Monday, January 18, 2016

9 Travel Resolutions We Should All Make in 2016

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Regardless of whether you’re studying, volunteering, working, or even just vacationing abroad, here are nine ethical travel practices that you should adopt this year. Read more on Verge Magazine »

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

6 Tips for Renting an Apartment in Sydney, Australia


When I arrived in Australia in August, the first order of business was finding a place to live. At the time, Jules was renting a small three-bedroom house with two roommates in Newtown. Wooed by the prospect of cheap rent and a great location, we briefly considered staying in his place—but within days it became clear that we were living on top of one of another. There was no question; we needed more space.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Relationship Road Test: Cycling from Launceston to Hobart, Tasmania


Last December, Jules and I made an epic 500-kilometre "pushbike" journey across Tasmania. Although it was one of the most incredible trips that I've ever made, I never quite found the time to write about it here.

That's why I was thrilled when AWAY Magazine (a travel publication that's distributed at Toronto Pearson Airport) asked me to write about the adventure for their latest issue. Unfortunately, 1000 words wasn't quite enough room to write about all the disasters (broken chains, scorpion stings and other standard cycling fare), but you can read about the other highlights here. 

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Ask These Questions Before Buying Travel Insurance

Photo: Kyle Szegedi 
Planning a trip abroad is sometimes just as fun as the journey itself. After all, nothing beats that spark of initial excitement when you finally book your flights. However, there’s one purchase that travellers rarely get amped up about—buying travel insurance.

Often, the chore is almost an afterthought, the cost a dreaded one. However, Robin Ingle, founder and CEO of Ingle Insurance, doesn’t think that should be the case. His company specializes in adventure (they were one of the first companies to introduce “yak evacs” to help stranded climbers) and insurance for individuals who are working studying or volunteering abroad. Ingle says that travel insurance shouldn’t be obtained in haste and—as unexciting a purchase as it may be—it should be just as well researched as any other aspect of your trip.

Read more on Verge Magazine »

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Top 5 Things Organizations Wish Volunteers Knew

Photo: Lance Cheung
"I wish I had started to learn the language earlier.” “I wish I had packed more toilet paper.” “I wish that I had done more research about my destination country.” It's easy to find out what volunteers wish they knew before they went overseas. But did you ever wonder what the staff of volunteer-sending organizations wish you knew?

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, here’s the top five things that volunteer-sending organizations wish volunteers knew.

Read more on Verge Magazine »

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