Looking to get outdoors during the pandemic and curious about cross-country skiing? Alberta boasts some fantastic cross-country skiing and most shops have been having a hard time keeping gear in stock this year. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the best beginner-friendly cross country ski trails near Calgary to ease you into the sport and help you get comfortable on your skis.
We don’t often get political here since above all else, this is a travel website. It’s meant to inspire people to get out and enjoy the world and if we help just one person have a delightful adventure, we’re happy. Now that the world is shuttered because of the pandemic, getting out and exploring your own backyard is more important than ever. So why then is the UCP government attacking Alberta’s Parks at the very moment that Alberta needs them the most? Continue reading “About Cancelled Track-Setting in Kananaskis”
Hello everyone, we are indeed alive! We have been taking some time away from writing about travel to a) follow the medical professionals’ advice and lie low and b) to do landscaping on our new house. As unexciting as that may be to some of you, it’s been great to have a project to keep us busy during these strange and trying times.
While we may have been busy staying close to home and this might be a bit late given the time of year, we couldn’t help but be encouraged by how many people took up cycling this year. Most local bike shops were sold out, had long waitlists, and it was even hard to find a good used bike on Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace. Cycling is an activity we have loved doing around Calgary for years so we’re happy to share some tips for easy bike rides near Calgary to get you dreaming about cycling next year when the snow is gone (or maybe even this winter if you’re a brave frost biker!)
Why is it that the best places are often the hardest ones to get to? Travelling to Bardia National Park in Nepal (sometimes spelled Bardiya) is no exception. It takes at least 15 hours to travel to Bardia by a gruelling and bumpy bus ride from Pokhara or 17 hours from Kathmandu. But it’s worth it, we promise! This is because Bardia is the natural home to majestic royal Bengal tigers where you may see them the way they are meant to be seen: wild and free.
These are strange and trying times. In a few months, we have witnessed a virus spread from one city in China to over 183 countries and territories around the world. We’ve seen a handful of cases turn into a global pandemic that has claimed almost 66,000 lives and infected over 1.2 million peopleand counting. (When I started drafting this post, last week that figure was at 200,000!)
Borders have been closed, grocery store shelves emptied, businesses ordered to shut down, and hospitals overwhelmed. The situation is evolving rapidly but one thing remains clear: now is the time to stay home and avoid travelling.
We are (at times, begrudgingly) home! After the most exciting 14 months of travel around the world, we made our way back to Calgary, partly out of necessity, but also because there’s truly no place like home.
It was hard to leave the world behind, but travelling long term is challenging too. We were fortunate that Thea’s job was waiting for her when we got back and that Phil found a new one quickly so we can start saving for more travels and new adventures!
Now that the dust has settled off our backpacks, here’s the most common questions we’ve received since we’ve been back: