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Melody is an Ontario based travel writer who believes travel stories are meant to encourage and inspire and considers her age (over 60) a gift in her journeys, bringing wisdom, experience, humour and a major ‘if not now, when’ attitude to her writing. A formerly nervous traveller, experiential travel has helped her conquer fears as she snorkelled through the Galapagos islands, glacier trekked in the Northwest Passage, danced around a fire in Africa, learned how to make the perfect tiramisu in Florence, kayaked amongst spawning salmon in Ontario, snow-shoed in Colorado, and sailed in the British Virgin Islands . Her work appears in Canadian Yachting Magazine, Canadian Jewish News, The Toronto Star, Kitchener Waterloo Record, Caribbean Beat Magazine, Cottage Life Magazine, Waypoints Global, Active Over 50, and Inspired Seniors.

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Brantford , Ontario – Hub of Ontario Trails

Posted on: April 12, 2021

Brantford isn’t far from my home, but it may as well be a flight away for all I knew about it before I spent a couple of days there before Ontario was locked down. It is, however, filled with history, culture and nature. Located at Highway 403 and Highway 24,
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St. Lucia Is Calling… and With Its Low Risk, I’m Listening.

Posted on: November 17, 2020

With Covid-19 sticking around longer than we anticipated, some of us are considering travelling again and when dreaming about escaping, it’s the Caribbean and St. Lucia that beckon. The island has a safety rating of Level 1 by The Center for Disease Control (CDC)—one of only 8 countries globally rated
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A Foodie Road Trip Through Waterloo Region {Recipe!}

Posted on: October 20, 2020

A Food-lovers trip…..especially for those with dietary restrictions! If you live with food intolerances, you will know how hard it can be to eat out.  But that is changing fast.  On a recent 2-day getaway to the three cities of Waterloo Region—Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge—I discovered a host of great food outlets that
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Le Boat – An Iconic Canadian Holiday on the Rideau Canal

Posted on: August 18, 2020

We relaxed on the top deck of a 45-ft boat, chatting, listening to music that was carried away by the soft wind off Big Rideau Lake, and marvelled at the ospreys soaring by.  The sound of giggling drew our attention to two girls who were balancing carefully on opposite ends
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Where to Eat on South Padre Island Texas

Posted on: February 17, 2020

Surrounded by the sea, with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Laguna Madre Bay on the other, South Padre Island is a tropical paradise destination for foodies and families. The compact nature of the destination allows for easy access to beach, bayside activities, dining, shopping, entertainment and
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Step Back in Time on Mackinac Island

Posted on: January 16, 2020

Pronounced Mackinaw, Mackinac Island is a pristine island is filled with charm and character-filled houses lining each street.  Horses’ hooves echo as buggies carry ferry loads of visitors from the dock. An island in Lake Huron, it is in the state of Michigan. In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island
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How to Have an Urban Digital Detox in Downtown Toronto

Posted on: December 16, 2019

Welcome to Part One of a series on Digital Detox; exploring how to do a complete disconnect from technology while travelling to different destinations. A digital detox is going without technology for a certain period so phones, TV, radio, computers – anything that connects us to the outside world are
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Five Days in Family Friendly Finger Lakes, NY

Posted on: October 28, 2019

With rolling hills and field after field of vineyards, charming towns filled with architecturally beautiful houses and a thriving culinary scene, comparisons to France are inevitable. While France flourishes as an elegant film set, Finger Lakes has a relaxed tangible quality that lends itself perfectly to a gentle long weekend
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Adventures on South Padre Island: The Sweet Side of Texas

Posted on: September 5, 2019

At the tip of Texas on the Gulf of Mexico is South Padre Island, the longest barrier island in the world.  The island is about 30 miles long, running north and south and only 1/2 mile across at its widest point, making it very easy to navigate. Cars share the
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Summertime in Bobcaygeon and the Living Is Easy

Posted on: May 27, 2019

A multi-generational cottage holiday in the Kawarthas (Bobcaygeon)   It was clear where we were going as a family – a cottage we had rented every other year for 31 years since my daughter was a baby and now she and her partner were bringing their 2-year-old and 5-year-old to
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