I am at Montreal's Botanical Garden

I am at Montreal's Botanical Garden

Every year, Montreal's botanical garden features a light show, 'Garden of Light', offered in the Japanese Garden and the Chinese garden. Since arriving in Montreal, visiting the Botanic gardens was always on my list of things to do and I decided to go during the time during which the light show was featured (September till November 1st). I would recommend getting there just before sunset to enjoy the garden in the light before darkness falls and the garden lights up with lanterns and other beautiful artwork - this will give you the best of both worlds. I was completely blown away by the display and, although it was absolutely FREEZING, it was worthwhile and a must-visit for anyone in Montreal. There is also an insectarium within the botanical garden that is a pleasure to explore. Not only is it warm but it also features beautiful species of insects and a wealth of knowledge can be gained from it. Chinese Garden  Japanese Garden Insectarium   Sometimes...
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8 things to do for free in NYC!

8 things to do for free in NYC!

I've just come back from a few days spent in New York City! Super exciting, I know! It was my first time in the United States of America, and what better place to break the American ice, but to visit NYC. I will subsequently be publishing a few posts detailing various places that I visited and food that I would highly recommend. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of places to go and things to see that are completely FREE - aka, ZERO pounds, pence, dollars, cents... Read on to undercover the gems of NYC! 1. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - free all day Tuesdays Highly recommend! 5* - absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. A perfect place to get away from the buzz of Manhattan. Also, free WiFi throughout the park - a mega-bonus. 2. New York Botanic Garden - free all day Wednesdays 3. NYC Aquarium - free after 3pm on Fridays 4. Staten Island Ferry  This journey is about 25 minutes and is a beautiful alternative to...
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How to stay fit and healthy for free when travelling!

How to stay fit and healthy for free when travelling!

Fitness is of utmost importance for both the internal and external well-being of our bodies. Maintaining your fitness when travelling can be a challenge, escalated by the change in our routines and environment. Here are some tips as to how I have managed to maintain my fitness during times of travel, be it short- or long-term. Short-term traveller - Select routes predominated by walking instead of taking the bus/taxi/train - Visit parks and casually stroll whilst taking in the sights (maybe also plan for a small picnic) - Try to select healthy meal options (most likely be eating out for every meal) and be smart with snacking throughout the day Long-term traveller - Get accustomed to your area of residence and go for short runs in the morning - Partake in free outdoor classes (weather-permitting of course); as an example, many cities have free yoga classes held outdoors - Grab a friend, grab a ball - head to the beach for some volleyball or some swimming - Choose an apartment/...
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I am at Graffiti Alley, Toronto

I am at Graffiti Alley, Toronto

The connotations that accompany graffiti are usually negative; they are usually associated with antisocial and loitering behaviours by youths. However, graffiti is an art, an art that can be extremely beautiful and one that tells many-a-tale through images. Toronto's Graffiti Alley is located downtown near the Fashion District and Chinatown, and is really in a prime location for a quick stop whilst passing the area. As you can see from the photos above, this location is has a perfect backdrop for a photo shoot or dance video. The almost complete covering of the walls with colour is inviting and really gives off a very fun atmosphere.  As I wandered into the main road, I came across this BEAUTIFUL shop complete with isles of beads, chains, buttons and other DIY accessories. The variety was absolutely breathtaking and I wanted to purchase EVERYTHING! I also walked into a few fabric stores next door stocking fabrics with extraordinary prints! Not far from Graffiti Alley (15 min...
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