A few years ago, I started traveling with a tiny Captain Picard action figure. I had received him as a gift from a friend years before, but kept him in the packaging on the off-chance I was the only one in the world with a dusty Picard action figure still in the packaging, and before … Continue reading Picard Travels
I spent a couple of weeks in India and Nepal in November, and they totally stole my heart! I have never fell so immediately in love with a country as I did with India; the chaos, the noise, the smells, the dirt, the pushiness, the smiles, the friendliness, the conversations with strangers, the FOOD....India is … Continue reading Video: India & Nepal
"When I tell you to walk, walk. When I tell you to run, run. Don’t sit down, and don’t lean forward or we won’t make it. Okay? This will be fun!" I was hardly able to appreciate the view from one of Pokhara’s tallest peaks as I sat waiting for my turn to go paragliding. … Continue reading Taking a Leap in Nepal
Okay look. The whole "bathroom" thing in India can be scary before you go. Squat toilets? Delhi belly? More oil in one dish than you'd eat all month at home, chased by even more oil because fuck plain naan it's garlic butter naan all the way? Yeah. Toilets can be scary. This said, I conquered … Continue reading …THE HOSES IN THE BATHROOMS WERE FOR YOUR BUM?!
The best piece of travel advice I ever got was simple: THIS IS YOUR TRIP. DO WHAT YOU WANT. I can't tell you much about the person who told it to me; his name was Dan, he was a 34 year old American guy with long black hair and a gorgeous profile. We were living … Continue reading The best travel advice I ever got
I swear to god I did more in Southeast Asia than just eating...but like come ON the food was spectacular! I went in to the trip thinking I would enjoy Thai food the most and, while it was obviously heaven in my mouth, I came out of the trip with Vietnamese food the clear king … Continue reading Vietnam Stole my Tastebuds
I recently did a trip through Southeast Asia and one of the reasons I decided to head there was, obviously, the FOOD! I tried as many different things as I could (though, really, I could have eaten Pad Thai every goddamn day) and make it one of the focuses of my trip. The food in … Continue reading Maybe I’ll Become a Thai Chef?
Getting ready to go on a big trip? Follow these packing hacks to make your trip the journey of a lifetime! 1- Be sure to get sick a couple days before your trip. Don't get too sick - you want to make sure you're right in the worst part for your plane ride so you … Continue reading Packing Hacks
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?
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
4:30am and 27.8 degrees C and I've been awake for 45 minutes. I'm not sure why I woke up; I think the fan blowing on me gave me a slight chill and 4am is that prime wake-up time for me. Maybe I'm a bit nervous too. So here we are. Writing on an iPhone in … Continue reading Mission Accomplished
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
This time, two weeks from now, I'll be sitting in my assigned (hopefully window) seat on Virgin Airlines, preparing for a 16 hour flight back to North America. This time, two weeks from now, I'll be going home. Everyone seems to use the word 'excited' when talking to me these days. "Are you excited to … Continue reading Are You Excited?
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!
When I first started this trip, I found I was constantly impressed by what I could do. I don’t know if I don’t give myself enough credit or what, but every time I did something physically challenging (be it big or small), I was always surprised I, y’know, did it. Treks were hiked and mountains were climbed, … Continue reading The Tongariro Crossing: COME AT ME, VOLCANO
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!)
With less than two weeks left in New Zealand, I've been saying "fuck! I've only got two weeks left in New Zealand" a lot lately. My plan of "work Monday-Friday and travel on the weekends" didn't happen quite as much as it should've and, though I love the weekends I've spent here, I'm pretty much … Continue reading Paihia and The Bay of Islands
I'm having a really hard time getting into the Christmas spirit down here. To me, Christmas is cold. Autumn comes and the air gets crisp and my body starts craving potatoes and apples and soup, and that's how I know it's time to start searching through the Sears Wishbook. Christmas is snow on the … Continue reading Step Into Christmas
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!
Some people can’t wait until Christmas. Others are big into their birthdays. Some go all out for St Patrick’s Day, and some say Thanksgiving is their favourite time of year. For me, it’s Halloween. I love Halloween. Since I was a kid, it’s been my favourite non-holiday, full of fun and candy and drinking and … Continue reading HAPPY HAL…October 31st 😦