Checking out Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand, nearing the end of our trip.
Everyone loves a good montage video, myself included. But when it came time to put my own together, I was confronted with the amount of footage I had to work with. Over the course of an 8-month backpacking trip that saw Tristan and I travel through China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, we had shot a total of 1862 video clips, amounting to 201.18GB of data.
Just last week, Tristan and I celebrated our 1-year return-aversary. As the months, weeks, and days grew closer to that milestone, I found myself feeling more and more anxious. I couldn’t believe how fast the time was flying and I so desperately wanted to hold on to the incredible memories from our time on the road. There hasn’t been a day since we returned that I haven’t thought about that trip. I knew I owed it to ourselves to put something together that could encapsulate those months. The pressure was on. Read more
The more I travel, the more I realize what a phenomenal city Toronto is. And I’m not just saying that because it’s my hometown. What I like most about Toronto is that it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world, giving it a unique character and vibrancy unlike most international cities. You can almost literally experience the world right here in a single city.
Unfortunately, Toronto doesn’t rank up there as a “must-see” big city around the world. But I’m hoping this video will help convince you to reconsider your travel choices. There’s an incredible amount of amazing things to do in Toronto, and trying to pick the top 5 was no easy feat. From professional sports teams to wandering our various ethnic neighbourhoods, to experiencing our performing arts scene and yes, even climbing the CN Tower, not everything could make the list.
I consulted with a number of fellow Torontonians, and in the end we decided it was about experiencing certain aspects of our city rather than giving you 5 specific things to do.
So, may I present to you the Top 5 Things to Do (Experience) in Toronto: Read more
Love locks at N’Seoul Tower. Couples write their names and a small message on the lock, attach it to the fence and throw away the key.
With Valentine’s Day only a day away, I thought it’d be fitting to write a post about it. I mean, you can’t even walk five feet down the street without being reminded about it. It’s a day couples look forward to and singles hate. And it doesn’t matter where you’re from, that sentiment seems to be consistent from country to country.
I’m always intrigued how holidays can differ around the world, and in Korea, things happen slightly differently on Valentine’s Day.
The major difference? There’s no exchanging of presents between partners, only women giving men chocolate. While there are stuffed bears and such, chocolate is the main gift given. Even stationary stores get in on the action, dedicating entire aisles to making your own chocolates with various molds, sprinkles, and bags with bows to serve them up in. Hey, at least if you want, you can customize your gift. Read more
The coastline of Vancouver, British Columbia.
The more I travel, the more I realize how incredible Canada is. I love the variety of activities, our distinct four seasons, the diversity of our population, and our stunning scenery. This is a country that has it all and I’m so proud to call it home.
In a bid to promote Canada as a tourist destination and to highlight why it’s so damn awesome, Pamela from Savoir Faire Abroad started a travel blogging roulette about Canada brought to you by Canadian Bloggers. Essentially, we’re sharing 5 points about what we love most about Canada and then tagging 3 more travel bloggers to do the same. A big shout out to Alicia, of My Life Untethered, who tagged me to join in on the fun. So let’s get this party started, eh?! Read more
Part of the exterior of Masjid Negara (the National Mosque of Malaysia). Kuala Lumpur.
It’s easy to get caught up in the sweeping landscapes, stunning architecture, and colourful cultures when we’re traveling. I know, I do it all the time! But sometimes the beauty of a destination lies in the details. It’s not until we stop and take a moment to really look at a place that the character of a destination can shine through. Over the past couple of years, I made a point to focus on and photograph the smaller aspects of travel and the results have been amazing. Below are some of my favourite abstract shots (if you will) of my time backpacking through Southeast Asia. Read more
It’s the second installment of my interview series and I’m so excited to be talking all things “video” with one of the most talented and inspiring travel videographers out there right now, Mike Corey from Kick The Grind. Mike is one of those guys who proves that passion and serious dedication mean a heck of a lot more than training in a classroom. Combining his education in biology, love for travel, and the motivation to teach himself how to shoot and produce videos, has resulted in some incredible travel videography. Seriously, this guy inspires me to step up my game after every video he produces.
