A Day in Toronto with Robin Esrock and Ford Canada

I love driving. My father is a mechanic who races as a hobby, so to say I love driving is a bit of an understatement. I was born into driving and got my licence as soon as I possibly could after my sixteenth birthday. The first car I learned to drive in was a Ford Focus. Imagine my smirk when I was handed the keys to a 2015 Focus this weekend at an event with the carmaker.
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Robin Esrock​’s at it again! To further celebrate his book, The Great Canadian Bucket List​, Robin will be embarking on another adventure with Ford Canada. This Saturday he’ll be kicking off his trip in Toronto, and guess who was lucky enough to be asked to join?? Continue reading

A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone

I am so very proud and honoured to announce that A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone is now available on Amazon!

About a year and a half ago I became involved in this amazing project, submitting a piece I wrote called Rediscovering Me. Those of you who are familiar with my stories from the past two years probably already know there has been some underlying themes in my writing — mainly separation, divorce, finding myself, and travelling in Canada. This has been the foundation of most of my self-discovery stories since I began this blog. Rediscovering Me is no different, however it took some extra courage to write.

Through my participation in this project I became fast friends with the lady behind it all, Gemma Thompson. She’s been busting her butt to put this collection of stories together, and it’s been done not necessarily for profit, but to be able to share our voices with all of you. A lot of heart and hard work has been poured into this book, and I was flabbergasted to find out that Gemma decided to quote me in her introduction.

Please, please help support this project by downloading your copy through Amazon (for those of you without an e-reader, the book will be available soon through iTunes so you can download it to your iBooks). You’ll get an amazingly varied collection of stories from solo female travellers, including a piece by Gemma about her time in New York City during Hurricane Sandy.

This is my first foray into the world of published writing (aside from my beloved blog, of course), so be a champ and check it out.

Cheers, happy travels and happy reading! 😉

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Robin Esrock’s “The Great Canadian Bucket List”

RobinWhen it comes to inspirational people in the world of travel writing, I can’t think of a better example than Robin Esrock. An accomplished traveller (he’s visited over one hundred countries on six continents), Robin decided it was time to tackle the vast expanse that is Canada and has now published his first book on the topic of Canadian travel,The Great Canadian Bucket List. Continue reading

The Formidable Robin Esrock

407587_10101445149236422_812307365_nBack in October I had the pleasure of meeting famed Canadian traveller, Robin Esrock. I initially set up our meeting in the hopes of gleaning some knowledge from him to share with our student travellers at work, but what I ended up acquiring instead was an evening that not only inspired me personally, but made me feel like I was part of a much larger community of like-minded writers and travel lovers. Continue reading

Sandy Island

As I mentioned in the introduction for my themed daily posts, Far-Off Friday is going to be used to explore my fascination with little-known islands throughout the world (not to say I’ll neglect some of the more well-known ones, though). I was trying to decide which island to profile first, so I took a few moments yesterday to take a look at a huge world map that’s in the travel agency I work above. Continue reading

Using Travel to Discover Your Heritage

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we came from.  Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.  No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” — Alex Haley, Roots Continue reading