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I rarely do product reviews. Not because they aren’t something valuable but because it’s not really what this blog is about. But there are always going to be exceptions! So what is our criteria for Product Reviews on Montecristo Travels? 1) The company has to be offering a product we were already using, eyeing or looking at for travel reasons. If it isn’t related to travel we will not review […]

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Over the last few years we have discussed our solutions for things such as airline approved carriers, in-transit potty solutions, and of course what airlines we prefer and why. One thing we have yet to cover is the issue of food and water. There are a surprising number of regulations regarding crossing borders with either food or water – especially for air travel. When on a road trip […]

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I am thrilled to welcome Scarlett of “Petite Suitcase” (a blog we love!) and her darling Chihuahua Alfie to the Montecristo Travels “special correspondent” interview series — the series in which we prove we are not the only ones travelling with our pet(s) and an attempt to bring together a community of people passionate about both their pets and travel. So welcome, WELCOME! I am extra excited because […]

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I am thrilled to welcome Raquel Fernandes of Mr. Crowley ChiChi to the Montecristo Travels “special correspondent” interview series — the series in which we prove we are not the only ones travelling with our pet(s) and the first step in building a community of people passionate about both their pets and travel. So welcome, WELCOME! I am extra excited because Mr. Crowley is a senior at 12 years young […]

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Taking advantage of the inexpensive transportation option with your dog is really easy in the Czech Republic. Maybe not as streamlined and intuitive to figure out (as a foreigner) as say … Switzerland… but it’s pretty darn amazing. The reason I say this,  has nothing to do with its pet friendliness; because it IS very pet friendly. No, our caveat has more to do with some areas being tougher […]

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I am thrilled to welcome fellow Canadians Kayleen and Danielle of Bolt and Keel to the Montecristo Travels “special correspondent” series. A collection of interviews here on the blog that proves we are not the only ones “crazy” enough to travel the globe with our pet(s). It’s a growing trend and no longer quite so rare an occurrence. We are building a community of people passionate about both their pets and […]

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  Oh, how we dislike thinking about our own disasters or death, but it really is the smart thing to do. It’s also the kindest thing we can do for those who love us and would have to take care of things should something awful happen. And all of this planning is especially important because the bipeds have a dependent: Me! We know who my guardian is should […]

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I am actually surprised it has taken us this long to write this post. Not because we have a tendency to travel to dangerous destinations with (for example) unpredictable weather, but because Mom is an Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning professional.  As a result, this line of thinking is actually a part of our day-to-day thought process.  Not everyone has these “dark” thoughts on their mind when going on vacation but […]

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Every year, at the end of May, Ottawa goes crazy with thousands (and I do mean thousands!) of tulips. If it’s May in Ottawa, it has to be the Tulip Festival. The full story of the Tulip Festival is a wonderful story of friendship. The quick synopsis goes like this: During World War II, Canada provided safe haven to the Dutch royal family, sheltering them from the three year […]

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I have been seeing too many fellow bloggers subjected to all sorts of unfounded judgment lately. Come to think of it, it’s a pervasive attitude on social media in general. It has me asking: Why is there this need to criticise. Where is the desire to do so publicly coming from? And why is there a sense of entitlement attached to the behaviour? Example Recently, I stumbled across a delightful fine […]