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Two Weeks in Canada: 14-15-16 Day Itinerary

Two Weeks in Canada: 14-15-16 Day Itinerary

2 weeks in Canada: what to do and see?

Want to spend two weeks in Canada?

Excellent choice!

To help you organize your stay, I have prepared a 2-week itinerary for you in Canada to discover the must-see places of interest in the West of the country.

On the program: visits to the 2 most famous cities in the region, Vancouver and Calgary , but also the discovery of the splendid landscapes of the national parks of Jasper and Banff.

A quick note: If you would rather visit the East and more specifically the province of Quebec, I recommend that you read my other article: Itinerary of 2 weeks in Quebec.

For this itinerary of 14, 15 or 16 days in Western Canada , in addition to my advice and tips, I also give you my selection of the best accommodation for each stage of your stay.

Day 1-2: Vancouver

To visit Canada for 14-15 days and discover the essentials of Western Canada, I recommend that you land in Vancouver.

The city can be visited on foot or by public transport, but car rental is essential for all the following stages of this 2-week tour of Canada. It’s up to you whether you prefer to pick it up when you arrive or come back to pick it up before changing town.

For your first day in Vancouver, I suggest the following tour program (in order):

  • Walk in the historic district of Gastown to admire the beautiful typical Victorian buildings and take the photo of the curiosity of the district, the Steam Clock.
  • Discovery of Chinatown and the Chinese garden of Dr Sun Yat-Sen to find a little zen in the middle of the buildings
  • Join Canada Place and the waterfront where you can discover the panorama of Stanley Park and the surrounding mountains. Also see the Digital Orca for the souvenir photo.
  • Test the Fly Over Canada , to visit Canada in 4D. A must experience to do in Vancouver.

It is imperative to book your session for Fly Over Canada in advance using the link below:
Book my session at FlyOver Canada now!

In the afternoon, head to Stanley Park for a walk or bike ride (guided tours are also available by clicking here!) in the city’s largest park. While strolling, do not miss to pass by the sector of the Native American totems and to go to the point of view overlooking the Lions Gate Bridge.

At sunset , I advise you to reach the Vancouver Lookout , a large tower with a panoramic platform over the city, somewhat in the same style as the CN Tower in Toronto or the Bayoke Tower in BangkokTickets can be reserved by clicking here:
Reserve my ticket for the Vancouver Lookout now!

You can finish this first day in Vancouver by tasting good meals in one of the best restaurants in the city located in the Yaletown district.

Spend the night in Vancouver.

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Vancouver

The next day, for the continuation of this two-week stay in Canada, I suggest you continue your walk in Vancouver.

And we start very strong with a unique and original experience: a flight over the city in a seaplane! The flight of about twenty minutes allows you to discover the city in a completely new way.

You can book this Vancouver seaplane trip in advance by clicking on the link below:
Book my excursion now!

Once back on earth, here are the other things to see during the day:

  • Granville Island and its huge covered market where you will find something to make a good picnic or stop to eat in one of the food-court stands.
  • The Museum of Anthropology on the history of the First Nations, Native American peoples of British Columbia and Canada.
  • Wreck Beach, right next to the museum.
  • The Van Elsen Botanical Garden and its 7,500 species of plants and trees, ranked among the most beautiful gardens in North America
  • A shopping session on Rue Robson, lined with many boutiques.

You will find other ideas for activities and visits to do in Vancouver, such as:

Tips

For all the attractions in Vancouver, whether it’s the Vancouver Lookout, the Fly Over, the Botanical Garden, etc., I advise you to book your tickets in advance. These sites are very touristy and there are often a lot of queues.

