Monday, January 23, 2012

Alberta: She's really something to me.

The truth is that even after all this time, I still think it's the most beautiful place in the world.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow Dogs: Dogsledding in Haliburton, Ontario

In my lifetime, exactly two gifts have brought me to tears. The first was two years ago, when Jay presented me with my KitchenAid stand mixer. As soon as I realized what it was, I was a blubbering mess. ("Guess what Jay got me for my birthday?" I eagerly prompted my mom later that night. "A ring?" she guessed, dubious.)

The second time was this year at Christmas, when Jay told me that he was taking me dogsledding.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tread Softly: 20 Mindful Trips That Will Change the Way You Travel

"Now is not the time to stop travelling—it’s simply the time to change how we travel. By choosing adventures and activities that are good for the heart, the spirit, the environment and the mind, tourists can contribute to the development of communities—all while minimizing negative environmental impacts. . ."

The Winter 2012 issue of Verge Magazine is on newsstands this month. 

Pick up a copy to read my feature (co-written by Arden Jobling-Hey and Jemma Young) on 20 eco-friendly and community-focused vacations that will help lighten your footstep. (For more of my work, check out the events and reviews sections.)

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Top 5 Adventures for 2012

For nearly 10 years, the little scrap of paper sat folded deep in the recesses of my wallet, ready to be referenced in moments of doubt. Worn with creases and marked with faded ink, it was a list that I first started writing in 2003, on the plane ride home from Finland. Like most gap year travelers, I’d gone overseas to “find myself” and after three months travelling, only one question remained—where should I go next?

The scrap of paper detailed just that. Morocco and Egypt. Thailand. The Greek Islands. I was certain that the next time my bank account had a surplus (which, as it turned out, would be never), I’d reference the list and away I’d go.

It wasn’t until this past year in one of my purges that the little scrap of paper was discarded. Reviewing it, I realized that the only place on the list that I'd actually travelled to was Croatia. If I’ve learned anything from 2011, it’s that I lack little, if any, capacity to plan my travels in advance. There are greater forces at work and I’m more interested in the unexpected.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t keep a mental list. NASA scientists have predicted that this year the northern lights will appear the strongest that they have in over 50 years. Coupled with my 2012 Resolution (Year of the Physical Fitness Challenge), it should be no surprise that the north features predominantly on my list.

Here are my top five picks for where I’d like to go in 2012:

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