It’s Christmas Day!

Your gift is hangin with family and friends. Happy holidays to everyone!


Alberta, Canada

The Second Day of Christmas – Gifts for Travel Lovers

I love maps, globes and exploring the cultures in random towns around the world. That’s why Norad’s Santa Tracker always lit my imagination every Christmas eve.

It tracks “Santa’s” current location and includes the most obscure towns around the world.

Please check it out NOW to see where Santa currently is flying over.


A priceless gift for those who love all things travel.

The Third Day of Christmas – Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

Sometimes when taking a long flight, or a multi-day road trip, you get bored. I am very bad at being antsy when I have nothing to do.

That’s why I always make sure I have a pack of playing cards with me, or a game to play in the car when trekking around.

Any traveler would love these games:

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Scrabble – Classic!

Connect Four

Connect Four










The Fourth Day of Christmas – Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover







So many people give out gift cards over the holidays. Why not give a gift card/certificate for travel?? Perfect for me!

Here are some examples:
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The Fifth Day of Christmas – Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

I love unique gifts – it shows that you put a bit of effort and thought into giving a gift to someone.

That’s why I love the site Uncommon Goods. There are so many ‘uncommon’ gifts to purchase, and plenty for those lovers of traveling, like myself.

Here are a few examples:

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Custom Map Bracelet

Custom Map Bracelet

Portable iPhone Charger

Portable iPhone Charger

Cork Map

Cork Map


The Sixth Day of Christmas: Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

You have to look good while traveling, right?

I love visiting these sites once in a while to “window shop” my afternoon away…

Simon’s – a Canadian company

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Joe Fresh – another Canadian company!

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Hudson Bay Company – yet again, another Canadian company…I sense a theme.

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The Eighth Day of Christmas: Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

Hey! Luggage…

I was in Vancouver when I saw THIS:

A map on a piece of luggage. Perfect! From Heys.

Check out what else they have too:

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* All pictures from Sears Canada

The Ninth Day of Christmas: Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

Travel clothes. A MUST have. I need comfort and I need style. Here is the perfect outfit for wandering aimlessly around _________________.

Skinny Jeans from Zara – dress them up or down. Thanks Olivia!

H&M cardigan in blue

Aldo bronze flat sandals

Light blue top from Joe Fresh

Bronze earrings, similar to these from Creation

Tea Time (in Boulder, Colorado)!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado, and during a brief recess in my meetings, I was able to visit a famous tea house with an amazing story.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Restaurant was such a great place to relax and sip a delicious cup o tea. Here’s the story, from their website:

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

Completely build by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.

Great story, isn’t it? By the way – try the hummus as well. I sipped on a vanilla black tea, and loved it so much I still daydream about it at the end of the week.






Colorado Rocky Mountain High

One more full day left in Colorado, hanging out in Boulder for some teaching related meetings.

I love the fresh, crisp air here. It seems to make me feel so much healthier and awake. Wish I could bottle it up!

Enjoy these pictures from a hike I did yesterday morning!