Accommodation in Vancouver

  • Samesun Vancouver : Youth hostel located in the city center, a stone’s throw from the Yaletown district. Bed in dormitory from 40€, breakfast included. Most: the central location, the atmosphere, the comfortable beds, the good breakfast with muffins and bagels. A great choice for cheap accommodation in Vancouver!
  • The Sylvia Hotel: The hotel is located just 2 minutes walk from Stanley Park and one minute from the beach. Spacious and bright double room from 120€ per night. Most: the location, the friendliness of the staff, the authentic charm of the place.
  • Blue Horizon Hotel : Located on Robson Street, Vancouver’s main shopping street. Really spacious and comfortable double room with a magnificent view from 170€. The pluses: the geographical location for visiting Vancouver on foot, the view, the many shops and restaurants nearby, the comfort of the rooms. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio! For me the best hotel in Vancouver.
  • The St Regis Hotel : Located downtown, 200 meters from Vancouver Lookout. Spacious and welcoming double room from €240 per night, breakfast included. Most: the optimal geographical location, the competent and friendly staff, the comfort of the rooms, the excellent and hearty breakfast.
  • Rosewood Hotel Georgia: Splendid 5* hotel located in downtown Vancouver which offers superb elegantly decorated rooms from 350€ per night. The pluses: the indoor swimming pool, the spa, the quality of the services. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Vancouver!
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Vancouver seen from Granville Island

 

Day 3-4: Victoria

For the second leg of your itinerary in Canada , join the capital of British Columbia, Victoria.

To get there from Vancouver , you’ll need to take the ferry at Tsawwassen, which is about a 45-minute drive south of downtown. The crossing takes 1h30 at a cost of approximately $60 for the car and $18 per passenger.

The boat will drop you off at Swartz Bay, 30 km from central Victoria.

Before reaching the city, I advise you to stop and visit Butchart Gardens, located halfway between Swartz Bay and Victoria. These gardens are one of the main tourist attractions to discover.

You can stroll among the sublime flowerbeds and trees. The park is organized into different themed gardens including a rose garden and a Japanese garden.

Then reach Victoria, 30 minutes by car.

For the end of the day, you can take a walk on foot:

  • In Chinatown
  • At Market Square where you will find shops and restaurants
  • Au Bastion Square
  • On the Inner Harbour, the port of Victoria from where you can admire the most famous hotel in the city: the Fairmont Empress.

Spend the night in Victoria.

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Victoria

On the second day in Victoria, I recommend that you take a boat trip to go and watch orcas and whales.

There are departures every hour between May and September and the cruise lasts 3 hours.

As this excursion is in high demand, it must be booked in advance by clicking here:
Book my excursion to see the whales now!

After this morning by boat, head to the Parliament, which you can visit for free, then join the Royal BC Museum located just next door. This museum is the most popular in Victoria. Very rich and really well done, it retraces the history and culture of the province in an interactive way and with careful reconstructions and stagings.

For the end of the day, you can go for a walk in Beacon Hill Park which is located by the sea.

Spend a second night in Victoria.

Tips

To organize your ferry crossing from Vancouver to Victoria , you will find all the information on the ferry website: BC Ferries.

I advise you to book your tickets in advance.

Accommodation in Victoria

  • Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites: Hostel located in the city center. Bed in dormitory from 30€, breakfast and dinner included. It is the cheapest accommodation in town. Ideal for backpackers.
  • Robin Hood Inn and Suites: Located 5 minutes drive from downtown Victoria. Spacious and very clean double room from 100€. The most: the pleasant staff, the geographical location, the calm.
  • Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Located on the seafront, 5 min drive from Victoria. Warm and comfortable double room with large bay window from €200. Most: the view, the heated outdoor swimming pool, the spa, the comfort and the standing of the hotel.
  • Hotel Grand Pacific: Located just 100 meters from Parliament and 5 minutes from Beacon Hill. Modern and bright double room from €250, breakfast at €15. Most: the large indoor pool, the view of the bay, the location.
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel: 5 star hotel located in the heart of Victoria. Elegant and tastefully decorated double room from €350, breakfast included. Most: the indoor pool, the Spa, the location.
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Fairmont Empress Hotel

Day 5-6: Pacific Rim

For the next stage of this 2-week trip to Canada , I suggest you discover Vancouver Island a little more.

