I haven't posted anything in a while due to, y'know, the crushing fear that no one will like me, but I've been meaning to start posting what I write again and I fell so in love today that I can't NOT share it with you. Yes, I'm in love. Again. With Toronto. My love for this … Continue reading Not Far From My Heart
What can you do today, for tomorrow? I recently started a new job at G Adventures, an adventure travel company. What drew me to the job was the travel aspect; helping people conquer their travel fears has become one of my favourite things to do, so naturally I was pumped about that. But when I … Continue reading What can you do today, for tomorrow?
So! Things have been completely nuts for the last month (hence my lack of posting). I've been trying to find a job, stressed about not having one, crying at the state of my bank account, simultaneously bored and too busy...it's been mental. Despite my year-long vacation, I felt like I needed a break. Luckily, I … Continue reading The best birthday dinner ever
There are a lot of things I want right now. I WANT a job I WANT money I WANT David Duchovny to kiss me tenderly while holding me from behind I WANT to eat, like, sixty nanimo bars I WANT to lose, like, sixty nanimo pounds (those are the pounds in your body that are … Continue reading I WANT
Who says travel has to end when you get home?! This weekend turned into a mini adventure, and reminded me that there's a bunch more to explore out there...and it doesn't always require a plane to see it! While I was running around Oceania last year, my friends Rian and Gian bought their very first house in … Continue reading My never-ending trip
I leave Australia, and my entire #Adventure2012(/13) trip, behind in mere days. I'm not super happy about it, but as my departure edges nearer, I find that I'm becoming a bit more okay with it every hour. Instead of being sad everything is ending, I decided I need to be happy and focus on the … Continue reading Moving right along
As much as I love big cities, I always list ‘camping’ as being one of my favourite things to do. Campfires and being in the same swimsuit for days and Banana Boats and a few books and I’m in heaven. Fortunately my friends in Melbourne love camping too and, unlike me, they actually own camping … Continue reading Camping in Echuca: Oh My Goanna!
I've been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. My weekends aren't full of party-hopping, it's 25 degrees out, I'm not wearing a tacky Christmas shirt/sweater at any opportunity...it's just not feeling like the magic season it normally is. I was down in the Viaduct the other night and saw a massive advent … Continue reading Christmas in Auckland (I think it’s catching on!)
For the past 10 years, I've read (and re-read and re-read and re-read) the Valdemar series of books by author Mercedes Lackey. They're fantasy and nerdy and I love them so much that I usually read about six of them each year (currently reading 'Oathbound', in case you were curious). (Yes, I own them in … Continue reading I Was Chosen!
For those who travel (and those who dream of travel), you probably know BootsnAll. It's a fantastic resource for travelers, with TONS of great articles and ideas, and a great focus on indie travel and tips from people who've been places. I'm on it every other day when I'm planning a trip (or, as is … Continue reading I’m Traveler of the Week on BootsnAll!
The best thing about traveling isn't the amazing architecture or rolling hills or weird foods. I mean, those things all have their place and play a massive role in your travel experience, and I love them all very dearly....but the real 'oomph' of traveling is the people you meet and the experiences you have with … Continue reading And Then I Was in a Hot Pool With Six Naked Men
Today is my six month travelversary! Happy travelversary to me! Six months ago I left a cold Canadian winter to head for the sunny shores of Australia...and then right back into the cold New Zealand winter. Six months on, I can't quite believe where I am (and I'm seriously ready for summer). I don't have any significant … Continue reading It’s My Six Month Travelversary!
I'm a big city girl who loves the outdoors; throw me in the middle of a city with a map and I'm happy. Throw me in the middle of the woods with a pack of matches and I'm happy. No matter where I am, I've got a big hard-on for nature, so it's important to … Continue reading International Coastal Cleanup Day!
#TTOT is short for Travel Talk on Twitter, a weekly travel discussion open to anyone who hangs out on Twitter! Just tune in around 9:30am & pm(uh...EST I think?) on Tuesdays, search the hashtag and watch the magic. It really is one of my favourite things about Twitter; you get to interact with a ton … Continue reading Strangers in the night
Check out part 1 and part 2. Now we're on to the nerdiest part of them all: Alright guys. Ghost walks. Look, I don’t care who you are or what you believe, a ghost walk will always be a blast. If you believe, maybe you’ll see something! If you don’t, maybe you’ll get some good … Continue reading My MUST DOs when I travel (part 3)
As I write this, I’m sitting in front of a heat pump, in a hoodie I found at the Salvation Army, wrapped in a furry blanket. Winter has officially arrived to small-town New Zealand and, while I’m happy to be traveling, pictures of Christie Pitts and beer on patios is making me miss home something … Continue reading Explore, Torontonians!
When I went to Sydney in 2008, I didn’t really like it. I had $30 to my name and had to save $4 for the ride to the airport, so I spent my few days there totally broke and young. I remember Sydney felt very “Toronto”; corporate, cold, busy. Nothing like beloved Melbourne. When I … Continue reading Sydney, my love
I'm a member of CouchSurfing, an online community of thousands that was originally started as a way to find couches to sleep on, but has evolved to be this huge project of acceptance, learning and exploration of other cultures. Far from [just] hippies, CSers look to get more out of travel than just seeing the … Continue reading Penguins in St. Kilda
Now THIS: is fantastic. For every hit it gets on YouTube, a donation is made towards cancer research. Way to go, McGill! Dem nerds got moves!
Alright, so last week physicists at CERN released a statement saying they maybe sort’ve kind’ve omg measured a neutrino going faster than the speed of light. Say whaaa? Look, I’m no scientist and I don’t even know what CERN stands for (I’m guessing it’s the Centre for Everyone who’s Really kNowledgeable), but this is … Continue reading Faster Than A Speeding Bullet