Collage of polaroid frame photos with Claudia Laroye on her travels around the world.

Welcome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Claudia Travels, a site featuring travel tips and destination inspiration for adventurous and curious travelers. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, friend or family in tow, I hope you’ll find inspiration and information to make your travel dreams come true.

Destinations

When it comes to weather, Vancouver gets shade from the rest of Canada. With the city’s mild winters giving way to an early spring, often 3-4 months ahead of our eastern cousins, it’s not hard to understand why. It’s a burden west coasters are willing to bear, especially when we…

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Since you’re already savvy travellers (you’re here, aren’t you?), you know that local Vancouver and B.C. staycations are, quite literally, where it’s at this winter and spring season.  I know. I’m sad we can’t get away for spring break, too. We know that now is not the time to travel…

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Nothing lifts the spirits more than looking forward to another holiday. That thought certainly keeps me going on those dark, rainy Vancouver days. The annual BC Family Day long weekend in February is a great way to enjoy family time, whether at home, in town, or at your nearest ski…

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Trip Styles

Whether it’s the festive Chinese New Year season or any day of the week, the opportunities to enjoy Asian cuisine in Vancouver are nearly limitless. This is especially true in the epicenter of the Asian dining scene – the Vancouver suburb of Richmond. With over 800 restaurants, more than 80%…

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In defiance of the posh surroundings, I was gulping down my tall glass of Sommerschorle with an impressive lack of elegance. It was nearly 38C/100F and I was melting in the summer heat of Baden-Baden, Germany. The icy glass of rose, aperol, tonic water, lime and mint was just the, well,…

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For over 300 years, the city of New Orleans has been livening up coastal life in Louisiana with culture, music, food and celebration. Founded in 1718 by the French, and American by way of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, New Orleans is a city unlike any other. It has something…

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Life

Is there anything more delicious than a steaming bowl of chili on a cold winter’s night? Maybe a hot toddy sipped next to a warm puppy, but that ain’t food. Making and eating chili is one of my favorite cold weather foods; filled with hearty beans, all kinds of healthy…

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As a travel writer used to exploring far off destinations and enjoying new experiences on the regular, these Pandemic Times have pushed pause on my wanderlust. Like others in the field, my world has reduced itself to spaces reached by foot or bicycle, while contending with navigating through the professional…

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Being on a plant-based diet doesn’t mean giving up on the yummy things in life. There are plenty of delicious, sweet temptations to make and enjoy and the recipes are surprising easy to master. Our vegan journey has been less than a year long, but we’ve had little trouble finding…

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