Monthly Archives: December 2008

Happy New Years

5…4…3…2…1 Happy New Years Everyone!


What does the new year bring for you in travel. Let me know.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday

Wishing the readers of Travel Along the Way a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!


Stay Safe.


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New Years Travel Resolutions

So the new years is coming up and I am sure some people out there are already thinking of their new year resolution already. I am no different expect I wont be resolving to quiting smoking, dieting, or any of the other typical resolution. My New Year Resolution always involves places to see or travel related things. Last year I posted my travel resolution.  Out of the 11 resolution I made I only completed # 1, 3, 6, 7, 8.

For my New York trip I travelled with only my carryon bag and day pack. I did not over pack for any of the trips I took during 2008. In fact I involuntary only had 2 outfits and nothing else for the first 5 days of my trip to Italy.  I saw alot of the off the beaten path as well as the tourist photo stops.  I self taugh myself Italian and then traveled around Italy. I remember none of the Italian! Documenting my travels and enjoying them was the biggest resolution I achieved this year. I made sure to keep a journal, both major trips resulted in over 1000 pictures together. The best part is I really enjoyed the little things and moments and I remember it all.

And for this years resolutions:

  1. I will travel to Africa.
  2. I will do more backpacking style travel.
  3. I will keep a bag pack for last minute travel.
  4. I will contuine to travel to places who exchange rates benefit me.
  5. I will find new and creative long lasting ways to document my travels.
  6. Carryon or bust!
  7. I will not travel if I cannot pay for it in cash. No credit cards. All in one lump sum or in payments.
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Quick Link of Top 10 Travel Don’t Do Tips

Saw the link to this article on another blog and I thought I would pass it along.

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Top 10 Travel tips of the week

I have been seriously lacking in the travel tip department lately. This week will not be an exception. However I wanted to leave you with some form of guidance seeing how a lot of you fine wonderful people will be traveling in the next weeks.

So here’s a link to The World is Not Flat blog on “Lesser Known Backpacker tips”. Enjoy!

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The Cuban Itinerary and Packing List.

Once again I am staring at my pretty baby blue and white hibiscus flower lynx bag and I plan out my packing list and itinerary for my trip to Havana, Cuba. The days have been speeding by quickly coming up to this trip and I am loving it.  It is much needed and I am extreamly greatful that an oportunity to go had arose. I can only imagin how bitchy I would have been come summer time had I not done any traveling since last summer.

The Packing List:

Packing for this trip was a little dificult. I had to take in account that I’ll be leaving Canada in the dead of winter and arriving into a beautiful tropical Caribean island. I don’t own too many summer clothes as it rarely gets hot enough to wear them. At least I think so. I’m always cold even in the like a heat wave in the middle of August. I’m the one person who saying “Can we turn the heat on please!”

I spent last weekend searching the malls for sunscreen, shorts, and bathing suits. I only had a small success in my search. I only found suncreen. However the only bottle I found that was small enough to be in my carryon  was the Life Brand SPF 35. I am so going to get burned! lol

So the list so far…

My bag consist of:

1 pair of shorts

1 pair of capris

1 pair of jeans
1 t-shirts,
2 tank tops,

1 light weight long sleve top.

1 nice top

1 summer dress
a belt,
a crop short sleve jacket and a light weight and thing sweater

toiletries kit (travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap, tooth brush, hair brush, minimal make up, sunscreen)
a night gown
Collapsible bag.
7 pairs of underwear,
2 pairs of socks (plan on wearing flip flops/sandals 90% of the time).
3 bras
extra set of Litlium AA batteries by Energiezer (best disposable batteries I’ve used for Digital cameras)
Spare 256 gb and 1 gb memory card

In my day pack.

1 Guide Books – Frommer’s Cuba

Some snacks and drinks for the plane ride.
My camera: Photosmart M437 5.0 Megapixel. and 1 gb and 8 gb memory card

Wearing down:
Jeans, T-shirt, a hoodie.

The Itinerary:

When planning trips I like to have a general idea of what I am doing so I don’t miss anything that I wanted to see or try. When I plan my itinerary I rarely stick to them 100% .


Day 1

Flight to Havana  6:20am

Arrive in Havana  9:55am

Transfer Varadero to Havana


Day 2

Walk Length of El Malecón towards to Old Havana. Tour old Havana and area. Visit Museo de Ron. Tour Castillo de los tres Reyes del Morro. Take a horse drawn carriage or Coco taxi back down El Malecón.


