Category: Adventure

Essential Travel Tips

Adventure, Lifestyle Blog February 27, 2018

We rely on google for almost everything from medical symptoms to research on foreign countries and religions. But just as symptoms of a common cold are fetal conditions on the internet, the same is advertised for foreign countries and their people. Fear is usually the immediate response because according to google, you’re likely going to die in both circumstances. In order to avoid panic, you must always tone down the results of your google search by at least 50%. So, just like the cramping pain in your belly is not pancreatic cancer; assume that you will not be kidnapped and die in a foreign country. BUT in both scenarios take caution and be vigil; always!

I may have a slightly different set of tips for travelling than the majority of blogs out there. As second generation Canadian, I am always identified both in the Canadian context as well as foreign context that I am different. In Canada, I am always asked where I am from and then “where I am really from?” When I travel abroad, I am again asked where I am from and then “whats your ethnic origin?” As someone who has never belonged anywhere where ever I go, I have a lot of experience in constantly bridging cultures together and really understanding how to belong even when you don’t. Being the odd one out has provided to be helpful when travelling because I am exceptionally experienced at the art of “trying to blend in.” Blending in will help you not get kidnapped in a foreign country and  ensure that you are not pissing locals off, travelling under the radar and making friends.

Whenever you’re travelling to a new country I suggest following TWO rules. The first is to respect the law and customs of the land. Do your research and follow the rules that locals follow without disrupting or disrespecting the foreign nation. Despite the common belief that as a Canadian or American (or whatever else), that you are exempt from respecting local traditions, you are wrong. Although there may not be explicit rules that need to be followed in North America for traveller, it is important to recognize that other nations operate differently. Be respectful, be humble and ask what is expected of locals.

The second, uphold the values, virtues and integrity that you would maintain in your own home country. For example, if you are not a cheater in your home country, it is not okay to cheat in a foreign country. That’s extreme but more subtle values must be upheld that are often disregarded when people travel to foreign countries. For example, if you don’t normally pose with children on the street and take their pictures without their parents consent, why is it okay to do it there? If your country does not give you special treatment for your race, class or gender; you must uphold those values elsewhere. You are not above any other person in a foreign country and you are not exempt from human decency.

Now, yes sounds like I’m being a bit harsh but in all honesty, it has to be said. I see it and also feel the awful feeling of being around someone who acts on their privilege. Please put yourself in the other persons shoes and just be a RESPECTFUL human, that’s all.

Adventures in my own Backyard

Adventure, Lifestyle Blog April 11, 2017

I went on my first adventure into the wilderness of Labrador. With great enthusiasm we decided to have a weekend trip in a cabin outside Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club. On the morning of the trip we learned that we had to snowshoe 7 Km to the cabin and our overnight bags would be delivered via a snowmobile by one of the chalet employees. Upon arrival to the chalet, we learned from the map and chalet workers that the snowshoe walk was actually 12-14 Km of hiking/snowshoeing with many steep uphill inclines. It’s safe to say that none of us were really well prepared to take on the challenges or dangers that potentially awaited us as we ventured out into the remote landscape. Luckily for us we were rescued 8 Km in; which was just as it was getting colder and we were all complaining of blisters from snowshoeing.

Snow Shoe trails

The night was filled with long chats and laughter but with recent spotting of wolves, the potential for bears waking from hibernation and the lack of cell reception we were definitely sleeping with one eye open.Perhaps that was one of the reasons we didn’t sleep well, the other was that we overheated the tiny cabin by overfilling the wood stove.

Nonetheless, it was of the most exciting things I have done in Labrador and I look forward to many more adventures! Check out our pictures below!