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."

Anonymous asked:
You are a special soul

If it is because on my bucket list I said I want to get a dog and name him Fred, then you guessed correctly that it is out of remembrance of Fred Weasley who tragically perished in the Battle of Hogwarts on May 2, 1998. Even me, as a muggle, can appreciate his sacrifice. 

Driving Through The Canadian Rockies

I took a time-lapse video of my favourite section of Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, Canada. It is a crazy winding road with a beautiful view. I hope it gives you a better idea of what driving though Canada looks like.

The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on- because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.
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Noam Chomsky

I spent over an hour and countless rewrites trying to properly articulate my thoughts that accompany this quote but it constantly came out as an angry and borderline anarchistic rant. So I will delete it all and settle for this:

If you live your life without questioning what is around you, you haven’t really lived at all.

Highway 93, Canada
Highway 93 is a stoic, winding road that connects Alberta and British Columbia. You’ll see remnants of forest fires from decades past, glacier carved valleys, the continental divide that separates the Pacific from the Atlantic, and of course animals: Bears, Elk, Moose, and Wolves.
You can see snow year-round while driving along Highway 93. For July and August you are usually forced to only gaze at the white mountain tops, but some snow can be found on the side of the road the other 10 months of the year.

Highway 93, Canada

Highway 93 is a stoic, winding road that connects Alberta and British Columbia. You’ll see remnants of forest fires from decades past, glacier carved valleys, the continental divide that separates the Pacific from the Atlantic, and of course animals: Bears, Elk, Moose, and Wolves.

You can see snow year-round while driving along Highway 93. For July and August you are usually forced to only gaze at the white mountain tops, but some snow can be found on the side of the road the other 10 months of the year.

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The view from above the clouds while flying over British Columbia, Canada last night. Endless clouds illuminated by the setting sun.

I flew back to Victoria from Calgary, Alberta last night. The sun was starting to set just as we got over British Columbia and the clouds, which looked to stretch on endlessly, became a seemingly unbreakable line of pillowy wonder. So I took a quick time-lapse video.

Invermere, British Columbia, Canada

After a few flights and some road tripping, I made it back to my childhood hometown to play best-man at my Dad’s wedding. Pretty great location. And I didn’t lose the rings, so that was good.

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.

staff:

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.