Category Archives: Reality

A Year of Travel in Review

If you go back to one of our blog posts about a country we visited, you’ll see that we kept track of all the places we stayed, the food we ate and of course, the experiences we had. This blog was a wonderful way to document and share our adventures, and it will be a great way to look back on them too. In 10 months and 1 week of travel, there were amazing times – when we would pinch ourselves

New Zealand: A Perfect Ending, A New Beginning

Sometimes it’s easy to write these posts, and sometimes it’s not. It’s funny, because New Zealand is one of those destinations that you can’t seem to get enough of. The natural beauty is just extraordinary. After such a positive experience in the stunning country, we expected our thoughts to flow effortlessly into blog-post form. Instead, we found ourselves struggling to put into words how we felt at the end of our trip to New Zealand. It is said that pictures

Australia: A Land so Close yet so Far

After 6 months in Asia, we knew that Australia would be a wake up call – not least because of its significantly higher cost of living (and travelling). Being on the other side of the planet as Canada, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coral reefs in the world, it’s curious to think that Australia is not generally considered as exotic as most countries in Asia, despite its proximity to them. Indonesia is just a stone’s

The Philippines: A Land Up and Coming

It is now easier to list the countries we have not seen in Asia than to list those we have. Incredibly rich in natural beauty, history, culture and customs that are so diverse and different from Canada, our six months in Asia has been memorable to say the least. The Philippines is no exception to this, and a few weeks here has only left us wanting to come back and explore more of it. A little out of the way

KL & Singapore: The Beginning of the End

“Happiness is only real when shared.” – Alexander Supertramp (Christopher McCandless), Into the Wild It’s hard to imagine what this trip would be like without each other. All the incredible, exhilarating, stressful, frustrating, dull, irritating, exhausting and awe-inspiring moments of this adventure would not be the same if we didn’t have each other to share them with. We can laugh with each other about inside jokes; we can reflect together after scary or stressful incidents; we can support each other when

Indonesia: A Land of Travel Dreams

As the flight count increases, the number of pictures taken surpasses 20,000, and the list of memories grows, our travel-weary soles welcome any new experiences that come our way. Indonesia was full of new experiences – some a lot more stressful than others. We’ve been bedridden with debilitating stomach issues, and we’ve been stolen from – but nothing will compare to the nightmare of being stranded in a foreign country with no access to money. This emotional roller coaster of our

Vietnam: A Land Fit for Travellers

After several months of travel, we have developed a style that fits our desire to find a balance between the tourist hotspots and a more adventurous, local experience. Sometimes this is easier said than done. Finding a truly local, authentic experience can be very difficult, what with lack of information and language barriers. We’ve also found out that even if we do find a local who speaks enough English and wants to help, there’s a preconceived notion of what a

Cambodia: A Land That Inspires

No matter how much we thought about this trip before we left, there was no way to predict exactly what we’d get out of it. Our experiences over the last 6 months have impacted us in ways that we expected, as well as in ways that have surprised us. Even during the planning stages of this trip, we had a feeling that the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia would leave a lasting impression on us, and no doubt the

Thailand: A Land with Something for Everyone

What comes to mind when you think of Thailand? If you’re like us, postcard images of pristine white sand beaches and quaint longtail boats bobbing in crystal clear waters come to mind. The islands of Thailand are some of the most famous in the world, so they’re naturally going to be a bit touristy and crowded. Fortunately, the rare mix of authenticity and tourist attraction that we experienced in the North persisted as we travelled South – no small feat

Thailand: Land of a Thousand Smiles

After an entire post on the negative sides of travel, Thailand has done wonders for our morale. Our experiences here have reminded us just why we love travel so much. We came to Thailand knowing that it is a hugely popular tourist destination, and has been for decades. Knowing how an influx of tourists can often be detrimental to whatever attracted them in the first place, we were skeptical about how authentic of an experience we would have in Thailand.

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