Basically born a traveler, I have an insatiable appetite to see new places, explore new frontiers, and to just keep moving through life at a brisk pace. I want to do all that I can in this lifetime, explore any nook and cranny that I can find, and just make darn sure that I have tried as hard as I can to have fun and live life to the fullest!
I was born in Banff, AB, Canada in 1976. I was flying to England at 10 months, and I didn’t stop after that. My parents drug me to every place they could. My Dad’s career was, and still is, a Motivational Speaker. This meant that he got speaking engagements, in many cities, all over the world. Lucky for me, he saw this as an opportunity to take his family traveling as much as he could. We visited places such as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, Singapore, US/British Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Mexico, Hawaii, to name a few.
At the age of 16, I trekked to the Base Camp of Mount Everest with my parents. It was the 10 year anniversary of the First Canadian Mount Everest Expedition, of which my Dad was climber/business manager of the expedition. 3 year later, at the age of 19, me and 6 of my friends, went back to Nepal, and trekked to the Base Camp again.
In between those trips, I attended “Class Afloat”. While with Class Afloat, I sailed around the world as part of a 65 person crew, on a 188 foot tall ship named Concordia. I was 17/18 during this trip, and I finished my high school diploma while on board. As crew members, we were each responsible for certain aspects of ship maintenance, night watch, day watch and galley duty. It was an incredible experience that words can’t simply explain. Everyday of my life is different because of that experience, and I am still learning and figuring out just how it impacted my development as a human being. We visited 35 countries on 5 different continents.
I attended 2 years of college in Prince Edward Island, and worked for 2 more years in Nova Scotia, both on the mainland, and on Cape Breton Island in Baddeck.
For the Millennium, at the age of 23, I traveled with a girlfriend to Tonga, the Cook Islands, Fiji and New Zealand. We spent 10 weeks hopping around the South Pacific, exploring all that we could in the seemingly short time that we had.
At the age of 25, my then boyfriend and I, purchased a kayak in Southern Florida, kayaked the Everglades for a month, and then shipped it over to the Bahamas, and paddled around the Bahamas for 3 more months before selling it in Georgetown, Exumas. We then hitchhiked on sailboats back to the mainland USA. There we made our way up to West Virginia, helped a friend work on their house, then made our way up the East Coast and drove across Canada and back to Alberta. Upon our return to Alberta, we got married (having gotten engaged in the Bahamas), and took off for the West Coast of Canada, settling in Gibsons, British Columbia. We moved around the lower sunshine coast and finally settled in Sechelt, where we bought property and built a house.
In 2004 we spent 4 months living in Nicaragua, and exploring Costa Rica. While there, we rented a 500 square foot house for $200/month, and lived smack dab in the middle of a Nicaraguan neighborhood, in the then, quiet and quaint San Juan del Sur. We quickly learned as much Spanish as we could, as we didn’t really have an option. It was a great cultural experience!
In 2006 we moved to Powell River, another ferry ride north of the Sechelt area, on the Upper Sunshine Coast.
In 2008 we traveled to Bali, Vietnam, China, and Hong Kong. We spent 10 weeks total moving around the three countries. It definitely wasn’t long enough, and I long to go back to each place to explore further.
In 2012 I got divorced and continued to wait out a long and tortuous time of no travel.
In December 2015, my partner and I went on a 6 week journey to Greece, Bulgaria, and Italy. We had our first experiences with Couchsurfing, Air B&B and Wwoofing. This was the start of my blogging and you can read all about it!
I look forward to bringing you many new travel stories as my life continues to grow and develop to encompass my dreams.
Written on January 11, 2017