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In a country where winter is present almost every day, you would think that Christmas would hold a little less excitement than in some countries. But in fact, Canada does Christmas just like the rest of us, and you’ll be able to celebrate with markets, mulled wine and plenty of festive fun wherever you go.

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Québec City

Starting off with one of the most festive places in the country, Old Québec in the winter becomes transformed into a festive village straight out of a Dickensian novel. They hold a German market every year, which allows you to hold a warming mug of mulled wine as you travel from stall to stall- tasting various meats, cheeses and alcohol.

Montreal

Montreal does Christmas very similar to Paris, and focusses on French cuisine and treats. praline-chocolate pinecones are amongst the winter treats you’ll be able to pick at throughout the city. Activities include ice skating in the city center, busy markets, craft fairs and dazzling light displays.

Ottawa

The capital of Canada holds an illumination ceremony every year and sets the tone for the entire country throughout the festive season. During the festivities, you’ll be able to enjoy firework displays and carol singers around the city. The lighting of the Christmas tree is an event in itself, and you will also be able to go ice skating throughout December.

Niagara Falls

Not only is Niagara falls one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world, but it is also a unique place to spend your Christmas. Every year, you will be able to visit the falls and witness a magical fireworks display, and also celebrate the festive of lights. Take a wintery walk along the 8km route of the Niagara Parks and enjoy a taste of nature this festive season.

Toronto

Canada’s largest city, Toronto goes large on its Christmas celebrations too. In Nathan Phillips square, you’ll get your first taste of festivities with the lighting of the enormous tree which rests there. You’ll be able to also enjoy a spot of ice skating in the square with your loved ones. At the Hudson’s Bay store, you will be treated to a wonderful Christmas display- which they put in their windows every single year and has become a tradition in this city. The Toronto Christmas market is arguably the most impressive of them all, and is set in a Victorian district of the city known as the Distillery Historic District. Sip on mulled wine and take a look at unique crafts, gifts and lots of food.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick holds a month-long event during the winter, known as the festival of lights. It runs through December to January. Book a stay at Days Inn and Conference Centre Dalhousie and enjoy the holiday music which plays throughout St Andrews, and enjoy the Firemen’s Candlelight Parade as you listen. The whole area becomes illuminated with beautiful lights which set the tone for a festive Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas markets as you walk through the snowy streets.

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There’s no doubt about it: the world is a pretty big place. But though there are 196 countries that make up planet earth, a large chunk of earth’s land mass is actually covered by a few giants who take up a lot of space. On the one hand, this can make traveling through them rather annoying, purely because they’re so large. On the other hand, though, the diversity and sheer scale of these nations mean it’s not possible to be bored when you’re at these places. Here are five massive countries worth visiting.

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The United States

Let’s start right in the United States. If you’ve never taken a road trip from east to west, north to south, then you’ve missed large chunks of what makes this country great. The diversity doesn’t lie in the culture – the cultural differences between places are more subtle than when compared to, say, Europe – but the landscapes. Start in the dizzying concrete jungle that is New York City and head to California; along the way, you’ll find rivers, woods, canyons, and much more, sometimes even in the same state!

Russia

As the largest nation on earth, there’s a lot to discover in Russia, though many people usually focus on the big cities and a few select natural areas. The vast majority of Russia is comprised of wilderness, so try not to take a wrong turn! As you might expect from a country of the size, you can do just about any outdoor activity. One underrated highlight is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the country’s most eastern town, which is a hot spot for mountain hikes and kayaking, as well as delicious food.

Canada

When we talk about traveling through Canada, we’re usually talking about the 100km close to the United States, which is where nearly all Canadians live and where the cities are. Canada is pretty sparse when it comes to population, and a lot of its appeal lies in the natural beauty of the country. If you take a road trip through Alberta and on to British Columbia, you’ll be passing some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain and lake views. Take a camera!

