Travel Books

Even from the nook of your big comfy couch, you can still feel like you’re a hundred or a thousand kilometres away. Some of my favourite books are ones that aren’t necessarily travel books, but ones that are set in countries and cities and cultures far removed from my own. That kind of immersion is,…

Louis, the Llama Who Hated Me

Normally, animals like me, but in the first look we shared, I knew Louis the Llama disliked me. By the time our fifteen minute ‘acquaintance’ period was over, I was certain that Louis the Llama loathed me. Before we even left for our trek, Louis had both spit at me and rejected my kind, gentle efforts…

Hola, 2012!

…I’ve got big plans for you! In terms of travel, 2011 was a great year. It also ended with a bit of a (good) bang. Epic sunrise atop Mt. Kinabalu, Malaysia – a highlight of 2011 After nine months working part-time with WHL Group doing sales and project management for Urban Adventures (and a lil’…

Au Revoir, 2011

With all the year-in-review and retrospective posts floating around, naturally I made a more concentrated effort to reflect on what 2011 brought in terms of travel. Certainly in comparison to 2010, my countries visited and new countries visited totals were rather low in 2011. Why? Well, I didn’t have a job for the end of…

My Favourite Things About Boston

Sometimes you don’t appreciate a place until you revisit it. In my case, I first went to Boston on a school trip when I was 15. I remember liking it, but I think that’s because we were crazy teenagers with an obsession for Abercrombie & Fitch and other American shopping chains that were absent in…

A Very Toronto Christmas Market

With thousands of glittering white lights, glowing wooden craft huts, and an enormous, decorated Christmas tree, the Distillery District is magical this time of year. Channelling the essence of traditional European Christmas markets, Toronto’s Christmas Market is in its second year, and well on its way to being a new city tradition. Instagram shot of…

Paradise Rewarded: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

Aching, exhausted, filthy, and a little disoriented, our shuttle bus churns us out on the immaculate steps of the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru. For a devastating second, I think that we’re in the wrong place, and maybe we just dreamed we had a reservation here. I mean, it looked perfect. The staff’s smiles were not just…

Jasper Johns’ Map: My Favourite Travel Art

When I travel, I don’t often spend much time in galleries and museums. I enjoy them, but I’m very quick and efficient when I visit them, and tend to be almost inhumanely speedy in making the rounds. My friend and I once made it through the Louvre in a half an hour. I’m not lying. The…

Authentic Thai Food in an English Bookshop

Have you ever eaten a meal in a bookshop? (I don’t mean when you sneak food into Indigo or Barnes and Noble or Waterstone’s to eat while you read books you never intend to buy). Chances are, most people haven’t eaten a meal in a bookshop because most bookshops don’t moonlight as restaurants. As unlikely…

Local Travel in Hong Kong: I’m On a Junk!

When my friend in Hong Kong invited me out on a junk, I agreed, despite not really know what a junk was. Turns out a junk is a traditional Chinese wooden boat, and many locals own modernised, recreational versions of junk ships. On weekends, locals typically grab a bunch of friends, food, and drinks, and…

Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Naples

It was becoming increasingly obvious to me that my trips to Naples, Florida were becoming increasingly repetitive. Since my family has a place there, I tend to do the same things every time I go – I eat and drink at my favourite watering holes, spend afternoons languishing in the pool loungers (Landshark Lager in…