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April, 2012

  • 27 April

    Beyond London: Cumbria and the Lake District

    (This is the second post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK. Check out the rest of the guides here) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, …

  • 25 April

    Visiting Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial – New York City

    While we were in New York this March Lee and spent time visiting Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial. The site features two deep waterfall pools located on the spots where the towers used to be and a museum and new skyscraper which are currently under construction. Aside from the fall of the Berlin Wall (which I have no memory of because …

  • 24 April

    Hitchhiking and the Art of Weightlessness

    Hitchhiking Around Newfoundland

    This is one of my favourite photos of myself. I am somewhere on the highway between Clarenville and Gander in Newfoundland, Canada. Lee and I were hitchhiking across this isolated island province, couch-surfing in small villages. See that little pile of luggage there on the roadside behind me? Those bags contain everything that Lee and I own in the entire world. …

March, 2012

  • 20 March

    Exploring Parliament and Eating Beaver Tails in Ottawa – Cross Canada Adventure

    Located just across the river from Quebec, this bilingual city was our first preview of the French Canadian culture that awaited us further down the road. We caught a ride-share with some students from the bustling big city lights of Toronto to the slightly more reserved and historic city of Ottawa. Filled with stately government buildings, leafy boulevards, pretty canals …

  • 7 March

    Vancouver: A Local’s City Guide

    This is a guest post by Lizzie Gross of the blog From Marmite to Maple. She is a British girl who has moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and fallen in love with this fantastic city. In this guide she offers the visitor many great ideas of what to do in this beautiful Canadian metropolis. I’ve been living in Vancouver …

  • 5 March

    The Greatest Birthday Ever: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Have you ever had one of those days which were truly magical from start to finish and you didn’t ever want it to end? I recently celebrated my 25th birthday as we were right in the middle of our trip across Canada. Since we had no set schedule for the trip and we were making it up as we went …

February, 2012

  • 28 February

    The Big City Lights of Toronto – Cross Canada Adventure

    After our wonderful stay in Winnipeg with the lovely Jacques, it was time to head to Toronto. This great metropolis is the biggest city in Canada and also one of the most multicultural cities in North America. It is well known for its amazing diversity of ethnic restaurants, its art and culture scene and its position as one of the …

  • 15 February

    Couchsurfing in Winnipeg – Cross Canada Adventure

    After our stay in Saskatoon we boarded the first train of our journey and made our way to the prairie metropolis of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This city is the largest in Manitoba and a major economical, cultural, and commercial center in Canada. The name comes from the Cree First Nations word “Wi-Nipe-K” which means muddy waters and this aludes to the …

  • 11 February

    Exploring the Outdoors and Wildlife of Southern Africa

    Have you ever dreamed of exploring the wilds of Africa? We hope you enjoy this exciting guest post from Dave of Dave’s Travel Corner about his experiences at a wildlife park in South Africa and the beautiful photographs of the animals that he saw while he was there. If you would like be our next featured guest writer, click here.

  • 3 February

    A Home Where the Buffalo Roamed in Saskatchewan – Cross Canada Adventure

    After partying with Therese in Calgary and hitting West Edmonton Mall, we found a ride on Craiglist into Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. As we drove, the landscape began to flatten itself out like a piece of fabric being ironed. The wrinkles of the undulating Alberta hills were pressed down until they formed a straight and unbreakable line with the horizon. I was …

January, 2012

  • 26 January

    Slow Travel: Why We Are Hibernating in Newfoundland

    Lee and I just finished backpacking across Canada from the West Coast to the East Coast, and it was a thrilling three months filled with adventures, new friends, and never-before-seen sights. We made it all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland and this is where we have decided to stay for the winter. Newfoundland is a truly gorgeous place, but …

  • 25 January

    A Giant Cat in Calgary and a Giant Mall in Edmonton – Cross Canada Adventure

    After our rugged outdoor camping adventure in the Rocky Mountains, it was off to Calgary. My lovely cousin Therese, who lives the glamorous life of an interior designer in the big city, offered for us to sleep on the inflatable bed at her chic condo in the heart of downtown. When I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s house it …

  • 24 January

    Beyond London: Lovely Lancashire

    (This is the first post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

  • 19 January

    How to Get An Australia Working Holiday Visa

    If you would like a year down under the Australia Working Holiday Visa could be the best option for you. Gorgeous sandy beaches filled with bronzed bikini babes. Wide open Outback stretching beyond the horizon. The exciting concerts, shows and nightlife of trendy cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. Strange and bizarre animals and birds that you have never seen …

  • 7 January

    Canoeing, Hiking and Camping in Alberta – Cross Canada Adventure

    Canadians working abroad could find employment or a free ride on sailboats

    After climbing mountains, hanging out with chipmunks, and partying in beautiful Banff, we hopped on another Greyhound bus and made our way to the prairie cowboy metropolis of Calgary, Alberta. There we met up with my cousin, Therese, who lives in a fabulous condo in downtown Calgary and works as an interior designer. We will spend more time living it …

December, 2011

  • 24 December

    Hammam Hijinx: Adventures in Morocco

    This Guest Post is brought to you by Geordon Omand, a University of Victoria graduate who has recently returned from a five week trip exploring Morocco. Follow him as he endures the truly unique experience of being thoroughly scrubbed down and exfoliated at a Moroccan bathhouse by a very enthusiastic elderly man. Yikes!

  • 23 December

    World’s Coolest Cities: Seattle

    Seattle is a rainy, coffee-drenched seaport of coolness. The northernmost major city in America (not including Alaska of course) and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, it is a Mecca for fans of the grunge music scene that originated here in the 1990s. It is the fabled home of trippy hippie cult author Tom Robbins, whose psychedelic novels contain …

  • 19 December

    Why The United Kingdom is Not a S#!thole

    After falling for his sexy accent, I followed my boyfriend Lee home from New Zealand, and ended up living for 14 months in the small Lancashire town of Accrington, England. During our many evenings socializing at the local pub, I would end up chatting with people who noticed my unusual Canadian accent. These locals would more often than not ask …

November, 2011

  • 10 November

    The Amazing Mountains of Banff – Cross Canada Adventure

    After a fantastic stay in Kamloops with Megan, we jumped on a bus to Alberta, to the scenic Rocky Mountain paradise of Banff. Now, I’ve been to Banff many times throughout my life, and even lived there for a summer, but I still experience a great sense of awe whenever I visit the Rocky Mountains. Towering snow-capped peaks, radiant turquoise …

October, 2011

  • 9 October

    Breakdown in BC, Making Our Way to Kamloops – Cross Canada Adventure

    It was a hot and sunny early September afternoon and we were weaving at a good speed along the curving roads of Highway 1 through the foothills of British Columbia. We were making good time, and we were looking forward to arriving in Kamloops, where we had a couch surfing host for the night. Suddenly, the tranquility of a perfect …

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