The day will be devoted to reaching Ucluelet, 300 km from Victoria. To cut the 4 hour journey a bit and stretch your legs, you can make 2 stops:

  • In the village of Duncan, 50 minutes from Victoria. A stroll through the city center will allow you to admire the multitude of traditional First Nations totems scattered throughout the streets. Follow the yellow footprints on the ground and you won’t miss any.
  • At Cathedral Grove (1h20 from Duncan) in the Mac Millan Provincial Park to stroll along marked trails in the middle of magnificent century-old trees, the oldest of which are over 800 years old!

From Cathedral Grove, then count 1h50 drive to reach Ucluelet.

Spend the night in the surroundings.

The next day, day dedicated to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. From Ucluelet, you can easily explore the part of the park between the city and Tofino that includes Pacific Rim’s must-see Long Beach .

There are several very nice and easy little hikes like the RainForest trail or Schooner Cove. Don’t hesitate to go to the visitor center to get the trail map.

Spend a second night towards Pacific Rim.

Accommodation in Pacific Rim

  • C&N Backpackers – Ucluelet: Beachfront hostel with views of the Pacific Ocean. Bed in dormitory from 25€. Most: the garden, the setting, the relaxing atmosphere, the cleanliness.
  • West Coast Motel on the Harbour: Located in Ucluelet, 10 minutes from Long Beach. Comfortable and clean double room from 65€. Most: indoor pool, friendly staff, view of the port. It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio!
  • Pacific Rim Motel: Also located in Ucluelet. Spacious and clean double room from 110€. Most: the shops and restaurants nearby, the comfortable bed, the warm welcome.
  • Waters Edge Shoreside Suites: Located in Ucluelet, 10 km from Pacific Rim. Suite with fitted kitchen and balcony with outdoor bath and sea view from €180. Most: the magnificent view, the jacuzzi, the very good bedding. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay!
  • Black Rock Oceanfront Resort: Located 15 minutes drive from Pacific Rim Park. Studio and suite with lounge area and kitchenette with balcony from €240. Most: the outdoor swimming pool, the view of the ocean, the caring person.

Day 7-8: Whistler

To continue this two-week tour in Canada, leave Vancouver Island to reach your next stop: Whistler , one of the most famous ski resorts in Western Canada.

Allow a full day to travel from Ucluelet to Whistler. You will first need to go to Nanaimo (2h40 drive) to take the ferry . After 1h40 of crossing, you will arrive at Horseshoe Bay . From there, you will still have a 1h30 drive to Whistler.

Arrived in the middle or late afternoon, take a short stroll through the streets.

Spend the night in Whistler.

For the second day, you will have the choice between several activities:

  • In winter, you can enjoy the full range of winter sports: skiing, sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling…
  • Take the Peak to Peak gondola to reach the highest peaks of Whistler and contemplate the panoramic view of the glaciers and the entire valley.
  • Go hiking on one of the many trails
  • mountain biking
  • Take a descent on the largest zip line in Canada, thrills guaranteed! Activity to book directly by clicking here! 
  • Fly over the Whistler Glacier by seaplane
  • Finish with a Spa session in one of Whistler’s luxury hotels.

Sleep a second night in Whistler.

Accommodation in Whistler

Whistler is Western Canada’s premier ski resort. Even if you book as early as possible, expect high prices all the same. In the middle of winter, it is very likely that the rates I have given you will be doubled.

  • Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel Whistler: Located 10 minutes walk from the slopes. Modern and cozy studio equipped with a kitchenette from €170 per night. The pluses: the comfort and decoration of the accommodation, the very friendly staff, the swimming pool and the jacuzzi. It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio in Whistler.
  • Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside: Located just 150 yards from the gondola base. Spacious studio, very well equipped with oven, microwave, dishwasher, convenient for cooking, from €200 per night. Most: the situation, the equipment, the friendliness of the staff.
  • Four Seasons Resort Whistler: Upscale hotel located in upper Whistler. This 5* hotel offers very comfortable and cozy double rooms with a view of the mountains, from €400 per night, breakfast at €37. The pluses: a heated outdoor swimming pool, a SPA, jacuzzis, free shuttle service. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Whistler!

