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Turquoise Compass is a lifestyle and travel blog devoted to living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, traveling and doing yoga! Who am I? I’m a Maritimer currently living in Toronto, part-time traveler, pilot wife, yogi, yoga teacher, educator, water fanatic, and turquoise lover! Be a part of the journey and follow your compass: live, dream, travel, and do yoga!

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7 Interesting Facts about Australia

Western AustraliaCheck out the article I wrote for Kaleidoskope Magazine: 7 Interesting Facts about Australia based on what I learned during my 3 month adventure throughout Australia during my around-the-world travels. Australia is a place where I lost and found myself. I’m so thankful for my time in Australia and Aussie will forever be near and dear to my heart. Do you know the feeling? Continue reading

Best Things to do in Ohau, Hawaii

Ohau, Hawaii

Check out the article I wrote for Kaleidoskope Magazine: Best Things to do in Ohau, Hawaii about my previous trip to Ohau, Hawaii–my first dream turquoise bucket list destination during my around-the-world-travels. This post brought up so many fond memories of my solo backpacking adventure to 22 incredible countries. Hawaii is just one of them, but it’s amongst my top favourites. I bet you’ll soon see why! Continue reading

Honeymoon at Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Hideaway at Royalton Rivera Cancun

Hideaway at Royalton Rivera CancunMy husband and I received amazing service at the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun for our tropical honeymoon in Mexico, Mayan Riviera. We were pleasantly surprised when after checking in to the hotel we were offered the Honeymoon Package for FREE! From the beginning, our honeymoon started off to an incredible start at the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun for a week of bliss in Mexico.  Included in the honeymoon package, we received a complimentary romantic massage for two at the Royal Spa, use of the Nordic spa services, romantic dinner for two on the beach with bottle service, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room, Jacuzzi drawn baths throughout the week, and nightly turn down service! Not only that, what we remember the most from our honeymoon are the little EXTRAS and 5 star SERVICE.    Continue reading

All-In-Luxury: Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

MexicoMexicoHere are our favourite images from our relaxing and luxurious honeymoon in Mexico from our stay at the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun including the TOP 20 turquoise inspired photos which I posted on Instagram & Twitter. The Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun is an all-in-luxury adults-only hotel located just 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport–in Mexico’s Caribbean paradise. The 340 room boutique-style Hideaway is an all-inclusive hotel located within the Royalton Riviera Cancun. The staff are warm and friendly, the rooms are modern and spacious, the property is tranquil, the food is delicious, and all of this is only the tip of the ice berg. Guests staying at the Hideaway receive diamond service and are guaranteed a week of extravagance from the relaxing spa services, unlimited reservation-free dining, exclusive à la carte restaurant and bars, top shelf drink selections, to “room service” delivered right to your beach lounger (yes, you read that right, food and drinks brought directly to YOU on the beach). It doesn’t get much better than this! Our week at the Hideaway was everything we could have ever asked for (and more) to create the perfect relaxing and romantic honeymoon on a spectacular turquoise beach. Heaven.

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Adventurous Honeymoon along the Mayan Riviera

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I know you’ve been anxiously waiting for an update about our out-of-this-world honeymoon. Our honeymoon along the Caribbean turquoise coast in Mexico was spectacular! I don’t even know where to begin! We had it all…turquoise paradise, relaxation, romance, and adventure. Here are our TOP 10 favourite adventurous photos from our honeymoon in Mexico, Mayan Riviera from our ATV trek through the Mayan jungle, underground cave swimming in Cenote Estrella, explorations at the Tulum Ruins, and getting our feet wet at the Tulum Ruins Beach with Adventuras Mayas.

Who says you can’t ‘adventure’ when honeymooning? I’m all about relaxing on a beautiful turquoise beach, but we also wanted ADVENTURE! We got it all.
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Hideaway Honeymoon at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Hello 2016! Happy New Year!

So it’s official, we’re starting 2016 off right with a honeymoon in MEXICO at the Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. Kicking off the New Year cannot get any better than this.  We can’t wait for the sun, sand, and sea! Departure in 5 days!

We’re starting our Mexico 2016 bucket list… What’s your favourite Mayan Riviera adventure?

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun

Photo Credit: Hideaway at Royalton

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You Only Wear it Once: Trash that Dress!

Trash the Dress, Dominican RepublicTrash the Dress, Dominican RepublicI bet a few of you have been wondering if I “trashed” my wedding dress in the Dominican Republic after my destination wedding…OF COURSE I DID! I debated back and forth for a while, but I decided to get the most out of the dress of my dreams. My husband knew that if I didn’t do a ‘trash the dress’ session I would regret it…he was right. It is a dress I will only get to wear once so why not wear it for every occasion, even if it means in the pool! I was determined to wear my wedding dress the entire day of my wedding and I did. No second party dress was allowed at my wedding. Continue reading

A Turquoise Wedding at the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana

A Turquoise Wedding at the Majestic Colonial Punta CanaTurquoise Compass Wedding, Dominican RepublicWhen my husband and I first got engaged in December 2014, it took us nearly 3 months to decide what country we wanted to get married in and at which venue. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to do a destination wedding, but we didn’t anticipate that we’d end up selecting Dominican Republic as our country of choice or the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana for our hotel. At first, neither were on our short list. We had a few ideas of what we wanted when we started our planning, but to get exactly what we wanted for our date, budget, and must haves we had to make some compromises. As you can imagine, there are many factors that go into selecting a country and venue for an away wedding. In the end, the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana offered us the most for our money, while providing us one of the most elegant beach wedding venues.

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My Dream Turquoise Inspired Wedding in the Tropics

Turquoise Compass Wedding, Dominican RepublicTurquoise Compass Wedding, Dominican RepublicI am left speechless after my dream turquoise wedding in the Dominican Republic. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. If you have been following my engagement, wedding dress shopping, celebrations, and wedding planning over the 8 months of our engagement–the big day finally came. It arrived in what felt like a blink of an eye, and passed in a heartbeat. It’s hard to believe that I married the man of my dreams on a tropical palm fringed island. Floating down a white sandy isle on a sunny day to a man standing in front of a beautiful twinkling turquoise sea with not a cloud in the sky was beyond what I had imagined. That same man swept me off my feet 5 years ago. I met him under a white gazebo on the beach to be joined together for eternity. It was one of the most spectacular moments of my life. I bet it’s no surprise to you that turquoise was the inspiration of our wedding week in the Caribbean! Continue reading