What’s on Your Bucket List? Help me Develop Mine!

Skydiving

What’s on your bucket list? Help me develop my bucket list in progress by suggesting new and exciting things you’ve accomplished or plan to accomplish! What’s top on your 2016 list? Check out the countries I’ve visited, my completed bucket list, around the world bucket list, and northern living bucket list to get a sense of what I’ve accomplished so that you can suggest something NEW! See my dilemma? I’m drawing a blank. Continue reading

Swimming with Whale Sharks, Angels of the Sea

I wrote about this when I first started blogging, but I had no followers back then, so I don’t think any of you read about this unique experience. At least once a week, I’d like to share with you one of my previous travel adventures and swimming with whale sharks in Mexico off Isla Mujers (The Island of Women) in 2008 is by far one of my favorites! Would you consider swimming with these colossal creatures?


It’s dawn and the sun is finally blessing me with its presence. After traveling one hour in a small wooden boat off the coast of IslaHere is comes Mujers, Mexico, where the ocean floor can be found fifty meters deep, I jumped into the dark waters to find the most magical and angelic creatures- whale sharks.  It’s hard to believe that I had the opportunity to swim in the Caribbean Sea with wild whale sharks. Below the choppy dark blue surface, I could see the massive graceful creatures, twenty five feet in length and five feet wide; they were a sight to see. Continue reading

Traveling is Worth the Wait

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

Where will I be traveling now? While I’m saving up for my next big expedition abroad (14 months of full time travel was hard on the bank account/pocket) for next year, I’ll still be traveling. Now just not too far from home this time. So where will I be going you ask?

  • Traveling within Canada
  • Traveling within Atlantic Canada
  • Traveling within the United States
  • Traveling within my home province: New Brunswick
  • Becoming a tourist within my own city

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14 Dream Bucket List Items in 14 Months

During my 14 months of full-time travels I completed countless bucket list items! By far, the 14 most amazing dream bucket list items that I completed are:

1. SkydivingFalling from the Sky Continue reading

The Ultimate ‘5 Bests’ in Europe…

EuropeAlthough I have traveled through 15 countries in Europe, I’m no expert on Europe. As fortunate as I was to be able to see 15 countries throughout Europe and Eastern Europe this summer, I only had 30 days so my time was limited. I find it fun to summarize my experiences into lists of the “best”. Are you a nerd like me and enjoy writing lists? Whether it’s lists of things-to do-or lists of things I liked, I love writing lists! Based on my experiences here is a rough guide to the 5 “best” in Europe…

The 5 Best Turquoise Destinations in Europe:
Nice, France
Budva, Montenegro
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Monaco
Greece Continue reading

Making a Bucket List, Crossing it Off

I wrote this post originally for Christine to guest publish on her website Project Light to Life, but I couldn’t help but share the piece with my own readers. I hope my story inspires you to create a bucket list of your own, add to your current bucket list, and dream new dreams as it’s never too late. -Jessica

Kangaroos in Anglesea

Great Ocean Road, Australia

I’ve always been interested in the idea of bucket lists since my early twenties, but it wasn’t until I turned thirty that I actively pursued a life of creating yearly bucket lists and checking them off. I took 14 months off from my job to travel the world in 2013; I have already completed my 2013 bucket list and I’m making headway into my 2014 list. A friend of mine, Bucket List Publications, inspired me through her yearly bucket lists to start making my own. I’ve always been in the process of completing things I’ve been passionate about, but never really put pen to paper until I transitioned my life from a full-time teacher and Master’s student to a full-time traveler. Continue reading

Wild Exodus Adventure Travel

Wild Exodus Wild Exodus put together the best of what they offer (adventure travel in northern Ontario) in a jam packed full day tour in the northern wild. When I think of a great Canadian outdoor adventure, Wild Exodus must have been reading my mind because they created the ultimate outdoor adventure. My full day Wild Exodus tour had me cruising lake Kenogamissi on a pontoon boat, stopping for a homemade feast at Post 392, visiting a trappers cabin in the woods, exploring Exodus’ glamping site, and driving an ATV through northern Ontario’s bush to High Falls. I couldn’t have designed a better outdoor exploration myself. Leave it to Wild Exodus to create the extreme outdoor escape for any outdoor enthusiast. Continue reading

Northern Spirit Voyageur Canoe Adventure

Northern Spirit AdventuresNorthern Spirit AdventuresNorthern Spirit Adventures took me on an expedition to the far corners of northern Ontario to see historical landmarks, unprecidented natural wonders, and provided me a one of a kind true Canadian experience. My journey with Northern Spirit Adventures is the furthest north I have ever traveled by land in Ontario. After driving to Smooth Rock Falls, approximately one and a half hours north of Timmins, my voyageur canoe trek began. Continue reading

Sailing and Paddling Clear Turquoise Water in Cuba

Sailing and Paddling

Sailing and Paddling

As you may have guessed, or probably already know by now… I love the ocean. Being on, or in the sea is the best place to be (no rhyme intended- that’s the English teacher in me coming out). Whenever I get the chance, I’ll find a way to be on a beach doing what I do best: walking on the beach, wadding in its sultry water, laying in the sand under the warm sun, or being active on it/in it. What goes hand in hand with being a beach bum? My passion for water sports! While in Cuba, I had the chance to sail the spectacular turquoise water on a catamaran and paddle my way through the stunning turquoise blue Caribbean sea. Continue reading

Surf Lesson on Phillip Island with Island Surfboards

Phillip Island

I’m in the middle!

The first time I went surfing was in 2007 in Nicaragua and the second time was in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada. Although I’ve been surfing twice before, I’ve never managed to stand up for longer than a second or actually ride a wave to shore. Falling off the board and being dumped by massive waves was more my experience. This is probably due to the fact that I’ve never been taught correctly or taken an official lesson (or tried on not so beginner waves). I have the type of personality that if I want to try something I just go for it. Full speed ahead. In most cases, this strategy has worked for me very successfully. Surfing however, is an adventure sport that I just couldn’t master on my own. Finally, at thirty years old, in my turquoise dream destination, I signed up for an official surf lesson at Smiths Beach with Island Surfboards on the beautiful Phillip Island in Victoria. Shockingly, Island Surfboards had me catching waves in no time. Continue reading