I was very excited to be able to talk travel and, more importantly, pick his brain about travel videography. Read more
Aliʻiōlani Hale with King Kamehameha V Statue out front.
When booking long-haul flights, do you ever think about spending a few extra days in your connecting city to break up the trip? Or maybe you just want to get away for a quick trip but don’t have a lot of time to give up. Sometimes, a short trip can be just as fulfilling as a week or two away.
While researching our flights from New Zealand back to Toronto, Tristan and I weren’t exactly excited about the prospect of spending 24+ total hours up in the air. As we looked over our route (Christchurch to Sydney, Sydney to Honolulu, Honolulu to Vancouver, Vancouver to Toronto) we couldn’t help but feel a little excited that we’d be flying through Hawaii. So we did what any sane person would do (right?). We decided to break up the trip and spend 2 nights in Honolulu, Oahu. I know, toughest decision of our lives! Our flights also worked out in such a way that we’d arrive at 8am and depart in the evening, so it meant we had 3 days to spend on the island. Read more
Tags: Hawaii, Oahu, USA, Vacations
Some of the sugary delights you’ll sample on the tour.
Kensington Market is a phenomenal little neighbourhood in Toronto. It’s incredibly vibrant and oozes charm everywhere you look. I recently spent an afternoon exploring the culinary side of the area with Tasty Tours Toronto, the city’s only sweets tour. We visited 6 different shops and tried samples from each. Being the very multicultural neighbourhood that Kensington Market is, it was like a trip around the world one bite at a time. In addition to trying what the shops had to offer, our tour guide (and founder of Tasty Tours Toronto), Audrey, educated us on the history of sweets and where a lot of the products come from to make them.
Tasty Tours Toronto also runs a tour in the Trinity Bellwoods Park area specifically themed around chocolate shops. I can’t wait to try that one next! In the mean time, this video of the tour through Kensington Market should whet the appetite. Warning: I take no responsibilities for any sudden urges to consume sweets after watching this video. Read more
Meagan explores the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Japan. Photo Credit: Meagan Mastriani
I first met Meagan about 3 years ago when she was visiting a mutual friend in South Korea. It wasn’t long afterwards that she too moved to the country, teaching English at a private school in Seoul. As many expats do in Korea, she started a travel blog about her experience moving to a foreign country. But what made hers stand out in my mind was her incredible photography skills. Capturing simple moments in an artistic way, she had me drooling with every new post. Aside from her amazing shutterbug skills, Meagan is one of the only people I know who’s successfully transitioned from an English teacher to freelance writer and photographer in Korea, and thus, she is a great person to kick off a new interview series on this site. Every few weeks, I’ll be interviewing people in the travel-sphere who inspire me on a daily basis, picking their brains about all things travel related. Read more
If you had asked me 2 years ago what I thought of beer, I would have told you that it lacks flavour, has a horrible after taste, and it all tastes the same. I really couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about over a product I thought was so bland. Clearly, my beer experiences had been limited to a few of the major beer brands produced for mass consumption (ie. getting drunk on the cheap). But after I discovered craft beer, my previous opinions on this brewed beverage were laughable.
Craft beer, or micro brewing, is the handcrafted production of beer on a small scale. Each brewing facility has a brew master who essentially makes the recipes and oversees production. Beers are made with all natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives. What makes craft beers stand out from the pack is the individualization of each product. Instead of creating a drink to appeal to the masses, craft beer is created for varying palettes. With ingredients such as fruit, tea, coffee, cinnamon and honey, it’s all about creativity.
Over the past 10 years, craft beer has been making its mark in bars and restaurants, and in liquor stores across Canada, and is growing every year. No where is this more apparent than in Southern Ontario with the Ontario Craft Brewers estimating there are over 50 craft breweries in the province with over 100 nation wide. Read more