Nova Scotia

The Canada-US Border Is Open. Here’s What Crossing By Land Is Like Right Now

If you’re thinking about crossing the Canadian border, I’ve got plenty of details on what to expect.  Our family recently crossed the border into Canada and then back into the US.  If you prefer to listen to the story than read it, you can check the whole thing out on my podcast. If you just want the quick and dirty, here are some key links: The ArriveCAN app (you need to complete an online application to enter Canada) Nova Scotia pre-arrival application Link to order Abbot BinaxNOW tests (rapid test […]

From My Daughter: Five Places I Want To Visit After Being Quarantined

From time to time, my daughter gets the urge to write a blog post.  She was talking about all the places she wants to visit when it’s safe to travel.  Next thing I know (without any urging from me) she wrote a blog post about her top 5 places she wants to visit.  If you enjoy this post, you can check out some of her previous posts. Without further ado, here you go….. Hi everyone! My name is Cat! You may have heard of me before, for my dad has written […]

See What’s Coming Up On The Blog

If you read my post yesterday about some of the humorous epic fails from our trip, you may have gotten the impression that some more time planning that trip would have likely removed some of the self-inflicted road blocks.  The reality is that I need a few more hours in the day to keep up with everything on my plate.  Who doesn’t? While I was on the road in Europe for the last two weeks, I did my best to keep up on blogging as well as reading all the […]

Things To Do If You’re a Family Traveling to Halifax

My family has been traveling to the Halifax area since I was in Kindergarten.  As I’ve gotten older and had kids of my own, it was natural to bring them up to visit family.  We’ve also enjoyed a few trips to the waterfront in Halifax and Catherine is now at the age where she’s really starting to enjoy the area. Halifax is not as popular as it’s West coast counterpart, Vancouver.  Like Vancouver, it’s a maritime city with plenty to do and see.  We timed our visit this to year […]

Review: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax

One of the many new benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is that award stays count towards earning elite status on a yearly basis AND count towards lifetime status.  Since I hadn’t yet re-qualified for Platinum this year and still need about 200 nights to achieve lifetime Platinum, I made the decision to burn a bunch of Starpoints this summer for award stays.  There were no Cash & Point stays available (which is one of the truly best values), but I was able to find rooms at all our […]