Montreal, Travel

I Just Want to Travel (Plus a Giveaway)

I wish I could travel more…who hasn’t thought or said that at least a couple times in their life? I know I say it all the freaking time. Traveling is just so much fun, and I enjoy every minute of it. From the planning to booking, then getting to the destination – I love going to airports, and spending time in whatever foreign local. Going back home is the only part of traveling I really dislike but really who does like when their vacay is coming to an end?

I Just Want to Travel (Plus a Giveaway) // The Krystal Diaries

My work obligations don’t allow for unlimited travel days, but I do try to squeeze in one or two trips a year. I’ll admit, it’s not always easy with the small amount of vacation time I get – 10 days, but I make it work. I try to plan my trips from Saturday to Saturdays so I’m away for seven nights but only using five days off from work. I don’t want to look back on my life when I’m old and gray wishing I would have visited somewhere but came up with excuses not too. So if it’s only one trip a year that I can manage, you better believe I’ll be taking that one trip. Come the end of the year, vacation days will never be left on the table at my job! 

So next month, the hubby and I are off to Montreal for our five year wedding anniversary. It’s a change of pace from our past vacations – Mexico, Aruba, Dominican Republic but I’m so excited for it. I’m excited to visit a city in another country and take in the culture. Poutine is the food to try, or so I’ve read, and you better believe I’ll be trying it as soon as we arrive in Montreal.

Who has been to or is from Montreal? What are some places to see, restaurants to try and things to do while we’re there? I’d love to get some tips!

P.S. I’m all about food so if you have favorite restaurants do share!

Do you wish you could travel more often?

If you’re a frequent traveler, how do you do it? Please share your secrets 🙂


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  • Reply Audrey Stewart

    I have never been outside the US, but I would love to go to Montreal.

    February 13, 2017 at 6:34 AM
  • Reply Five for the Road

    I love to travel too!! Montreal sounds amazing! We work really hard all year to budget money and my time off work. I wish we could travel all the time but my kids are in school too! It is a balance and we try to make the best of long weekends and summer break!

    February 13, 2017 at 10:59 AM
  • Reply Shane

    Girl, I so feel you! I went from 4 weeks of vacation while working in Australia, to only 5 days back in US. It’s so depressing!

    February 13, 2017 at 4:18 PM
  • Reply Leanna

    I wish I could have endless vacation days to travel too, I always plan a Saturday-Saturday so I can only use 5 days too. Have fun in Montreal! I’ve never been to Canada, i’d love to hear what you think of it!

    February 13, 2017 at 6:08 PM
  • Reply Courtney Cj

    I have yet to visit Montreal but if it’s anything like Toronto, you should absolutely adore it. I am gearing up to shift careers and can only pray that I get ample vacation time.

    February 13, 2017 at 7:25 PM
  • Reply kimpcole

    I’ve never traveled to Canada for a vacation. I just discovered the beauty of Banff – so I’m hoping for a trip up there soon. We have Vegas & Cabo already planned for this summer (for my husband’s bday & our anniversary)…

    February 13, 2017 at 7:27 PM
  • Reply Angie@chasingmyhalo

    Happy Anniversary! Our 5th anniversary is coming up this year too 🙂 Montreal sounds like a perfect destination; traveling is the best!

    February 14, 2017 at 2:28 AM
  • Reply robin masshole mommy

    My husband and I try to travel to at least one new place every year. We also take the kids to some old favorites every year as well (Disney).

    February 14, 2017 at 6:56 AM
  • Reply thatnoiseismine

    Before having children I travelled around Australia (where I live) but have never been overseas. Now being a single mother with 4 children going overseas does seem like a dream that will never happen. I think it’s time I started setting goals.

    February 14, 2017 at 7:31 AM
  • Reply Melissa

    I was in Montreal years ago and I only remember that it was so clean and there is the French influence in some parts. You motivate me to travel more even though I hate packing and have my dogs.

    February 14, 2017 at 11:29 AM
  • Reply Meegan

    I love traveling! I have never been to Montreal but it is definitely on my to visit list! I hope y’all have a wonderful anniversary trip!

    February 14, 2017 at 12:19 PM
  • Reply Janel Berchielli (@JanelB)

    I’m not the best traveler but I do like to go places as long as I can fly there and cut down on travel time. I just got back from a trip and sadly my flight was delayed leaving me stuck in a tiny completely packed airport for over 4 hours, but I survived!

