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Quote For The Day – All life is an experiment.


“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.

All life is an experiment.

The more experiments you make the better.”  

travel map– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Travel Quote – Happiness is to be found along the way…



“Happiness is to be found along the way,

not at the end of the road,

for then the journey is over

and it is too late.


this hour,

this minute is the day,

the hour,

the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good,

with all of its trials and troubles,

and perhaps more interesting because of them.”

– Robert R. Updegraff

Canadians get a New Type of Passport for Canada Day


canadian flag

O-Canada ! Here is just a friendly reminder that the new 10-year enhanced ePassport goes into effect for all #Canadians on July 1, 2013. If you renew before the 1st you will save some money but will be caught up in the transition as we move over to the new biometric passports. You will now get to have a choice when applying for the first time or renewing your passport, and you can choose either the standard 5-year or enhanced 10-year biometric passport. Keep note that all childrens’ ePassports will only be issued for a maximum of 5 years (there is no 10 year option as children change too much during this time).

New fees effective July 1, 2013 (in Canadian dollars)
Travel document or service New fee
Passports: Applications made in Canada and passport delivered in Canada
10-year passport $160* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $120* footnote
Children’s passport $57
Passports: Applications made outside of Canada and/or passport delivered outside Canada
10-year passport $260* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $190* footnote
Children’s passport $100
Expedited services in Canada (in addition to the passport fee)
1-day service (urgent) $110
Express service (2-9 days) $50
Pick-up (day 10) $20
Same day, out of regular hours of service $335
Expedited services outside of Canada** footnote
Emergency travel document (one trip) $75* footnote
Children’s emergency travel document (one trip) $30
Temporary passport (linked to regular passport application) $110
Travel documents for non-Canadians
Certificate of identity $260* footnote
Children’s certificate of identity $141
Refugee travel document $120* footnote
Children’s refugee travel document $57
Addition of a special stamp or observation (at applicant’s request) $45

A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.

These travel documents are issued only at the discretion of the Canadian Government office abroad

For more information and fee structure details, please visit the Passport Canada website below:


By strengthening identity checks, ePassports will help reduce the risk of other countries imposing visa requirements on travellers. (Needing a visa can add up to $150 per trip, depending on the country and our agreements with them.) This will be a slow transition but the hope that this will be a step in the right direction to allow better transitions especially when you are traveling through multiple countries.

Canada’s new ePassport will be full of newly chosen iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure. These images showcase Canada’s history and the building of our great nation and will include images from the Fathers of Confederation to the Famous Five and Terry Fox . #proudtobeCanadian


Considered to be the gold standard of all travel documents, ePassports contain an electronic chip that enhances the passport’s current security features. In compliance with the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, over 100 countries, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom, are already issuing ePassports. This organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1947. ICAO has 190 member states, including Canada. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, it is the authority on enhancing civil aviation security around the world.

If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO’s website.

canadian passport

“Canadian ePassports arrive July 1 on CBC”

Travel safe, think smart and be safe this holiday long weekend – Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!


A Missing Sense of Magic but I’m BACK!


Dear People,

For the past while I have been very MIA online…feeling like a little blip just bumping along in admiration of so many others but lost on my purpose and intent that I started writing this blog with.

Before I connected with my purpose and learned to look within, I remember many of my days being punctuated with an intense longing.

A missing sense of magic and unconditional joy in my life.

The feeling was especially strong in moments of unwanted stress…

When I did any kind of soul-sapping task, it left me thinking,what am I doing with my life?”

The feeling left me drained. Momentarily disillusioned. Unable to function as creatively, intuitively or energetically as I knew I could or should.

I’ll go out on a limb and say you know this feeling I’m talking about.

I took some time and now I am re-energized. TBEX is happening this week and I know I am planning on being such a giant sponge as I prepare this blog to become what it was meant to be.

Over the coming weeks you will see a few changes, contests and definitely more from me and some amazing guest bloggers who will share with you their knowledge, experiences and photography.

I hope that you will join me on this new journey as TravelciousDee v.2.0 takes flight on her new magic carpet ride!

Some great tunes to remind you of the “magic”  –

Steve Miller BandAbracadabra

The PoliceEvery Little Thing She Does Is Magic


Deborah Peniuk aka TraveliciousDee


Quote – Security is Mostly a Superstition

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” 
Helen Keller

Positive Attitude on the Road and At Home – 5 Basics!


Positive Attitude on the Road and At Home – 5 Basics!

balancing act

Attitude is everything and can make or break your day, week or month without issue! The winter months of January, February and March are always tough months, but here are 5 basic steps to overcome a negative attitude. You will feel better and improve your view and those around you immediately.

Being in a good mood is not really that difficult. It does take a little work and it does take personal responsibility. Because it’s better to be happy than upset, putting yourself in a good mood is definitely worth it and your body and mind will thank you.

Did you know that even the most happiest of people can find themselves in a bad mood now and then? You definitely see this both on the road and off in your travels near and afar. Others unfortunately may find themselves in low spirits more often than not. The following quick tips can help both types of people to create a better mood atmosphere each day they wake up and greet it.


1. TAKE INVENTORY – Realize that you are in a bad mood. If you don’t realize it, it’s going to be pretty hard to change it! This realization might come from several sources. You are usually the best judge of your own mood and you can also venture to get the feedback from others – a stranger or someone you trust.

2. DECIDE TO CHANGE – So now that you know you are in a negative mood, you have to decide that you want to change it. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds! When we are upset, we want to roar and not hear how we should be HAPPY. We usually want to be left alone and that is why these is probably the hardest step – especially if you happen to be travelling in a group or are surrounded by friends/family.

Regardless of this – IT’S WORTH IT! A few days a week in a bad mood can really add up and take its toll. A friend or colleague might comment that you are usually in a negative mood without YOU even realizing it. So ok – it’s hard to make this decision but after you take the time to change your mood, you will be so happy you did – you’ll look at things with a fresh perspective.

3. FIND THE SOURCE – Analysis time – you know you’re not happy and you want to change. So now is the time to look for the source of this bad mood/attitude. A common feeling when things start piling up is to get just a wee bit tense! A great way to tackle when you are feeling like you are getting upset is to make a list of what things you are concerning yourself with. Write them down – you can address so many things when you take the thoughts and feelings swirling around in your head and put them to paper.

Look for the sources of your negativity. Did someone say or do something that upset you? Are you worried about something that you did or something you still have to do?

4. FIX THE SOURCE – When you find the source, it’s definitely time to fix it! If someone upset you, take the time to talk to them. Don’t lose it – keep your calm but state your issue. If you are worried about getting something done, be like Nike – Just Do It! And if you are worried about something that you can’t change, accept that you personally cannot change it and move on.

5. DO SOMETHING THAT JUST MAKES YOU HAPPY-There are times when fixing the source isn’t enough to change our moods! In this case though, try to think of things that put you in a good mood. It could be anything that you choose. Calling a close friend, going to lunch, grabbing a coffee or tea, hitting the movies, playing a sport, etc. If you fix the source of the problem and you still feel down, do something fun.

This quick fast and furious system can help to change your “DOWN” days into some of the best “UP” days you’ve ever had. Make sure to practice this when you are travelling or stuck in the midst of family or work functions as well…life is just too darn short to be stuck in a bad mood!

stand positive

©Deborah Peniuk aka@TraveliciousDee