Bear Safety Tips for Backcountry Travellers in Canada and the USA

bear safety tips in Canada and the USA, black bear, grizzly bear

  As a proud, nature-loving Canadian, I like to believe that I am not afraid of bears. But let’s be honest, bears are freaking scary. I know, I know, the likelihood of having any life-threatening encounter with a bear is super low. However, even if all a bear wanted from you was a hug and […]

Your Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide to Vancouver: Bakeries & Restaurants

Scandalicious, gluten-free waffle, Vancouver

  Vancouver is a city known for its foodie culture (which is good, because the cost of living here has driven most other culture out of the city…). People eat out often in Vancouver and restaurants abound. Knowledge of Celiac disease and gluten-free awareness is high in the city. At any restaurant you go to, […]

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Maui

stand up paddleboarding lessons on Maui, SUP, MSUP

  If you’ve ever sat on a beach watching stand-up paddle boarders glide past you and thought it looked fun, you would be right. If you’ve watched people run into the ocean with their boards and gracefully jump to their feet before serenely paddling away and thought it looked easy, you would be less right. […]

The Best of Tofino Without Breaking the Bank

Having some fun on a teeter-totter at Combers Beach!

  No visit to Vancouver Island would be complete without a stop in Tofino.  Here, the Pacific Ocean travels unencumbered all the way from Japan.  The waves draw crowds of surfers and storm watchers, while the old growth forests and epic sunsets enthrall nature enthusiasts.  Tofino may be a small town, but it has a […]

Pride in NYC – Sometimes It’s About Putting Clothes ON

LGBTQ, pride, Rainbow Fashion Week, NYC, New York

Rainbow Fashion Week When New York does Pride, they do it all the way.  With events including performances by Nelly Furtado and LeAnn Rimes, as well as attendees numbering in the millions, you can expect Pride events in New York to be nothing short of energetic.  One event you won’t want to miss out on […]

My First Time Abroad: Hard Lessons Learned

New York City, Manhattan, first time abroad, lost in Yonkers

  Sometimes I wonder how I survived my 20s at all.  It’s not like I’m a big risk taker or anything, but my naiveite and general unawareness have left me in some questionable situations.  I have walked into stranger’s homes without any exit plan or ability to defend myself.  There was also the time I […]

Harambe: Gluten-Free Ethiopian Food in Vancouver

Harambe Ethiopian restaurant on Commercial Dr in Vancouver. Gluten-free.

It has been many years since I visited an Ethiopian restaurant, and with good reason.  The last time I ate Ethiopian food, I wound up lying on my bathroom floor for hours with some of the most painful vomiting I have ever experienced in my life.  The waiter had served me wheat injera – a […]

Hiking in Maui: Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls

Hiking is a great way to immerse yourself in nature when you’re travelling, and the Hawaiian Islands are full of treks through lush, indigenous vegetation.  Many of the trails will also take you to stunning waterfalls.  The Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls is one such trail. One of the things that makes the Pipiwai Trail […]