Few places in the world have ever inspired as much awestruck in me as Africa. Not only is the continent huge with an incredible diversity of ecosystems and culture, it is a friendly, beautiful and otherworldly place. I have had the tremendous fortune to spend time in countries in West Africa, East Africa and North Africa and I cannot speak highly enough of the experiences.
This month I ventured to Spain for my first cycling trip. I have done multi-day backpacking trips before, but never a week-long cycle tour so I was very excited to get on the bike and ride through the Catalan countryside.
One of our favourite peaceful summertime experiences is canoeing down a river. Studies show that being close to water improves your mood and health, and really what better way is there to spend a scorching hot summer day than by paddling down a peaceful river? With this in mind, Philip, my father and I embarked on a four day canoe trip on the Red Deer River to Drumheller.
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A lot is made of the alternates while travelling. For instance, many recommend you track chimpanzees in Uganda instead of gorillas since it’s less expensive. but I’ve always wondered if the alternates truly measure up. We set off to climb Mount Elgon in Uganda to figure out how travel alternates measure up.
Few things can harsh a traveller’s Zen more violently than getting sick on the road. It can be difficult just to get around and meet your needs in a strange place, but doing so when you’re sick is even more challenging.
To that end, my resolve was pushed to its limits when I came down with a mystery illness during a trip to Uganda. Having pushed myself physically with hikes in the Rwenzoris and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and whitewater kayaking on the Nile, I felt strong and in good shape for our 4 day climb up Mount Elgon, but an illness nearly flattened me.