Five Canadian Spots to Take Refuge

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Dear American Friends, I’ve been thinking… you may be looking for a wee escape. The sort of escape that lasts a few years. Like four years. A mass exodus happens from time to time, as people need to flee horrible and frightening things. Hurricanes, locusts, disturbing men with inconceivable hair… To that end, in our traditionally Canadian way, I would like to politely … Read More

It’s Not About the Selfie – Tips for Volunteering in Africa

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I once read an article about us selfish westerners traipsing all over the world with our ‘do good’ intentions merely to parachute into a destitute area, offer up some colonial style assistance, grab that all important selfie of us saving the world yet again, and jet home feeling like a modern day hero. Whether those that are left behind have … Read More

Ditch the Guidebook, Follow Your Heart Instead

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Years before I made it to Scotland, I bought a giant guidebook hoping that it would inspire me to get there someday. I read that sucker cover to cover, highlighting, dog-earing, studying and memorizing every last detail. I knew which pub to haunt, which castle would haunt me, the creepiest graveyards to tiptoe through and the most frightening of catacombs … Read More

Packing Essentials Every Girl Needs

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I glance over at the enormous stack of clean laundry, and my over-stuffed dresser. The task that lay before me is far too overwhelming. I should go for a bike ride instead, and it’ll sort itself out. I wish. I’m leaving in a few days for a cram packed road trip. I didn’t mean for my itinerary to get so … Read More

The Trouble With Ignoring Your Travel Doc

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  Warning: this post is disgusting, likely falls under the ‘too much information’ heading, and diminishes any hope of me ever dating again. Not that I’d want to… boys have cooties. Read at your own risk.   The choice was clear  –  I would have to cut off my own foot.  I no longer had any desire to keep it, … Read More