Australia

Australia is another country that is big in size, not so big in population. This is a mecca for adventure lovers; Australia vacations can include sampling some of the world’s best cities, exploring the world’s most beautiful underwater regions, testing yourself in rugged terrain, or simply enjoying the country’s pristine beaches (and laid back beach life). It’s Adventureland, basically, and those who take on its gigantic size will be happily rewarded.

Brazil

Like the other countries on this list, diversity abounds in Brazil. You can get lost in the excitement of Rio or Sao Paulo, take yourself away from the crowds and enjoy the country’s extensive coastline, or you can prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime trip deep into the Amazon Rainforest, the largest such forest in the world. Whether you’re a nature lover, beach bum, or city dweller, Brazil’s large size ensure that it caters for everyone.

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We overheard a conversation recently about traveling alone where both of them were against the idea of it. But you never really travel alone – not really- because the world is jam-packed full of people, friends you haven’t made yet, adventure buddies that you have yet to laugh with.

Don’t get us wrong, running off with your childhood sweetheart, vacationing with your family, a weekend away with your BFFs; it’s all amazing. But there is an ocean of stars out there, and each star represents a reason to go it alone.

Single, loved-up, outgoing, introverted, lost, happy, newly-wed, bereaved; it doesn’t matter, there are so many reasons that make traveling solo a must-have experience. And here are the best of the bunch:

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You Get Around

The one thing a group of travelers doesn’t have is the privilege of spontaneity. The more of you there are, the harder it becomes to move around. Booking a trip becomes harder. Planning a tripper becomes needed. Flights, boats, buses, hitchhiking, it all becomes more challenging when you are in a group. But not when you’re riding solo. You pick a time and place and ba-bye everything else.

It’s Your Bucket List

When you try to please everyone you rarely please anyone. Yes, we know life is all about sacrifice and compromise, but it doesn’t have to be, not when you are traveling by yourself. If there is somewhere you want to go then go. You can work through your bucket list in the order you want to do it. Want to see Canada, then Petra, followed by the Maldives and then get to Aus by working your way there on a boat because, well, because you can, then do it. You can entertain your dreams and no one can stop you.

Make The Heart Grow Stronger

We’re not saying you should spend all of your weekends and all your allocated holiday time going it alone, just every so often. Trust us, it will be an incredible thing for you and those you are leaving behind, whether family, friends, loved ones or whatever. Your heart grows stronger, your trust increases, your independence gets that kick it needs. You could use it to your advantage too. How? Well, imagine you find paradise somewhere. That place you love. That place you need to share with that special someone. Why not take them there. Send a personal invite. Get yourself a postcard maker and use an image of your new paradise on the cover, an address and a date and have them meet you there, or book a holiday to come back and show them. What’s more romantic or special than that.

Make New Friends

Half hour friendships or lifelong bonds, it doesn’t matter; meeting new people is one of the greatest things any of us can do, and traveling alone almost forces our hand. It’s incredible how a simple hello can lead to a thousand possibilities, and it is incredible how your perspective changes when you take that experience home. All too often we tell ourselves we are too busy to meet new people, but that shouldn’t be the case. So travel alone and strike up conversations with random people; locals, the person sat next to you on the bus, people in your hostel, that backpacker that’s by themselves. Everyone has a story and it those stories you hear while traveling that tends to be the best.

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It can be tricky trying to decide where to take your next vacation. After all, there are so many options that it can be tricky to figure out what to choose. If you’re really struggling, then the best thing to do is to try and find somewhere that offers you as much as possible. Some places are nice, but they have one thing to offer, and after that, they can get pretty stale. One place where that is most certainly not the case is Canada. No matter what kind of vacation you’re looking for, Canada has something for just about everyone. If you feel like you need a little more convincing, here are some of the reasons to visit this incredible country.

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Natural Beauty

Canada has a greater range of natural wonders than many other countries combined. The sheer scope of the landscape is, frankly, staggering. Canada has one of the largest coastlines in the world and boasts mountains, lakes, forests, arctic snows, and even some deserts! From the Canadian Rockies to its many national parks, the natural beauty of Canada is enough to leave you speechless.

