Underrated & Overlooked: 12 food joints in London ON worth checking out

Whether you’re in your first year at Western, an incoming exchange student or have been living in London for a while but are tired of the same old boring scene, there’s a lot of hidden restaurant gems in London. I went to high school in downtown London before going to Western for five years, and … Continue reading Underrated & Overlooked: 12 food joints in London ON worth checking out

A dark, winding highway without cell service = the perfect place to blow a tire (aka what NOT to do when roadtripping)

"Does the car seem to be swivelling a bit, or is that just me?" "Probably just the road, it isn't the smoothest." "Yeah but isn't it making a weird noise too? I'm gonna pull over and check." "Babe, I'm sure it's fine, you're just being paranoid." But my boyfriend insisted we pull over. We were … Continue reading A dark, winding highway without cell service = the perfect place to blow a tire (aka what NOT to do when roadtripping)

South Island vs. Tasmania – How to Choose Your Next Travel Destination

Tasmania and the South Island of New Zealand - two islands at the bottom of the world. Even though there are many similarities between the two, there are also a lot of differences when it comes choosing a vacation destination. If you aren't sure which one is a better choice for your next trip, read … Continue reading South Island vs. Tasmania – How to Choose Your Next Travel Destination

Can’t be beat: best spots for sunrises and sunsets on South Island

I'm always surprised when I meet people who say they've gone to New Zealand, but only visited the North Island. The South Island has so much to offer: more mountains, more beaches, fewer people, less traffic, etc. etc. One thing the South Island has that is rare to come by is sheer volume of beautiful … Continue reading Can’t be beat: best spots for sunrises and sunsets on South Island

A beginner’s guide to scouting rapids

How do we judge whether or not we’ll “run” a rapid? There’s some terminology to know before diving into this post. Whitewater Terminology explains what I mean when I say thing like “holes”, “strainers” or “standing waves”. Rapid Classes explains the basic classification system for rapids based on difficulty. Please skim these two posts if … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to scouting rapids

Wilderness First Responder: A glimpse into a backcountry medicine course in Costa Rica

This post is from a mini series WildMed I do about the importance of getting some medical training if you spend ample time in the wilderness.  I've written about the importance of getting wilderness medicine training before, but committing to a course can be a bit daunting. What will it be like? What should you … Continue reading Wilderness First Responder: A glimpse into a backcountry medicine course in Costa Rica

5 Reasons to Visit Canada’s Most Underrated Territory (and how to do it affordably)

Close your eyes and imagine Canada's great north, just bursting with unspoiled wilderness and untapped adventure. What do you see? The mountains and pine forests of the Yukon? Likely. Or maybe paddling along one of the powerful rivers of The Northwest Territories? Probably. But did an expanse of boundless tundra, no trees in sight, come … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Canada’s Most Underrated Territory (and how to do it affordably)

3 Important Reasons to Accept (and Embrace) Homesickness when Traveling

I've always found there to be this shame associated with homesickness. It starts when we're young; no one wants to be that camper, the one crying themselves to sleep because they miss the familiar comforts of home, the one judged by fellow campers or pitied by their counsellors. I, for one, was never a homesick … Continue reading 3 Important Reasons to Accept (and Embrace) Homesickness when Traveling

Copenhagen in all its colours: travel ideas for the outdoorsy type

I'd never thought much about visiting Copenhagen, but as I was sitting in a long and boring lecture I found myself day dreaming of being somewhere else. Naturally, I wandered onto Google Flights searching for a destination I could visit between school ending and work starting. It was then that I came across an amazing … Continue reading Copenhagen in all its colours: travel ideas for the outdoorsy type

Planning your Great Canadian Road Trip – part 4

This post is part four of the series Great Canadian Road Trip. Feature photo by Albert Normandin, taken from HelloBC. Here's a quick recap of where we've been so far. In part one, we left from Toronto and drove north over Lake Superior, seeing three national parks: Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay Islands and Pukaskwa National Park.   In part … Continue reading Planning your Great Canadian Road Trip – part 4