Helen Hatzis Profile Overview

Helen Hatzis

Helen Hatzis

Helen Hatzis, is the Chief Exploration Office and Co-Founder of Trip Jaunt. Helen is a recipient of the Governor-General Award, has been honoured as one of Canada's Nicest People! A true xenophile at heart, she finds joy in traveling and delights in sharing her experiences through Trip Jaunt (formerly Weekend Jaunt), an online travel community and hub she established in 2010. Her aspiration is to inspire others to explore the world as she does! Helen is an esteemed advisory member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
Lake Nona
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Lake Nona: A Haven for Technology, Wellness & Sustainability

Lake Nona, a master-planned community in Orlando, Florida, has emerged as a hotspot for technology, healthcare innovation, and sustainability. With its state-of-the-art facilities, eco-friendly initiatives, and an emphasis on collaboration, this vibrant community offers a unique and engaging experience for both residents and visitors. At the heart of Lake Nona is the 650-acre health and […]

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Kingston Community GLOWS Together

Despite being named one of the pandemic’s hardest hit cities in Canada by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the population of Kingston, Ontario, a vibrant community located 2.5 hours east of Toronto, has rallied together to support each other. Though the city has remained a leader in protecting their residents and preventing mass spread of the […]

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Dignity Statue in South Dakota is a Tribute to Native Tribes

Erected in September 2016, the 50-foot stainless steel Dignity statue depicts a Native American woman in Plains-style clothing holding a star quilt behind along her back. It was designed by Dale Lamphere. The statue looks over the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota, and represents the courage and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota people […]

Watkins Glen state park
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Watkins Glen State Park is an Escape to Fairyland

Situated in the Finger Lakes region of New York is the Watkins Glen State Park. Within the park – and only two miles – the plush landscape carpeted by greenery, the Glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs. Here you will find 19 waterfalls from cascades, punchbowls, traditional falls, curtains, and plunges. The gorge […]

haunted hike
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A Haunted Hike In New Jersey, Will Send You Running For The Hills

Who doesn’t love a haunted hike through the woods in the middle of the night? Sign you up? So, what that makes the BoToNa Trail (short for BAck TO NAture) in New Jersey so frightening!? It’s the Jersey Devil! Haunted Hike The Jersey Devil story is centuries old. And, over the years, there have been […]

blockbuster video airbnb
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The Last Blockbuster Video Store is an AirBNB

When I learned that the last Blockbuster video store was now an AirBNB option, I lost my mind. This reason alone is road-trip worthy. First of all, as much as I love to travel, I am a movie fanatic! This perfectly combines both passions. How did this come to be? Aside from the horrible business […]

wine windows
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Italy has Revived Wine Windows

Restaurant and bar owners in Florence, Italy have embraced COVID-19 in an interesting way. They have revived the century-old tradition of wine windows. There are approximately 150 wine windows in the Florence area alone, with 300 catalogued throughout Tuscany. What are wine windows? After the Bubonic Plague swept through Florence in 1634, scholar Francesco Rondinelli wrote about […]

Kevin Costner
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Go on a Road Trip with Kevin Costner

You have heard people say “I could listen to them read the phonebook!” Ok, a millennial might not get that reference but Gen X’ers and previous generations know what I’m talking about. Well, your prayers have been answered! Kevin Costner is one of the storytellers on a new app called Autio (formerly HearHere). Have a […]

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5 Quirky Roadside Attractions in Pennsylvania

One of the best things about a road trip is the quirky roadside attractions you’ll see along the way. And if you are driving through Pennsylvania, you will see examples of novelty architecture and sculptures. Keep this list handy if you are heading to Pennsylvania! Quirky roadside attractions The Haines Shoe House in York Location: […]

mach speed
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If You Could Travel at Mach Speed, Would You?

We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the thought of travel is not top of mind. However, if you could get to a location faster than normally, say at Mach speed, and get to Australia in a handful of hours, would you do it? Live Aid Back in the 80’s during the […]

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What if the Planets Replaced the Moon?

Planets replacing the moon? Amateur astronomer, Nicholas Holmes made a video on his YouTube channel about it. All of his videos are about space and uploaded to his channel called Yeti Dynamics. This video has gone viral several times since he first posted it in 2013. To date, it has amassed almost 42 million views! […]