Safety

Canada is consistently one of the safest places in the developed world. Its crime rates have fallen consistently for many years, and the levels of violent crime are absolutely tiny compared to places like the USA. Not only that but they even have methods to protect travelers and their borders without being discriminatory thanks to their eTA program. You can visit the website to find out more about how this program has made Canada safer and more secure for both citizens and tourists alike.

Diversity

It’s not just the landscape of Canada that’s incredibly diverse either. As a country that is built on people from all across the world, Canada prides itself on its cultural diversity. As well as all of the remarkable natural areas, Canada is filled with urban areas that boast some amazing ethnic neighborhoods, stores, and restaurants. Few places give you the opportunity to learn about the lives and histories of so many different kinds of people.

Price

With all of these incredible things to offer you would assume that Canada would be an incredibly expensive place to visit, but in reality, it’s not. The Canadian dollar is generally worth less than the US dollar, meaning that it’s a far more affordable exchange. Not only but many of the most bustling and vibrant cities in Canada aren’t all that expensive either. From accommodation to food prices, pretty much everyone can afford the wonderful experience that Canada can offer.

Nightlife

Not only is Canada’s culture incredibly diverse but it’s also very much alive and thriving. There are almost always events and festivals going on in one of its many cities so that pretty much every single time you step out of your door, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting to do.

The wonderful thing about Canada is that it’s the kind of place that you should visit over and over and never see all of it. Even just spending a little bit of time there is likely to get you completely hooked!

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Accessorizing an outfit should be about giving that little lift of personality where otherwise there might not have been any. Whilst simple additions are sometimes best, refined doesn’t have to mean generic. Steer clear of copy-cat necklaces and earrings and opt for something a bit more unconventional. If you’re feeling bold, take a look at this list of alternative accessories

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The Egyptian Cartouche

If you’re looking for a good luck charm look no further than a cartouche style pendant. Originally these were worn by Pharoahs to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck, these pendants are historically important as well as aesthetically pleasing. Cartouches usually bore the name of the royal who was wearing it. It’s oval shape confused Napoleon’s soldiers when they looted ancient tombs in the 19th century. Unable to read the hieroglyphics, they mistook the shapes for bullets and named them after the French for bullets.

Although slightly macabre. These pendants, which were placed around the necks of bodies being prepared for burial, are often copied today. The unique oblong shape, often with writing on it, is inspired by the Egyptians.

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Occasion Rings in North America

Engagement and wedding rings are a chance to indulge in some serious shopping! Unfortunately, so many styles of occasion rings are copies of each other. It can be difficult to find a unique and special symbol of love these days! The best range of engagement rings can be found downtown in Toronto. Diamonds for Less offers a bespoke service that prides itself on individuality. Match solitaire, side-stone, or halo diamonds with a band of your choosing. This allows for personalization, without compromising on craftsmanship. All the rings are hand-made and are ethically sourced.

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The Greek Komboloi

If you’re a fan of beaded jewelry, check out the Greeks version. A Komboloi, or ‘worry beads’, double as an accessory and aid to meditation. The colorful beads are usually made of glass and are strung together to create a bracelet. Thumbing through the beads is supposed to relieve stress. The tassel at the end of the bracelet adds a pretty touch to these functional beads! The first of these beaded designs were used by Greek monks. It helped them to pray, much like rosary beads.

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African Beads

Sticking with beads, African beads have been worn for generations and are seen as an essential part of culture and history. Although the beads are used as a decorative item, they also say a lot about the wearer. Beads can communicate status and tribal alignments, depending on the style and design. They are also worn for religious ceremonies. Beads were even used as currency at one point. They became a way for tribes in Africa to trade with one another. African people would use organic materials that were readily available to make their beads. Ivory, shells, and wood were all used and could be transformed into necklaces, collars, and even anklets.

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