Skiing at Blue Mountain, Collingwood

Black Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

This past July, I traveled to the Mayan Riviera in beautiful Mexico, with my boyfriend. I know what your thinking… Why the hell would I go to Mexico during the hottest month. The simple answer is this: traveling on a student budget requires some sacrifices. Despite the scorching sun, I absolutely loved my vacation! Having never been to a tropical beach destination before (other than Florida, no offence Florida love you), I had high expectations from what I imagined it would be like. As soon as I stepped off the plane, these expectations were met… I saw palm trees, and it was hot! Yay. My next immediate thought was, where’s the beach. And then, where’s my bikini.. and the rest of my luggage. Now I’ll spare you all of the boring details and jump to our resort experience.

Since this was my first time traveling alone with my boyfriend, we had to take extra precautions, and make even more preparations than usual. However, luckily we survived our first travel experience together!

Resort: 

We stayed at the Catalonia Yucatan. Like I mentioned, this was my first resort, and I am an easy girl to please, so I loved it. The restaurants were great (Japanese, Italian, etc), there were rooftop restaurants, as well as an all you can eat crepe cafe (I was there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The resort had two seperate pool areas, with huge in pool bars, which I drank margaritas at all day long with my new bartender friends. Seriously, they knew me by name.

If you like Pina Coladas... and laying out on the beach
If you like Pina Coladas… and laying out on the beach
My lifeproof case came in handy
My lifeproof case came in handy

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Tobermory, Ontario

Living in Canada my entire life, I never knew there were such beautiful places until I began venturing into my home country. The first time I visited Tobermory, Ontario, was in 2012, and I loved it so much I went back a second time in 2014! Both times, I stayed at my friends cottage on the lake. Seriously, every girl needs to take a road trip with her friends!!! I cannot even begin to explain the amount of laughs we shared on both of these trips. I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, the drive up, or the stay. From hiking, to drunken campfire nights, to jumping off rocks and cliffs into crystal clear water, this was one of my most memorable trips. Not only did I get to enjoy one of Canadas treasures, but I got to enjoy the company of my best friends.

Trying on this very furry hat. Not really my style!
Trying on this very furry hat. Not really my style! P.S Don’t mind my campfire/lakewater hair:)
I wokeup at 5am while all of my friends were still sleeping. It was so peaceful watching the sunrise over the lake, and from behind the trees. Although hearing the distant cry of cows kind of scared my at first.. Hey im a city girl!
I wokeup at 5am while all of my friends were still sleeping. It was so peaceful watching the sunrise over the lake, and from behind the trees. Although hearing the distant cry of cows kind of scared me at first.. Hey im a city girl!
Such beautiful scenery so close to home.. I sure do love Canada, eh
Such beautiful scenery so close to home.. I sure do love Canada, eh

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