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Things to do on Bowen Island, BC

Despite the fact that Vancouver is a pretty green city complete with beaches and a massive park (Stanley Park), every now and again it's nice to escape this and find somewhere even greener. Enter Bowen Island. Bowen Island is covered in forest and has tonnes of little coves just waiting to be explored. There are beaches, hikes, and trails and it's a great place For several months of the year you can spot whales off ...

Tips for parking your van overnight for free in urban areas

Over the course of our three months travelling across the USA we never paid for a campsite. Every night we found somewhere to sleep for free in our van. It's not that hard to do the same when you know what to look out for. The longer you're living in a van, the easier it becomes to spot a good place to park your van overnight for free and not be asked to move. Despite ...

My incredibly relaxing weekend on Bowen Island

I can hear the rain on the roof of my cottage in the forest. It really is making that pitter-patter sound. The fire is whirring away (not crackling because it’s electric). A deer walked straight past my window earlier and didn’t bat an eyelid. A delicious breakfast complete with my own cafetière was brought to my room and I’m feeling calm - so calm - after having had two yoga sessions in the last 24 ...

43 most instagrammable places in Vancouver

Whether you're a travel blogger or not chances are you take a hell of a lot photos when you travel. If you're planning a trip to Vancouver and want to grab some great photos of this beautiful city then check out this list of the most instagrammable places in Vancouver! It's no secret I love my adopted city of Vancouver. It's a very pretty city (even in the rain). There's the mountains, the beaches, forests, cool ...

10 Places you need to stop in Big Sur, California

After we'd explored Yosemite National Park we headed over towards Monterey with plans to drive south on HWY 1, also known as Big Sur.  I'd heard there were plenty of places to stop in Big Sur, that the drive is absolutely beautiful, that there were waterfalls crashing on to the beach and great walks to do too. Unfortunately, there's been a huge winter storm which resulted in flooded beaches and destroyed beaches. This meant that HWY ...

18 of the best things to do in Seattle, WA

There's just something about the Pacific Northwest (that's the PNW!). As soon as we headed north out of San Francisco and reached the northern Californian coast, everything felt different. The whole place was more relaxed, more leafy (and yes, a little wetter). If Portland was one of my favourite cities of our whole three month USA road trip, then Seattle was definitely up there too. I asked for some recommendations on things to do in ...

What documents do I need to bring with me to Canada?

If you've successfully applied for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa and are about to head over to Canada, congratulations! It's an exciting (and nerve-wracking time!). I can't believe that the day I'm writing this makes it a whole year since I moved out of my flat in Brixton and headed to the airport bound for Canada. As you're doing your final packing checks you may be wondering "What documents do I need to bring with ...

19 Weird roadside attractions on Northern California’s Hwy101

One of the best things about a road trip across the USA is that there is a lot of weird stuff to see alongside the road. Not only are there a tonne of historical markers pretty much where ever you seem to drive, but there are weird things like drive-thru trees too. One of the sections of our road trip where we noticed the most weird roadside attractions was in Northern California. There seemed to ...

Rocky Gore Tex Waterproof Socks Review

I know what you're thinking. "Waterproof socks? Why on earth would I need them? My shoes are waterproof thanks very much." Well, yeah I get it and that's what I thought too. But that's until I moved to Vancouver and discovered what real rain was. And, while we're on that point, if one more Canadian tells me that I "must be used to the rain coming from London" I'm going to...I don't know...but I will not ...

Our first Christmas away from home: Skiing BC’s Powder Highway at Revelstoke

When you tell people you're going to go skiing BC's Powder Highway over Christmas they kinda screw their face up and go; "Ooo, good luck making it over the Coquihalla". Their faces screw up even more when you mention your car isn't a 4x4 but a big van. For our first Christmas away from home we headed out on a winter road trip. The plan was to ski along some of BC's Powder Highway. First ...