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 […]

Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products for Travel: Benefits of Menstrual Cups, Cloth Pads & Period Underwear!

Reusable Feminine Hygiene Products for Travel, menstrual cups, cloth pads, cloth pantyliners, period underwear

  You know what I hate? Having to leave a beautiful beach in Costa Rica to get back to my hotel so I can change my tampon because there are no public washrooms available. You know what else I hate? Spending my time wandering around Venice worried that my leaking tampon isn’t going to hold […]

Gluten-Free Travel Tips

gluten-free travel tips

  Travelling with a dietary restriction isn’t easy. Will you be able to find foods you can eat? How are you going to communicate your dietary needs? What will you do if you get sick? These are questions anyone with food sensitivities will ask themselves as they plan an upcoming trip.  The world is becoming […]

How Not to Let Bad Weather Ruin Your Trip

How not to let bad weather ruin your trip.

  One week before our departure to Costa Rica, we received an email from our accommodation warning of upcoming “bad weather.”  This bad weather turned out to be Hurricane Otto – the first hurricane recorded to touch land in Costa Rica.  Without insurance, we decided to take our chances and continue with the trip.  We […]

My Favourite Travel Items: Things you might not think to pack

My favourite travel items: stuff you might not think to pack!

  No matter how much planning you do, or how much stuff you take, there is always something you wish you had packed.  Every trip is different and what you will want to bring will vary.  I have a packing list I use to make sure I don’t forget any of the essentials (because spending […]

12 Indie Songs to Add to Your Travel Playlist

Indie songs for travel playlist

  Music is travel for the soul.  It inspires us to live fully, it supports the necessity of movement, and it comforts our spirits.  Music accompanies me on all of my journeys – and each trip has its own soundtrack.  Chopin rode across bare deserts on a camel with me.  Kishi Bashi helped ease the […]

Japan Rail Pass: How it Works and Will it Save You Money?

Japan Rail pass and bullet train.

  Is it Cheaper to Buy a Japan Rail Pass? Whether a Japan Rail Pass  will save you money will depend on your itinerary.  If you are planning on visiting several different places and/or covering long distances, a JR pass will likely save you money, sometimes a lot of it.  However, if you will only […]

Best Laid Plans: Things I Never Manage to Accomplish When I Travel

Travel tips, travel plans, travel mishaps
It's been a long time since this volcano erupted.

  With each new trip, comes ideas of me as a photogenic, confident, and savvy traveller.  As I prepare to leave home again, I think I have learned from my past mistakes.  I recall the things that made me feel uncomfortable or less adventurous than I could have been, and I think to myself, ‘This […]