The other day we met a guy at an event who actually had the nerve to say, “Ask me how many countries I’ve been to, because I guarantee it’s more than you.” He then went on to tell us that he will show us his passport stamps later if we want to see them and [...]
We were not sure if we were on the right road, and we kind of hoped we were not. The unpredictable pattern of potholes of Uzbekistan did not invite to stay on the road the next 150 kilometres which we had calculated to the next town. We also knew we had to find somewhere to [...]
Chris & I started dating just after high school in Texas. We knew right away we wanted the same basic things out of life – two incomes, no kids and we wanted to move away from Texas after college. While we liked the idea of going to school in an exciting, fun party town, we [...]
My wife chanted this mantra to me repeatedly over the last five years. It was the only way to get me to let go of fears that continually crept back into my logic-focused brain each day. The only way to keep me from completely losing it with the thoughts of what we were trying to [...]
To many, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about the guy courting the girl, bringing her roses and chocolates and spending far too much money on an romantic meal. Although, in today’s world of dating, where kids break up over a text message, declare their love on Facebook and Tweet their indiscretions to the world, [...]
Have you ever had one of those days where you look at your life and you wonder what the hell you’re doing? Your job seems pointless, your existence meaningless, and suddenly you question whether or not you should carry on. These are the bad days. These are the days that you power through in the [...]
I remember the first time I boarded a plane and left Canada. I was off to the Dominican Republic on a typically North American holiday: the all-inclusive resort package. I was 21 years old and ready for some sun and relaxation. Just getting that little taste of the Caribbean made me want to experience more [...]
Yes, you can jump! I always loved traveling. I couldn’t get enough of being out and seeing the world: How the world really is – beautiful, mean, happy, sad, and crazy… But I was with my office job. I wasn’t unhappy, but there was always this longing in my heart for something more meaningful and challenging… [...]
We’re nearly a month into 2013 and right now is the time that most people settle into their usual routine and forget about all the positive thoughts they had at the start of the year. You don’t need a New Year’s resolution to change your life, change can happen at any time in any place. [...]
Live the Life you Want, Not the Life You Think You Should by Victoria Watts of Bridges and Balloons One year ago, I was sitting at my desk staring at a Yann Arthus-Bertrand screensaver of a jungle with one single pink tree in the centre. I’d stared at that image for months, in-between deadlines, squabbles over [...]
Travel Inspiration from Greece. I lived in Greece for about four months and although I spent most of my time in Thessaloniki, Athens had an incredible amount to offer. Everything from gorgeous scenic views that pictures could never do justice, history, culture, delicious food, a wild night life, architecture, and a beautifully relaxed way of [...]
I was 43 and it was Christmas when I almost died off the coast of Zanzibar. I was halfway up the middle of Africa on a six-month solo journey far more common now than it was in 1996. I’d put my mid-life crisis on the road, hoping solitude and surprise would air it out. It [...]
A few years ago we had the pleasure of meeting a tuk tuk driver in Cambodia named Khavi. He says tuk tuk driver with his head hung low.
We’ve been running an inspirational travel series on the travel blog where people to shared their stories of how travel changed their lives.
After spending the first month and a half of our year of travel in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar it was with some relief that we landed in the French territory of Reunion. Please don’t get me wrong it had been a dream of mine for as long as I could remember to Climb Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro, to go on Safari and to visit Lemurs in the wild, but I needed a break.
Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting three Canadian torch bearers who are heading to London to run in the Olympic Torch Relay courtesy of Samsung Canada. Deb and I have been talking a lot about passion lately. We feel that a life without passion is a life not fully lived and Samsung is encouraging [...]
I woke up to an e-mail in my inbox marked ‘urgent’ from my boss. “Don’t go into the client’s office today, meet me downtown.” In that short sentence, I realized something was wrong. Little did I know how much that one email would completely alter the course of my future. Within a few short weeks, [...]
It’s 3:30 PM. I’ve already put in 80 hours this week, and it’s only Thursday. My work is finished, but I’m still sitting here. Putting in “face-time.” “Managing expectations.” I’m sitting here, doing nothing because that’s what I’m supposed to do. Despite my moments of brilliance, my hard work, and high ratings, when it comes [...]
My passion for travel stems back five years and each time I dipped my toe in those short and sporadic nomadic adventures, there was always something that got in the way of the bold decision to embark on something longer – stability.
Have you lost your mind? On the outside, nothing changes. Your heart beats your lungs breathe and – to the outside world, at least – you appear to be a normal, functioning member of society but underneath it all your mind has gone stark-raving mad. I’m not sure why I went mad. But I sure as hell [...]