Traveller, Blogger, and Founder of Halcyon Backpacking Company, a new outdoor-adventure travel company for young adults living with mental health issues.

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"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."

Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada
The cold glacial run-off slowly carves a path through the canyon over thousands of years. Nothing is as destructive as water.

Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada

The cold glacial run-off slowly carves a path through the canyon over thousands of years. Nothing is as destructive as water.

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Tumblr Tuesday: Travel
BBC PopUpDay one of the BBC road trip: Visit New Jersey, get into a car accident. Welcome to America, BBC.
The Dalai LomoThe Holy Grail of URL jokes.
Backpacker’s Guide to EarthTips on travel, packing, and how to handle elderly British women giving you some serious elevator eyes.
The Local WandererTwo Canadian girls currently in Portland, Oregon? Doesn’t sound very local to me. Then again I haven’t left my home in eight years.
Travel 4 FoodIf you’re going to travel 4 anything, travel 4 ramen. And 4 life experience. And 4 meet people. But mostly 4 ramen.
Photo via thelocalwanderer

The Tumblr staff featured me in their Travel Tuesday post! That is so cool. Thanks Tumblr. I know I should act cool and blasé about it, but who are we kidding, Tumblr is totally my life. I love you guys. I guess I should write about my awkward encounters with women more often.

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Tumblr Tuesday: Travel

BBC PopUp
Day one of the BBC road trip: Visit New Jersey, get into a car accident. Welcome to America, BBC.

The Dalai Lomo
The Holy Grail of URL jokes.

Backpacker’s Guide to Earth
Tips on travel, packing, and how to handle elderly British women giving you some serious elevator eyes.

The Local Wanderer
Two Canadian girls currently in Portland, Oregon? Doesn’t sound very local to me. Then again I haven’t left my home in eight years.

Travel 4 Food
If you’re going to travel 4 anything, travel 4 ramen. And 4 life experience. And 4 meet people. But mostly 4 ramen.

Photo via thelocalwanderer

The Tumblr staff featured me in their Travel Tuesday post! That is so cool. Thanks Tumblr. I know I should act cool and blasé about it, but who are we kidding, Tumblr is totally my life. I love you guys. I guess I should write about my awkward encounters with women more often.

I am going to India!

Remember Hosteling International’s Big Blog Exchange that I spent 6 weeks trying to get you all to vote for me in?

Well, I won! Out of 633 bloggers that entered, your votes helped get me into the top 100. The contest jury then spent 2 weeks selecting their favourite 16 blogs out of those 100 and they picked me!

I have to fill out some paperwork and other stuff before they give me my full trip itinerary, but I have been chosen to go to India and I leave October 30.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me. I really appreciate it, and as you can see, it truly paid off. I will continue to post updates as I get them but I wanted to break the news to you as soon as possible. Thank you again!

Travelling Disconnected: How Cutting Yourself Off From The World Is The Best Decision You Can Make

The first solo adventure I went on was in 2009 when I was 19 years old. I had gone through a lot of upheaval in my life before getting to that point, having finally come to terms with the depression and anxiety that had been plaguing me over the previous years. Before leaving on my very impromptu trip, all my remaining belongings that I had not sold were put in a storage locker, I had withdrawn from the University who only months before had admitted me, and I quit the minimum wage job that I had begrudgingly been working. In return, I bought a plane ticket and a backpack.

But this wasn’t going to be the regular sight-seeing, gap year adventure that many young adults decide upon after finishing high school or college. I needed something bigger, something important. This needed to be an awakening of sorts, a new chapter in my life that righted the ship and got me in the direction I needed to be going.

The technology I ended up bringing with me was very minimal. However, it wasn’t an entirely conscious choice to do so. Even though this was only five years ago, technology wasn’t as portable as it is now. Apple was only on their 3rd version of the iPhone, the iPad was years away from being made, e-readers were still a luxury, and my laptop weighted as much as all my other gear combined.

When I landed on the other side of Canada I had a flip-style cell phone and a basic point-and-shoot digital camera. That was it.

And as it turned out, that the best thing that could have happened to me.

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Anonymous asked:
When you went to university did you live in a dormitory? I am moving into my dormitory soon and I am nervous. My roommate appears to not share the same values and I am afraid we will clash. I am also done packing but all I have is 1 large suitcase, 1 small suitcase, and a lundry basket full of things. Most kids have truckloads of things and I wonder if I am not taking enough, but the minimalist in me says I am taking too much as it is. Ugh I don't even know if I want to go to uni.... advice?

