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Dreaming of a holiday?


Shop around before you book a flight (courtesy: June Mancini)
Shop around before you book a flight (courtesy: June Mancini)

Nicole Karkic, Weather Broadcaster, The Weather Network

March 22, 2013 — If you're dreaming about a holiday, you're not alone.

We'd love to hear about your vacation plans! (courtesy: Joe Price)
We'd love to hear about your vacation plans! (courtesy: Joe Price)

I’ve been reminiscing about my past travels, and I’d like to share some of my experiences with you. I hope I can provide inspiration to people who are planning (or just dreaming about) a get-away.

Boston is a great city to visit.

I was there this past fall, during my birthday -- and I loved how the city was dripping with history.

Boston is home to the Freedom Trail, one of America's first historic walking tours. On it, you’ll be able to take in countless historical sights.

If walking isn’t your thing, you must go on a Duck Tour. These tour buses are a fantastic way to get around.

I’ll admit, Duck Tours are “touristy”, and I was hesitant to hop on the bus, especially when I found out that it would enter the water and float us around the city for part of the tour.

But this turned out to be my favourite part of the trip.

You can sit back, relax, and be entertained by a hilarious guide.

If you’re looking for something with Hollywood appeal, stop by Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on 429 Columbus Avenue. A scene from the Mark Wahlberg film Ted was shot there, and there are pictures celebrity guests taped up around the shop.

I like restaurants that are favoured by locals, and this place was full of them.

Be prepared to share your table with other customers. Space is limited at this small, albeit popular, spot.

I’ve been to Jupiter, have you?

A few years ago, I was invited to attend a wedding in Jupiter, Florida.

I’d never heard of this part of the sunshine state and didn't have much time to explore the area -- but I will always remember The Food Shack.  

It's in an unassuming strip mall, and you'll likely find it packed to the brim with people.

The restaurant felt cozy. It was full of happy customers and it had bright red walls and lots of artwork, hung up in a haphazard fashion.

A walking tour is a great way to explore a new city
A walking tour is a great way to explore a new city

We had to wait over an hour to get a seat -- but it was worth it.

The food was exciting and fresh. 

My stomach is growling just thinking about a melt-in-your-mouth blackened fish taco, and the freshest tuna and basil rolls I’ve ever had.

I can still taste the complex flavours of the crispy coconut shrimp.

If you’re looking something that’s très chic ... 

Shop around using a website like tripadvisor.com. I use it every time I plan a vacation, often with great success.

Last year, an online search helped me find one of the cheapest bed & breakfasts on St Barts Island.

The island is famous for being safe and having good food, which may be why it's a rumoured hot spot for celebrities.

My hotel wasn’t on the beach and my room was tiny. I thought these things would bother me, but in the end, I couldn't have cared less.

Every day in St. Barts is an adventure.

The food is exceptional, right down to the coffee and bread served at small food huts. There are a variety of public beaches you can explore and all you’ll need is a towel and some sunscreen.

The island also lived up to its celebrity appeal. During an evening stroll on the waterfront, I spotted American Idol’s Simon Cowell.

I also caught a glimpse of Steve Martin and Martin Short!

There’s nothing like a little star 'gazing' to make a vacation even more exciting.

If you’re planning on hopping on a plane, I’d love to live vicariously through you! Send me a tweet or leave a comment below and tell me about your adventures.

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