For a slightly more economical alternative and if you don’t mind sleeping in a dorm bed, I recommend sleeping at the Hi Whistler Hostel . Bed in dormitory from 40€ per night.

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Whistler

Day 9-10: Wells Gray Provincial Park

And we continue this 2-week stay in Canada with another big day’s drive of about 5h30 to go to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

It’s quite a drive but the park is a must for vacations in the West, and it has the added advantage of being located halfway between Whistler and Jasper (next stop).

You can choose to depart early from Whistler to arrive in Wells Gray in the afternoon and start exploring. Or you can just plan a road trip day to admire the landscapes and take some photos. Note that the road 99 that you will take is classified among the most beautiful roads in Canada so it would be a shame not to take your time.

The next day, spend the day in the provincial park . Depending on your mood, there are several things to do and see in Wells Gray:

  • Helmcken Falls, the park’s must-see site! These are the most famous falls and you will have no excuse not to go there, they are accessible in just 10 minutes on foot.
  • Bailey’s Falls, Spahat Falls or Dawson Falls are also among the waterfalls not to be missed.
  • Clearwater Lake where you can swim or canoe
  • From hiking. One of the most popular being that of Trophy Mountain which crosses sumptuous landscapes and leads to Sheila Lake.
  • Go in search of black bears accompanied by a guide.
Tips

To plan your program in the park, go through the visitor center. We will provide you with a plan with all the information.

Access to Clearwater Lake is via a 26 km track, I recommend that you go there only if you have rented an SUV.

Accommodation in Wells Gray Park

I would prefer to warn you that the hotels in the park are not necessarily recent and some display decor or equipment that is a bit outdated, but for a short stopover it does the trick.

And anyway, there are not many other solutions.

  • Wells Gray Inn: Located at the park entrance. Basic but clean double room from 60€ per night, breakfast at 10€. Most: the location, the outdoor jacuzzi, the warm welcome. A practical and economical hotel for a night in the park.
  • Ace Western Motel: Located 4 km from the park. Double room from €120 per night. Pros: friendly staff, parking, next to restaurants.
  • Best Western Plus Gateway to the Falls: Brand new hotel located in the heart of Clearwater. Modern, spacious and comfortable room from €180, breakfast included. Most: well located, comfort, free parking.
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Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park

Day 11-12: Jasper National Park

New stage of this two-week road trip in Canada, heading to Jasper National Park. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a great classic of any good itinerary in the West.

From Wells Gray Park, allow approximately 4 hours to reach it. Just before getting there, stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

For the rest of the day , you will have time to admire the 2 most beautiful lakes of the national park:

  • Maligne Lake, 1 hour drive past Jasper. The largest lake in the Rockies and Spirit Island at its center are among the most photographed places in the world. You can walk or opt for a 1h30 boat trip on the lake.

It is highly recommended to book this boat trip in advance to ensure space (valid for all activities in Jasper). It’s very simple, you just have to click on the link below:
Book my mini cruise now!I want to take a boat trip to Maligne Lake.

  • On the way back, between Maligne Lake and Jasper, stop at Medicine Lake, the second lake not to be missed.

Spend the night in Jasper, the only town in the national park with few shops, hotels and restaurants.

The next day I recommend you go for a hike. With plenty of trails suitable for all abilities, the park is the perfect place to walk a bit. I advise you to go through the visitor center to get the map of the different paths.

Here is a small list of the most popular:

  • The Maligne Canyon trail : round trip distance 4.4 km for medium difficulty
  • The Cavell Meadows trail in the Mont Edith Cavell sector: round trip distance of 7 km, medium difficulty
  • The Sulfur Skyline : 8 km round trip with a difficult level because there is a good drop of 700 m. At the top, it offers a magnificent 360° view of the Rockies.
  • The Old Fort Point Hill Loop with superb views of the Athabasca River: 3.8 km distance with a medium difficulty level
  • The valley of 5 lakes : 4.5 km distance and medium difficulty.