    February 14, 2017 at 12:28 PM
  • Reply Mandy @ A Cupful of Carters

    I wished for years that I could travel more. Then one day I decided to stop wishing and just decided to do it! Our 10 year anniversary is this year so we are taking several trips to new places over the summer.

    February 14, 2017 at 12:57 PM
  • Reply Nina Frambuesa

    I used to live in Montreal, it’s a wonderful city!! You’ll really enjoy it. It’s still going to be cold probably and most likely there will still be a lot of snow, so you should bring really warm clothes.

    When it gets too cold make sure to stay in the Underground City. You can shop, eat, watch movies, all without going outside.

    The Old Town is really lovely to see, and the Plateau area is just gorgeous with really beautiful houses. The whole area around the McGill campus is great as well, I went to university there, so I have very fond memories, but I think even if you’re not a student you will like it.

    As far as restaurants go, there was a great Indian restaurant called Dev’s close to Plamondon metro (I just looked it up, and it’s called Didar now).

    Close to Concordia University there’s a Lebanese fast food place called Al-Taib which has really nice pizza.

    You could also check out Jean-Talon market which has some food stalls including Latin American foods, such as great empanadas

    February 14, 2017 at 1:37 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Thanks so much for all the info! I want to try both those restaurants & the market.

      February 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM
  • Reply meximoments

    Love your blog. Its great! How fun that your plan all your vacations to make the most of them! You’ve been to a lot of wonderful places! I entered your giveaway 🙂 crossing my fingers! Have fun in Montreal!

    February 14, 2017 at 5:43 PM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you love Montreal, it’s on my travel list! I haven’t gotten to travel much until the last few years and it’s been driving me to make more trips happen!!

    February 14, 2017 at 6:10 PM
  • Reply wildandfreeoutdoors

    I totally relate to you on this topic! I only get 10 days for time off at my job, and I USE THEM ALL! I mainly travel in the US and have my next trip planned for June and reading this just made me more excited for it!

    February 14, 2017 at 6:12 PM
  • Reply caendicott

    We try for a trip at least once a year. I have a ton of vacay time saved up, but Hubby doesn’t. We have to be judicious of what trips we take because of that. But when we do travel, it’s usually for two weeks.

    February 14, 2017 at 8:32 PM
  • Reply thecoffeemom0617

    We don’t travel nearly as much as we want to. It is in out “plan” to travel more though. Once I go back to work and we pay off all of our debt, the plan is to take more vacations and travel with our kids.

    February 14, 2017 at 9:02 PM
  • Reply Marcie

    Travel is such an important part of our life! I never regret taking a trip!

    February 14, 2017 at 10:24 PM
  • Reply Allison Rebecca

    I LOVE traveling! it’s so refreshing and totally changes your perspective. I really want to go to Europe soon!

    February 15, 2017 at 8:41 AM
  • Reply cvnxena

    I love this quote! so true, although I have done a bit of travelling, I have to say, for me, home is where the heart is!

    February 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Reply shopannies (@shopannies)

    have not had a real chance to visit anywhere big we often travel around our area day trips but oh what fun it would be to travel elsewhere

    February 15, 2017 at 12:48 PM
  • Reply Carolyn

    I always like to have a trip planned so I can look forward to it…that is half the fun. We haven’t been out of the country in a few years but did do a trip to Napa last summer. So fun!

    February 15, 2017 at 1:39 PM
  • Reply Lydia

    I love love love traveling. I just got back from Disney World and I’m heading to Alaska and New York City later this year! I have only been outside of the US once, but I’d love to visit Greece or Italy on my next big trip

    February 15, 2017 at 2:51 PM
  • Reply Tereza

    I love travelling so much and try to do at least short trips every week. I do feel terribly guilty spending money on big holidays though! x

    February 15, 2017 at 4:10 PM
  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    We enjoy traveling but it takes quite a bit of planning for my family of 5. This past summer we spent two amazing weeks in Spain staying with family friends for most of it which made it “economical” for 5 of us but the plane tickets were not economical. Last year we went on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas which i’m convinced is the stress free way for us to see the world, we just have to save up for it! We have definitely been bitten by the travel bug. Have a blast in Montreal. I’ve been to Toronto and Niagara Falls as a kid but haven’t been back to Canada in quite some time.

    February 15, 2017 at 6:08 PM
  • Reply Misty Nelson

    Oh I love to travel! My bucket list of places just gets longer and longer. You’re right, it’s so worth it to try and make atleast a trip or two happen each year. It really revives your souls and gives you a whole new perspective on the world.

