When I was a fresh high-school graduate, I followed the status quo and picked a college program to jump into before I’d even really known what I wanted to do for a living. How can you know without experience? I jumped into a Police Foundations program, probably because I’d spent my life watching way too … Continue reading The Adventure of a Lifetime (Inspired by Christopher McCandless)
Back in 2009, I was enrolled in a Police Foundations program. It was the final year of my course and we had one big trip planned to kick it all off. Our teacher had decided to organize a trip down to New Orleans to spend a week with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those less fortunate. With a taste for adventure in my blood, I quickly signed up to join in on the fun and to earn the right to list some charitable work on my future resume. When the time came, I drove a group of my classmates down to Louisiana to participate in Habitat for Humanity for one week.
“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ― Charles de Gaulle France Back in 2013, I was just finishing up my 2-year backpacking stint through Australasia and I was preparing to head back to Canada with my girlfriend at the time. It didn't end up being a great relationship, or even … Continue reading What I Learned Living in France for Two Months
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert If any of you have been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I had covered my BC road-trip extensively in four posts during my very early blogging days. However, this blog has grown and … Continue reading Memories Of A Road Trip In British Columbia
Arriving In Bangkok My trip didn't start well in Thailand, in fact, I don't suspect it could start off much worse then it did. If it had turned out any worse, I probably would have been making some sort of ransom call back home to Canada while tied to a chair in a dingy wet basement. … Continue reading I Spent Three Weeks In Thailand, And Here’s What I Learned
Australia, the land of red sands and poisonous animals. "How did you ever end up there?", You may be wondering. And the answer is, well, it wasn't a trip that I had planned! My original travel plan was to stay in New Zealand and work for a year then come home, but after 5 months … Continue reading What I’d Learned Backpacking In Australia
It was 2011 and I was fresh out of college, working in a shitty retail chain which rhymes with Mall Tart. I also didn't have much clue as to what to do for the rest of my life because I had studied Police Foundations for 2 years and then decided that it wasn't for me. So, I just saved as much money as I could in 7 months. Then I took off overseas on a Working Holiday Visa to live and play in New Zealand. It was the most daring moment of my young adult life because I had never done anything so adventurous before. There was a mix of both excitement and fear in me.
Back when I was in my early 20's, thanks to the Working Holiday Visas that most civilized countries offer to young people, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to live and work in one of the most unique countries in the world. The land down under, Australia.
Back when I was exploring New Zealand in 2011, the most adventurous thing that I had ever done was hike the Queen Charlotte Track with an Irish man, whom I had just met a few weeks prior. We went out to a track that runs 71km from the end of a highway, out towards the ocean through rolling hills surrounded by a sound (or seawater). It was probably the highlight of my backpacking experience, over those 2 years I spent abroad because I was feeling adventurous, but I knew not what the fuck I was doing and that will become apparent in the story to come!
It was the week of my 28th birthday and this trip was going to be my birthday present to myself. I was badly in need of a retreat from my daily routines and I was also on the prowl for a new location in Canada that I could one-day call home.
So why should you take advice from me? Well, I've spent 2 years backpacking across Australasia. Outside of that, I'd spent 2 months living France, 3 weeks in Thailand and I've taken numerous short trips around the world for "vacations", with many more plans for the future! On top of all of that, I'm broke.