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Travel | Take Me Back, Back to Cali

Travel | Take Me Back, Back to Cali

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This summer Sean and I went to California for a week and it was SO FUN. I love the sunshine, the shops, the lifestyle by the beach. We rented a convertible and drove the Pacific Coast highway, ate good food, worked on our tans, and spent a ton of time at Disneyland.

This summer Sean and I went to California for a week and it was SO FUN. I love the sunshine, the shops, the lifestyle by the beach.

This cold weather does not seem to be letting up for all of us in Canada so instead of being wah wah CRYING about it, I’ll relive our summer love in LaLa Land. We stayed at the Disneyland Resort, and thanks to Disneyland and their Canadian team for the invite. It was amazing to live like a kid and experience all the fun of the most magical place on earth.

Hopefully there pix brighten your day!

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Room service prezzie from Mickey Mouse!

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Surf’s up in Malibu

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Oh what I would give to have my feet in the sand right now

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Now this is love! His face vs my face lol ♥

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Holy wood

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Saw a concert at the Hollywood Bowl

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Sunset in Laguna

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Take me back back to Cali.

<3 CASIE

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Travel | Ontario Winter Vacation at Blue Mountain Ski Resort

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I’ve spent the last 24 hours in our little chalet tucked away in the woods. Later this afternoon we checkin to our next destination, The Westin at Blue. Looking forward to skating on the pond later and swimming the heated outdoor pool. I love vacation! It’s been ages since I had a nice relaxing Ontario winter vacation.

Winter vacations aren’t for everyone and I know a lot of people who would rather sunbathe on a nice hot beach but there’s something so peaceful about relaxing in a white winter wonderland. Different people love a nice snowy holiday for different reasons too. Some love to take their all mountain ski and bomb down a slope, others (like me) like to have a relaxing holiday of chilling in heated pools and hot chocolate, and others use the cold as an excuse to drink lots because it will “keep me warm!”

Although, it doesn’t matter what your reason for the holiday is, as long as you have fun!

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We woke up to a whole bunch of fresh show. It’s quite cold and windy. Perfect weather to hibernate and enjoy the scenery. The only sound out here is my boots crunching in the snow with each step.

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No Regrets by Gunnarolla on YouTube

No Regrets by Gunnarolla on YouTube

I met Andrew aka Gunnarolla via Twitter when we found out we’d both been chosen to go on the trip to Thailand with Contiki. He is simply amazing and super talented. One of my fav people from the trip for sure. This is us with Sam and Leah on the last night in Thailand making up a song on the spot. It was simply hilarious.

The video below is Andrew’s latest tune. I watched it with joy knowing I was there for a few of the shots. They all move really fast so you might not see me but me and the Internet know I was there!

No Regrets by Gunnarolla on YouTube

In other news, Andrew introduced me to a new platform called Subbable where you can support your fav YouTubers. Remember, these peeps are making things to entertain you with their own money, gadgets, and talents (like us bloggers, most the time!). Shout them if you love ’em! I gave some love (aka $$) to Andrew’s profile yesterday and now patiently away the arrival of my Red Box. LOVE YOU MAN!

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Here’s to an amazing 2014 and living with NO REGRETS!

<3 CASIE

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Travel | Thailand w/ The ContikiThai Crew!

Travel | Thailand w/ The ContikiThai Crew!

Check out this great vid by my Vancouver buds the Sunday Fundayz. These dudes were so much fun to hang out with in Thailand. They’re the ones doing backflips and splits in my photos.

We crammed heaps of adventure into our 10 days. Now that’s so dang freezing here I’m really wishing I was back in the hot, hot sun. If you love travel, subscribe to the Sunday Fundayz on YouTube, they’re constantly on adventure! They also have a clothing line of which I just ordered a pile of stuff.

Thailand via Instagram: 46 Photos in 15 Seconds

Made this little video using Statigram, an app that allows you to create a video from your Instagram vids. Super great for summarizing trips, special moments, or looking back at the year past. It’s free but for $1.99 you can add your own watermark as I did below.

