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

The beauty and accessibility of British Columbia’s 200 Gulf Islands, located in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, is unparalleled. Tall arbutus trees and Garry oaks line the rocky cliffs, overlooking kayakers, sailors and sea creatures playing in the calm waters of this unique ecosystem.  One of…

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My son’s voice rung out loud and strong. “High tide,” in answer to the village chief’s invitation to drink a cup of kava, the national drink of Fiji. A brimming half coconut shell of muddy brown liquid was presented to him, which he accepted with both hands, downing the drink in…

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Vancouver is one of the most popular urban destinations in Canada. With a spectacular landscape that includes coastal mountains, welcoming oceanfront and a vibrant and delicious food scene that reflects the multicultural roots of its residents, the city offers something for everyone, including on the accommodation front. From floating love…

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Trip Styles

The beauty and accessibility of British Columbia’s 200 Gulf Islands, located in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, is unparalleled. Tall arbutus trees and Garry oaks line the rocky cliffs, overlooking kayakers, sailors and sea creatures playing in the calm waters of this unique ecosystem.  One of…

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My son’s voice rung out loud and strong. “High tide,” in answer to the village chief’s invitation to drink a cup of kava, the national drink of Fiji. A brimming half coconut shell of muddy brown liquid was presented to him, which he accepted with both hands, downing the drink in…

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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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Life

It’s nearly summer and we’re screaming for ice cream. The seasonal appearance of the ice cream push cart goes back to the early days of the 20th century. But the timeless allure of a traveling truck of frozen ice cream treats, sandwiches, shave ice and shakes remains as strong as ever…

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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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