again, Seminyak is really touristy, making not hard to find good food that caters to all the travellers and vacationers. But, here are a few of my fave cafe and restaurants where the food was so good, I could've cried:
What to do: Wherever you go to Gili T from, book a return ticket with a local tourist information desk or travel agent, it shouldn't cost you more than 500,000 IDR (which is roughly $50 CAD). Gili T is one of three Gili islands that are yours to explore! They are amazing islands and if you have the time, definitely check out all three. On Gili T, there are no cars or even real roads; you have to rent a bike or take a horse and buggy to get around, giving you the realest island life experience.
Snorkelling is also a MUST; there is clear, turquoise water that is beautiful up close and personal! We booked ours through our hostel, through Lucky Adventures (don't quote me on that name), and you snorkel around all three islands with a lunch break in the middle of the day. We saw 6 sea turtles that day, it was so surreal.
The nightlife is great: each night there will be a popular bar where the whole island will party! You just need to walk along the main strip and follow the music and the crowds.
Lastly, go to the western side of the island (i.e. Sunshine Beach) to watch the sunset and take Insta-worthy pictures at the infamous swing & hammock!
Where to stay: I stayed at La Boheme Sister, there are two La Boheme hostels on the island, both are popular. It was a decent hostel with an open concept and free pancakes at any time of the day (!!!!!). The most popular hostel is called the Castle Backpackers hostel, which gets pretty full so I'd call ahead before you go. Another option would be the Broken Compass hostel which is another popular one on the island!
Eats: We ate at Kayu Cafe both days we were there; they have really good, fresh food and a big menu. Another MUST is the Scallywags Fish Market which is famous on the island and has amazing seafood dishes! All of the restaurants and patios have really cool vibes that will make you want to sit and eat for hours. Also, along the beach/main strip there are tons of fruit stands that make fresh juices any flavour you like. There was nothing better than a cold island drink made with fresh, tropical fruit, let me tell you!
What to do: Ubud is jam packed with day-activities to do. To start, there was the Sacred Monkey Forest where you can walk through a monkey sanctuary and even feed the little guys! Be careful with holding loose items, as the monkeys tend to be sneaky and grab em. There's a water temple, a waterfall, and an active volcano that you can hike overnight and eat breakfast at the top during sunrise! I never got the chance to do this, but I've seen pictures and it looks nothing short of Heaven.
Eat Pray Love was filmed in this little spiritual town so obviously a yoga class is a must. We did a morning class at Yoga Barn and loved it; it was very relaxing and beginner yogi-friendly!
Where to stay: The most popular hostel to stay in Ubud is called In Da Lodge, but again, call early to see if they have availability. I stayed at The Friendly House, which was the best hostel of our trip. Really clean rooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, fast Internet and friendly staff. The only downfall to this hostel was that it was a bit farther to walk the main area. Other hostels that we heard were good are called Balibu and Nema Problema.
Eats: Like Seminyak, Ubud is very touristy so it's easy to find amazing food. We ate at a little place Buddha Bowl that featured amazing Asian food (everything from Balinese, Thai, and Vietnamese) and a whole vegetarian menu. I'd recommend any of their salads or spring rolls. But, real talk, their coffee and dessert are where it's at. Their iced lattes are crazy good with some Banana Fritters (deep fried bananas...omg) or sticky rice with coconut milk and mango (to die for) on the side.
We also ate at a great pizza joint called Bagus Pizza that surprisingly had amazing gourmet, thin crust pizzas! It's a nice change if you get tired of the spices and noodles! Definitely worth checking out.
Overall, I LOVED Bali, and can't imagine anyone not enjoying it. If you stay or eat at any of the places I've mentioned, make sure to let me know how you liked it in the comments below!
After a slew of vacations to all-inclusive resorts, I decided that it was time to mix it up. The convenience of a vacation 'one stop shop' was great, but laying around with a poorly mixed drink for a week is not how I like to spend my free time or money!
I visited Panama in April 2015 and really loved the people and the weather. Being so close to the equator, it was non-stop hot, hot heat all the time. I thought that this time around, Costa Rica would be a great option being Panama's neighbor and having heard endless positive talk about the real life paradise.
I started to research rental homes and things to do and I somehow found a small area in Playa Grande called Palm Beach Estates. A surf town filled with locals and many North Americans who are now permanent residents. Just a moments walk from the beach with plenty of local surf shops and eateries, my casa for the week was better than any all-inclusive.
Every morning I woke up in cool, crisp white sheets to the sound of toucans as I slipped into my bikini. Outside my window I saw palms and vined trees filled with howler monkey's and their babies enjoying the morning rays.
With all of the natural beauty that Costa Rica has to offer, there is no time to waste. Up with the sun at 6 am, most head to the beach for a 7am surf. Can you think of a better way to start the day? On the walk back to my casa, I loved to stop by Cafe Mer Azul for an iced coffee.
Tamarindo is where you can find all the hustle and bustle that Playa Grande is sheltered from. I spent a couple afternoons exploring Tamarindo, others collecting sea shells along the beach or catching some zzz's whilst wrapped up in my hammock!
At 4 pm the tide returns. A quick board wax at Playa Grande Surf Camp and I was off. Back to the beach to ride the waves until the sky turns to cotton candy and the sun sinks into the Pacific. It's always a good day when you wake up in Costa Rica!
Retiring my surfboard, I'd head back to Cafe Mer Azul for a well deserved meal. Most nights I enjoyed a plate of traditional, Costa Rican casado for dinner...along side a hard mint lemonade, of course.
I spent my week enjoying Costa Rica for it's surfing and beaches, but there is so much more! Rio Celeste Falls, zip-lining, volcano hikes and scuba diving to name a few. It was a great destination to find adventure and make the most of my time away. I hope to return in the near future.
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