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Snowboarding in Whistler 🏂

Our first real adventure when we got to Canada was Whistler- we did stay in Vancouver for one night beforehand as our flight came in late (around 9/10) so if you are planning on going to whistler after a late flight beware that it is a bit of a drive (around 1.5-2 hours); I would recommend staying in Van for the night and heading up in the morning, because also- it is an amazing drive, great roads and breathtaking scenery so best seen in daylight. We got there by bus and was taken away by the scenery on the way up, if we were to do it again we would 100% drive it. Just so you can stop off at points and take in the views and explore the little villages along the way.

When we got there we checked into our hotel which was in a great location, literally a 2 minute walk to the main village and about a 10 minute walk to slopes. So of course, we dropped our bags and went to explore. The village caters to everyone/everything; there is a supermarket, lots of places to eat/drink (alcohol or coffee/tea etc), shops, tobogganing and the Olympic sign; and it is so soo cute!!!

Now onto the slopes- Jamie and I decided to try snowboarding, I had skied in the past but Jamie had done neither so this was going to be interesting (because I’m better). I will tell you now, we absolutely loved it– it is (personally) so much harder than skiing, but challenging, fun and rewarding. You feel like you have done a fully body workout by the end of the day. We had great weather while we was there, we was fully wrapped up and actually ended up being too hot and just wearing our under layers up the mountains.

We had 3 days of lessons and 4 days of snowboard hire for our week there (through Affinity Sports that was connected to our hotel; very handy); I felt this was the perfect amount of time. We got to learn the basics and gain confidence in the 3 days and then try out our new skills on the final day. What adds even more to the experience is the views- WOW, they are truly amazing. Not only was I blown away by the views on the way to Whistler but when you get up the mountains it’s truly magical. See for yourself…

Up in the mountains, there are great places to eat with good atmosphere. Or you can go back down to the village where there are a few restaurants, bars surrounding the slopes that are good too- most of them that we went too had heating methods, including a fire place which was so nice to sit besides and dry our clothes off whilst eating a big hearty lunch (BURGER). As for the evenings, we quite often cooked ourselves- this was because of two reasons, one- because we had just begun our travels and wanted to save money where we could and two because our room was like a studio and had the amenities to cook etc. Which was great- this was also the start of our ‘adult’ life as well as the first time we were fending for ourselves- not that our parents did everything for us because we did cook at home etc- but we didn’t have the flexibility to ring mum and ask how to turn the cooker on (JAMIE). Other than eating out for lunch, I think we only ate out in the evening twice- both at the same place, El Furniture Warehouse which had $4.95 meals all day every day- EVEN BETTER!!! And to be honest, the food was delicious and not small (which you would expect at that price).

Overall Whistler was amazing, a great adventure and somewhere that we would definitely visit again- in the summer or winter. All hotels and other details are linked in this post- if you click on the word it will take you directly to the website we booked it through. 

As I am new to this, please tell me if you want me to write more and what you want to hear about in my posts- I have been told I can go around the houses when telling a story (SAMMY) so don’t want to bore people and let my pictures and videos do the talking. However, if you would like me to continue talking let me know in the comments below- I would love to hear if anyone else has been to whistler and if they recommend anything that we didn’t do, as we were pretty much tourists and didn’t venture out doing anything other than eating, snowboarding and sleeping.

Check out our Vlog on YouTube

Until next time…

Jollietravels xxx

2016

First up, Iceland!!!

Well, Reykjavik, Iceland was just fantastic! If you want a holiday or a short break that’s a bit different, Iceland is your place. Yes it is cold (so be prepared) but it’s an adventure and such a beautiful city, with lots to do!!!

We stayed for just 2 nights (which wasn’t long enough), and arrived at the Ice Hotel Marina just as the sun was setting. The Ice Hotel Marina was such a lovely and unique place to stay; from the moment you walk in, there is a funky lounge area with unique pieces of furniture. Not to mention all the other cool rooms and facilities. This included a small gym, cinema room and a decent sized library room for you to chill and read your latest book. The hotel reception leads to the rooms on the right and a restaurant on the left, in which the food was absolutely delicious and we would highly recommend. We also had our included breakfast in the restaurant, that consisted of all the food you could possibly think or not think of to have for breakfast.

Our full day in Reykjavik was jam-packed, so we got up early and crammed our faces with breakfast. The strange thing is, we felt like we were up earlier than we was as the sun doesn’t rise until 10am. Here are a few photos from our tour around the village:

As soon as we had finished looking around the streets of Reykjavik, we had to head back to the hotel as we were going to the Blue Lagoon; despite the snow storm that was currently surrounding us. All our transport around Iceland we arranged beforehand and was reliable; despite what you think, they will turn up hah… well they did for us. The bus journey to the Blue Lagoon was quite a rough one as the wind from the snow storm was quite strong and rocking the bus, despite all this nothing was stopping us from getting there and getting in the lagoon…

It’s funny because when you see the lagoon on Instagram or Pinterest etc. you see this picaresque, stunningly blue water normally with a gorgeous human in the middle. Now we struck unlucky and because of the snowstorm it was more of an adventure than a relaxing swim in the lagoon; it was still enjoyable though and great to see. When you arrive you are provided with a wrist band which is your money whilst in the lagoon so you don’t have to take anything with you. We had the ‘Comfort’ package which included entrance to Blue Lagoon, Silica Mud Mask, use of Towel, 1st Drink of your choice and an Algae Mask (which you can take home with you or put on whilst you are there). They recommend to keep your hair tied up as the water can be very drying and damaging; but is meant to revitalise your body. The water is very warm and very salty so try not to get any in your mouth. I 100% want to return maybe when there isn’t a storm through shade on us.

Back to the hotel, we were meant to see the northern lights in the evening however the storm was too bad and they would not have been visible so the trip was cancelled. If you do book a package like we did, and your Northern Lights trip is cancelled then it is valid for a year in case you re-visit Iceland again to see them (bare this in mind, but we didn’t return unfortunately).

Overall, we absolutely loved Iceland!!! It was something different to anywhere we have ever been, it was freezing (not cold, freezing), it had beautiful scenery and the buildings were beautiful. The food was some of the best I have ever tasted and there is so much to do. The only concern was that it is quite expensive whilst you are there, so if you are going to visit Iceland… research how long you’re going to be there and how much you need to take with you. See you for now Iceland, we will be back!

Jollietravels xxx

Watch our vlog on Iceland, click the link below…

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First blog post

So this is my first post… I thought I would do an introduction page to kick things off and tell you where we are at right now.

We are currently living in Toronto, Ontario and have been since the end of February 2016. We left the UK on February 3rd and spent the full month visiting a few places in Canada we wanted to see and try out; the aim really was to find the perfect spot to settle as well as travel. I am going to write a detailed post of each of the places we visited before we landed here.

We were lucky enough to visit the following places:

Reykjavik, Iceland
Whistler, British Columbia (BC)
Vancouver, BC
Calgary, Alberta (AB)
Lake Louise, AB
Edmonton, AB
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

After visiting the few places that Canada has to offer, we were in love with Toronto the most and here we are….

But it doesn’t stop there! We have had the busiest summer  in 2016 and the weather has been an absolute pleasure and very accommodating (sometimes too hot) so we have lots to share with you on what Toronto has to offer, as well as other places we have visited in the summer and from now on… we have itchy feet and I feel like when I get my pay pack it is normally spent on where to go next.

I am so excited to share our adventures with you and hope you are interested in what my blog has to offer. I am aiming to give useful information on what to do, places to see, where to stay, how to get there and any other useful info I can tell you.

Enjoy,

Jollietravels xxx