Why Are We Travelling

There is no simple answer. It's a culmination of many things but it really can be summed up in our title, Let Go, Let's Go. We are letting go of our daily life, of who we are at home, and just going. No plan, no itinerary, it’s a lets see where life takes us, kind of journey.   People always ask us why we are doing this. Like there is something slightly wrong with us. Are we searching for something more? Not sure. No mid-life crisis, no life-changing event, so there was no catalyst there. Are we running away? Probably not. We...

The Scooter Diaries

I have a love-hate relationship with scooters. I had never had any interest in riding a motorcycle back home, as a driver or  passenger. I didn't get the thrill and wasn't keen on being flattened like a pancake. This is the story of our adventure with motorbikes, featuring international destinations, action, self-doubt and more. A truly coming of age type of story...

Feeding the Fishes: Scuba in Koh Tao

I had heard rumblings of how it was cheaper in Thailand to do your scuba license, particularly in Koh Tao. But I figured it would be relatively the same in the other islands of Thailand. We didn’t have many days left on our visa and I didn’t want to rush from one island to another JUST to scuba. So while in Koh Lanta island I looked up how much the 4 day open water scuba course would cost. A whopping $200 CAD cheaper in Koh Tao WITH 3 nights of accommodation included. It was a no brainer. So with 6...

Cappadocia: Balloons, Baskets & Baloney

It's impossible to Google best travel destination or most beautiful travel destination and NOT see a picture of the balloons soaring over the extreme marvelous landscapes of Goreme (Cappadocia). You immediately look to see where it is. Turkey, that's where. It seems like everyone, and anyone who calls themselves a "traveller" has a picture on Instagram. I'm not sure if it’s a bucket list thing, but recently, I've been seeing more and more photos. And I have a bit of a problem with that. I see the baloney. You see, when we went in October, we assumed, oh it is low...

4 months

Here's a quick recap of what we've been up to in the past 4 months of travelling. Time goes by so fast!...

Istanbul is full of surprises

To be honest, I am wildly naïve and ignorant about this part of the world. The closest thing I have experienced to a Muslim country is our short and slightly cushy trip to Morocco a few years back. It was a culture shock then, and I was bracing myself for it here. I was waiting for the city to overwhelm me, to overtake the senses and make me want to crawl into a ball with my eyes closed and my hands over my ears. Like I said, I was ignorant. With my mind full of media stories and warnings from friends,...

It isn’t always sunshine & rainbows: Guimaraes

On the advice of one our hostel stays, we skipped Braga and went to Guimaraes. THE place where Portugal was born. It isn't on  many people's radar because it is a very small town and its neighbour Braga has more of a reputation in guide books...

144 + 24 hours in Aveiro

144 doesn't sound like a lot, but most tourists barely spend even 24 hours here. Aveiro is dubbed the "Venice of Portugal" but after spending some time here, we think Aveiro is its own city with its own character and personality. Imagine if it was your city was only known to the world as a reference to another city, i.e., Toronto is the New York of Canada. Ouch. Six days in Aveiro sounds like a lot. And it is. Even our Airbnb host recommended only 1 or 2 days when we asked. And we didn't have a car. We booked the...

One Month

One month already! It goes by so quickly. Our plans were originally to bounce around between at least 2 countries. It IS a month after all. But after a week or two, we decided to stay in Portugal because we really felt at home here and knew that there was so much to experience. Now that we've hit the first travel benchmark (I've never traveled for this long before), it makes you think and reflect. Looking back we take a mental inventory in our mind. How many churches did we see? Hmm, 2. How many museums have we visited? ...

Underneath the Sun: Lisboa

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our first destination - Lisbon, actually Lisboa (I will never call it Lisbon again and I will tell you why later). From a North American standpoint, little is known about Portugal (Churresquira and tarts anyone?) It is not a destination high on many North American's lists. Of the many foreign languages heard on the tourist streets, only a handful seemed to have an American/Canadian accent. I find that to be kind of a good thing although the destination is very popular with Europeans, so it is still a busy place.   From our initial impression, Lisboa is...