Stay warm out there,

<3 CASIE

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I’m Back from Thailand, The Trip of a Lifetime

I’m Back from Thailand, The Trip of a Lifetime

It’s 5:14Am right now and I arrived in TO last night at 6pm. My BF and the EmBot picked me up from the airport with flowers and I ordered us Swiss Chalet from on the way home from YYZ. Festive Specials of course, quarter chicken white with fries.

Team #ContikiThai at Sofitel Bangkok via @casiestewart #thisismylife

My last two weeks in Thailand have been the trip of a lifetime. Made friends I’ll have forever, memories to keep me warm for years, and experiences I only ever dreamed would happen. I’ll be sharing stories from my adventures over the next few weeks. You can check up on all the peeps I was in tour with via this list. Feel free to creep my Instagram for photos that will  warm you up all winter.

I’m going to try and keep the same excitement in photos that I’ve had on the road. There is so much beauty in life to capture. It’s kinda nice to come home with the snow for Christmas. I’m happy to be sitting on my couch right now. Not sure where my next adventure will be just yet but I’ll take you with me, as always.

Thank you for following my journey and reading my blog along the way. I appreciate you!

With love from Canada,

<3 CASIE

 

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Welcome to the Jungle … on Ko Tao in Thailand

Welcome to the Jungle … on Ko Tao in Thailand

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Hi from the jungle! Where it is very hot. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so relaxed in my entire life.

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By the time you read this I will be getting a massage at the spa on this beach.

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This is where I had breakfast.

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It was delicious. I have lost a few LBs because I’m not eating that much. A vacation like this is the perfect pre-holiday detox!

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Currently hiding away in my mosquito net bed where’s safe from mozzies. They are crazy! It rained all night and now they are hungry. Apparently they love me.

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Hope you are having a great day!

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With love from Thailand,

<3 CASIE

 

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If You Take The Ferry to Ko Tao, Sit on the Upper Deck

If You Take The Ferry to Ko Tao, Sit on the Upper Deck

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 Yesterday we took the ferry to Ko Tao from Ko Samui. So many people were throwing up and feeling sick. It was pretty disgusting. I went to the top level and had a great time with the sun on my face and wind in my hair. You have to pass through hell to get to heaven apparently.

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It was raining when we got to the pier. I loved the ferry ride and did not feel sick at all.  Having a GoPro is really awesome. You can expect more vids from my going forward.

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Arrived at the island around 4:30pm to be greeted by more rain.

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We are staying at Charm Churee Vila, a boutique resort & spa. It’s beautiful!

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Had a fairly early night after dinner and couple cocktails last night. This is Jenni & Luke from Contiki. The entire team travelling with us are so awesome. If you are ever looking for a really cool travel job, you’ll surely find one there.

I want to go on more Contiki tours. We are doing all kinds of things the regular groups do in Thailand. I really want to discover Italy, France, and Africa with Contiki,

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This BBQ meal by the beach was absolutely amazing.

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Had an amazing sleep. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Make the post of each day my friends, the world is yours to discover!

<3 CASIE

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I made cameos in some serious YouTuber’s vids guys.

Selects from our Thailand trip, Day 2! We went to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and then got on a plane to Chiang Mai where we saw a ladyboy cabaret. Then, as tradition would have it, we got soaked. Follow #ContikiThai for more updates.

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Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Yesterday we visited ปางช้างแม่สา aka Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. There are over 75 elephants there and they have a pretty good life! They are retired logging elephants and aren’t able to go back into the wild once they’ve worked. They are treated very well and do activities like soccer, basketball, and painting.

Lauren and I rode Bajan, a 61 year old elephant. He was massive, bigger than the other ones! It was so much fun.

We rode through the mountain jungle for about an hour. The camp is about 45 minutes from downtown Chaing Mai.

Absolutely amazing experience. Today we are flying to Koh Samui.

With love,

CASIE

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