Monday, September 07, 2015

10 Differences Between Living in Canada and Australia

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been living in Sydney for a month now.

It’s flown by in a whirlwind of moving house, jetting off to Tasmania for a magazine assignment, and spending far too much time spouting off terms of endearment in Jules' direction.

But it also hasn’t been an easy month. There have been a lot of tears, which was only to be expected. Without the excitement of a new locale to explore—this is my seventh time in Sydney, after all—I skipped the “honeymoon” phase of acculturation altogether and was instead slapped hard by culture shock.

Despite the amount of time that I’ve spent in Australia over the last two years, I’m still learning. (“I’m new here,” has become my favourite catchphrase, usually prefaced by “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t know.”) Some differences are new to me, some I’ve long known, but all have taken me aback over the last month.

Here are 10 of the most surprising differences that I've found between Australia and Canada:

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Best Camping Adventures in Canada

Photo: Olivier George

Want to make Canada your next outdoor adventure destination? I don't blame you. Writing for usually leaves me aching for the homeland.

Here's some ideas to get you started:

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Travel for Good Interview Series

Between moving to Sydney, gearing up for Verge's annual Go Global Expos, and travelling to Tasmania to do research for an article, it's been a busy month. But I still found some time to chat with other travellers about how to travel "for good."

First up was my Q & A with Em at This Is Not a Guidebook. "Getting lost and stuck and being saved by the inherent kindness of strangers, time and time again, is my favourite part of travel," I told her.

Next, I was interviewed for Build Abroad's Ultimate Guide to Volunteering Abroad. You can also read the full interview on their blog here. 

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Top Jobs for Digital Nomads

Photo: Ed Gregory

Becoming a digital nomad is quickly becoming one of the easiest ways to work abroad. These careers may be your ticket to becoming location independent. Read more on Verge Magazine »

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Moving to Australia: A Pre-Departure Checklist for Freelancers

There's only six weeks left until I move to Australia. It seems crazy to write those words, but this move has been a long time coming. (In fact, it's been roughly two years in the making, if we're going to include the first time I floated the idea aloud.)

Every day, someone asks me if I'm "excited" to go. And while I am, unfortunately any excitement at this point is being overshadowed by the stress and the sadness associated with moving. I've lived in Toronto for 11 years. Every single year I've threatened to move, but now that I'm finally doing it, the reality that I'm leaving behind my friends, my dog and my community is finally sinking in.

That, and there's the administrative burden associated with moving. Everyone knows that moving is a pain in the ass—but moving to another country, for an indefinite period of time, as a self-employed individual? Yeah, it's just a little overwhelming.

To give you an idea of the process, here are just some of the departure tasks necessary before you move to Australia:

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