Reykjavik by night

Arriving at your destination in the middle of the night is never ideal, and is always something I avoid when I travel alone.  But, with only a few hours of darkness in the summer, and Reykjavik being known as one of the safest cities in the world, I wasn’t concerned about it for my trip to Iceland.   Continue reading

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I’m Terrified of Jellyfish

Everything in the ocean baffles my mind. The creatures that live underwater look so bizarre and I really don’t understand how they are living things. But I must say that jellyfish top the list of the most bizarre things in the ocean. They have no bones, no brains, they come in so many sizes, and they all have varying degrees of stings. During my time in Australia, I developed a fear of jellyfish. Australia is home to the kinds of jellyfish that can kill you, so I had reason to be scared. Continue reading

New Year’s Eve Down Under

I live in Canada.  In most parts of Canada, our winters are cold and snowy, and our winter takes place at the same time as one of the biggest party nights of the year – New Year’s Eve.  In most Canadian cities, New Year’s Eve celebrations take place outside, no matter what the temperature is.  They lure you to the festivities with musicians and fireworks, and a big enough crowd that you can all huddle together and feed off each other’s body heat to survive the night.   Continue reading

Leave No Trace When you Travel

I always thought it was common sense – Respect the world we live in.  When you go camping, when you go hiking, when you are anywhere in nature, always leave it the same way it was when you arrived.  Don’t leave garbage, don’t walk off the path, and respect the areas that are closed off so nature can regenerate itself.  The same thing applies when we travel, but unfortunately not everyone is aware of the impact they can have on our planet.   Continue reading

The must-do tour to see Iceland in a time crunch

If you are in Iceland for a limited amount of time and want to take advantage of a tour to cram in as much as possible, opt for the Golden Circle tour.  This tour will take you to some amazing sights, seeing a snapshot of the natural features Iceland has to offer.  I signed up for my tour with GeoIceland*, a small company, with small tour sizes, and a great overall experience! Continue reading

The one place you don’t want to see while on vacation

Going to the hospital is a scary experience no matter where you are. I never expected my first hospital visit would be outside of Canada. I won’t get into the details of what brought me there because it was a precaution and everything was fine. In fact, this blog post isn’t so much about getting sick in a foreign country, but how the day’s events panned out, and how a healthy imagination can keep you distracted from a nerve-wracking situation. Continue reading

Spotting Dingoes on Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world.  It has beautiful beaches, rainforests, and dingos and is a popular spot for tourists to visit.  Travelling in early September meant taking advantage of the slow tourist season.  With little confidence in our abilities to drive a 4 x 4 vehicle across the island, my friend and I decided to take a guided tour on the island.  We were on a limited time frame and wanted to pack in as much as possible and the Fraser Explorer tour took us on a two-day trip around the island.  We saw some beautiful few freshwater lakes, Eli Creek, colourful sand dunes and we had an overnight stay at Eurong Beach Resort.  The bus broke down on the way to the ferry in the morning, which is always an exciting way to start the day.  But, our tour guide was quick to fix it.

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But it’s such a long flight!

Australia.  It’s probably on your bucket list (if it’s not, it should be).  Australia introduced me to the amazing world of travel.  It has everything a backpacker would want: decent hostels, amazing beaches, rainforests, deserts, friendly people, part-time work to earn some extra cash, and the chance to meet travellers from around the world.  Fresh out of university, it was my first big trip.  It was somewhere I had always wanted to go.  I had a friend living there, going to school, so I had the perfect excuse.

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