The Hidden Gem of Hawaii: Roughing the Back Roads of Maui

Trucks hurtled along the two-lane dirt road with little regard for the cautions afforded by tourists who were unfamiliar with the windy road. The route snakes along the side of mountains and volcanoes, ever-surrounded by the greenery from dense foliage. This side of Maui – the well-traveled road to Hana –  was generally uninhabited, save for…

Why I Have Waited To Travel My Home Country

The farthest I have traveled within my home country is to Vancouver Island, a trip that can be made in under 4 hours with favorable road conditions. It is quite astonishing that I have not wandered further from my house than the distance some people take to work on a daily basis, especially when I…

4 Reasons You Should Be Cruising (It’s Not Just For Seniors)

Several hundred tonnes of floating luxury accommodates thousands of guests from anywhere between 4 to 30 days (and some go even longer), enabling an all-encompassing immersion in food, drink, and relaxation. Sounds like paradise, right? I have enjoyed many amazing moments on cruises, but I still find that the cruise life is not for everybody….

What You Discover About Holiday Grief

As the holidays approach, the phrase that has been imprinted on me since a young age, “holidays are meant to be spent with loved ones” starts to hold more and more meaning. In the past year, my family experienced its first loss when my grandpa passed away in early May. I am lucky that my close…

Idioms for Idiots: The Copywriter’s Guide to Common Phrases

In copywriting, one of the weapons I most often use is the idiom. Recognition, wittiness and brevity are usually achievable with the use of these common phrases. With the great power of the idiom, also comes great balance. One of my favorite tactics is to play with the words of an idiom so that it…

[NaNoWriMo] 8 Ways to Conquer National November Writing Month

Torrents of rain batter the ground, a relentless tap tap tap that echoes the numerous overworked keyboards of November’s ambitious. It’s that time of year again when mustaches are grown and the writers line up their papers (or laptops) in preparation for a marathon. My reflection on last year’s challenge: Read More NaNoWriMo and NaNoBloMo are two…

Why I Abandon Technology When I Travel

There is something uplifting and very frightening about leaving technology behind when you travel. You are already expanding your boundaries by visiting a foreign country – for most of us this is already enough to pull ourselves out of our comfort zones. So, why should you put down the cell phone, GPS, iPod, tablet, or…

A Frugal Traveler’s 5 Ways To Save MORE Money

One of the primary sources of my information gathering stage when planning a vacation is to look online for helpful time or tricks to cut my costs. For almost every place in the world that you can dream of visiting, there are always articles posted online offering helpful (and sometimes not helpful) tips to save you…

The Hardest Hike of My Life: Panorama Ridge (Whistler)

We left before dawn, our path illuminated by only the dimly-lit sky, typical in the summer months.  My ride was 15 minutes late, but it hardly mattered. The drive from Vancouver to Whistler is approximately 90 minutes on a normal day, but with the deserted roads of an early Sunday morning, we arrived at the base of…

How the Nice Attack is Different from Paris: A Traveler’s Take

I don’t normally talk about world events on my blog and I didn’t write about the Paris terrorist attacks last year that happened only a few months after I visited the city.  There is a part of me that understands why terrorists would target Paris, being the capitol of France, a well-known international icon.  Paris…

Ice Creams That You’ve Never Tried

There’s something innately pleasing and frightening about sharing your work and seeing that at least several thousand people have read it.  Even though it wasn’t a hard-hitting piece and most people are reading it because it’s a simple topic that speaks to most people (ice cream), I still feel a sense of pride that I…

10 Rollercoaster Emotions of All Travelers

Travel is a violent storm on the mind that batters your senses and emotional states.  There is nothing that disrupts the stagnancy of a normal life and a daily routine than picking up your bags and heading to a foreign country.  Every traveler is bound to experience these whirlwind of emotions, which is part of the…