Iceland 2017 – A Video Summary

Better late than never! Here’s an upload of some our special moments that we had on our trip to Iceland in 2017!

This isn’t a vlog type video, nor is it a ‘Where to go when you’re in Iceland’ type of video. Rather we wanted this video to capture things that personally interested us or was something we found memorable. In this case, Iceland really won over our hearts just for being beautiful.

Why the Late Post

Sorry I forgot to upload it. Its been posted on our Instagram (@syde_road) for a while though! My bad.

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Two and a Half Days in Arizona – A Road Trip Itinerary

Sunrise at Mather's Point - Grand Canyon South Rim

The last time I saw was in Arizona, I was five. All I remember was being crammed six people per bench inside the belly of a sunny-hued Hummer roaring up the Grand Canyon in what felt like “melting your face off” heat. 

My takeaway was that Arizona was “impressively hot”.

Coming back to Arizona, with a better equipped tolerance for heat, has most definitely opened up my eyes and realized that there is more to this state than viewing the Grand Canyon from the Visitor’s Centre and dying of heat.

If you’re trying to figure out what to do for two or three days in Arizona, then grab a rental car, a tent, some comfy shoes and let’s get hiking with us! We captured the Milky Way, saw the sunrise at the Grand Canyon, hiked Devil’s Bridge, marveled at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and more in our three day road trip in Arizona.

*Note* We did not see the Antelope Canyon but we can promise you that we saw quite a few other beautiful sights that’s worth considering!

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Quebec Road Trip Costs – How I spent only $75/night

How I only spent $75/night on my road trip to Quebec

Oftentimes, vacations would cost me upwards of $1,500 for one week, or approximately $214/day. Unless I somehow double my income, I’ll have to limit myself to having a maximum of one of these vacations a year. So how can I go about incorporating more travel vacations in a year without breaking the bank? Now, I haven’t been tracking the costs of my vacations in detail. Most times, I’m only aware of the final cost of the trip itself. As an experiment, and as a way to start figuring out to have more vacations for less, I started to track how much my Quebec Road Trip cost.

Surprisingly, after all the finances were balanced out, I only spent $75/night!

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Quebec city and Montmorency Falls – Unplanned Road Trip

Winter view of the panoramic stairs near Montmorency Falls

Anson, Kent, and I don’t always travel together. The combination of time zone differences and drastically different work schedules make it difficult to coordinate a trip together. All of us still get the itch to travel so we’ll go off on our own individual side trips without each other – what we might call an “SYDE trip” if you will. Thanks to Family Day, we had a long weekend here in Ontario. So, a different group of friends and I decided to take a road trip to Quebec City and Montmorency Falls.

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Travel Lessons – What I Learned When I Traveled to Montreal

Lessons I Learned When Extending Work Travel for Vacation

Every vacation can provide valuable lessons that we can bring forward to our future vacations and trips. Be that experience a pitfall and learning to avoid them in the future, or scheduling more down time, there’s always something we can take away from a trip beyond good memories.

There are two main lessons that I learned when I traveled to Montreal for a work/play trip combination:

  1. Stay flexible with your trip options and be alright to go on an unplanned trip
  2. ‘Lost time’ or things that feel like they’re a ‘waste of time’ aren’t always a negative thing – you can make it a positive experience by changing your perspective
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