Eight years ago, I was making my way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Our days started with a cup of chai tea and ended with group singing and dancing. It was a six day journey and one of the hardest things I have ever done. Long hot days of walking, cold nights in tents on rough ground, holes in the ground for washrooms and no showers. By the end, we were all physically and mentally exhausted. Beginning the last section of the climb at midnight felt almost impossible, but getting to the top, just as the sun was rising over the ‘rooftop of Africa’, is a memory I will never forget!
‘Travel is the best education you can give yourself.’
Growing up, I heard this a lot from my Grandmam, often as she was showing us photos and telling us all about her latest trip.
She saw the world and inspired me to do the same.
Grandma was teacher her whole life and knew the importance of education. However, she also knew that the world had so much more to offer than you could ever find within the four walls of a classroom.
Thank you for filling my veins with a thirst for travel and a need to always keep educating myself on this amazing world we live in.
Happy birthday my travelling Grandma! I hope everyone up there enjoys your travel stories as much as I always did! Xo
Sometimes the best trips are the ones where you just say “Let’s go” and figure it out on the road!
I had always wanted to visit Paris, but seemed to always find myself heading elsewhere on my trips to Europe. Finally, on my last trip over, I had a few days to spend exploring the ‘city of love’. The architecture here is amazing. I loved just wandering around the streets taking in all the old buildings. Since we didn’t have much time, we walked the streets looking for all the iconic Parisian sights, stopping at bakeries for croissants and coffee along the way!
Here’s a little video with some of the most famous sights in Paris.
As always my new year’s resolution for 2018 is to travel. Travel to new places. Travel to old favourite places. Explore and say YES to as many new adventures as I can.
Happy New Year!
Over the years, when I found Christmas tree ornaments that I liked on travels I’d take them home as souvenirs. It started as a fairly sporadic collection, but over the past few years, I’ve tried to find ornaments from each trip to add to my Christmas Travel Tree.
Ornament from my Habitat for Humanity build in Costa Rica
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A windmill from the Netherlands
Christmas Travel Tree
Our tree filled with travel ornaments
Paris Disneyland, Macau and a travel sign featuring places I’ve been
Swam with the manatees and then got this ornament in Crystal River, Florida
Sugar skull from Mexico, Santa’s airplane, Jamaica and Florida.
Ornaments from South Korea, New York City and St. Lucia
A souvenir from our trip to Disney World for Halloween
Santa with the bright lights of Vegas