At the end of the day, nothing better than a visit to the Miette Hotsprings, outdoor hot springs, to relax and enjoy an exceptional view of the surrounding mountains.

Tips

For the second day in Jasper, you can also opt for other activities instead of hiking. For all these activities, it is necessary to book in advance by clicking on the following orange links:

Accommodation in Jasper

A word of advice: book your accommodation in Jasper as soon as possible!

Most establishments are full months in advance, even campsites. Prices can also soar depending on the week: a room offered at €120 goes up to €350 the following week. The rates of the hotels that I propose to you are therefore really random.

  • Chateau Jasper: This hotel offers spacious and well-equipped double rooms from €110 per night. The pluses: the swimming pool and the SPA area, the comfort of the rooms, the price/performance ratio.
  • Mount Robson Inn: Hotel near downtown Jasper, 2 minutes by car. Very quiet double room with view of the mountains from €200 per night, breakfast included. Most: the calm, the 2 whirlpool baths.
  • Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites: The hotel offers several types of suites with sitting areas, some with kitchenettes. They are all very warm and spacious. From €230 per night, breakfast included. Most: sauna, hammam, swimming pool, good location, warm welcome.
  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge : Located 7 km from Jasper, on the shores of Lac Beauvert. Warm and comfortable double room from 400€ per night. Most: the magnificent lakeside location, the heated outdoor swimming pool, the attentive staff.

If you have a small budget to sleep in Jasper National Park, I recommend the Jasper Downtown Hostel . This youth hostel offers dormitory beds from €30 per night. Everything is super clean and modern.

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Jasper National Park

Day 13-14: Banff National Park (2 days)

Impossible to visit Western Canada in 2 weeks without stopping in Banff National Park.

From Jasper, you will have to take the legendary route of this part of the country: the Icefields Parkway. Known to be one of the most beautiful scenic roads in Canada, the Icefield Parkways (route 93) connects Jasper to Banff in 230 km.

It is best to plan a whole day to cover it because there are several viewpoints with parking where you can stop.

Here are the places that I advise you not to miss:

All the points of interest of the glacier walk are listed on the official website.

At the end of the day, stop in the town of Lake Louise, next to the famous Lake Louise, one of the most photographed in the world for its intense turquoise blue water.

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The glacier walk

On the next day’s program , you will not miss a hike, the main activity to do in Banff National Park.

Most of the trails start from Lake Louise (you can go around it in 1 hour) or from Lake Moraine (around 45 minutes). These 2 steps are part of the easy trails with the climb to the Fairview belvedere which allows you to admire the lake (45 minutes).

If you want a little more difficulty, I recommend the Plain of Six Glaciers hike which takes you through splendid landscapes. Count about 4 hours of walking there and back.

All possible hikes in Banff can be found on the Canada Park website.

For added security, you can also hike in the park with a guide . You will have the choice between several different courses. All information is available by clicking here:
Book my hike in Banff now!

And if you don’t feel like walking, no problem, you will have the choice between:

Spend a second night in Lake Louise.

Tips

Some additional tips for organizing your stay in Banff:

  • Parking lots are available at Lake Louise and Lake Moraine , but in high season (June to September) they fill up quickly. Best to get there before 9 am.
  • When the pitches are full at Moraine Lake , the road is closed and you will no longer be able to access it by car. Also note that this road is only open between May and October.
  • For Lake Louise, free shuttles are available from the village of Lake Louise. They run every 20 minutes until 6 p.m.
  • The park is populated by many bears. It is strongly recommended to walk in a group, make noise while walking and have pepper spray just in case.

To avoid these small traffic or parking problems , you can also choose the hop-on hop-off bus which stops at Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Get off and go back up whenever you want!

The guides will be happy to help you plan your day according to the schedules.
Book my Banff bus tour now!

Accommodation in Lake Louise / Banff National Park

Here, same recommendation as for Jasper National Park, book in advance! And also the same observation for the (very) high prices.