Day 3

Free day to try activities offered by Sun wing.

Day 4

Spend day at Acuario Nacional. Visit area around Acuario Nacional. Have dinner and a show at Tropicana.



Day 5

Tour El Template, Museo del Revolution, La Casa de Africa, and Museo de la Ciudad. Shopping.



Day 6

Tour Necropolis Cristobal Colon, El Capitolio, Parque Central



Day 7

Museo Hemingway, Parque Lenin.

Day 8

Depart Havana for airport in Varadero

Depart Varadero at 10:25pm

Arrive in Toronto at 2:00am
















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In need a of a new atlas

While my trip to Cuba is looming with less then forty days away, I still casually plan my once volunteer now backpacking trip to Africa planned for this coming summer. I had open my trusty paperback world atlas that I have been using for the last 14 years and it has occured to me that I need a new one – badly!

My Atlas was 3 years short of having the USSR instead of Russia and surrounding countries.  The Democratic Republic of Congo is revered to as Zaire.  My beloved county’s newest territory: Nunavut is missing as well.

It is safe to say I hope Santa leaves me a new atlas under the Christmas tree this year.

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Michael Hughes’s souvenir optical illusions

While surfing another travel website I came across this linkto a freelance photographer photo gallery at that I thought was so amazing I had to pass it along and quite possibly give his technique a try.

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The loving Cuban advice of a cousin.

“Jo, you’re writing this down right?” My cousin Dawn started.
“Yup, I have pen and paper in hand. Go on.” I urged her to continue. My cousin Dawn who has been to Cuba four times in the last few years graciously offered to give me some tips on travel to Cuba.
“You need to put 25CUC$ aside for your visa when you leave.”
“Visa or departure tax? I though your visa was included in your plane ticket when you fly out of Canada.”
“Yeah departure tax or what ever. They’re not joking around with it. Your visa you’ll get it on the plane and fill it out properly! If you lose it you’ll be force to pay 40CUC$ to replace it.” Or whatever? I already knew this. The departure tax had been written across every piece of paper from that I had received about my trip to Havana Cuba this January. It was also written on every guide book I read and just about every website I looked at.
“Alright next tip! Cuba is a third world country. It’s very poor so you’ll probably get bugged by the people and especially since you are alone. Don’t you have anyone to go with you?”
“No, it was a last minute and unplanned trip.”
“That’s a shame. You’ll really should fine someone to go with you.” Now I love my cousin, she more like a sister I don’t get to see very often. It is quite apparent that over protectiveness and the inability to understand the benefits and joys of solo travel is hereditary on my mother side of the family.
“Ohoo another tip!” She began again, typing rapidly through face book chat.
“Don’t talk to strangers! I’m not joking”
“But that’s the best part of traveling Dawn! Meeting new people.” I protested. Really, don’t talk to strangers? Don’t get me wrong I won’t be chatting to the fellow who hiding in a dimly lit alley way. But, not to talk to anyone I don’t know? Yeah right.
“It’s not like Europe Jo. It’s a third world country.” Yes granted, but it’s also one of the safest countries in the Caribbean.
“And honestly Jo, I have no idea what you are going to do in Havana for seven nights. I was there only once for 4 hours on a day trip and that was enough for me. Don’t you like beaches?”
“Really? I have a hard time narrowing it down to fit in a seven night trip. Beaches are no fun when you’re alone.”

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Should you recline your seat on a airplane?

I am what one would call fun size.  How ever I do sympathize with those who are on the larger end of the scale as I have a rather fat bottom. So when I read MSN Travel Article on whether or not one should recline their seat on a plane as apart of their series on airline etiquette’s it got me thinking: to recline or not to recline that is the question.

Yes I recline. No my feet do not touch the ground (unless I slouch forward or sit on the very end of the on the sea). Do I recline all the way? No. Do I recline during meal times? No. Do  I check behind me for an unsuspecting person bent forward before I recline?  Of course.

Hear is my take on the whole situation. A little common courtesy goes a long way. You have every right to be comfortable but not at the sake of someone Else’s.  Reclining a little is okay, but when you recline so far back the person behind you can see your dental work as your snore loudly. That is not cool. Even if you’re not eating the least you can do is pull your seat up so the person behind you can eat without their tray being thrust into their gut.  If you do decide to recline look behind you to make sure you will not clobber someone the head with the back of your seat.

Are you a recliner? What do you think of recliners?

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