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paradise valley canadian rockies, canada

I’ve Got Fernweh!

I’m always dreaming about travel – reading numerous blog posts and magazines in search of bites of information and inspiration. All it takes is a pretty photograph of some far flung paradise and my heart begins to ache for adventure. So, just like when I began this blog a few years ago and was working towards making long-term travel happen, which culminated in me travelling solo around Canada for five months in 2012, I’ve decided to start planning the next epic adventure. And believe me when I say it will be EPIC! It’s way too early to disclose any more details at this point but, all being well, I’ll be back ‘on the road’ (or rather the tracks) by next September. And my boyfriend Andy – a regular feature on this blog now :-) – will be coming with me. My mind has been ticking away ever since going freelance in January and having the option to be location independent is way too tempting. Fernweh: An ache for distant places; the craving for travel I’ve seen the …

Peyto Lake Canada

Could You Be A Digital Nomad?

I’ve often been drawn to the idea of being a digital nomad – working on the road, earning a living whilst visiting an array of beautiful, fascinating places. Quite a few of my favourite travel blogs are written by such people and that free-as-a-bird mentality is incredibly appealing. Travelling solo around Canada for five months in 2012 was the best thing I’ve ever done. While I’ve got no plans to leave my life here in Liverpool anytime soon, I’m definitely a freespirit at heart and there’s always a part of me that wants to fly away to somewhere new. However, I also enjoy home comforts, being able to visit loved ones, snuggling up on the couch watching films with my beau and sleeping in my own bed (the orthopedic mattress is crazy comfortable). As I get older, approaching 30 this year *gulp*, home comforts are becoming increasingly important, but that niggling feeling, those itchy feet, that hint of excitement at the mere thought of going travelling again are always there. Now is not the time though. …

Jericho sunset Vancouver

Am I Too Old To Go Travelling?

Before deciding to go travelling in Canada, I was riddled with insecurities about being too old for backpacking. What is the best age to go travelling? Is 28 a good age to go backpacking? Am I too old for long-term travel? These were the kind of questions I would find myself typing into Google, before scouring through various forums on the subject. The general opinion seemed to be that you are never too old to travel and that travel can actually be more enjoyable in your later 20s than when you are straight out of college or university. However, I was still worried that the majority of backpackers would be gap year students and free-as-a-bird under 25s looking to get wasted every night. Me? I was nearly 28 with a full-time job and long-term boyfriend. It was not a simple book and go situation. I was scared that I should be focusing on my career and settling down as oppose to leaving everything behind for several months. I did not have to look further than …

view from cn tower in toronto

Escaping from a Nightmare Basement to a Posh Hotel

Wrapped in a white fluffy dressing down, fresh from a long luxurious shower, I wandered into the bedroom and admired the king size bed that was sumptuously layered with cushions. Then I moved into the spacious office room where a plush couch, coffee table and desk could be found. I was staying in an executive suite at a posh hotel in Toronto. So what? you might think. The story here is how I unexpectedly wound up staying here for the night. No, I didn’t throw the towel in and decide I couldn’t spend another night in a hostel (I like staying in hostels). Nor did I necessarily feel like indulging in luxury. It was a set of circumstances that led me to be in Toronto one Friday night with nowhere to stay. The International Toronto Film Festival was underway and everywhere was fully booked.  How had I missed the small detail that a major event was taking place here and why was I arriving so unprepared? Longtime readers of my blog might have read about …

eiffel tower and river seine in Paris

Travel New Year’s Resolutions

What is 2013 going to hold for me on the travel front? While 2012 was all about making long-term solo travel to Canada happen, this year will see me fitting in adventures around full-time work. Holidays to the Caribbean, Dublin and the Isle of Man are already in the pipeline, but what about my travel aspirations for the year? Learn French This year, I’m going to sign up for an evening course to learn Francais. I studied basic French at school and am completely obsessed with French culture. My first and only trip to Paris in spring 2011 was a dream come true. My embarrassing attempts to speak French were not. When I visited French-Canadian Montreal during the summer, my desire to learn this beautiful language was strengthened. Although many people spoke English as well, I felt rude not at least trying to speak the main language. And so there were many more moments where I spoke my awful Franglais. I want to be able to say more than Bonjour and Parlez Vous Anglais! Visit a couple of …