Silfra, Iceland: Where worlds drift apart (Shot on GoPro HERO5)

It’s a small world. But it’s also a huge world. Whether you’ve yet to see a lot of it, or if you think you’ve seen all of it, Iceland is full of surprises. This afternoon, I had the chance to scuba dive in Þingvellir National Park, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Called Silfra, this natural fissure is composed of two drifting tectonic plates (at two centimetres a year to be precise), and divers can tour through the cold waters (2°C) of Iceland. Visibility often exceeds 100 metres, and it’s some of the clearest waters you’ll ever channel through.
Here’s a fun video my guide shot for me as I explored this beautiful world.

March Break: Staying connected while abroad

It’s that time of year again—March Break is here and many people are traveling abroad for vacation.  Here are my five tech gadgets to help you stay connected to your loved ones no matter where you are.

Samsung WB800F:

This camera has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and will allow you connect to your hotel’s Wi-Fi network and upload photos to your favourite online social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

GoPro HERO3:

This is a mountable, full high-definition video camera that’ll record hours of footage for upload to friends and family.  Whether you are skydiving or skiing, you can mount the camera on your helmet, chest, or even on the side of a car, and record footage using the built-in wide-angle lens—great for people with an active lifestyle.

Philips In.Sight:

If you are traveling abroad for any length of time, chance are you want to make sure your home and the contents in it are safe and secure.  This camera from Philips is wireless, and paired with an app on your smartphone, you can check in on your house no matter where you are.

BlackBerry Z10:

BlackBerry, known for their BBM service, will help you cut down on long distance calling bills when you are traveling abroad.  BBM’s new feature, BBM Voice, will allow you to make free calls to other BlackBerry users using this service—all using the wireless connection in your hotel or Internet café.

Avocado app for iOS and Android:

If you decide to go on a girls-only vacation trip and leave your partner at home, this app will keep you connected at all times.  This free couples-only app gives you the capability to send messages and photos, and even allows you to do things like virtually kiss and hug your partner all the way from another continent.

Products courtesy of Future Shop

Intro to Geocaching – Cityline

Intro to Geocaching as seen on Cityline – June 19, 2012

As always, you can re-watch previous episodes of Cityline on, or via the Citytv Video iPad/iPhone app!  Cityline airs 9am/4pm EST on Citytv in Toronto.  Check for air times in your city.

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Creating the Ultimate Staycation

With the economy forcing families to be more budget-aware, in addition to extremely-busy times, staycations have become an upward trend with Canadian families.  Staycations are when families stay and relax at home, potentially taking day trips – versus shelling out thousands-of-dollars to vacation abroad.  DIY expert, mom, and “frugalista” Leigh-Ann Allaire-Perrault stopped by to chat with about a few of her top staycation ideas!

Perrault’s Picks:

Urban scavenger hunt – Go on an urban scavenger hunt.  Allaire-Perrault recommends taking a few family city walking tours.  Whether you’re in Vancouver or Toronto, there is certainly no shortage of “funducational” (fun and educational) walking tours.

Christmas in July – Bring some holiday cheer to your summer!  A “Christmas in July” is a great way to get the kids in a good spirit.  A few ideas include indoor ice skating, baking a few batches of cookies, making frozen hot chocolate, and even singing a few Christmas carols!

Movie night under the stars – A perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours.  Grab the kids on your street; hang up a white bedsheet, pull out the PJs, and catch a flick under the stars.  A great birthday party idea, too!

Go outside and visit local attractions –
Get to know your city.  Fun, local events happen all-year-round – many free as well – so it’s a good idea to make a list of indoor and outdoor attractions for both sunny and rainy days.

Have a backyard Luau –
A fun party idea.  Erect a few Tiki torches, lay down some flowers, cut up some fresh pineapple, and put on the hula skirts!  Have a backyard Luau with the neighbours – an ideal theme party for both children and adults!

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