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.
I think travel planning is an acquired taste… one that is usually acquired after lots of practice. I used to feel totally overwhelmed when planning trips, but these days, it's one of my favourite forms of stress-relief. Still, there's so much to think about… where to go, when, what to do, and not least of all, how to get there. Over the years I’ve realized that there is an art to travel planning; especially if you, like I often do, want to visit multiple destinations on a single journey.
I’m currently planning a trip to the Nordic countries for summer 2018, so I thought I’d use it as an example as I talk (type?) you through my step-by-step process for planning a multi-country extravaganza. First things first: organization is absolutely necessary when compiling the info you need to make a smart travel plan. I like to keep it old school with paper and pens so I can jot down notes without needing to switch between even more web browser windows than I usually have when planning a trip. So, grab a notebook, and let's get started.
When it comes to staying healthy while traveling, I’ve definitely taken things to the extreme… in both directions. I’ve gone on trips where I abandon any sort of fitness regime, fully committing to the “f&$k it I’m on vacation” mentality… and then returning home feeling sluggish, uncomfortable in my body, and unhappy as a result. I’ve also been so dogmatic in my quest for fitness that I miss out making the most of my trip because I’m spending all my time working out, and skipping delicious local foods (case in point: the first time I went to Paris I did not eat a single dessert… more on this sad story later).
Fortunately, I’ve now come to a place where I’ve found a balance between maintaining healthy habits while on the road, and giving myself the freedom to enjoy myself. Here are some of my top tips:
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