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#SEEXPERIENCE: Ziplining in St. Lucia

As an avid adventure seeker, every time I travel one of the first things I do is either search out some really great spots to cliff jump (there’s something about the views and diving into the ocean that gets me every time), or I try out a local adventure I want to do to remember my trip by!

My most recent travels took me to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia and when in the rainforest why not zipline! I’ve ziplined a few times before both locally and in the Rockies but never in sights as tropical as these ones and let me tell you, the experience was absolutely amazing from start to finish.

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After a short coursr on how to effectively zip down all 12 lines the adventure began. You would think that zipping is easier then it looks, but the truth is you have to remember to slow down before you stop and understand the line you’re about to zip to ensure you make it to the end to avoid getting stuck. You really want to avoid getting stack because as the locals say “we will point, laugh and take pictures of you”. Luckily I only had to experience the embarrassment once and in my defense it was a really long line, but I’m sure we all say that!

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I always love remembering my trips by seeing the amazing sights and creating new experiences, especially ones that each location is known for. This is a great way to truly understand and live the culture in addition to food of course!

– Vanessa Cioffi

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TRAVEL: Inspired by Iceland

Scenic, natural and beautiful. These adjectives do not begin to do Iceland justice. This European country is a mere five hour flight from Toronto, yet most people skip right past it.

Not I.

After seeing a few stunning photographs and reading about Iceland, I decided to make it a destination on my list. Instead of going in the winter months, where it can drop to -5°C, I opted to go in the summer where the weather would be milder, around 15°C. With a suitcase full of Boohoo outfits (to see them all, click here), my Hi-Tec kicks and my Nella Bella bag, I was all set.

To say that Iceland is scenic, would be a gross understatement. During a half hour drive you can (and probably will) pass through many different types of terrain and the skies can change from a dark grey to bright blue.

I spent two days in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, to get a hold of the local food and culture before driving along the southern coastline. This is where you truly understand the words “breath taking”. The waterfalls are plentiful and every one you pass surpasses the last. The national parks are in pristine condition and offer hiking routes, waterfalls and views that are to die for.

Somewhere along the way, I got lost (it happens more often than not), so I asked a few locals for directions. There were a few places we were told we had to go: Kerið (a volcanic crater lake), Hveragerði (the hot spring capital of the world) and Jökulsárlón (a glacier lagoon). So I punched it into the GPS and off I went.

It was an adventure of a lifetime. The road trip lasted seven days and took me over half way across the country. From exploding geysers, glacier lagoons to river hot springs, this country is truly nature’s paradise.

What We Ate
Since most things need to be imported, food in Iceland can get pricey. However, if you factor this into your budget, be sure to give the seafood a try. A lot of it tends to be fresh (after all, it is an island) and for the adventurous few, some restaurants will even serve whale and horse meat.

Where We Slept
Instead of doing a hotel while we were in Reykjavík, we rented an apartment in the downtown core. This is a great way to get a better idea of the local culture. When I ventured down south, I opted for cottages along the coast. They offered some amazing views of the water and landscapes.

Good To Know
– Although Iceland is a part of Europe, they are not a part of the European Union so they have their own currency, the Icelandic Króna. Cash is always handy but almost everywhere accepts credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and even American Express in some places).
– The tap water is drinkable.  The cold water is amazingly fresh but the warm water smells like eggs. Yes, eggs. That’s because of the sulfer, it is below any dangerous level but it does take some getting used to.
– Renting a car is advisable. Although they have tour buses, the schedules can be limiting. If you drive for hours you can reach waterfalls, glaciers, geysers and come across some unforgettable views. They drive on the same side as us but renting an automatic car is more expensive than renting a manual one.
– Like many other European countries, you can get the tax back if you spend over 4,000ISK. It might take a little bit of research (check out taxfreeworldwide.com) but if you plan on buying something, you can save a few bucks.
– In the span of a day, the weather can vary. Pack layers and ensure that you have an umbrella and gloves at all times. In the morning, it can be drizzling and cool. Around noon, the sun might come out and in the evening it could pour. I guarantee, there is never a dull moment!

– Chenessa Lam

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