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Travel | Treehouse Glamping in Ontario w/ Glamping Hub

Travel | Treehouse Glamping in Ontario w/ Glamping Hub

My first trip of the year wasn’t to a sunny destination, it was up north to a tiny little solar-powered treehouse north of Toronto. Glamping Hub invited me to stay at a destination of my choice, so naturally I picked a cool one. Glamping Hub is home to some of the coolest non-traditional camping spots around the world. They’ve got luxury camping available in tree houses, yurts, tipis, camper vans, safari and fancy tents. I’m hoping to explore a few more of their destinations in South/Central Ontario. Here’s my first Glamping Hub experience! 

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Travel | Detroit in January w/ Ford Canada

Travel | Detroit in January w/ Ford Canada

Early January (after the tree house adventure) I’m flying to Detroit, Michigan for the North American International Auto Show. This is my third time at the show with Ford Canada as part of their global blogger/media outreach.

Casie Stewart, FORD, Naias

A couple years ago I attended the show and Ford snapped this great photo of me right before the auditorium filled up for a major media announcement. The NAIAS is very exciting and a super cool experience. I even made it into the Detroit Free Press, see here! Last year 5,000 journalists attended from 60 countries. Happy to be heading back!

On Earth Day 2015 I was in Dearborn, Michigan to learn about Ford’s commitment to sustainability. Can’t wait to find out what secrets and launches will be revealed in January. TELL ME ALL THE THINGS.

The press preview (Jan 10-12th) features 750 vehicles, interactive displays,  as NAIAS is North America’s largest and most prestigious auto showcase. I’ll be documenting my experience with Ford and sharing all kinds of BTS about launches, announcements, and other fun stuff we get up to. Make sure you’ve got me on the SNAPCHAT: casiestewart.

casiestewart, snapchat

This year we’re staying at the Westin instead of in Dearborn, MI. It’s been ages since I visited the D and have a little bit of time to explore when I arrive and the start of our media adventures.

Canadian Bloggers Attending #FordNAIAS 2016:

Andréane Viau
Ann Bacciaglia
Chad Cranston
Daniel Bader
Daniel Desforges
Davindra Ramnarine
Eric Novak
Jennifer Van Huss
Jessica Terry
Justin Connors
Kathryn Lavalee
Knowlton Thomas
Matthew Tully
Mike Grenek
Nancy Polanco-Chansavang
Shannon Leverette
Shannon Mischuk
Vernon Chang

I’m ready for a year of adventure and excitement!

casiestewart, detroit, ford canada

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Travel Tuesday: Let’s Go to Thailand

Travel Tuesday: Let’s Go to Thailand

Pack your virtual bags, we’re going to Thailand on the blog today!

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What better time than now to share travel stories of places warmer than Canada?! During winter we all think about planning a getaway to somewhere sunny and warm.

I’ve got posts ready to publish each Tuesday for the next few weeks taking you on adventures to popular travel destinations like Thailand, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and more. So, if you’re sitting at your desk or hibernating inside you house, I invite you to come on a virtual vacation with me.

I arrived in Bangkok and spent a few days there before heading to Chiang Mai. In Bangkok I visited the floating markets, ate on Khao San Road, and cruised around the streets picking up souvenirs. In Chiang Mai we rode bikes, visited some temples, night markets, saw a lady boy show, and experienced torrential rainfall. I also went to the Shangri-La here and it is FABULOUS.

My most fav places were Koh Tao and Koh Samui. I also loved getting massages. For only a few USD/CAD you can get an hour massage. It was common for me to get more than one a day, so spoiled. Look at this pampering!

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We took a 2 hour ferry across the ocean and although beautiful it was REALLY rough. People were throwing up off the back of the boat and seating area below smelled like sick by the end of the trip. I sat up top of the boat getting the best look at the scenery.

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The islands are where the parties happen and there’s heaps of clubs. I also had lots of Pina Coladas.

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I’d wanted to get Angelique Houtkamp’s ‘Drifting Heart’ tattoo for a while so when I had a free hour I looked up the best tattoo spot in Koh Samui and got it done. The rest of my travel crew thought I was crazy but YOLO.

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One of the coolest places I stayed was Charm Churee Villa on Koh Tao. I had a beautiful suite to myself with a huge bathroom and balcony. All I had to do was skip down the stone stairs to get to the beach.

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I also went on a snorkelling day trip which was so fun.

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Before going on safari we stopped by this park to go down the waterslides. I don’t recommend holding your GoPro while you do it. I managed to drop mine and someone had to fetch it. Whoops!

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Made a friend with the same hair.

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My last night in Thailand was spent at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok’s top 5 star hotels. Why not finish the trip in luxury?! The hotel is absolutely beautiful. Worth getting a tour if you’re planning to stay there.

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If you’re looking for adventure, I highly recommend Thailand holidays. There’s so much to do there you could spend way longer than I did. I hope one day to go back for at least a month, maybe the whole winter! Have you been? Love to know your fav things, tweet me @casiestewart.

Hoping this post brings you some warmth wherever you may be!

<3 CASIE

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Travel | My Digital Detox Diary on The Co.

Travel | My Digital Detox Diary on The Co.

I know I’ve Mentioned how great my last trip to Costa Rica was but was the first real vacation I’ve taken in a while. I’m feeling inspired and I’ve got a fresh perspective on life. I wrote about the experience on The Co. by Jones Media and it’s on the front page today! Read it here! 

Today I’m picking up a little Ford Fiesta and cruising home to spend some time with mum. Tomorrow I’m speaking to the grade 6-8 kids at her school about bullying and following your dreams. I wish i had someone like me come and tell me everything will be ok, it’s cool to be weird, and that the job I’d be doing didn’t exist yet.

