Payton Swaffield

pellethetraveller

Payton Swaffield

My name is Payton, I'm 17 years old and from Ontario, Canada. Travelling is a big interest of mine, and is something I wish to continue as I get older. Some places I want to visit include Italy, Japan, India, Australia, and England. I'm really excited to share some of my experiences on my own blog, feel free to post any comments you may have!




Turks and Caicos is one of those spots that not many people have heard of. When I went, back in 2008, I told my friends about it, and they all looked at me like I had three heads. "Turks and What?!" I had to say it was a weird name and I didn't know much about it, but I was excited. After only about a four hour plane ride, we (my family) arrived and fell in love instantly. As soon as we walked onto our resort- Beaches Turks and Caicos- we were greeted by a woman with fresh pineapple juice for us. Wahooo! Every morning in the lobby there was a newsletter listing the weather expected for that day, and all of the events taking place and at what location. There were nightly shows, aimed at ... read more
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos

Central America Caribbean December 11th 2012

This was one of my more recent trips of February 2012, and one that was based on a week of pure relaxation. My good friends' mom decided to have her second wedding there, and my other friend and I were lucky enough to be invited. It sounds like a bunch of fun, right? Some teenagers running around a resort in Punta Cana, limited parent supervision... that is until my mother bought herself a flight ticket as well. Darn. We stayed at Dreams Punta Cana, a fairly new resort chain. I can honestly say I had no disappointments. Everything was top notch, including the meals, drinks, swim up bars, planned activities, and services. Every single day my friends and I could go to the beach or pool by ourselves and feel completely safe, which was what my ... read more
Punta Cana
Punta Cana
Punta Cana

North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville December 11th 2012

If you knew me, you'd know that I am a die hard country music fan. So, this trip was really something of a dream for me- my whole family at that. I've been to Nashville three times now because we just can't get enough of it. Every time I go, there are new performers at the Grand Ole Opry or Bridgestone Arena. If you like country music and you like history, then go to the Opry. That building's been around forever, and it's amazing to have the opportunity to see a concert in there. Another must is the Country Music Hall of Fame. It showcases all of the Opry members, including the classics like Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn. If you want more from the stars, take a Home of the Stars bus tour. A guide ... read more
Nashville
Nashville
Nashville

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva » La Plaine December 11th 2012

One of the best places I've travelled to in my short life so far has to be Switzerland. Every aspect of it is absolutely breathtaking, and exactly like what you'd see in pictures or hear from other people. I flew here on my 2007 trip from Denmark. We stayed a week with my mom's childhood friend, Trille, who lives just outside Geneva in a little village called Niederwil. Every morning when I woke up, I could look out my window and see only mountains. I think the coolest part was the clouds that hung so low in the backyards of everyone in the village. During that week, my sister and I got to ride gondolas for the first time. The closer we got to the top of the mountains, the more intense and mysterious the climate ... read more
Switzerland
Switzerland

Europe » Denmark » Eskebjerg December 11th 2012

Everyone has heard of Lego, but something you may not know is that it was invented in Denmark. The famous Legoland is found in the city of Billund. Basically, it's a giant park with some rides, but mostly structures made strictly from Lego pieces. I know, it's pretty cool. When I went, back in 2007, I went with some friends of my mom's. We had to drive three hours to get there, but my sister and I were so excited. The funny part is that three hour car ride is about the distance it takes to drive from one end of the country to the other; that's how small Denmark is. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw all of the different objects made only from Lego, including zoo animals and tall city landscapes. They ... read more
Legoland
Legoland
Legoland

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen December 11th 2012

Because of my mother's Danish background, I've had the chance to travel to Denmark roughly five times since I was born. Her entire family lives there, including my grandma, or mormor as they call it in danish. Over our years visiting, my sister and I have made friends there, and getting the chance to see them is exciting, too. My mormor lives in the heart of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. It's home to the Copenhagen harbour, which hosts the famous Little Mermaid statue, story created by the dane Hans Christian Andersen. People of Denmark are known for using bicycles as a way of transportation, rather than cars. The country is so small and city based that vehicles aren't really necessary. Because bikes are so popular, every road has a bike path. Back in 2007 when ... read more
Copenhagen

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Caen December 7th 2012

Since I'm from Canada, this particular visit really hit home for me. As I walked in the Canadian Cemetery, I noticed that there was nobody there except for the maintenance worker. At the front, there was a giant stone with a cross on top reading: "their name liveth for evermore". In a little pavilion near the entrance there was a book, listing all the names and birth places of the Canadian soldiers who died in the Battle of Normandy during World War Two. There were names given from every province, including some who lived just an hour away from me. I didn't know any of them, but it made me feel really connected and close to my homeland even though I was so far away. The cemetery grounds were kept absolutely spotless. Almost every tombstone had ... read more
Canadian Cemetery

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Avranches December 7th 2012

I had big expectations for Mont Saint Michel. It was a site I studied a fair bit in my French classes at school, and I'd seen so many amazing pictures of what it was portrayed to look like. Before I left for my trip to France, one of my French teachers gave me a brochure of it. She told me it was a must see, and from that moment, I built up my excitement. I had yet to find out I wouldn't be disappointed. When I finally arrived there, I was flabbergasted as I stepped out of the car. There it was in the distance, standing tall and dream-like. It easily resembled a fairytale castle in a children's book. The parking lot was giant, and there were tourists everywhere. Getting to the entry stairway took nearly ... read more
Mont Saint Michel

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Caen December 5th 2012

Located in Lower Normandy, Bayeux is home to the famous Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Tapestry. I was lucky enough to gain the privilege of spending an entire day roaming its streets and admiring the ancient beauty surrounding me. The first thing you notice when driving in is the tall cathedral. The perfection of its structure makes it look surreal, and even more desirable than imagined. In one of the pictures I took, it looks like a castle in an old Disney movie. Inside the cathedral is even more magnificent. I spent a lot of my time looking at the effort that was put into the stain glass windows. And all the way around are sculptures and works done of Jesus and different religious aspects. There's always locals there too, either praying or greeting the tourists. They ... read more
Bayeux

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris » Sarcelles December 2nd 2012

Le Louvre is one of the most famous sites in all of France. It is also the most visited art museum in the world. It has everything from sculptures and paintings, to actual rooms full of historical furniture and decor. I'd never been a history fanatic, but strolling through the museum, I found myself taking an interest in many of the pieces hanging on the walls and what message they had behind them. The museum's art is organized by artist's name, and also by country which the artist is from. As I walked through, I noticed some young Parisians sitting on the floor, sketching or painting one of the monuments they had taken an interest in. If I had this talent, I would've been doing the same. It's almost impossible to see and analyse every single ... read more
Le Louvre




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