At times it feels as though everyone writes a list of travel blogs to follow some time between December 20th and January 15th — it’s a month of list type posts covering everything from blog roundups to travel moment roundups to travel photography roundups. And it looks as though I’ll be joining in this year.
My dad wasn’t buried the day he died, because the ground was too hard. His burial didn’t take place until two months later, on May 30, 2015.
It’s not always easy to forget your family and travel the world; sometimes things happen in life where you find yourself making a tough choice, continuing a trip or returning home when your family needs you. I chose to return to Canada and move back in with my parents to help care for my dad.
I didn’t grow up thinking, ‘I’m going to be a solo female traveller’, it’s something that happened purely out of circumstance. While my friends were in school, working, getting married, and having children, I craved freedom, independence, adventure. Sure the whole marriage and kids thing has popped into my brain a few times over the years, but I have a hard time justifying a need to stay in one place, working a job I don’t really enjoy, all in the hope that at some point marriage and kids will magically happen.
As a travel writer and blogger I am always looking for cozy cafés where I can enjoy a cup of chocolate chaud, and do a little work at the same time. Most of the cafés I visit are in the neighbourhoods of Old Québec, Petit-Champlain, Place Royale, Old Port, Saint-Roch, or Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and they all have free wi-fi. Cha-ching!
It’s odd to think that in a two weeks I’ll be moving myself to Québec City to learn French. Am I crazy?! Sure, I adore Québec City, and it is the best place in Canada in terms of learning French, but still! Living in Québec City is going to be a lot like living in France. I can still do my freelance and social media work, but there is no chance of picking up temporary work to help pad my bank account – damn language barrier!
Creative spaces are personal in many ways as our passions are what drive us to create. So tapping into your passions and allowing those passions to have a place within your creative space is essential. For me, those passions are travel, photography, and cooking. It’s the three things that I cannot live without, and three things that I use in my daily life, whether I’m travelling looking for stories to write, photographing a city I’m visiting, or home cooking up a meal using flavours I’ve encountered around the globe.