Top 3 Travel Destinations // Sponsor Spotlight

In the fall, we took advantage of the cheap flights and booked a trip back to the land of the midnight sun, Alaska. We couldn't wait to introduce the little one to our friends and the place that we love.  A lot of thought went into the flights we chose, right down to the length of the layover. We were so excited.

Rewind to a few weeks ago when I got a call from Expedia. Turns out, American Airlines cancelled their early morning Toronto to Chicago flights, and they wanted to reroute us through Dallas. Toronto to Dallas, Dallas to Anchorage, with a one hour layover in between. Seriously? A 12+ hour travel day with a 3 month old just didn't seem appealing the more thought we put into it, and sadly, we had to cancel our trip (luckily with a full refund from AA). After much consideration, its probably for the best. We will try again next summer, when she'll be almost 18 months old, be able to play with our friends' kids and actually enjoy herself. 

So, since we no longer have any BIG travel plans this summer, I'm reminiscing of past trips and sharing my recent top 3 travel destinations...

Homer, Alaska. Known as the "halibut fishing capital of the world", we have visited Homer a few times on fishing trips out on Kachemak Bay. Our most recent a few summers ago, when we didn't have any luck with the halibut, but enjoyed the view and visiting a friends' oyster farmSituated on the shore of Kachemak Bay (about 4 hours south of Anchorage)Homer's most distinguishing feature is the Homer Spit - a narrow 7.2 km long gravel bar that extends into the bay and houses the harbour, many restaurants, small shops and an inn. Always fun to explore. Mountains and water, I'm in love.

Homer, Alaska

Seattle, Washington. A few summers ago, we stopped in Seattle for 4 days on our way back from Alaska. If you're into playing tourist, I highly recommend buying the CityPASS, which allowed us to tour all of the popular tour destinations - from the Seattle Aquarium to a scenic harbour cruise. With its location right on the water, access to fresh seafood and selection of craft beers, we instantly fell in love with the city and would go back in a heart beat.

Seattle, Washington

Washington, DC. Washington was a city that surprised me. For a long time, I had no desire to visit, until I got there. As a Canadian that lived in the US for 3 years, experiencing an election while living there and a lover of House of Cards, I found it fascinating to explore the monuments and historical landmarks that I had only read or heard about in books or on TV. If you plan on visiting the city, I recommend taking a hop on-hop off narrative bus tour, which will allow you to visit the sights at your own pace.  

Washington, DC

And because I can't pick just 3...

Rome, Italy. Our surprise family vacation last summer took us to Rome, Italy. Despite the heat and mass amounts of tourists, Rome climbed high on my list. There are so many sights to see that it was hard to fit everything in to just a few days. And the food... pizza, pasta, antipasto and wine galore. The food is to die for!

Rome, Italy

Let's see this month's Small Town sponsors' favourite travel destinations...

Christina from Route Bliss
What are the top 3 cities that you've visited?
Vienna, Austria. So many reasons I love this city, but essentially the history, the architecture, and the culture are visible no matter where you are in the city.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Its the gateway to Grand Teton National Park (and the south end of Yellowstone National Park) + the scenic views from this (expensive) Old West town make me want to go back permanently if I could ever afford to live there.

Colorado Springs, Colorado. Of all the places I've traveled, this is on the very short list of places I'd up and move to if I ever leave Texas. With Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods in its back yard as well as an hour from Denver, its the perfect place for an outdoor lover. Plus, the Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy are located there as well.

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Libby from Health, Love & Fire
What are the top 3 cities that you've visited?
Las Vegas, Nevada. We not only traveled there for some fun vacations with friends and for short getaways, but we also spent our Babymoon there where we got an amazing suite upgrade. I think I love Vegas so much because you can lounge by the pool all day and then enjoy some amazing restaurants and shows in the evening! A suntan, fruity drink and an amazing show to top off the day and I'm there! 

Seattle, Washington. Just a short drive from Portland where we live, Seattle is a fun city to visit. It's right on the water and has some of the most amazing seafood and views! We also like to travel there to see our favorite baseball team play whenever they're visiting.  Go Braves!! We enjoy walking around Pikes Place Market, sight seeing at some of the amazing tourist locations like the Space Needle, watching a baseball game and just relaxing in a really beautiful city! 

San Diego, California. Another city where we enjoy watching some baseball. But this location is the best of both of my other favorites. You can enjoy your time in the sun and catch a baseball game. I'm definitely a warm weather traveler & plan most of our trips around the chance for some pool or beach time. San Diego is so close to some amazing beach towns, just a drive from Disney, has some great downtown areas for food and drinks and has a baseball team! Are you sold yet? 

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