  • Baker Creek Mountain Resort: Located 20 minutes drive from Lake Louise. This resort offers suites and chalets decorated in the mountain style with paneling and fireplaces from €280 per night. Most: the location near the river, the natural environment, the beauty of the chalets. This is our recommendation for a romantic stay in Banff Park!
  • Paradise Lodge and Bungalows: Located 1 km from the village of Lake Louise. Suites and wooden bungalows, typical and warm from 300€ per night. Most: the ideal location, the magnificent setting, the excellent welcome.
  • Fairmont Château Lake Louise: This is the famous hotel located on the shores of Lake Louise! Elegant and well-decorated double room with a view of the lake or the castle grounds from €470 per night. Most: the panoramic terrace to admire the lake, the geographical location, the friendly staff. This is our choice for a luxury stay in Banff National Park!

A much more economical option for small budgets, spending a night in a hostel. I recommend the HI-Lake Louise Alpine CenterBed in dormitory from 40€ per night, hard to find cheaper! The hostel also offers double rooms from €100 per night.

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The Fairmont Lake Louise Hotel – Banff’s Best Hotel

Day 15: Calgary

You have arrived at the last stage of this 15-16 day itinerary in Western Canada.

You will have to take the road one last time to reach Calgary, the city where you will end your vacation. From Lake Louise, count 2 hours drive.

You can take advantage of your last day to visit the city a bit.

Here is an idea of ​​a program to discover the main places of interest:

  • Visit the Glenbow Museum which traces the history of the city but also that of the Alberta region. It’s the largest art museum in Western Canada and it’s really interesting to do.
  • Climb to the top of the Calgary Tower for a 360° view of the city and part of the Rockies. There is even a glass floor 190 meters high to get some scares. And like many such scenic towers, there’s also a revolving restaurant at the top. I recommend that you buy your skip-the-line tickets in advance by clicking here!
  • Discovery of the Heritage Park Village: a reconstruction of a typical Western village of the last century with its stalls, its forge or its bakery. If you have decided to leave for 15 days in Canada with your family, this is the ideal activity to do with your children. Here too, tickets are available directly online by clicking here!
  • Walk in the district of Kensington Village where it will be the last opportunity to do some shopping and buy some souvenirs. You can take the opportunity to dine in one of the excellent restaurants there.

For more details and information on Calgary, it’s in my article: What to do in Calgary?

The next day, you will only have to go to the Calgary airport to catch your return flight.

Tips

For a 14-day trip to Canada , remove one day in Vancouver.

For a 16-day tour in Western Canada , you can add a day in Vancouver to go to the Capilano suspension bridge, for example. Or if you are more into nature and hiking, add a day in Jasper or Banff National Park.

Accommodation in Calgary

  • Wicked Hostels : Hostel located across from the Calgary Stampede. Dormitory bed from €25, breakfast included. Most: the central location, the full breakfast, the warm atmosphere and the free laundry. An excellent choice where to stay inexpensively in Calgary!
  • Coast Calgary Downtown Hotel & Suites by APA : Located in the city center, 900 m from the Calgary Tower. Comfortable and warm studio with kitchen from €130 per night, breakfast included. Most: the central location, the full breakfast, the cleanliness. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in Calgary. 
  • Gray Eagle Resort: Located 10 min drive from the center. Modern and comfortable double room from €160 per night. Most: the indoor pool, the size of the rooms, the reception.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary Downtown/Beltline District: Located 800 m from the tower. Modern studio, spacious and decorated with everything, with kitchen, from 210€, breakfast included. Most: the hearty breakfast, the view from the rooms, the location.
  • Hotel Le Germain : The hotel is located just opposite the Calgary Tower, ideal for visiting the city on foot. Modern and spacious double room from €250 per night, breakfast included. The pluses: an exceptional hotel with attentive staff, a very good breakfast, comfortable rooms, size of bathrooms. I highly recommend it for an exceptional stay in Calgary.
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Calgary

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Jennifer Bringardner

Through BonAdvisor, I share my passion for travel since 2017. A hobby at first, I quickly realized that my articles could inspire travelers like you to better organize their trips. A question about a destination, a visit, a good plan? I'll answer in the comments.

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