    February 15, 2017 at 7:31 PM
  • Reply stylelullaby

    i really want to travel more too! i actually haven’t traveled out of the country for a while now and am so stoked to visit mexico in april! it’ll be a blast hehe xo, sharon

    February 16, 2017 at 12:42 AM
  • Reply Blonde Seeking Ambition

    Happy anniversary! I love travelling too… I get so excited just being at the airport. Is that weird?!

    February 16, 2017 at 1:23 AM
  • Reply Dawn McAlexander

    Traveling is something that I absolutely love to do. My husband, like you, has a limited number of vacation days. However, the way his work schedule goes, he could take up to three weeks off and not get penalized for it! So, traveling we will go!

    February 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM
  • Reply Amanda Kruse

    I always have the itch to travel. I haven’t been outside of the US before but would love to make it happen this year or next year.

    Amanda ||

    February 16, 2017 at 5:54 PM
  • Reply Saidah

    I love the travel and went o Montreal when I was 17. My most recent trip was to Honduras in October.

    February 16, 2017 at 9:11 PM
  • Reply Tasheena

    I’ve never been to Montreal I’ve heard that it’s really beautiful. Looking forward to visiting one day.

    February 16, 2017 at 9:56 PM
  • Reply Amber

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you guys have a wonderful time. I haven’t been to Montreal yet. I am traveling next month, but just to Disney World with my kids.

    February 16, 2017 at 10:37 PM
  • Reply Yona Williams

    I wish I could travel more, it is so much fun to explore different cities. We’ve been to different parts of Canada, mostly Toronto area – I’d like to go to Montreal one of these days.

    February 16, 2017 at 11:48 PM
  • Reply Amy

    I haven’t been outside the UK for a few years now but we are going on our first family holiday in June but only to Spain! I have a massive list of places I’d like to visit one day ox

    February 17, 2017 at 2:32 AM
  • Reply royaltyinreality

    I feel like a lot of my friends are traveling to Montreal these days. They really have me wanting to go myself!

    February 17, 2017 at 8:44 AM
  • Reply Deimarys

    I wish a could travel more often. Haven’t been on too many places. 🙁 Would love to Colorado though, have heard its beautiful.

    February 17, 2017 at 6:33 PM
  • Reply Jewell Gibson

    Ohhhh y’all fancy! Lol Montreal sounds like it’s going to be an amazing time. I have never been hopeful you do a post on your trip and maybe highlight the great things you saw and resturants visited. Enjoy!

    February 17, 2017 at 6:49 PM
  • Reply Crissy

    I am so with you on utilizing your vacation time. I constantly am trying to find ways to travel more. I try to take advantage of the national holidays and take one or two days from there. Although it tends to be more expensive at times to travel during a holiday. I find it easier to request time off and go on more trips. I hope you have a fun time in Montreal! So happy to read you’re traveling to somewhere new!


    February 18, 2017 at 2:11 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I too want to travel more and this has fortunately been happening more frequently over the last few years. Unfortunately we live on a remote island so it’s rather expensive to get to a main airport to go places, but we do what we can. 🙂

    February 18, 2017 at 2:45 AM
  • Reply Keoshia

    O wow you have been to some amazing places. I can’t wait to start travel. This year is my year tho,I have several mini trips planned, One to New Orleans in March and NYC in May I am super excited, cant wait to take longer trips. Enjoy!

    February 18, 2017 at 8:30 AM
  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot

    Traveling has changed my whole point of view. Never knew how great it could really be and how much I would enjoy it.

    February 18, 2017 at 12:23 PM
  • Reply theivoryfawn

    I can completely agree with this!! My husband and I have both agreed to live frugally so we can travel as much as possible… there is so much to see!! Life passes by so quick… don’t want to look back and wish we had done things differently!

    February 18, 2017 at 7:11 PM
  • Reply Punica Makeup

    I really love traveling! I hope I could travel more often.

    February 19, 2017 at 6:26 AM
  • Reply Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    If I had my way a vacation every fortnight to get rid of mental clouds. But I manage every 3 months instead

    February 19, 2017 at 11:56 AM
  • Reply jujubee777

    thanks so much!

    February 19, 2017 at 3:16 PM
  • Reply Healthy Cooking Mom

    I traveled a bit before i got married and had two little ones. I loved it too right from the planning, im in the UK so visited the USA a few times, Rome and Teneriffe.

