I think my fingers were probably crossed in this picture as I was wishing whatever process I was going through was going to work. It’s a visa picture I had taken in Hong Kong, about 17 years ago. Even though I don’t look much older today you can tell because we were allowed to smile. That’s for sure what dates the pic .
I had unknowingly overstayed my visa in Taiwan and was booted out immediately. We had been living and working there for the past 8 or so months and within 48 hours of having my passport checked I was on a flight to the nearest embassy, all alone... All I had on me was my original plane ticket back to Canada that I didn’t plan to use for at least another, well, I wasn’t sure at the time. It was an open ticket
I booked a hotel I couldn’t afford because I didn’t know the area and there weren’t any google reviews (haha). I saw a movie on my own (I need to do that again!) went to a restaurant on my own (also this) and found their strip of nightlife on my own (and no)
I probably T9’d home on my Nokia but that was the extent of my non-smartphone use. No selfies, no insta, no #visarun#sorrymomanddad hashtags
With a lot of pay phone calling to my employer and some pre-internet hocus pocus I arrived back “home” on a sketchy agreement. It worked. I was happy
This picture reminds me of a girl who thought she could figure anything out. It also, upon reflection, makes me realize how deep the love for travel is. And more importantly, that our girls are NEVER allowed to follow suit
Awww Western Australia you've been awesome as always, you never disappoint, we love WA so much and glad we call it our home but time to get back into the Northern Territory for some good times and rock'n roll!!! More blue skies, hot springs, freshwater swimming holes, crocs (hopefully not in the swimming holes!), desert plains, termite mounds, boab trees, red dirt & waterfalls to come!
Take your pick of fresh caught fish from local fisherman on #MarissaBeach and then choose a seaside restaurant to cook it up for you. Sit back and watch the sunset, with a drink, as dinner is prepared. 📷 @exploraddict
Not the prettiest photo, but definitely delicious! Some snack packing inspiration for long travel days. Cheese and dates (such a delicious combo!), hard boiled eggs and bell peppers.
Here are my top tips for long flying days:
1️⃣ Always always pack food. Don't relay on the airport or airline to have safe gluten free food. Stick to solid foods. Things like hummus, egg salad, peanut butter, salsa, and gel and liquid like items will likely be confiscated. TSA once told me you can freeze salsas and egg salads so it's considered a "solid" but it will be at the discretion of the TSA officer screening you whether or not you can take it in.
2️⃣ Shelf stable foods are great to throw in your purse or backpack, including protein bars, trail mix, tuna packets, nuts, and dried fruit. It works great as back up emergency food especially if flights are delayed and/or cancelled.
3️⃣ Pack a small lunchbag with delicious snacks, such as photoed, to keep your tummy happy. Use a ziplock bag for ice to keep food chilled. Double bag it to prevent leaks. As the ice melts, dump the water out and ask for ice at an airport restaurant or bar. They usually are more than happy to help!
4️⃣ Want hot food? Try gluten free soup cups (@namastefoodsllc has delicious gluten free and vegan ones), instant oatmeal (make sure the oats are certified gluten free), or instant mashed potatoes. Just ask for hot water at the coffee shop or on the plane.
5️⃣ Put all your food in one bag, including the small lunchbag, when going through airport security. I usually use a reusable grocery bag or paper grocery bag. Security will flag your food and having it all in one place will save time and frustration. 💠 Your turn, what are your tips?
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Day #27 . We took a longboat to the mainland town of Ao Nang to do some shopping and eat McDonalds!! We were really missing American food. The back of a pickup truck wound up being our taxi through town. 😂
Meet the ROYAL FLYCATCHER! 🐦 Make sure you already follow @nature
Royal Flycatcher Facts: Sadly, these beautiful and majestic birds are classified as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List. The male is recognizable through its red crest (Shown in this video), while the female dons a yellow crest. Truly beautiful birds! Video by @stefanoianirophotography (The following bird was banded and handled by professional biologists, ornithologists, and bird banders. Do no attempt!)
It feels just like yesterday when I met Nash in the back of our friends car, unaware that this small crush would soon become my husband to be, a crush that would turn into a love so deep that words could never do it justice.
Last month we celebrated our 8 year anniversary. 8 years of love, travel, commitment, struggles, trials and tribulations. The first 4 we spent living in two different countries on opposite ends of the earth. But this didn’t stop us. When we weren’t Skyping, texting, writing long long emails back and forth, we were meeting somewhere in a land very foreign to our own, strengthening our bond while exploring this new environment together. Being able to problem solve while traveling and experiencing a place for the first time as a duo is something so valuable, so priceless. I will never forget when we rolled up in our VW bus and stood in awe under the starry night sky in Joshua Tree, our first Safari through Tanzania or the time we backpacked through South East Asia communicating with hands and feet to somehow find our way to the Ban Gioc Waterfall in Vietnam.
Travel has changed me as a person, shaped us as a couple and has given us more joy and shared memories than we can count.
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