One of my 2017 travel highlights was definitely my week-long road trip down the Great Ocean Road, from Adelaide to Melbourne. To be honest, Australia hadn't even really been top of my travel list, and initially I was just going to stop by on my way to Fiji. But, I knew I had the chance to see Australia's iconic 12 Apostles, and I'd heard the Great Ocean Road was legendary, so when an Australian friend offered to loan us her custom van, my girlfriend and I jumped at the chance to take this epic roadtrip. It turned out to be an incredible experience, and so I thought I'd share some of my top tips for making the most of this adventure.
Let's talk about money. Finances can be hugely discouraging for people who dream about travelling the world, but feel like they'll never have the cash to do so. I'm here to tell you that you don't need rich parents, a sugar daddy/momma, or a massive Instagram following that will reward you with comped trips to lush destinations, in order to travel the world. Yes, saving up enough money to travel can be challenging, but it's totally possible. My trips are fully self-funded, and have been since I left Canada over 10 years ago. Now, I'd like to share some creative tips that have helped me, and can help you, afford to travel.
Okay, okay... I get it. This is supposed to be an adventure travel blog, but my very first destination post is the city in which I was born. In my defence, I haven’t lived in Montreal since I was six years old, and I've only visited a couple of times since my parents moved back. When I did visit, I didn't explore much of the city... so, this time with my Scottish girlfriend in tow for her first ever trip to Quebec, I vowed that this trip I would finally see what this awesome urban jungle has to offer.
Montreal is, after all about as dope as a concrete jungle can get. As one of the oldest cities in Canada, it’s got cobblestone sidewalks and a very old-world European vibe, but it’s also super stylish and contemporary. Canada in general, and Montreal specifically, is very welcoming to other nationalities (my own father immigrated from Egypt), so the city is a veritable mosaic of ethnicities and cultures (note: a melting pot is where other cultures are expected to assimilate into one *cough USA cough* whereas a cultural mosaic celebrates multiculturalism and diversity.) The province of Quebec has a really different vibe than the rest of Canada; it’s Francophone, and has a strong sense of identity (rooted in maple syrup and poutine). In short… Montreal is a city I can definitely get down with.
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