I tend to be pretty vague about my life and my plans on this blog, but right now I’m in a sharing mood.
I’ve lived in Edmonton for handy on a year now.
Why? Because I’d never lived in western Canada, my home on the east coast is not the best place to find a job with no relevant experience, and I’d heard that, outside of the frigid winter,Edmonton can be a pretty nice place.
Honestly, it was a pretty snappy decision. I’d moved home from living and travelling abroad and had zero luck with finding a job in Newfoundland (not that I tried too hard). My savings were running low, and if I was going to move, it would have to happen fast.
So, Tim and I moved, got an apartment and jobs, and worked for the year. We never really set down roots, though we explored the region. I still keep my clothes in a suitcase. I still have one pair of jeans to my name. We still get by with one frying pan and one pot. We spent our money on things like exploring the national parks nearby, learning a bit about mountaineering in Banff, vacationing in the Okanagan, and put the rest into our savings.
What about 2015?
I’m still living in Edmonton for a few months, but I’ve got a lot of optimism for the rest of the year. When you’re done with a place (like I’m getting to be here), the thought of leaving becomes this sweet respite. Here’s a quick run down for the rest of the year.
Iceland in April
I’ll be in Iceland for a little over a week in April. With such a small amount of time, I will mostly be sticking to the South and West parts of the country. We’re hoping to do some hiking, explore the landscape, experience the Reykjavik nightlife, and maybe meet up with some other travellers. I’m planning to invest in a GoPro before this trip, so I’ll be able to “bring you along with me,” if you’re interested, that is.
Let me know if you have any recommendations for suggestions for Iceland–anything you think I should do or try or see. What would you like to see on video or read about?
Banff National Park in May
The long, Victoria Day weekend always falls around my birthday, so my parents have decided to come visit then. They’ve never seen the Rocky Mountains, so we’ll be heading to Banff for a couple of days. I’ve been there a few times before, but you can never have too much open air and views of snow-capped mountains, right?
Newfoundland, Canada in July
My contract ends in June and I’ve decided that I’m going to be booking a flight home for the night of the 30th. That will be almost 16 months since I’ve been home (for the second time–weird how that worked out). It may not be too exciting, but that’s the best time of the year for Newfoundland (depending on the year…)! What will I do there?
Hike the entire East Coast Trail
The east coast trail winds 265 km along the eastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula. It will take somewhere between 10 days and two weeks to traverse, passing through a bunch of small communities along the way. I’ll be keeping a record of the journey.
Hang out in St. John’s
Newfoundland’s capital city is a pretty neat place. I lived there for 5 years during University (and Tim lived there for well, his whole life until 2012). The food, culture, music scene, nightlife, and generally the sights are above and beyond what you may expect for a city of around 100,000 people.
South America in August
After leaving home (I say August now, but it will possibly be in September), we’re planning to spend who-knows-how-long backpacking around South America. The itinerary isn’t set for sure, but here are a few ideas:
That’s the plan, now here are a couple of questions for you:
Do you have any suggestions on how to make constant travel a sustainable venture (funding along the way)?
True, I’ve saved a decent amount in a year, but I’d like to be able to keep moving without having to stop for too long to work again.
What stories are you interested in reading? Or following along with on Youtube?
I’d like to create more interactive content, to create connections and open myself up more. I’m a shy person, but I’m willing to push myself in order to achieve a little growth.