Author archives: guest

My Path from College to 9-to-5, and back again

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When I was in college, I was often told that I should find a good job after graduation and make a career out of it. I heard it so many times, that I did it. Right after graduation, I started an internship in an international organization and got hired right after. It was a job I had always wanted but somehow I got bored after a couple of months. I li[...]

What Travel Did for my Body Image

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I have always liked being active and staying healthy. When I lived in America, I went to the gym six days a week in the winter and alternated gym days with running outside in the summer. I loved competing against myself for running times, pushing myself in high intensity cardio workouts, and lifting heavy weights to define my muscles and keep my metabolism h[...]

How to Spend A Day in Dubrovnik

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Last month I made my first visit to Croatia - and it definitely won't be my last. Croatia is a country that has been recommended to me by fellow travellers for the last few years. When a low-cost airline launched direct flights from my local airport to Dubrovnik this summer, I took that as a sign from the travel gods that I should go. So I booked a seven-nig[...]

Cracking the Art of a French Picnic in Provence

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I was convinced to move to France by my British francophile man. Always a foodie, I fell in love with Europe during my fine art studies in Florence, where I also gained considerable weight... Although I miss my native Montréal, now that I’ve gotten used to the food culture - thank goodness I’ve found a whole nation with my same obsession - wandering the mark[...]

My Friend was Kidnapped By a Taxi While Traveling

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It was 11pm, I was lying on the bed staring at the ceiling of a seriously lacking hotel room in Panama City. My friend had left earlier to go out dancing. It was our first night in a new city and we were just starting our 3 week adventure in Central America. I was too tired that night to go out with my friend. After debating whether she should go alone or no[...]

5 Reasons to visit Ucluelet, British Columbia

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Tell anyone who’s been to Ucluelet that you’re going and their sudden excitement and enthusiasm will infect you. My Dad talked animatedly about walks alongside quiet coastline. Lit up with excitement on hearing my holiday plans, my hairdresser launched into a series of recommendations for nearby Tofino. My manager sighed at the mention of Vancouver Island: i[...]

The Sicilian Speciality that is Worth a Journey

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When thinking about Sicily, drop the Mafia and take the arancini instead: these golden orbs of deep fried rice exemplify Sicilian street food. But that hasn’t stopped Sicilians from debating the tradition's history, name and recipe. Some scholars trace their origins to St. Lucy’s day, celebrated on December 13th, when citizens ate rice to commemorate a grain[...]

7 Reasons to travel Chilean Patagonia by Bike

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“Vos sos Holandesa?” asked the 89-year-old Chilean caballero over and over again during our stay. My partner and I just passed his house when we realized that we weren’t going to make it to our planned destination, Hornopirén. We felt like we had walked to Mecca and back (in reality we had cycled 40 kilometres, in the mountains, on an unpaved road), [...]

Glenorchy: The Off-the-Beaten-Track Gem of New Zealand

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Have you ever seen more than ten rainbows in one day? I have and I’m not even kidding! It was at Glenorchy, a 45-minute ride away from Queenstown at the head of Lake Wakatipu. I was there in the middle of September last year and the climate was so moody, going from rainy one minute to sunny the next, that rainbows graced my presence again and again that day.[...]

10 Things to do in Paris on a Budget

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When you visit Paris for the first time you will probably want to tick off all the mainstream attractions, but what if you happened to be in Paris for the third or fourth time and wanted to keep a low budget? Not only can you experience the city at its best without spending a fortune, but sticking to a budget also makes you explore some hidden gems in less c[...]