Destination: A Day Trip – Nara, Japan

Using the city of Osaka as a base again for this trip, the next spotlight on Japan is the city of Nara. I was recommended to visit this city by a friend, and I'm extremely happy I took his advice. I was at the end of a 3 week snowboard trip on the island of … Continue reading Destination: A Day Trip – Nara, Japan

Destination: Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan)

I'm not going to lie. I have a secret love affair with Japan. We had such an enduring romance that I couldn't stay away for more than 12 months at a time for the better part of the last decade. The people, the culture, the countryside, the wildlife, even the buildings. Everything. The real draw … Continue reading Destination: Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan)

How 2 weeks turned into 2 years – Part 6

Honestly, I didn't think this series would go this long. At the same time, I didn't realise this would be its' conclusion. There's a magnetism, an attracting force, that constant movement and travel generates. Despite struggles, difficult conversations and strained finances, perpetual motion forces these potential obstacles into the background. Attention is engaged on the … Continue reading How 2 weeks turned into 2 years – Part 6

Hiking: Baden-Powell Trail – Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon (Vancouver, CA)

This is my first summer in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, and it would be tantamount to sacrilege if I wasn't hiking in the drop dead gorgeous wilderness every chance I got. So far I've only taken an easy on legs walk around Alice Lake Provincial Park, which is half cleared roadways and half bush walk. … Continue reading Hiking: Baden-Powell Trail – Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon (Vancouver, CA)

The #1 Travel Companion: The Mighty Pen and Paper

Also the most underrated. Apart from the necessities, like passports, travel documents and some form of luggage to carry your few belongings, I believe there is no better travel companion than a trusty pen and (relatively) sturdy notebook. No better! If we broke it down again, I would give the gold medal to the pen, … Continue reading The #1 Travel Companion: The Mighty Pen and Paper

How 2 weeks turned into 2 years – Part 5

So, relationship mode engaged. I still had my job in resources that required me to fly to work for 3 weeks every month. Due to the nature of the project I was working on (and the industry as a whole), my contract could be up at any time. An attitude I had assumed from the very beginning of my contract was an acceptance that any given month could be my last one. As it happened, I continually had my contract extended and renewed with other companies working on the same site. Apparently I had the right attitude.

The Sobriety Experiment

I was looking back over some of my previous Motivation Monday posts (Youtube vids here, check them out), I've noticed that the common denominator in these videos is linked to alcohol and the need to work past the energy draining side effects. I literally woke up on a Tuesday morning 3 weeks ago feeling utterly … Continue reading The Sobriety Experiment

The Power of keeping a Travel Journal

For a boy, I don't think this is something we naturally, well, do. You won't find any evidence of my inner thoughts and desires when I was learning where babies come from and what girls are. Nope. Not me. To me it flew in the face of (my perception of) masculinity and was strictly reserved … Continue reading The Power of keeping a Travel Journal

How 2 weeks turned in 2 years – Part 2

If you're wondering, does this mean there was a Part 1? You're damn right! Take a deep breath and click here!   Lightning Recap: R&R, negotiating taxi fares, late night, turning down paid for sex, sweaty and greasy, un-massaged, new friends, hostel pools, crammed cabs, dance floor squats, tequila, sunsets, cold beers. Right, all caught up   … Continue reading How 2 weeks turned in 2 years – Part 2