All posts filed under: Wanderlust

Wanderlust Wednesday: Another Reason to Visit Toronto

  Today’s Wanderlust Wednesday feature is by Beatrice .  Beatrice is based in Toronto.  She is a world traveler and an emerging freelance photographer.  One way she enjoys giving back to Toronto is volunteering her time and photography talent at the Toronto International Film Festival — she is an official TIFF volunteer photographer.  You can discover more incredible photo’s by Beatrice on her website Photographed by Beatrice.   Toronto is the quintessential definition of Canadian multiculturalism. Being considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, I definitely consider it to be the true heart of the nation. You can see this quality of the city at not only every street corner and every neighbourhood, but also in the festivals and events it hosts. Every weekend in the summer you can practically visit the entire world just by attending the festivities around the city! As the summer winds down, one of the most prestigious film festivals starts up. The Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF for short, has been delighting its audiences since 1976. …

Wanderlust Wednesday: Swimming with Turtles

(Photo Credit: Eco Chic Cayman) Yesterday, I shared a “sneak peek” of Wanderlust Wednesday.  Today, I am pleased to announce this is the first official post of the brand new series.  I am keeping it local today, and sharing the love for turtles.  The absolute best way to see a turtle, is to encounter them swimming alongside you in the wild.  The photos and footage of turtles shared within this post are of turtles found swimming in Cayman waters.  Most importantly, whenever one encounters marine life one should always have respect for the animal(s) and their environment.  The turtles I came across while snorkeling were super friendly and did not mind poising for the camera.  It was both a surreal and incredibly humbling experience to witness firsthand the awesomeness of seeing a turtle in the wild.  It is a privilege to live on an island that has such a rich and biodiverse underwater landscape.  To have the opportunity to swim with turtles in the wild is simply a memory that will last a lifetime— a …

Sneak Peek: Wanderlust Wednesday

  I am so excited to announce that Eco Chic Cayman will be introducing a new series on the blog called, “Wanderlust Wednesday’s.”  This new series will feature amazing guest writers/bloggers from around the world who love to travel.  Together, we will share our travel adventures, photos from our travel destinations and travel tips.  To keep things local, I will also be spotlighting the very best of Cayman, as we are a destination hot spot in the Caribbean.   Stay Tuned!! with love, xo  

Come Dive With Us…

  Come Dive With Us Cayman Eco Divers is an environmentally responsible dive company. They provide safe diving adventures exploring the spectacular coral reefs and historic shipwreck sites found in the Cayman Islands.  Snorkelers are welcome to join in on the fun too!  The heart of Cayman Eco Divers is to share with locals and tourists alike the beauty of the ocean and life that resides there with an eco-conscious mindset and absolute respect for the ocean. Cayman Eco Divers is committed to both the conservation and preservation of coral reefs, marine life and the environment. Meet Brittany Balli and Aaron Hunt! It has been such a pleasure getting to know Brittany and Aaron, from Cayman Eco Divers. Both have an incredible love and respect for the ocean and marine life. They have an excellent rapport in Cayman’s diving industry, with a vast amount of diving experience.  Aaron is an experienced PADI dive instructor and International Yacht Training Captain who has led thousands of trips to explore Grand Cayman’s reefs.  When touring around Cayman waters …

5 Ways to Travel Eco-Friendly

It’s that time of year… Travel season! Time to say goodbye to home and hello to wanderlust.  A great love to travel, comes with a great responsibility to travel environmentally responsibly.  Below are 5 eco-friendly travel trips for you next or upcoming travel adventure. 5 Ways to Travel Eco-Friendly 1. En Route Air travel causes a lot of pollution, there is no doubt about it.  However, if one must travel via air, then try to travel direct, as much as possible.  Connecting flights add to more pollution being dumped into the atmosphere.  Plus, it can be a nuisance when traveling.  However, sometimes it is unavoidable. 2. Stay at an eco-friendly hotel Whenever possible choose eco-friendly accommodations.  Eco-friendly hotels with a commitment to effective waste treatment, recycling, and being energy efficient is a good start to being an environmentally responsible traveler.   3. B.Y.O.B. Bring your own bottle! Plastic bottles are just not cool. When traveling, bring your own bottle and look for hydration stations in airports and other public spaces to fill up your water …

Spotted! The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

I am very excited to share with all of you ‘The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide’ – all items can be purchased from The Spotted Door. This online retail website houses an incredible treasure trove of eco-friendly items perfect for any occasion and use all year long. The Spotted Door is dedicated to supporting artisans who utilize recycled and reclaimed materials to create beautiful products. Every item is guaranteed to contain over 50% recycled material. Awesome! Meet Jason Utgaard! Jason is an inspiration to others. He shares his passion for helping protect the environment by encouraging others to think differently about trash. In his TEDx Talk, Jason discusses how trash can be both reclaimed and recycled- ultimately being transformed into amazing items for everyday use. The Inspiration Behind The Spotted Door Jason grew up working in retail at his father’s single sporting goods store. He worked at their massive distribution center and later at the corporate office. His experience allowed him to see first hand that there was a “significant one-way material flow” thus, “what …