Before the age of 30, I had already lived on three continents and travelled to over 30 countries.
But I am just a regular girl: I have a full-time job, I count down to my vacation days, I put money into my savings to put towards trips. Travel is simply something I love, and so I do what I can to make it happen.
I grew up in a small town in southern Ontario, Canada. There, I felt like something was missing.
At an early age, I yearned for adventure. My parents bought me a guide book for Australia when I was in seventh grade, though we had no plans to go there. Like most children, I looked forward to my summers when I could spend my days exploring. My family would often go camping, driving all across North America. We'd usually end up in Vancouver to visit my grandparents, but a few times we made it to the east coast: Florida, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island. Our summer trips are some of my happiest childhood memories. I knew there was more out there beyond my small town, and I wanted to see it all.
In university, I took advantage of my school's exchange program and spent my third year studying at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. After graduating, I moved to South Korea in August 2007 to teach English. I was placed at an all-girls public middle school in the Seocho district of Seoul. It took a mere moment to fall in love with the city and my job; it was very difficult to leave after two great years.
Now, I'm back in Vancouver—all those summer visits as a kid must have really got to me. When I'm not at work, I spend my days exploring the city, the outdoors, and the world around me. The adventures continue.
A few of my favourite experiences
- Searching for (and finding!) wild giraffes in Koure, Niger
- Watching movies en français au Quebec
- Sleeping in a cave in Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia
- Watching the Canadian women's hockey team win gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
- Seeing the world from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Hiking and camping around BC's backcountry
- Visiting St. Nicholas' church in Demre, Turkey
- Walking around Seoul for five days to say goodbye to the city