TurnipseedTravel

Vanessa Chiasson is an ocean loving Maritimer now settled as a professional travel blogger, freelance writer, and social media strategist in Ottawa. Her diverse travels include the coffee farms of Hawaii, the national parks of Malawi, and the streets of Paris - where she ran a marathon! Vanessa is the 2013 Norfolk County Travel Writer of the Year and was named on the White House's list of the top 100 most influential travel bloggers. You can read more about her adventures at TurnipseedTravel.com and follower her on Twitter @Turnipseeds

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Planning a Family Friendly Visit to Bruges

| December 18, 2014 | 12 Comments
Planning a Family Friendly Visit to Bruges

Bruges is the embodiment of European charm. This small Belgium city is the personification of romance and quaintness; even sceptical travelers can’t help but fall in love with it. Bruges is also clean, safe, easy to navigate, family friendly, and affordable. Here’s how to make the most of your time in what I think may […]

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A Christmas Classic: The Body Shop’s White Musk Gift Sets Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 12/31

| December 12, 2014 | 83 Comments
A Christmas Classic: The Body Shop’s White Musk Gift Sets Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 12/31

For as long as I can remember, Christmas and the Body Shop have gone hand in hand. It all started with an aunt of mine who would always send me a jumbo sized bottle of cocoa butter lotion, a product I use to this day. Then in my first year of university, I received a […]

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Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrates Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 12/31

| December 11, 2014 | 55 Comments
Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrates Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 12/31

I’m an absolute devotee of the Body Shop and theirs are the only products I consistently pack to come along for the ride when I travel. And it’s a good thing I have them with me on the road, because traveling absolutely destroys my skin. The alternating hot and cold temperatures, the dry air in […]

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Get the 411 on 3-1-1 Kits

| July 11, 2014 | 18 Comments
Get the 411 on 3-1-1 Kits

Are you looking for the 411 on 3-1-1 kits? Airport security regulations are the stuff of quirky and peculiar legend and it pays to be prepared and organized – and never have your liquids confiscated again. What’s a 3-1-1 Kit? The term “3-1-1” kit refers to a TSA regulation dating back to the summer of […]

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Affordable, Family Friendly Fun at the Grand Canyon

| July 8, 2014 | 21 Comments
Affordable, Family Friendly Fun at the Grand Canyon

At one time or another, most families have dreamed of taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon. This spectacular natural wonder holds a special appeal for everyone from ages 5 to 95 and, best of all, it can be as affordable as it is family friendly. Here are 5 tips to get the most […]

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Body Shop’s Hemp Products Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 06/09

| May 15, 2014 | 50 Comments
Body Shop’s Hemp Products Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 06/09

If there was ever a time and place to put the Body Shop’s Hemp products to the test, it was the Ottawa winter. It’s still going strong and showing no signs of letting up! As I write this as the snow swirls around the house, every fresh new centimeter threatening to topple the ever-growing snow […]

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Pools, Planes, and Potties: Top Travel Bloggers Talk Family Travel

| December 3, 2013 | 2 Comments
Pools, Planes, and Potties: Top Travel Bloggers Talk Family Travel

What happens when you ask five of the world’s top family travel bloggers to share their dreams, nightmares, tips, tricks, and family secrets? There’s painful honesty, a lot of fun, and endless motivation to travel, travel more, and travel with your family. Here’s what five of the best said about travelling with their children and […]

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Security Shakedown: Navigating Airport Security With Ease

| September 10, 2013 | 3 Comments
Security Shakedown: Navigating Airport Security With Ease

Everyone has a crazy story tell about airport security, from suspicious breast milk in 2002 to the liquids ban of 2006, to removing belts, shoes, and goodness knows what else. While many security measures may seem silly, annoying, or unnecessary, they do prove effective. Every year, American TSA agents confiscate thousands of guns and other […]

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Candy and Crisis: Thoughts on Goody Bags and Airplane Meltdowns

| August 29, 2013 | 2 Comments
Candy and Crisis: Thoughts on Goody Bags and Airplane Meltdowns

Many months ago, an utterly charming story hit the blogosphere, where it stubbornly remains on every “25 stories that will restore your faith in humanity” list imaginable. A young couple, traveling on an airplane with their baby twins, made candy filled goody bags for their fellow passengers, with an endearing note attached which offered advanced […]

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Lovin’ LEGOLAND!

| July 4, 2013 | 13 Comments
Lovin’ LEGOLAND!

I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the world and see some extraordinary sites, but nothing gets as big a reaction as LEGOLAND! I’ve had everyone from age 5 to 65 tell me how lucky I was to see LEGOLAND and I’m happy to take you inside that adventure! So Close to Home! Families in […]

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Kid-Free Zone or No-Go Zone? ~ Tuesday Tips

| May 28, 2013 | 3 Comments
Kid-Free Zone or No-Go Zone? ~ Tuesday Tips

Who is your ideal seatmate on an airplane? Is it a handsome bachelor in a business suit, wielding a briefcase and a smile? How about a young female student, diligently reading? Many travellers admit to adopting a no-eye contact, fervent plea of “not me, not me” when they see the elderly, the anxious, the overweight, […]

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Tents, Not “Tense” ~ Camping Tips

| May 7, 2013 | 8 Comments
Tents, Not “Tense” ~ Camping Tips

As beautiful spring weather bursts forth, I just want to get outside and enjoy nature.  Everywhere I look, I see kids going crazy with the glee of being outdoors, without snowsuits and boots, enjoying the finest of the season – getting into mud, checking out the flowers, running through the grass. If this fine weather […]

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