Mark Morin

Welcome to theHappy Traveler

I am Mark Morin, the Happy Traveler. I’m a travel enthusiast, foodie, wine aficionado.

This website devoted to travel, food and entertainment the world over, but mostly where I’ve had the pleasure to visit in the company of my wife Danielle.

Our goal is to share our travel experiences and give you helpful tips on where to go, what to do, and of course, what to eat.

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10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Leaving for Italy

| TRAVEL IN ITALY

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Travel is a wonderful way to discover the world. Each destination presents the opportunity to learn about its people, its history, its traditions and its customs. But discovery isn’t always a good thing. Some things are better known in advance! Here are 10 things I wish I’d known before traveling to Italy for our 21 day road trip.

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A Once in a Lifetime Cruise to the Alaska Inside Passage

| CRUISE CONNECTION

One of our long-time travel bucket list items was an Alaskan cruise vacation. My wife Danielle and I have been dreaming of an Alaska cruise adventure for some time. Unfortunately, the pandemic got in the way.

Finally, this year, we decided that it was time to start traveling again while we were still able.

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Our road trip in Italy

| ROAD TRIPS

A Dream Come True that’s Been Years in the Making!

For over a decade, we’ve been dreaming of a road trip in Italy. That mediterranean country was at the very top of our bucket list. And for good reason.

There’s so much to love about Italy. The history, the culture, the architecture, the language… and let’s not forget the wonderful food and wine! So, we decided last fall to stop dreaming and start planning our first trip to Italy.

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Winter Wonderland Escape to Montebello, QC

| WINTER WONDERLAND

Montebello is a storied vacation destination in the Gatineau region of Quebec. Home to the historic Fairmon Château Montebello, a spectacular log structure hotel dating back to the 1930s.

The area boast some of the best cross-country skiing, spectacular nature vistas and some of the finest food I’ve ever tasted. It’s a great family destination and for anyone that loves the great outdoors.

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Multi-Generation Family Vacation to Cancun, MX

| BEACH & SUN

Taking a welcome break from the pandemic madness, we ventured south to sunny Cancun with our son and his beautiful family. But rather than stick to the usual tourist areas, we chose the newly developed area of Costa Mujeres, north of the city.

We were rewarded with pristine sargasso-free beaches, a brand new hotel, sumptuous food and glorious weather.

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Spectacular Cruise from SFO to Hawaii

| CRUISE CONNECTION

Hawaii is no doubt the ultimate cruise destination and for good reason. Spectacular scenery, lush vegetation, a rich culture and history are just some of the many reasons to embark.

But getting there is par of the fun. Follow our 15-day cruise adventure as we crossed the Pacific to the fabled Island destination and enjoyed the relaxing pace of life on boar.

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October Getaway to Manhattan, NY

| URBAN ESCAPE

There’s not time like the Fall to visit NYC. The weather is pleasantly cooler and less humid than in summer, and the theater district is in full swing. It’s a great time to explore the Big Apple and enjoy the many parcs, attractions and shows.

But most of all NYC is all about the world-class dining with so much to choose from and so many flavours to explore.

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THE PLACES WE GO

We just love to get away from it all, exploring new destinations and cultures, savouring the local cuisine and seeing the sights at a leisurely pace.

 

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Favorite Destinations

Favorite Destinations
Alaska