Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding myself or the blog.
Where are you from?
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. It’s a small city in South Western Ontario and the dairy capital of Canada. There’s even a lifesize statue of a Holstein cow on the city’s main street! I lived there until I was 13 , when I moved to the East Coast of Canada. For the next four years, I lived in rural Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
How did you end up in Toronto?
After finishing high school, I moved back to Ontario. It really was a big move, as I was going from living in a village to living in a city of 2,000,000 people. At only 18 years old, I was also starting a new life on my own. I remained in Toronto for about 10+ years.
How did you start travelling?
My travel career began with a trip to South America when I took a five day cruise through the Galapagos Islands, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and flying over the Nazca lines. My wanderlust only grew from there, as I later returned to experience Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls. Weekend trips then took me all over the US, where I hit up places like San Francisco, New York City, and Miami. There was a dangerous day trip to Tijuana where I received an offer of marriage and even bribed border guards to get back into the United States. There was a time in Havana when I drank Cuban rum and smoked a Cohiba under the late night stars in the backyard of a local.
Eventually, I journeyed to Europe and discovered true happiness in Italy. Whether it was tearing up at the Vatican or dipping my toes into the Mediterranean for the very first time, I just knew I was on to something good. Returning a few months later for a tour of Eastern Europe, something happened late one night while walking along the Charles Bridge in Prague. I vowed that I’d move to Europe just so I could explore every nook and cranny of the continent.
How did you end up in Berlin?
Six months after that epiphany on the Charles Bridge, I moved to Berlin in June 2011 – never having been there, not knowing a soul, not able to speak German, and completely alone. There were times of hilarity, like signing up for a Vodafone contract and communicating with the sales rep via Google Translate and there were moments of frustration like almost dying during a dinner in the dark experience. I quickly embraced the expat life, establishing myself not only as an ardent explorer of Europe, but also as a freelancer working as a project manager and a travel blogger.
After moving to Berlin, I did some things I’d only ever dreamt about, like crawling through darkened caves underneath Budapest, paragliding through the Italian Alps, dressing up in a Medieval costume to eat dinner in a Portuguese castle, and even performing improv in front of group of Germans at a resort in the Black Forest. I’ve attended runway shows at Berlin’s fashion week and once slept in the same bed as Halle Berry (although not at the same time).
Why did you move back?
Then after a whirlwind 18 months in the Hauptstadt, I moved back to Toronto for personal reasons and based myself there as I plotted my next big move in life. There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t miss Berlin and I knew I wouldn’t be happy until I returned. Two years later in November 2014, I finally did. Four years later and I’m still here pursuing my dream working as an Agile Coach and travel blogger.
What’s an “Agile Coach”?
I’ve been working fulltime as an Agile Coach for a Berlin based tech startup for around 1.5 years now. I love my job and couldn’t think of doing anything else. And instead of me boring you with the details, read more here.
Why don’t you work as a travel blogger full-time?
While I spend a lot of my free time (and I mean a lot of my free time) working on the blog, I love my day job way more and to be frank, it pays more than travel blogging does for most people. While some bloggers like to trash those who have day jobs, I find this offensive. I’ve so much respect and admiration for those who live solely on their blog, but that’s just not for me. Maybe one day, I’ll take my blog to a more professional level, but I’m happy with how things are right now.
This blog is my creative outlet. It’s a place where I can have fun sharing my personal stories, my photos, and more. It’s where I get to create useful content that inspires others to travel or move abroad.
How do I get started in Berlin?
I’ve shared plenty of my personal experiences about Berlin life over in my Berlin guide. Jump over there to get inspiration from local blogs, find out about the best Berlin experiences, tips and tricks for life in Berlin, and get inspiration about things to do in Berlin.
How do I get started as an expat in Germany?
Head over to my Expat Living section to read more about essential tools that a German expat can’t live without and other “fun” topics like getting the lowdown on German health insurance.
Where have you been on your travels?
My travels have brought me to 38 countries across four continents:
- North America and the Caribbean: Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Bermuda.
- South America: Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil.
- Europe: Italy, Vatican City, United Kingdom, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Latvia, Montenegro, Lithuania, Turkey, Serbia, Romania, Malta.
- Asia: Qatar, Thailand.
* Click on any the above links to view related country archives.
Where are you travelling to in 2019?
- January: Budapest
- March: Kiev
- April: Athens
- May: Malta
Can I help you out?
Yes! This blog takes a lot of my time and money. At no extra cost to you, I’ll receive a tiny small commission that might help buy me a beer. Here’s how you can help:
- Book a hotel through booking.com or Agoda
- Sign up for Airbnb and receive €25 in travel credit
- Rent a car with rentalcars.com
Can I follow you elsewhere online or get in touch with you personally?
Yes, check out my Contact page for more information about where to find me and how to get in touch by ways other than social media.
Do you meet readers in real life?
Unfortunately, no. Between work, my blog, and travelling, I don’t have a lot time for my friends, never mind myself. I need downtime and privacy. I’ve also had some very negative experiences meeting readers in real life that I don’t care to repeat. While I want to hear from you and help by answering your questions, I hope that you’ll respect that I won’t meet strangers in person.