Holland: Windmills, Tulips, and Canals

Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands was one of the last cities I visited in Europe on my way back to London before departing back to Canada. After visiting so many places across western and eastern Europe, I knew once arriving in Amsterdam that it’s a city with charm unlike the others. I had to ask myself: what’s so different about Amsterdam? It’s not the red light district, but the vast canals throughout the city, yachts and house boats, the abundance of bicycles (there are more bikes then people in Amsterdam), tulip markets, and the ordinately decorated buildings lining the narrow streets. There was just something about Amsterdam that made me fall in love with it. Continue reading

Keeping the Eiffel Tower in Sight

Paris

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to visit one of the world’s most famous cities–yet, my travels led me to Europe and landed me in Paris. The iconic grand Eiffel Tower stood in the distance as I walked all corners of the city. From the corner of my eye, I could always see the Eiffel Tower as if reminding me that I made it. Knowing that I wouldn’t have forever in Paris I kept the Eiffel Tower in sight to engrain the memory in my mind forever. Seeing the tower from all corners of the city reminded me at each moment of just how blessed I am. With only a couple days in Paris I needed to see all that I could see in the shortest amount of time. I zoomed around the city seeing all the main sights by foot, alongside other visitors and Parisians. The famous city was bustling, busy, and alive with tourists scattered about amongst locals. Paris was an extremely easy city to get around by foot. All of the main tourist attractions are fairly close together (especially if you enjoy walking). With a good pair of walking shoes on and a croissant in hand, I was good to go, seeing Paris by day and lit at night. Continue reading

Summer Fun and Sailing in Europe

Topdeck

Topdeck Europe Tour

It has finally become a reality to travel to Europe! I have always wanted to visit Europe, but never had the opportunity prior to my year off because I traveled to closer destinations to Canada like Mexico, Caribbean, and Central America for example. My best friend who worked in Europe for years was always trying to persuade me to get over, but it never happened. She thought I was crazy—she obviously knew what I didn’t. I made it a priority to visit Europe during my year off. I started my travels with my dream turquoise destinations: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Miami, and Australia. My 14 months of full-time travel comes to closure with Europe! Continue reading

Europe is the Perfect Place to Explore

London

Landing in London

It’s hard to believe that after a 6.5 hour flight from Toronto I landed in London, England at the Gatwick airport. It is surprising that I’ve never made it to Europe before with it being so close to Canada. Previous to my year off, my travels always seemed to bring me south, to the U.S., Caribbean, Central America, and South America. A 6.5 hour flight seems short compared to my 13.5 hour flight from L.A. to Sydney. With all of the flying I am doing I am getting uses to it, or as used to it as you can. My 65th flight in 12 months landed me in London. Continue reading

All Time Favorite Spots in New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Like any place I visit, I always reflect on my trip after I have left and summarize my highlights. New Zealand is a country from another world as if I had landed on a different planet. It really had it all: turquoise, beaches, mountains, glaciers, culture, marine life, kiwis, and friendly folk. Although I only had three weeks in New Zealand, I saw more than I could have imagined on my Stray Bus hop-on-hop-off pass. Stray’s jam packed scheduled allowed me to see all of the main destinations on both the south and north islands, while flying in between to save time. Continue reading