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About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage (JodyRobbins.com). When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

Canmore with Kids ~ Activities for All Seasons Near Banff National Park

Most people know Banff National Park, but few have heard of its sweet little sister, Canmore. Located five minutes outside Canada’s most famous National Park, Canmore is a gem of a mountain town that’s well suited for families. With affordable accommodation options and kid-pleasing activities it’s a go-to for many Calgarians (like me!). Tourists go to Banff; […]

Fun Things to Do in Ottawa in Fall with Kids

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is arguably one of the country’s most family-friendly. Here you’ll find historic attractions, the impressive Rideau Canal and, of course, our Parliament where the Prime Minister and elected officials get down to business. Ottawa will be the epicenter of Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations in 2017, but this city is worthy of a […]

Not to Miss Experiences in Saskatchewan with Kids

Hard to pronounce, yet easy to love, Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s most intriguing Prairie Provinces. Considered the breadbasket of Canada, there’s plenty of farmland here, but few folks realize that half of the province is covered by forest. There are plenty of fresh water lakes and rivers for taking a dip, too. Families find Saskatchewan […]

Calgary Stampede with Kids ~ So Much More than a Rodeo!

With a top-notch zoo, science center and historical village, Calgary in Alberta, Canada is flush with family attractions. The big draw, however, is the Calgary Stampede. Billing itself as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Stampede is so much more than a rodeo. For 10 days each July, the entire city gets behind this western extravaganza. […]

Make Your Travel Dreams Come True with Retirement Planning

There often seems to be this big debate when it comes to traveling versus saving for your retirement.  I don’t think the two have to be polar opposites. It’s entirely possible to live a well crafted life that includes plenty of travel now and during the years after you stop working. Here’s how I intend to make […]

Northern Lights and Beyond in Canada’s Yukon with Kids

There aren’t many places more remote or wild in this world than Canada’s Yukon Territory. Situated east of Alaska, this is a frontier country full of glaciers, abundant wildlife, amazing outdoor adventures and an opportunity to see the magnificent northern lights. Families with a love of the great outdoors and keen to kick back in […]

Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

Founded over four centuries ago, Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most romantic spots on the planet. But it’s also super family friendly. Bien sûr, this French Canadian city appeals to all ages. From outdoor adventures and cultural activities to a life-sized snowman mascot, you’re sure to have a […]

Competitours – An Amazing Race for Regular People

Have you ever fantasized about competing on The Amazing Race reality show? I sure have! I even sent in an audition tape when the popular TV program came to my Canadian homeland. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut. Thankfully there is an alternative for those of us who want the adventure but who can’t be part of the show. I […]

Spotting Beluga Whales & Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba

It’s funny how we North Americans will travel across an ocean to see exotic animals. Yet right within our own continent lies a land flush with mammals only found in but a few zoos. If your brood is into arctic creatures, then Churchill, Manitoba is your mecca. This is the world’s polar bear capital and […]

Scrubba Review: Brilliant Hack for Washing Clothes While Traveling

Traveling with kids is messy. Sand from the beach, dirt from camping, spilled ice cream from the amusement park…you name it…it needs to be washed. Laundry is an inevitable part of any vacation. Luckily, I recently discovered the Scrubba Wash Bag, a totally rad invention that allows you to wash your clothes anywhere – even in the woods! […]

Hawaiian Hideaway – Napili Bay, Maui

Sitting on my lanai with the warmth of the sun on my skin, a pina colada in one hand and a People magazine in the other, I’m tempted to think life doesn’t get much better than this. Fortunately, I chose that second to look up, just in time to spot a humpback whale breaching not far […]

Exploring Enchanting Engelberg, Switzerland

Located in the heart of Switzerland, Engelberg is one of those pretty, postcard-worthy towns you fantasize about. At the end of the rail line with only 4,000 inhabitants, it’s definitely not on the tourist trail, but that’s what makes it an ideal location for active families. Here’s a look at how to structure a lovely (and […]

5 Phoenix Girlfriend Getaway Activities

In winter months, Canadians flock to Arizona like Real Housewives to Botox. Yet I, The Saucy Travel Mama and hater of Canadian winters, had never had the pleasure. I quickly remedied the situation early in the new year. I got my desert detox during a pilgrimage to this legendary region known for its restorative nature. As the […]

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