Still eating healthy since my trip and exercising daily. About to go for a run! 🤗 It’s truly amazing what a good getaway will do, staying at Anamaya Resort is a magical experience. Here’s to a wonderful day!

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Travel | Where Did My Scion Take Me?

Travel | Where Did My Scion Take Me?

One thing I love about my job is getting to try new products and experiences I (probably) wouldn’t  get to do otherwise. Growing up my dad had a hot rod shop and my love for cars started early. I used to spend heaps of time in the garage playing, sanding, hammering, and listening to golden oldies. So, when I get to drive a brand new car ‘for work’ it’s pretty freaking awesome. Here’s my experience with the brand new Scion iM.

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chilling at Western University in London, ON

chilling at Western University in London, ON

I picked up the Scion at Toronto HQ in Scarborough on a nice sunny day in November. I had a great week of planned for us including a trip to London, Ontario to speak at TEDx Western University.

The car had five doors which were great for packing in all my things for a weekend away. I could have taken a couple passengers with ease.  Mileage was great, filled up once during the week for about $45 and again before I returned it (as you do).

why do hands look weird in photos? mine are small I swear! Moto 360 watch 😎

why do hands look weird in photos? mine are small I swear! Moto 360 watch 😎

I took the car on a couple road trip including a visit to mum’s house in Cambridge, ON with my sister. This is us singing LOUDLY to ‘Hello’ by Adele. The sound system was pretty good and I was able to connect my iPhone to the NAV system in a couple seconds. One of the first things I test in a new car.

sunshine driving!

sunshine driving!

sister singalong!

sister singalong!

The body kit gives this little racer a sporty feel and 17″ wheels (standard) look pretty pimp. Since it’s a hatchback, the Scion iM makes a great city car; easy parking and zipping around downtown.

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On my way home from visiting the parents after my TEDx talk I drove through a beautiful (double rainbow (you can’t see the second part in this photo but I saw it.

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Overall, good little vehicle, chill on gas, nice to drive, good sound, USB charging, and spacious. If you’re keen for a test drive click here or for more info visit scion.ca.

Thanks Toyota & Scion Canada for a fun adventure!

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Motivation | Monday I’m Ready for You

 

Spring in November, Isn’t it Lovely?

 

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Travel | Made it to Detroit for NAIAS 2016 w/ Ford

Travel |  Made it to Detroit for NAIAS 2016 w/ Ford

Good morning! Well, yesterday was QUITE A DAY. Broke my record for longest airport stay (18HRS) also had my first ever airport shower (in the Air Canada Lounge). I’m now in Detroit, MI for the North American International Auto show. Staying at the Westin and had a great sleep, their beds are AHHHmazing!

Casiestewart, FORDNAIAS, auto show, NAIAS

the lighting in my room is fabulous!

Today is a jam packed day of media things at Cobo Hall in the convention centre. This is my third trip to the show and I’m looking forward to seeing new car technology, concept cars, and what Ford is launching for the year.

 

Follow along on Snapchat (casiestewart) & Twitter  (@casiestewart) for all kinds of up to the minute shenanigans and me making the most of every moment.

 

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The Cottage in A Mens Men Magazine

The Cottage in A Mens Men Magazine

Recognize the view? Check out these pages from the latest issue of Sylvanus-Urban magazine. Select areas in Toronto will get a copy in this weekend’s Toronto Star. View the online Edition III of the magazine at here. This was a really fun shoot. Would love to do more up there. Thanks Garret Tonge & team!

Fashion + Travel | The Cottage in Archibald Men Magazine

Fashion + Travel | The Cottage in Archibald Men Magazine

Fashion + Travel | The Cottage in Archibald Men Magazine

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Cottage Casie in Full Effect! 

Cottage Casie in Full Effect! 

Came in from a nice float out in the water just now. It’s so warm, the lake feels like a pool.

This is my first blog post on the new computer. I’m so stoked to be up here and have 10 days to work on creative things. My new blog is on the works, I love the design and I hope you will too. It’s been years since I gave it an update. The current look and feel is very similar to when I first started casiestewart.com in 2005. The first site is still alive at casiestewart.blogspot.com. Working on this new machine feel like a Porsche or Ferrari compared to my little MacBook Air. Today Sean picked up a huge new monitor and comfy desk chair for the cottage, I’m ready to ROLL. I saw some amazing desk chairs on www.bestgamingchair.com/herman-miller-mirra-2-chair-review and I decided it was time for a new COMFY desk chair!

The view from where I’m sitting is the photo above.

I’m planning to put big 10 person tent on lawn and make a nice glamping hideaway. I attempted to do it on my own today (never having set up a tent) and gave up after a few minutes. I need help, I don’t know where everything is. This is me after a I made a Pina Colada and decided to go floating in the sun instead.

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Travel | Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao, Thailand

Travel | Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao, Thailand

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

We went on an afternoon snorkelling cruise with Good Time Adventures around Koh Tao, Thailand. It was absolutely amazing! Our crew was so much fun and we drank, swam, jumped off the boat, and visited beaches. The shot of Jenni above was assisted by our Tour Leader, Luke, way to go!

These photos were taken with my Canon Rebel SL1. To see the group I was travelling search #ContikiThai on Twitter or Instagram and visit this Twitter list.

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Good Time Adventures in Koh Tao via @casiestewart #thisismylife

Thank you to Contiki, Tourism Thailand, and Good Time Adventures for this experience. It was absolutely amazing. I’ve got a few more pic from this cruise on my Instagram here too.

Hope this warms up your Monday!

<3 CASIE

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