The world is an amazing place. As I continue to explore more and more of it, I'll log my stops here.
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Bucket List: My 50 + 100
When I left Toronto, I created a bucket list with 50 defined items to accomplish/possess. The 100 are blank slots for the new ideas I’ll have while completing the first 50! As I travel this list gets updated. Take a look for yourself to see how I’m doing and get some inspiration!
Phuket, Thailand 🇹🇭
Phuket is a unique island. It’s not representative of the rest of Thailand. During high season it’s crowded with foreigners from all over. Many come to party (West side of the island), many visit strictly for Mauy Thai fighting and fitness training on the famous road called Soi Tae Ead. While there are some health conscious restaurants, you’ll really need to search. I made some great friends here and would happily return. Budget for tickets from the police — even if you have a license and helmets.
Nha Trang, Viet Nam 🇻🇳
Returning to Nha Trang after Da Lat, I rented an apartment outside the core area for about $225US/mo. Smack right in between a small mountain with a hiking trail and a beach, I was at home. With fresh markets nearby, a quiet street and other foreigners around, I very much enjoyed my time living in Nha Trang. The city has many farmers markets and there are beach to the North, South and in the middle of the city. All are worth checking out. Get ready to see a lot of Russian and Chinese tourists.
Da Lat, Viet Nam 🇻🇳
Da Lat was a city up in the Vietnamese mountains recommended by both locals and expats. I made the beautiful trip with a friend and loved every minute of the ride through the gorgeous mountains and coffee plantations. The city itself offers many hostels, great coffee, cheap food and many outdoors activities. While there, I climbed two waterfalls, behind a waterfall, drank weasel coffee, saw Crazy House, and met some amazing people. During the first week of August, it was often cloudy in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, rainy around dinner, and cloudy afterwards. Definitely worth the motorbike ride!
Timeline: July 31 - August 08, 2017
Nha Trang, Viet Nam 🇻🇳
Nha Trang is a beachside city with beautiful beaches and fantastic sunrises. There are so many Russians, often signs include the language. Hotels line the tourist part of the coast and restaurants are bustling most nights of the week.
Spending time here with my friend from HK, we swam, went cliff jumping, tried many foods and drank way too much coffee.
I met some interesting locals here who played a major part in turning the page to start the next chapter of my life.
Timeline: July 17 - July 31, 2017
Qui Nhon, Viet Nam 🇻🇳
A friend from Hong Kong wanted to meet in Nha Trang. I took the motorbike and started a two day road trip from Da Nang to Nha Trang stopping at Life's A Beach Backpackers hostel in Qui Nhon on the way.
The hostel was a great oasis on the beach, outside the city with a mountaneous backdrop. It was great to be secluded, meet other travellers, explore nature a little and top it off with a little partying.
TImeline: July 15 - July 17, 2017
Da Nang, Viet Nam 🇻🇳
My first stop in Viet Nam was a welcomed period of relaxation. Staying with a family offering a room on Airbnb I was able to spend time at the beach exercising, work on my Solo Trip Reports at cafes during the day and enjoy dinner with them in the evening.
They let me rent their motorcycle for the following two months so I can tour around Viet Nam after going to Nha Trang.
Timeline: July 04 - July 15, 2017
Hong Kong 🇭🇰
The trip to Hong Kong was initially planned as an easy way out of China when my visa expired. The flight was short and cheap, and given their large, and busy, airport flights to many other locations were more economical.
I was was looking forward to being in a diverse city, and HK served me well. It's the perfect mix of culture, nature, art, food, well-designed and accessible transportation and more. The city immediately sparked a feeling similar to Toronto.
Aside from housing costs, I found HK to be a reasonable place to operate. The MTR is cheap, banking is very accessible, getting a cell phone number was a cinch, and it felt amazing to be in such a developed city with such a tiny amount of security cameras. The hiking and beaches was my favourite part. I'd definitely come back and stay much longer. Thank you to the amazing locals who let me in their circle!
Timeline: June 30 - July 04, 2017
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 🇲🇾
What a beautiful place! The small city is right along the coast, nearby islands offer beautiful beaches, dinning and great diving. The city is growing, and has room for more yet is still near the large forests. Mt. Kinabalu is clearly visible from many places in the city and provides a beautiful silhouette during sunrises.
The locals are friendly, cheerful and happy to give directions. They also know how to enjoy themselves outside once the blazing sun sets. Earing fresh grilled seafood on the street was one of my favourite activities.
I'd be really interesting in returning to teach yoga and explore some of Malaysia's natural parks.
Timeline: March 01 - 07, 2017
Less than a month after staying in India, I stopped over in Singapore for a few days en route to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
The city was visually beautiful, clean and well organized. Yet the obscure rules like no spitting, chewing gum, eating/drinking on the subway, and apparently hand holding all resulted in fines between $300-$1,000!
The sensation of the ultra-rich-conservatives imposing rules on everything they don't like about the former countries is apparent. It feels like people are scared to live and express themselves.
The food was good, the weather hot and humid but everything was really expensive. However, there were many beautiful, fashionable young women around, my neck became sore from head turning. I'd review other locales before returning.
Timeline: Feb 27 - Mar 01, 2017
Rishikesh, India 🇮🇳
Rishikesh was my home for a month while I completed Yoga Teacher Training at Siddhi Yoga. This life changing experience created ripples throughout my life. I faced several crisis there and emerged strongly out the other side. It was my first exposure to consist vegetarian meals, a high energy environment and a major change from the big cities of China. Definitely a place I'll visit again!
Timeline: January 2017
Tianjin, China 🇨🇳
After a largely impulsive move, I really enjoyed living and working in Tianjin. It's an interesting time to be in China (2016-2017). The country, is growing, economically, at rates much faster than most of the world.
The government is in the midst of changing to a sustainable economy, and announced various environmental initiatives making me proud to live there. These initiatives include the worlds first "bird airport" to help birds migrating to and from down South, and will be in Tianjin.
Other initiatives include closing coals plants while bringing huge amounts of renewable energy sources online, a national park bigger than Yellowstone, banning the ivory trade and driving adoption of electric vehicles. I'd certainly consider moving back to China and Tianjin.
Timeline: March 2016 - June 2017
Vancouver, Canada 🇨🇦
Summer 2015, I, for some reason, decided to take a second trip out to Vancouver (first time in 2012), but this time was a solo trip. A flight was booked with points from my credit card, Airbnb helped me find a spot for the two night trip, and I had no plans. Taking a red-eye flight after a shift on a Tuesday night, I awoke in Vancouver for breakfast. Don't you love that feeling? Despite no plans, I was busy the entire trip meeting locals, dining, SUP, hiking, partying and had a blast. By Friday night, I was on another red-eye and in Toronto in time for brunch with my sister on Bay St. Vancouver, you're a second home to me. Thank you.
Timeline: 3 Days, August 2015
Departing my home city:
The 6 (Toronto), Canada 🇨🇦
I lived in Toronto to attend college and university. The city is vibrant, filled with culture, entertainment, cuisine, sports, finance, tech, and great summer weather. There is no place like Toronto. Although, it was time to move somewhere else.
Timeline: 2010 - 2016