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The Best Hot Springs in BC

Who loves a hot spring? I do! There's something incredibly relaxing about soaking in a hot spring after a hike or on a cold day, or just because. One of my favourite days on our USA road trip was when we stumbled across a tonne of hot springs near Mammoth in California. Luckily for me BC has some fantastic hot springs to explore too. If you enjoy a hot spring soak too then here are ...

Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver makes a great half day trip from downtown. You'll feel like you're far away from the city after just a thirty minute bus ride or drive. The park is along the shores of Howe Sound and, as with Lighthouse Park, you'll get great mountain views as well as of the island in Howe Sound. About Whytecliff Park Whytecliff Park has been designated a natural marine sanctuary since 1993. It's believed to ...

Christmas gift ideas for outdoors lovers

Since it's December at the end of this week I feel like it's now officially okay to talk about Christmas. Whilst Vancouver doesn't do Christmas anywhere near as well as London (you have to pay for its Christmas market?!), and there's aren't pretty street lights everywhere either (see the ultimate London Christmas light walk here), it's doing its best to get me in a Christmassy mood. But what's really got me in the Christmas mood? ...

A One Week Itinerary for New South Wales

When you win two free return flights to Sydney you go. Even if, like me, you can only get one week off work. I was weirdly embarrassed to tell people I was going on holiday to Australia for a week. “A week? One week? All the way to Australia for a week? Really?” they said. And I get it, travelling to the other side of the world for a week does seem a bit crazy. ...

Learning to look after my skin

I spend a lot of time outside and that isn't about to change anytime soon. Im also fair skinned. Spending lots of time outside and having fair skin aren't two things that go particularly well together. There's certain things you have to take into account a bit more. I also tend to get pretty dry skin; especially in winter or when I'm hitting the slopes on skis. Over the past month of so I've been ...

Where to get your skis waxed in Vancouver

Once hiking season is over and the campsites switch to 'winter season' after Canadian Thanksgiving it's time to get planning the ski season! Bike stores in Vancouver are now ski shops selling new skis, boots and all the accessories you'll need to pack for a day of skiing. In Vancouver, skiing is something we take seriously which perhaps isn't that surprising since we have one of the world's best ski resorts under 2 hour's drive ...

How to get a Canadian Working Holiday Visa (IEC)

If you've been reading my blog for some time you'll know that up until February 2017 I lived in the UK. Then in February I left the UK for Canada on a Canadian Working Holiday Visa (also referred to as the IEC - International Experience Canada visa). One of the things I'm emailed most about is how to get a Canadian Working Holiday Visa (WHV). I don't blame you, so far things are pretty great ...

Why you should visit the Taiwan Cycling Festival

In Taiwan cycling is part of the culture. Giant, one of the world’s best bicycle brands came from here so perhaps it’s no surprise that cycling is so popular. You might not associate the country of Taiwan with cycling but many others are starting to and for good reason. Taiwan is home to more than 269 mountain peaks of over 3,000m above sea level. There are tonnes of bike lanes and cycling facilities too. This ...

Best free road trip apps for travelling across America

Earlier this year on our road trip across America I discovered several apps I'd never heard of before. These apps became things we'd use every single day on our road trip. They helped us plan our road trip, save money, make long drive days (like that 6 hour highway drive from Florida, through Alabama and Mississippi to Louisiana) a little more interesting and found us free places to sleep. Basically these road trip apps became some ...