The New and Upcoming Japan Town (J-Town) of Toronto, Canada

Toronto, being world renowned for being highly multi-cultural and accepting of all cultures, has many famous pockets such as Spadina’s China Town and Little India in the Greenwood area.

Japan on the other hand, has never established a neighbourhood for itself until recently.  With the increasing popularity of Japanese brands such as Uniqlo and Muji (both now in/near the Eaton Centre) the Dundas Street and Bay Street area of Toronto is quickly establishing itself as the ‘Japan Town’ (or J-Town to some) of Toronto.

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Naturalvolcanic gas (CO2) Treatment, Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic

Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic is known for its history, healing springs and luxurious spa resorts.  These spa resorts not only focus on relaxation, but are proven to treat numerous other diseases and disorders, such as:

  • Locomotive system disorders (from back to joints to osteoporosis)
  • Kidney and urinary tract disorders
  • Respiratory tract illnesses
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Gynecologic illnesses (including infertility therapy)
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Oncological diseases
  • Digestive system illnesses
  • Nervous system diseases

One of the more popular treatments is the Naturalvolcanic gas (CO2) Treatment.  Slightly out of the ordinary, this treatment is said to improve blood circulation, kidney activity and sexual functions, in addition to having an anti-inflammatory effects.  Although the first time can be a little intimidating, it is pain free procedure and does not require much preparation (as the above video shows).  This procedure can be combined with multiple other procedures.  For a full list, see here.

For Those With Unlimited Wedding Budgets, Moser Glass is Your Go-To for Glassware.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a healthy royalty-like wedding budget, trust your glassware to Moser Glass in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.  World-renowned for its glassware, Moser handcrafts each of its pieces and has been used in celebrations worldwide by celebrities and royalty alike.

Since each piece is handcrafted, not only is each piece unique, it makes for a great takeaway for guests attending the event.  Furthermore, the glassware can be custom made to most shapes and sizes, making it easy to match up with different themes and colours.

To get a true taste of what’s possible, be sure to book a factory tour at their main factory in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

Open Letter to Curaçao Tourist Board – Travel Massive Island & #LifeOnCuracao


Dear Curaçao Tourist Board:

First off, let me begin by thanking you for hosting the October Toronto Travel Massive event. I look forward to learning about your great island and its many offerings.

But why stop with the Toronto event? As you might be aware, Travel Massive has over 100 chapters around the world. On top of this, Travel Massive is always looking for great places to host its Travel Massive Island conference. Think of it as a regular Travel Massive event, but with members coming from all around the world to your island.

Travel Massive Island started off as an April Fool’s joke, but quickly evolved into a gathering of travel influencers, bloggers, travel execs and industry insiders.  The concept by Travel Concept Solutions is all about gathering people from around the world to help destinations discover the best angles on how to reach its target travellers.  This is on top of all the online exposure during and after the conference.

The previous Travel Massive Island host was Ios, Greece (#LifeOnIos). We came together to help rebrand the island with sustainability as the focus. Some of the attendees and content from the conference can be found here and below:

Diego (Viajando con Diego)

More of his videos here.

Jenna (Give For Granted)

Alicia (Alicia Explores)

Other attendees:
Sally Davey – Product Director, TripAdvisor
Lucas Estevam – SnapChat Superstar
Joao Brotto – Travel Blogger
Emily Zanier – Travel Blogger


So what motivates our members to attend Travel Massive Island? Well it comes down to passion. At our last event, the majority of attendees paid their own way there because of their desire to help shape the future of travel marketing and content creation. The value of gathering, networking and the creation of new ideas was enough to attract Travel Massive members to gather from around the world. In return, we ask for time and support around the discovery of the island, accommodations and meals. All in all, the ROI for you (as per our Ios case study) is Massive (yes, pun intended).

So what do you think?  Intrigued? Let’s chat at the Toronto event.  #LifeOnCuracao



Which is Better for Travellers? DJI Mavic vs. GoPro Karma. DJI wins.


If you’re considering getting a drone to capture travel footage and comparing between DJI’s Mavic and GoPro’s Karma, which is better?  Here’s some food for thought.

Both are very similar in that they are both a lot smaller than previous drones on the market and fold nicely into a backpack.  The one thing that makes the design of the DJI Mavic brilliant is the thought they put into the weight.

Why the weight you ask?  Well the DJI Mavic is 1.64lbs/743g, well below the 1kg threshold, which means it does not have to be registered in many countries, such as Ireland and Belgium.  This list grows if you are planning to use the drone for commercial purposes.  In comparison, the GoPro Karma weighs 2.22lbs/1006g, which puts it over the 1kg limit set by many countries/regions.  This makes DJI Mavic more travel friendly in the sense that it requires less paperwork depending on where you plan on flying and filming.

Of course, normal flight restrictions still apply, alongside any insurance requirements.  For an unofficial list of restricted areas, use AirMap or visit UAV Coach.

Berlin Beaches – Strandbad Wannsee Beach Area

Berlin, although a landlocked city, has a great beach area on the outskirts of the city.  The Strandbad Wannsee area is very family friendly with full washrooms and change rooms.  It also neighbours a marina with plenty of boating options, including sailing.  From central Berlin, it is about 30 minutes by train and another 15 minutes of walking (from the station to the beach area).  Access to the beach area is roughly €5.50 depending on your age and student status.

KnowRoaming International SIM & Data Plan Review


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I recently teamed up with KnowRoaming to review its international unlimited roaming sim card/data plan throughout Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and France). KnowRoaming has various plans, including its unlimited $7.99USD/day data plan. For context, the big cellular providers can cost $5+/MB when you’re overseas.

As anticipated, it worked well. At first, it was nice to be able to check email, tweet, and post like I was at home without the worry of overages or additional costs. But as I started to travel and move about Europe, it dawned on me that it was more than that. It’s not just about being able to check your email all the time, but more about piece-of-mind, safety, and being as efficient as possible while you travel.

That said, I decided to compile a list of not-so-obvious reason why a KnowRoaming international roaming sim is important for all travellers.

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River Surfing in Prague, Czech Republic

Although a land-locked country, it is in fact possible to surf in Prague, Czech Republic.  Thanks to the efforts of Jan Maršík and his team, river surfing has become a reality.

Born from a dream of wanting to have a local spot to ride a wave and hangout with like-minded people, Maršík set out to make this happen in 2013 when he started construction on the Elbe River in Brandy’s Nad Labem.  Today, it’s a favourite among locals and tourist alike.  See here for the full story.

Not only is it great for beginner and intermediate surfers, the surrounding history makes the area a great place to just walk around.  Before hitting the waves, be sure to check out the Brandy’s Nad Labem Castle.  Also the third oldest bridge in the Czech Republic is just down the stream from the surf spot.

Interested?  See Maršík’s website (Czech only) or sign-up for the tour at Biko Adventures.