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Arienne Parzei - SeeYouSoon Travel
Enjoying a luau on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

 

About the Site

Seeyousoon.ca is a travel blog produced by Arienne Parzei with a niche in adventure activities and cultural experiences. Covering a 360o view through writing, videography and photography, you’ll find a diverse array of stories such as extreme canyoning in Vietnam, relationships in Korea, getting behind an ATV for the first time in Ontario, and discovering a secret gin bar in New York City.

Launched in September 2011, seeyousoon.ca reaches audiences all over the world with most of the readers found in the USA, Canada, Southeast Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom. It is read by adventurous travelers of all ages looking for inspiration, tips, and advice for planning their own travels.

Arienne regularly works with Tourism Boards and Brands to showcase their destinations and products through video and written content. Past partnerships include Quebec Tourism, Germany Tourism, Parks Canada, Nova Scotia Tourism, Tourism New Brunswick, World Vision Canada, and Tourism Malaysia. As a freelance videographer, writer and photographer, Arienne also creates content for the exclusive use of Tourism Boards and Brands, including Tourism Toronto, Germany Tourism, Skyscanner, Flight Centre Canada, and Viator.

On the pulse with social media coverage, Arienne brings her followers along for the ride on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. She also offers the ability to take over the social media accounts for partners she’s working with to help them reach a wider audience with her unique voice and style.

For a copy of our Media Kit and Rate Sheet, feel free to contact us – arienne@seeyousoon.ca.

 

About Arienne

Arienne Parzei at Mount Cook, New Zealand
Hiking Mount Cook on the South Island of New Zealand.

My name is Arienne and I’m a travel writer, videographer and photographer from Toronto, Canada. I have an insatiable curiosity to learn about different cultures from the people themselves, by getting off the beaten path and seeing how others around the world live their lives. I live for the moment and try to seize every opportunity that comes my way. I consider myself a very outgoing person, always up for new experiences and meeting new people. The travel bug bit me from a young age and hasn’t shown any signs of going away.

When I was 11, I participated in an international camp, held in Chambery, France. I was a member of a 5-person delegation (2 girls, 2 boys, and one leader) that represented Canada at a camp that hosted delegations from 10 different countries from around the world (including Norway, Belgium, India, Lebanon, and Brazil). All the participants, save for the adult leaders, were the same age and for one-month we learned about each other, our countries, and our cultures. I didn’t know it at the time, but this event would impact the way I viewed and wanted to experience the world for the rest of my life.

Food in Southeast Asia.
Enjoying a pork bun and coffee out of a bag in Southeast Asia.

I’m fortunate enough to have a family that shares and encourages my love for travel. (I guess they’d have to be to be able to ship me off to France for a month at the age of 11!) With my family, we’ve done the obligatory trips down to Florida in a car, travelled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and our greatest experience to date, a 2-week Mediterranean Cruise where we stopped in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey.

My desire to have travel become a prominent part of my life started in January of 2008, when I took a 4-week trip to Peru. It was full of firsts for me; my first solo trip, my first backpacking trip, and my first time visiting a developing country. I was nervous, excited, anxious, and eager about what would lie ahead. I joined a tour group with G Adventures and had the time of my life. We flew over the Nazca Lines, stayed overnight with a family on Lake Titicaca, trekked through the Amazon Rainforest, and the highlight of the trip for me, hiking for 4 days in the rain to Machu Picchu. It was during this trip that I created two goals for myself; 1) at some point in my life, I wanted to live abroad so I could fully immerse myself in another culture and 2) that I wanted to backpack Southeast Asia for an extended period of time.

Well, only a year and a half later I made that a reality.

From August 2009-2011, my husband, Tristan, and I moved to South Korea to teach English to middle school students. We originally only intended to stay for 1 year, but had such a fabulous experience we stayed for an additional year. We fell in love with the culture, the food, and the beautiful landscape of the country. Teaching was a challenge for us at first, as neither of us had ever taught before, but within a few months we got into our groove and came up with fun, creative ways to get our students to participate in our classes.

Tristan and I exploring one of the palaces in Seoul, South Korea.

Once our contracts wrapped up, we were off on another adventure. Instead of heading directly back home to Canada, we decided to take an 8-month long detour through China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand before finally making it back on Canadian soil. It was at the beginning of our backpacking trip when this site was born. Originally intended to keep our friends and families in the loop of our whereabouts, it quickly turned into our online travel diary, full of articles and videos about our experiences, along with tips and advice for other travelers who would be traveling to the same destinations.

We returned back to Canada in the spring of 2012 and Tristan turned his focus to teaching full-time while I’ve continued to work on the site. In the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to rediscover my hometown of Toronto, explore more of the surrounding areas, and work with some exciting tourism boards and companies including Germany Tourism, Quebec Tourism, Fort Myers & Sanibel Island, Tourism Malaysia, and Columbia Sportwear, to name a few.

Uhuru Peak Kilimanjaro

In June 2015, I took on my greatest challenge to date – climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. I was invited to join a charity climb with World Vision Canada that included celebrity climbers Rick Campanelli (Co-Host, Entertainment Tonight Canada), JD Scott (HGTV personality) and Cheryl Bernard (Silver Medal Winner in Women’s Curling at the 2010 Winter Olympics). The climb raised over $150,000 to help defeat child slavery – children doing dirty, dangerous, and degrading jobs. The entire group successfully summitted Mt Kilimanjaro and I covered our experience in an 9-part video series including a montage video that won Best in Travel at Buffer Festival in 2015!

In the summer of 2016, it was time to see more of our own country. Tristan and I set off on an 2-month roadtrip of Atlantic Canada, visiting all 4 provinces – New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. In our 14-year old Honda Civic, we covered close to 13,000kms. We visited National Parks and Historic Sites, slept in the Louisbourg of Fortress all by ourselves (!), hiked various trails, walked on the ocean floor and kayaked around the famous Hopewell Rocks, found a secret bar in Halifax, retraced our family heritage at Pier 21, drove the epic Cabot Trail, came face-to-face with moose, watched the sunrise at Cape Spear (the most easterly point in North America), and even got screeched in in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was an incredible trip and showed us house beauty Canada and its people truly are. We’re so proud to call Canada home.

You'd think you were in the Caribbean with water this blue and not the southern shores of Nova Scotia.
You’d think you were in the Caribbean with water this blue and not the southern shores of Nova Scotia.

In addition to producing content for this site, I’m a freelance videographer, writer, and photographer. I’m currently a Social Media Ambassador for Tourism Toronto, a monthly contributor for Skyscanner, and a photographer for UberEATS, among various video projects. I was a contributor to Flight Centre Canada’s blog for 2+ years, have written articles for World Nomads and Viator, and have been featured in articles in Toronto Life and Chatelaine.

Tristan and I aren’t done with extended travel just yet. Some of our future travel plans include road-tripping the United States, exploring the different regions in Europe, and returning to Asia and Southeast Asia to visit parts of we haven’t seen yet. My personal buckelist includes exploring Patagonia, hiking to Everest Base Camp, experiencing more of Africa, and stepping foot on my final continent – Antarctica!

In the mean time, I’ll continue to bring you exciting adventures and cultural experiences and hope you’ll join me for the ride!

Sunrise at Cape Spear