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There are 600,000 Puffins in Newfoundland. Here’s Where to See Them

I think it’s obvious why I wanted to see Newfoundland puffins. The clown-like creatures know how to put on a show, flying and diving and making the funniest noises on earth. They’ve got outlandishly orange beaks that are so ridiculous they shed them in the winter, exposing a grey beak underneath. People call them the …

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You Can Be the First to Visit Newfoundland if You Go Soon

Even if Newfoundland wasn’t on your bucket list before, hear me out.  Its Viking history dates back to 1000 A.D. and John Cabot arrived with the Brits in 1497.  Yet, somehow, this part of Canada is still unknown by most modern travelers.  In a world where overtourism is creeping into dozens of destinations, it was …

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Finding a Winter Fairyland in Quebec City

Snow is underrated.  While everyone else is racing to warm and tropical destinations on their winter getaways, I layer up my long underwear, hide some hand warmers inside my mittens, and embrace the cold. Vieux Quebec (“Old Quebec”) oozes charm all year-round, but a layer of snow transforms it into something magical.  The cobblestone streets …

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How Going to the Yukon Led to A Proposal

Early in a September morning, the Celebrity Millennium docked in Skagway.  The year was 2009 and I was having the absolute time of my life cruising through Alaska.  I was traveling solo — a rarity on cruise ships — but the trip was already the best vacation I’d ever taken, and I was only halfway through the sailing. Even though …

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