4 Tips for Cruising with a Large Family

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So, your family doesn’t fit the typical two adult, two child model {mine sure doesn't!} Does this mean cruising is out of the question? Ten years ago the answer might have been yes. Not only were cruises cost prohibitive, there were few rooms available that could accommodate a larger family. Today the situation is different. Larger families are choosing to take cruises, whether it’s with immediate family members or … [Read more...]

Saving Money on Holiday Airfare

Saving Money on Holiday Airfare

Holiday airfare is not only expensive, it sometimes can be impossible to book if you wait too long or need to change your plans. Saving money on holiday airfare also happens to be something that a lot of travellers think isn't possible, but there are ways to shave dollars off normal fares, and even save on last minute flights. Even if you cannot find a super cheap flight, there might be other ways of saving, or earning … [Read more...]

Book a Hotel & Pay Later with Expedia.ca

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Other than our first couple of trips when we needed an agent to hold our hand, we've since booked all our hotels and vacations online, ourselves. There's a lot to be said about sitting at home all cozy, with destination tabs open on the computer, and letting your fingers plan the magic of the escape.  The process was always the same: choose, book, pay and then wait for departure day to arrive. When booking … [Read more...]

Sheraton Macao Partners with Dreamworks

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When it comes to traveling with kids, some hotels just knock it out of the park. Sheraton Macao is one of those hotels. The property, which boasts almost 4,000 rooms on the Cotai Strip, has partnered with Dreamworks to offer fun and interactive programs that let kids get face-to-face with their favourite Dreamworks characters like Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda.  Photo: Sheraton Macao Here’s how they’re doing … [Read more...]

Expedia.ca has a new Travel Writer!


It's a fact that travel has been a true passion of mine for many years. The spark started on my very first trip ever, a school exchange to Europe in High School. This excursion to France and Germany started a flame that only grew stronger. It's a longing to explore + live + experience the world around me, eyes and heart open. One of the many reasons why I'm thankful for this space called My Organized Chaos, is that I … [Read more...]

Unwind and Unplug at Nipika Mountain Resort


In the breathtaking British Columbia Rockies, there is a mountain resort called Nipika, nestled in a valley just outside Kootenay National Park. Just a 20 minute drive from Invermere, Nipika Mountain Resort is a place that brings you back to the basics. It's a resort that the family goes to unwind, connect, unplug and play. Accommodations at Nipika Mountain Resort are hand-built and beautiful log cabins. The … [Read more...]

Around the World at The Calgary Zoo


I'm fortunate that the City of Calgary is just a quick drive from where I live. It's a city that we visit often - to take in attractions, do some fantastic shopping yet usually our stay is a wonderful mix of it all. One favourite through the years is a visit to The Calgary Zoo. The Calgary Zoo Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has seen me as a child, a teen, met each of my babies and has watched us all grow … [Read more...]

Generations Riviera Maya Launches Little Eko Chefs

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts is renowned for its Gourmet Inclusive® Experience - I've talked about this a lot on My Organized Chaos. Well, there's great news for the little travelers in your group - the launch of Little Eko Chefs at the newly opened Generations Riviera Maya {my review, with video, at the link}!  Little Eko Chefs offers foodie families a unique experience - … [Read more...]

Hyatt Place Los Angeles – LAX El Segundo


Earlier this month I stayed at the Hyatt Place Los Angeles while in the city on business. Located 2 miles from the LAX airport, the Hyatt Place Los Angeles is the ideal hotel for layovers, those on business or travellers who want to have easy access to attractions and businesses in both El Segundo and Los Angeles. When staying at Hyatt Place Los Angeles, there is a free shuttle from the airport … [Read more...]

Reading Road Trip in Turks and Caicos


Last November when my husband and I went to Sandals Negril, the one Island Routes trip we desperately wanted to take, was the Reading Road Trip by the Sandals Foundation. Unfortunately, we just missed the bus {literally}, and we wouldn't be there for the next one. Fast forward a month when my daughter and I stayed at Beaches Negril, we had the opportunity to attend a Christmas Party with the Sandals Foundation, where … [Read more...]

A Summer of Frozen Fun at Walt Disney World


Let's take a moment to chat about Frozen-fun. Perhaps you've seen this Disney film? Maybe you've heard a song to two? {chuckle} My twins already know every word and sing every song {on repeat}. Sophia is always 'Anna' and Katie is 'Elsa', when playing pretty much any game. In fact, I've already scoured the net looking for inspiration for their late July birthday party that is themed Frozen.  Then, the … [Read more...]