Our Short Vancouver Trip

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It probably wasn’t the wisest choice to go to Vancouver in November since it’s kind of their rainy season.  Despite some rain on our trip, we still managed to have a few sunny days.  We stayed in the downtown area, about a 30 minute walk from Stanley park and we pretty much walked when we could even though we had a car.

Vancouver is an absolutely gorgeous city, friendly to tourists, and exceptionally diverse.  We didn’t fly directly there but instead landed in Seattle and booked a rental car for a road trip up.  Our trip was only 4 nights and 5 days, which we spent a good portion with family.  When it was just us, we got to visit Stanley park to walk along the sea wall, see the totem poles, and best of all, see the view of the city skyline.  It was amazing.  We also got a chance to visit Lyn Canyon Park to snap a photo on their suspension bridge.  I’d have to say I’ve never smelled pine trees that strongly the way I did at Lyn Canyon Park.  It smelled so fresh and amazing.

For those wanting to visit Vancouver, I would recommend going either in the warmer months or at least around September/October when it’s not raining.  I think there’s just so much to do here, especially for nature enthusiasts.  If we ever take a second trip back, I’d like to visit Buschart Gardens on Victoria Island or see Whistler and take the gondola ride up the mountain.

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Why Traveling is a Priority

For me, life is not meant to be in one place.  Maybe it’s my upbringing in a military household and I’ve gotten used to moving around every 4 years.  Who knows.  But after about 6 months of staying put, I go stir crazy and have this urge to travel.  I’m very thankful for a husband who entertains all my travel planning though.  Sometimes he reigns it in, but for the most part enjoys every bit of the memories we’ve created together.

In my humblest opinion, everyone should make traveling a priority.  Of course not to the extent of financial ruin, but it’s beneficial for so many reasons:

  1. You get to experience new cultures and a new perspective.  It can possibly broaden your mind and help to understand those different from you.
  2.  Traveling makes me miss home.  Funny enough I’m more appreciative of my daily life when I get back.
  3. Traveling makes for good small talk.  I love hearing other people’s travel adventures.  It all the more motivates me to plan the next trip.

For some reason I always get asked, “So where are you going next year?”  I guess creating this blog is somewhat a way for me to share my trips with those interested, along with my travel planning thoughts, and how I budget.

So please stay tuned!