It is no secret that the natural world inspires us here at Zen Travellers and what better way to show it than by celebrating Earth Day and supporting causes that aim to protect it. That is why on this Earth Day 2017 in Calgary, we are challenging ourselves to climb the staggering 1,188 stairs in the Bow Tower to raise funds for the Alberta Wilderness Association’s conservation efforts.
Emerald Lake in British Columbia is an enchanting destination that is often overshadowed by its more famous counterparts such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. While the crowds flock to Banff National Park in Alberta, those in the know head further afield to Yoho National Park, near Field BC, roughly an hour west of Banff along the TransCanada Highway. While not in Alberta, we decided it should be included in our Alberta Bucketlist because it is something extraordinary that can be visited on a weekend trip from Calgary or Banff.
Where to Stay at Emerald Lake
A site as captivating as Emerald Lake deserves equally exquisite lodging to round out the experience, and nowhere is more worthy than Emerald Lake Lodge. This iconic hotel is serious about allowing you to get away from it all. There is no cell phone reception in the rooms, no Wifi (except at the lodge itself), and the rooms do not have TVs. Instead, most rooms offer wood burning fireplaces, at the lodge itself there is a bar made of salvaged wood from an 1890s Yukon saloon, there is an outdoor hot tub with a view on the premises, and a few excellent restaurants, including one right on the lake. Continue reading “Winter Zen at Emerald Lake”
We’ve had a busy couple of months here at Zen Travellers, but with the new year comes a new focus, and a new look to our blog!
Since our last post, we rang in the new year in one of our favourite places, skied and skated our way to a happy winter, got hitched, and went on our honeymoon to Japan! Now that those busy months seem like a distant memory, we have been taking some time to reflect and refocus on which adventures we want to embark on first in our married life.
We already know that travel will be a big part of our future together, but what about the here and now? All the rushing around we did for the wedding planning took its toll on our enjoyment of the present. This caused us to pause and think; what in our home would we miss if we were gone? Continue reading “Return of the Zen Travellers”
One of the most incredible experiences of my life happened in the summer of 2010 when I flew to Haiti to volunteer with All Hands Volunteers (known at the time as Hands on Disaster Response) to help with the earthquake recovery efforts. For the most part, that involved shovelling heavy cement rubble into wheelbarrows and dumping it into large piles which we hoped would eventually be cleared away by other more well-resourced NGOs.
Travel is at times, challenging, but it is important to remember that challenges also bring opportunities. Whether opportunities for learning, to push outside of one’s comfort zone, or for personal growth, challenges force you to look inside yourself for strength and resourcefulness that you never knew you had. Challenges can also be really fun if you approach them with the right mindset. Continue reading “The Zen Traveller’s Great Cycle Challenge”
As anyone who travels knows, time and money can be the biggest hindrances to getting out and enjoying the experiences that you dream of having. In my experience, finding the time to travel can prove to be more challenging than raising funds for adventures. This is because there are all sorts of “travel hacks” that can be used to keep costs low when travelling, but pesky adult responsibilities can get in the way of hopping on the next plane.
Anyone who has ever lived abroad knows that it is a separate experience from simply travelling to somewhere.
To truly soak up the wisdom that a place has to offer, you must endure all the stumbles, minor annoyances and cultural misunderstandings before finding Zen in their new surroundings. In short, you have to live real life, instead of tourist life to understand a place.But there’s a rub. Real life can be hard, or dull, or so uninspiring that travel is what people may use to inject some inspiration back into it. Continue reading “The Zen of Living Abroad”