Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding myself or the blog.
Where are you from?
Woodstock, Canada. It’s a small city in South Western Ontario and fun fact – 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 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
How did you end up in Toronto?
After finishing high school, I moved back to Ontario. It was a really big move, as I went from living in a village to a city of more than two million people. At 18 years old, I started a completely new life on my own. When I finished university in Toronto, I started work and remained there for 10 more years or so.
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 even a day trip to Tijuana where I received an offer of marriage and bribed border guards to get back into the United States safely. I also visited islands like Bermuda and Cuba, where 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. With a newfound confidence in myself, 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 – 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 moments of frustration like almost dying during a dinner in the dark experience (a true story). It didn’t take long to embrace the expat life and I established myself not only as an ardent explorer of Europe, but also as a freelancer working as an IT project manager and 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?
After a whirlwind 18 months in Berlin, 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, it finally happened. Six years later, I’m still here and have no plans to leave anytime soon.
What do you do for a day job?
Since moving back to Berlin, I’ve mostly worked as an agile coach helping software engineering teams improve how they work. My career has since evolved to coaching business teams as well.
Why don’t you work as a blogger full-time?
While I spend a lot of my free time working on the blog, I love my day job way more and it also, more importantly, pays the bills. For me, this blog is a place where I can share my personal experiences and provide helpful content that inspires others to travel. As if my day job and this blog weren’t enough, I also have a launched a new site, The Berlin Life where I help others move to Berlin, find work, and get settled in.
How has the global pandemic affected you and the future development of this blog?
I am not even sure I can call myself a “travel blogger” anymore. Obviously, the pandemic put my travel lifestyle on hold and I’m not sure when I’ll feel comfortable travelling again. I’m honestly very happy at home right now, but at the same time, I’m itching to be anywhere that’s not Berlin.
While I’m waiting to receive my vaccine, I’m using the time to refresh all of my content here and migrae all of my Berlin articles to my new baby, The Berlin Life.
How do I get started in Berlin?
That’s a super good question and the exact reason I started The Berlin Life. Head to the website to peruse our free guides on how to find a job, make friends, learn German, and more.
Where’ve you been on your travels?
My travels have brought me to 43 countries across four continents:
- Asia: Qatar, Thailand.
- 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, Sweden, Greece, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine.
- North America and the Caribbean: Canada, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Bermuda.
- South America: Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil.
Where are you travelling to in 2021?
- TBD: Toronto, Canada (I haven’t been home since November of 2019 and I miss home so much, I cry whenever I think or talk about it).
Can I help you out?
Surely, you can! This blog (and my new) takes a lot of my time and personal money and well, the pandemic has pretty much emptied our coiffers. So at no extra cost to you, I’ll receive a tiny small commission that might help buy me a coffee now and again. Here’s how you can help:
- Book a guided tour in different places around the world, starting with Berlin
- Book a hotel through booking.com or Agoda
- Rent a car with rentalcars.com
- Send money around the world quickly & cheaply with Wise
- Click on any ads you see running on the site
- Share my content with others on social media
If you’re super motivated by my content and want to donate directly, head on over to my Paypal.
Can I follow you elsewhere or get in touch with you personally?
I would love to hear from you. 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?
While I want to hear from you and help out by answering any of your questions, I’m an extremely private person and don’t meet readers in real life (especially now in these crazy pandemic times).