    February 19, 2017 at 3:39 PM
  • Reply Susan Biddle (@Stewbid1)

    Have an awesome time traveling! I miss traveling a lot.

    February 19, 2017 at 7:57 PM
  • Reply Stacey Roberson

    It’s been quite a while since I traveled. I’ve been to Europe a few times and would love to go back and see more.

    February 19, 2017 at 8:31 PM
  • Reply Anosa

    I love to travel too! I am scheduling normally my travels because I have also a regular work. So whenever I am on vacation leave at the office, that is my time to travel.

    February 19, 2017 at 9:20 PM
  • Reply Brandon Sparks

    I have never been to Montreal but hope so go some day.

    February 19, 2017 at 9:27 PM
  • Reply amandahrosson

    Happy 5 year anniversary, Krystal!! I’ve never been to Montreal but I’d love to go one day! I haven’t been able to do much travel the past year but I’m hoping to change that in 2017. In two weeks, I’m off to Australia for 16 days! ^^

    February 19, 2017 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply Ivonne

    Montreal is a beautiful city! I am Canadian and was there some 20 years ago so I am sure much has changed! Being a Canadian who does not speak French was problematic for us. Many back then would only speak French although knowing fluent English. You have have to visit Old Montreal as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral – both stunningly beautiful!

    February 19, 2017 at 10:28 PM
  • Reply Krysti Jaims

    I am constantly wanting to travel! So happy you can get away for your 5 year anniversary- enjoy Montreal!

    February 20, 2017 at 5:49 AM
  • Reply Blair Villanueva

    Happy Anniversary and wishing you all the best and glamorour blogging life! 🍷

    February 20, 2017 at 6:58 AM
  • Reply Baskets Life Travel

    Montreal sounds like an amazing anniversary! I am looking forward to hearing about your visit!

    February 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM
  • Reply interNATionalcaty

    I love this blog and I agree wholeheartedly. If you want to travel, you will make the effort and find what works for you. The weekend and especially the long weekends are great opportunities to travel.

    February 20, 2017 at 10:19 AM
  • Reply Mommy Travels

    I am a travel writer so I get to travel all the time. 10 days is a good stretch of time to travel

    February 20, 2017 at 10:54 AM
  • Reply Andrea R Warren (@WaldorfFries)

    Your words are so true. I traveled a lot when I was younger but wish I had done more. But at 46 I am ready to start traveling again. Even better when you can afford the good stuff:)

    February 20, 2017 at 11:19 AM
  • Reply Neha Verma

    Your caption held my attention, so true. we are full time professionals with day jobs and we love to travel so much. So, we take out time whenever possible for our travel. And that is definitely limited. But then those are the days we feel most lively

    February 20, 2017 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply chavamazal

    I’d love to travel more often! We take one big international trip a year by living fairly modestly so we can afford to.

    February 20, 2017 at 9:16 PM
  • Reply Criselle Anne

    I wish I could travel more often. It is not easy because of work and other reasons. But I feel like once a year doesn’t hurt. Thanks for the reminder. Your post is so inspiring and by the way Happy Anniversary to you guys. I’m gonna start checking those bucket list of mine.

    February 20, 2017 at 9:27 PM
  • Reply girlfromgirlintherapy

    I know what you mean — I know some people who save up their vacation days and then max out on a “long” holiday. Because of where I live, it’s easy to fly out of the country on weekends to visit neighbouring countries, so one doesn’t have to use up their vacation days. I guess that benefits people who like short getaways.

    I hope you have a good time in Montreal! And advance Happy Anniversary 🙂

    February 21, 2017 at 5:39 PM
  • Reply Donah Davila

    I definitely don’t what to be that person, I love traveling and doing fun things I wish I could do it more often though.

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    February 22, 2017 at 12:42 PM
  • Reply Nina

    I got a job in Spain so that I could travel more and I still feel like this! I’m headed to Lisbon, Portugal for a long weekend tomorrow and am super excited. I spent Christmas in Scotland, Andorra and France. But there are still so many countries here I need to get to and then places in the countries I’ve already been that I still need to see. I feel like I’ll never be finished traveling as there is always some place new to go.

    February 23, 2017 at 6:05 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      That’s pretty exciting! There is always a new place to see.

      February 23, 2017 at 6:32 AM
  • Reply property istanbul

    never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it

    March 27, 2017 at 4:22 AM
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