During the 5 years I attended University, I stayed in lots of different places and had a variety of roommates and living situations. I had a basement suite, an apartment, a different basement suite, and a dormitory. If I remember correctly I had 6 different roommates over that time span and I got along with a total of 1 of them.

Having roommates is always tough. If you get a good one, keep them. You don’t need to share all the same values or even totally respect them as a person to get along, as long as you have some of the same living habits things might not be too bad. But as a general rule: roommates suck.

As far as it feeling like you don’t have enough stuff, trust me: good problems. Since graduating high school in 2008 I have moved a total of 7 times in 6 years. As young adults we tend to do a lot of moving around for a variety of reasons. We change schools, change career paths, and change our minds, a lot. But that’s fine, that is all a part of the process, but it becomes so much easier if you can live as minimally as possible until you become more grounded. If not, you’re carrying around a moving van full of stuff every year or two. Keep things simple for as long as you can and you’ll be in good shape.

In case you were wondering how my morning was going, an elderly British woman flirted with me in a way that I have never been flirted with before. It was very flattering. The only thing that could have made that moment better was if she said she was the real life Professor McGonagall and came to offer me late acceptance to Hogwarts.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more I dream of the future, the more I realize my end goals are to be apart from society, from the busyness of everyday life we get trapped in. I have come to terms with the fact that in order to survive and prosper I must participate in this competitive capitalist economy we call ‘opportunity’, but I wish to do it in my own way. I will start my business but I will run it in a wholly new way: a fair way, and an honest way. Focus on the people, not the money; create social good and new opportunities for others. Then, when I have found my success and can look back on what I have done with pride, I will retreat to nature and the cabin I will build, spending my days worrying about green beans and radishes. I yearn for peace, and for quiet, and for having no obligations to anyone but to myself. One day. The secret is patience.

Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada
A rare photo of me not taken by selfie. I need someone to follow me around all day and tell me stand up straight. My posture, wow, am I ever going to have bad back problems when I am old. Picture by dreamswillbe.

Athabasca Falls, Alberta, Canada

A rare photo of me not taken by selfie. I need someone to follow me around all day and tell me stand up straight. My posture, wow, am I ever going to have bad back problems when I am old. Picture by dreamswillbe.

Sunday Song

Never Gonna Love Again - Lykke Li

It was hard for me to pick which song from this album I was going to post. I have been listening to the album for a month or so now and it seems to be getting even better with time. If you like this song I also recommend listening to “No Rest For The Wicked”, “Just Like A Dream”, and “Gunshot”. Happy Sunday everyone.

Every time the rain falls, think of me
On a lonely highway
How can we
Turn around the heartache
Oh I, I’m alone tonight babe
And I’m never gonna love again

[Previous Sunday Songs]

Animals of the Canadian Rockies

If you drive through any National or Provincial Park in Canada, be sure to have a camera ready cause you will almost always be met by some kind of animal.

Pictured: a male Elk, a mountain goat, a snake, and several mountain goats.

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Love your stuff :) What's a city you've been to where you have been pleasantly surprised that it did not fit your expectations?

Good question. Florence, Italy.

Before going there I hadn’t been paying much attention to it. It was just another stop that was planned and I didn’t know much about it. I assumed it would just be another city and I would move on to the next one. I had found Rome to be overrated, so I thought maybe Florence would be.

But it wasn’t at all. Florence was my favourite Italian city and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to stay longer to get to know it better. It has this really well preserved history and antiquity to it, but in a really cool and unique way. Walking the streets at night felt like an interesting mix of being in the past and present. Old brick buildings with neon signs or music drifting out of the open doors.

And the statues. Wow. I know nothing about art and I am not the kind of guy who goes out of his way to visit an art gallery, but the art in Florence really impressed me. And the thing about Florence is the art is everywhere, and it is a part of everything, you don’t have to go looking for it. So many amazing statues and works of art.

Anonymous asked:
What are your Netflix favs?

Well, Canadian Netflix is MUCH different than regular Netflix. Our selection is maybe 5-10% of what everyone else gets. So when the internet says a certain movie or TV show is now on Netflix, there is a very good chance it is not on Canadian Netflix. My favourites that we do have…..

Beginners

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Drinking Buddies

In Bruges

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Salmon Fishing in The Yemen

Blue Valentine

Amelie

The Way Way Back

Any Louie CK or Aziz Ansari Stand-ups

Orange is the New Black

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

And of course SHERLOCK.