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.
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There are Dedicated Places for you to Stargaze

When you were a kid, did you lie on the grass to look a-up at the sky to stargaze? Did you know that it took nearly two decades of work and cooperation from countless local leaders, residents, and business owners to create the conditions to create the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve? In 2017, the […]

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8 Magical Villages in Germany You Need to Visit at Least Once

Is Germany on your travel bucket list? Did you know that the country is filled with little ‘Disneyesque’ towns who spread their share of fairytale-like vibes with winding cobblestone alleys, medieval townhouses and countless memorable photo stops? Below is a list of eleven magical villages in Germany you need to visit at least once. Ahrenshoop […]

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Grandma’s Adventure Box Keep the Kids Busy All Year Round

One very thoughtful grandmother Darlene Howell Waller, (aka Nonna) came up with a brilliant Christmas gift for her grandsons – Grandma’s adventure box! She compiled a box full of goodies that kept the boys busy for the following year. And made sure that the entire family can enjoy throughout the year. She shared her idea […]

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Road-tripping? Here are 7 Must-See Destinations

Road-tripping this summer? These charming destinations from across the U.S.A. may not be on your radar but they will be after you have this read this… Solvang, California Solvang is a quaint city located in southern California’s Santa Ynez Valley. It’s known for its Danish-style architecture and many wineries. The Elverhøj Museum of History & […]

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5 Stunning Staircases in San Francisco!

San Francisco has some of the most beautiful street art and that includes staircases. It definitely makes for getting in your 10,000 daily steps easy! Arelious Walker Stairway The Arelious Walker Stairway, in the Bayview District and was erected in honour of Dr Arelious Walker, a former pastor and advocate for the neighbourhood. The thoughtful […]

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Have you Ever Camped in a Covered Wagon?

Campers! Aside from staying in the usual camping shelter – a tent, have you tried a covered wagon? The Conestoga Wagons at the Horse Cave KOA are now renting covered wagons. If you’ve ever been intrigued by the subterranean world, plan a stay at Horse Cave KOA. It lies in the heart of one of […]

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The Museum of the Paranormal Will Send Chills Down Your Spine.

If exploring haunted places and creepy museums is your thing, the Museum of the Paranormal (Ohio State Reformatory) should be on your bucket list. The exterior of the building is a stunning piece of architecture; however, behind the esthetically pleasing structure lies a past not for the faint of heart. Hollywood comes calling Formerly known […]

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Why Travelling with your Kids is the Best Gift

I didn’t travel much as a kid. We instead explored our home province of Ontario, Canada. My parents best memories are travelling with their kids – a day trip here and there, a weekend jaunt to my uncle’s cottage at Balm Beach. My favourite memory is splashing in the warm water of Georgian Bay, drying […]

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Floating Cabins and a Haunted Dam

Hales Bar Marina and Resort in Tennessee rent out floating cabins alongside the Tennessee River Valley. If you prefer to stay on land, the resort is located on the old Hales Bar Dam site.  They also offer an option for RV’s. The park has about 80 paved, full hookup sites both on the waterfront and off […]

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The Perfect Accommodations for Wine Lovers

If one glass of wine is good for you, imagine a bottle. Better yet, a barrel! The Quinta da Pacheca winery in the Douro Wine Region of Portugal offers a unique experience for wine lovers. You can sleep in a wine barrel overlooking their vineyard. The winery is one of the first properties to bottle wine […]

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Whatever Happened to Weedville?

American Green Inc., a Pheonix based cannabis grower and product maker had the vision to turn the small town of Nipton, California into Cannabis Town – Weedville. The concept was shared in 2017 as the first weed-friendly, energy-dependent destination in the United States. Imagine someone taking an entire town and transforming it into a place just […]

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A Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory in the Netherlands!?

Memories of Willy Wonka and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! In Zaanstad, northwest of Amsterdam, a Dutch confectionary company called Tony’s Chocoloney will be opening up a building inspired by the wacky world of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A Dutch architecture firm called SeARCH released a rendering for the project. And yes, it is bright red and […]