What to Pack: Ireland

Europe in the fall = my favourite place in my favourite season!!! I lived in France during the fall of 2014, and got fully obsessed with European fall fashion so I am really excited to be in Dublin in late September to a) shop all of my favourite looks in all of my favourite stores and b) enjoy the best rainy weather in cute warm … Continue reading What to Pack: Ireland

Three Days in Busy Busy London 

I had four days off between shifts this past weekend and wanted to go on an adventure but because of reading week, all the beach destinations had full flights – so London, England it was! I arrived on a Saturday afternoon and was completely taken away by just how many people were in London. I’ve travelled to massive metropolitan cities before – but I have … Continue reading Three Days in Busy Busy London 

Review of The Best Greek Islands

Two weeks on the Greek islands is something of a dream and memories of my time continue to fill my heart with happiness and warmth. My days were spent full of laughter, wild adventures, inspiring conversations, and mind blowing views.

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Santorini

Nights spent on the island: 3

Accommodation: When you’re visiting Santorini you can chose to stay in either Oia or Fira. I stayed at Fira Backpacker’s Place for 29 euros/night in a dorm. Oia is absolutely stunning but it is more expensive and WAY more touristy. I recommend staying in Fira (which is still beautiful) and visiting Oia – there are many many buses that go often or you can even hike (which has incredible views along the way)! Continue reading “Review of The Best Greek Islands”

Culture Shock

You’ve been lucky enough to venture off into a new culture, and experience that culture with such depth that your home has become a distant memory. Without even realizing it, your life has changed drastically. You’ve become accustomed to this new environment and all the social norms that come with it. That is until you return home. You step off that plane, and hardly anything has changed around you, yet everything has changed for yourself. People can’t see these changes on you; your clothes might be different, and hair might be longer, but these changes are within you and are not easily explainable, let alone identifiable. It is painfully lonely and isolating. The experiences you’ve had come crashing down on you as you try to shift back to your old routine in your home culture. This, is culture shock. I believe its harder coming home than it is going to a live in a new culture. When you travel to somewhere foreign, you’re expecting to feel like an outsider, to feel out of place and know that you are going to need to work to fit in and get used to the lifestyle. When you return home, you are expecting to feel comfort, ease and welcome; yet sometimes, you end up feeling like an outsider in a place that you’ve lived the majority of your life. And that, is unimaginably difficult. Continue reading “Culture Shock”

15 Things France does differently than Canada

1.  Everybody, including students, reads the newspaper.  Everyone is involved in politics – not just political science majors. People know what is happening in the country, in the EU and internationally. It would be common to go to a bar and get into a debate with someone about a political issue. Politics and intellect are welcomed and admired. I’m not surprised by the incredible response to the shooting in Paris with the Je Suis Charlie movement. It’s a perfect display of how each citizen is involved with their country and is equally proud of it.

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Photo cred: Regatu Asefa @https://aroundtheworldinjustonelife.wordpress.com

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Aaaaaand I’m back!!

IMG_8594As soon as I return home from a trip the inevitable travel bug scratches its itchy claws at me to book that next adventure. I can’t sit still. I spend hours reading guidebooks and scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration. Despite not being over the jet lag from my past adventure or even having unpacked my bags, I’m already desperately looking for where I can go next. The fact is that I’m beyond broke, have an overloaded university schedule, volunteer commitments, a job, hobbies, and sometimes (occasionally) I even go to the gym. I’m outrageously busy trying to balance life and all I can think about is paying off my visa and booking my next flight. Go figure. Continue reading “Aaaaaand I’m back!!”

How I Surprised My Family For Christmas!

After living in Lyon, France for four months it was time for me to head back to Canada. My family was under the impression that I would be coming home after the New Year, I had told them that I wanted to spend New Years Eve in Europe so I wouldn’t be making it home for Christmas. In reality, I had booked a flight to … Continue reading How I Surprised My Family For Christmas!

50 Ultimate Travel Songs

Over the past few months I’ve gathered songs and compiled a playlist that I love to listen to when travelling. Wether it’s on a plane, train, bus, metro, tram, whatever – these songs always make me feel happy and inspired.  I hope you like them as much as I do and enjoy your travels!!

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