The Best of Traveling Solo in Quintana Roo, Mexico

MexicoThe Mexican Diaries
Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker

Upon arriving to Cancun, I made my way to the Cancun Island—the hotel strip and central touristy area of Cancun. I was interested in seeing the 25 kilometres of beaches that Cancun offers. After walking 10 kilometres of beaches, I enjoyed an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling. After I had enough of the touristy Cancun, I made my way back to real Cancun where I went to the Cancun market and explored the various plazas in the area for a true cultural experience. Authentic Cancun had more to offer me than the very Americanized touristy Cancun Island strip. I didn’t leave North America to experience an area similar to home; I wanted to emerge myself in a completely new culture and lifestyle. After one night in Mexico, I still did not know where I would be going next, but I knew that I needed to make my way out of Cancun and to some place off the beaten path. I did exactly that. Continue reading

Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker

Mexico, 2008

MexicoLanding in Mexico for the first time as a solo female backpacker went surprising smooth, with the odd transition here and there. It was much easier than I thought it would be arriving at the airport and finding my way to the hostel (by myself—without speaking much Spanish). Prior to departing Canada, I spent so much time telling everyone how fine it would be with me traveling alone, yet it wasn’t until the airplane was making its descent for Mexico that I realized how scared crapless I was. My heart was racing, my hands were clammy, and I started thinking of the worst things that could or would happen to me. It was in that moment when I realized: this is real. Continue reading

Fall Brings Colder Weather, Routine, and Healthy Lifestyles

Lebanese food at Basha

Lebanese food

Now that summer is over and fall is in full swing (even though it has already started snowing), the winter months are now looming in the distance. Even with the days getting shorter and darker earlier, life still goes on. As a summer baby, I do my best not to let old man winter hold me in his grip. With heartier meals now being the popular choice, eating healthy is always a concern during the colder months. For many, eating healthy only happens during the summer when there is an abundance of fresh produce and when it’s easy to get outside and be active. Yet, eating healthy and staying active can become a year long initiative that works with any schedule. Continue reading

One More Day to Win 2 Tickets to Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton Nov 21-23, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! Just scroll down until you see the CONTEST post for Magic Hands Festival and Christmas at the Coliseum and simply “like” Turquoise Compass Facebook page to stay up to date on more upcoming contests, “like” this/that post, and “share” this/that post on your page. It’s that easy. You’re in.


So what’s Christmas at the Coliseum you ask?

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

J.R.’s Kettle Corn

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

Win 2 Tickets to Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton Nov 21-23, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! Just scroll down until you see the CONTEST post for Magic Hands Festival and Christmas at the Coliseum and simply “like” Turquoise Compass Facebook page to stay up to date on more upcoming contests, “like” the post, and “share” the post on your page. It’s that easy. You’re in.


So what’s Christmas at the Coliseum you ask?

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

J.R.’s Kettle Corn

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

The Mexico Diaries

MexicoOne of my favorite countries is Mexico! As much as I love visiting new places and new countries, there is something special about Mexico that keeps luring me back. I’ve been to Mexico on three different occasions, with each trip lasting 1-8 weeks in length. Each adventure took me to a new region in the country and allowed me to explore more within one of the most beautiful countries I know. It’s been 4 years since I’ve been to Mexico and I am already feeling the pull back to the country. I’m surprised I didn’t land there a fourth time during my 14 months of full time travel. It won’t be long before I go back. It’s a must. It’s already in the works. Just waiting for the perfect moment. Continue reading

5 Incredible Musts when in Oahu, Hawaii

HawaiiOahu, Hawaii  

I knew I would find an abundance of turquoise in Hawaii. I’ve always imagined Hawaii to be a place where houses would be painted turquoise. I was right. From the beautiful turquoise coloured beaches, to the island’s décor, turquoise can be spotted. It would appear that Hawaii’s colour of choice is turquoise. I couldn’t capture all that is turquoise on Oahu. There is turquoise around every corner, which left a permanent smile on my face. Continue reading