Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC

An ode to Canadaland! Some photos from my adventure to the capital of British Columbia –> Victoria!

 

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There were a bunch of dressed up teenagers taking photos outside of the Parliament building…not a bad backdrop for prom, eh?

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Create Your Own Adventure

Create Your Own Adventure

Howdy, y’all! Hope you enjoyed the compilation video above…it’s not quite up to par but since my laptop crashed I have limited footage from my travels to work with! Womp womp. Luckily, my friend Michelle was the photo queen and her camera has the coolest feature that takes a few seconds of video before each photo is taken. Awesomesauce.


Since returning from my month-long travel stint, I’ve developed a new pet peeve. People telling me they “wish” they could do what I did…it’s driving me mad! YOU ALL CAN DO IT. Stop tying yourself down to what you think you’re supposed to be doing. It’s easy to rattle off excuses and obligations, and there are certainly valid reasons like finishing up school or what have you…but still. Don’t become a workaholic curmudgeon. (A lot of people also cite being in a relationship as an excuse which is something I can’t understand as someone who’s never been in one.)

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Last weekend, one of my best friends from college called me on a whim (waking me up), told me she was in town and heading south to Virginia for the Dave Matthews Band show…and I was invited. But I’d have to get ready and leave ASAP. My first reaction, which she accurately predicted, was “whaaaat.” Then, I immediately started thinking of all the reasons I shouldn’t/couldn’t go:

I just got back from a trip; I should be saving, not spending money.

How was I going to get back home? She was my ride there, but not back.

I had plans in NYC that night to meet up with folks I met during my travels! How could I cancel!?

Then, I could’ve kicked myself. Like, Jackie. You weren’t worrying about ANY of those things when you were off adventuring like a nomad drifting from one place to another, right?! So I said YES! I knew my traveling friends would totally understand too.

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Such a fun spur of the moment road trip! Thanks again for the invite Ty! I got in the car!!


 

In other news, I really want to get a job just to save money to be able to attend the University of Westminster next year. But then I’m wondering if it’d even be worth it…but I really want to live in London for a year…and then travel Europe after that. But we’ll see. I think I’d also be content working as an airline gate attendant which I’ve been looking into. Fast-paced, on my feet, great travel perks, interacting with tons of different folks…

Career suggestions? Fun spur of the moment travel stories? Share below!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Let Me Wander

Let Me Wander

Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders.

Two years ago, I was taking a month-long documentary filmmaking class in London.

One year ago, I had a full time job as a PA at ABC News in NYC.

One month ago, I embarked on a solo journey to the West Coast for the first time.

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Vancouver, BC

Now…I’m back home in NY, deciding what’s next winging it. As much as I adore this city, I’ve realized how much your job (or lack thereof) really defines who you are here. One of the first questions you’ll have to answer upon meeting someone new in NY is, “what do you do?” But I’ve learned in my travels that your job doesn’t have to define you. I got to know others as human beings and vice versa; it was wonderful.

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Kerry Park, Seattle

Some have asked if I’ve gotten “it” out of my system. Traveling that is. Um, no. This is just the beginning. I was born to wander. You’re not learning or growing if you’re stuck doing the same thing day after day. What fun is that?

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Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC

I want to live in different places, continue to meet new people and enjoy all of the little things along the way. I’m not waiting “to be happy one day” like so many others. I was inspired by other travelers who sold everything, quit jobs and made moves all for the sake of travel and adventure.

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Seattle, WA

It’s amazing how little you can get by on. One of the things I actually enjoyed most in traveling was not having a whole wardrobe to choose from everyday; I felt like a cartoon character who wears the same outfit ALL the time. It was oddly freeing.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.

In other news, I was accepted into a graduate program at the University of Westminster for Sept. 2016! So maybe this time next year I’ll be jetting off to London again. Stay tuned…

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Surviving Hitchhiking

Surviving Hitchhiking

From New York to San Francisco to Seattle to Portland to Vancouver to Whistler back to Vancouver to…Salt Spring Island!IMG_3446 I’m currently sitting in a room with a view of the water thanks to Airbnb, eating Cadbury Mini Eggs because they’re available YEAR ROUND here in Canadaland. The Canadians know what’s up.

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It’s Palu!

After a few ridiculous nights out in Vancouver, I’m happy to rest up on a [super] small town island for a few days. A three hour ferry ride from Vancouver, Salt Spring has roughly just 10,000 folks living here. I’m here with Michelle, who I met through the other awesome Australians in Seattle (same group I ventured to Vancouver/Whistler to hang with); The guys went off to go camping in Banff.

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My trip to “the future” via Palu’s crazy invention.

The El Loco Taco food truck here in Salt Spring was our first stop to grab a bite to eat – the fish taco was actually super delicious. We wandered around a bit and ended up meeting a quirky guy, Palu, who invented what he calls the eighth wonder of the world.” Turns out the guy is legit and even appeared on The Dragons’ Den (the Canadian version of Shark Tank). He demonstrated his Solar Meditation Bow on both Michelle and I and it actually worked, creating a kaleidoscope sensation as you face the sun (eyes closed)!

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Hitching in Salt Spring.

A bit more wandering led us to a small shop and a lovely woman named Anne who was kind enough to give us some recommendations of what to do while we’re here. She told us it’s really common to hitchhike around the island and that it’d probably be our best bet in terms of getting around.

So…Michelle and I gave it a go! After much laughter, many rejections and a guy who just sat in his car eating raspberries as he watched us failing, we got a ride from a fellow named Scott who was kind enough to not be a serial killer. Yay!

Definitely looking forward to exploring this island further before heading to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Traveling Solo but not Alone

Traveling Solo but not Alone

Well it’s been over two weeks since I embarked on my adventure to the West Coast and I’ve already seen so many cool things and met incredible people along the way. As much as I adore NYC and all of my friends back there (seriously, I miss you guyssss), I have this immense fear of getting stuck in a rut and routine…turning 80 and regretting allllll the things I didn’t do.

IMG_3416I used to dream of having some super important job with a fancy title and corner office somewhere in Manhattan; a job that would allow me to afford a penthouse overlooking Central Park and a personal driver. While all that sounds pretty sweet, it’s definitely not everything, or really anything, life should be. People are so focused on gaining material items based on what society deems as worthy and in style. It’s literally absurd when you think about it. Whenever I go to buy something now I think to myself, do I really need this? or shall I spend this money on a bus/train/plane ticket somewhere? 

At the end of your life will you really remember all the clothes/electronics/shoes you bought or the adventures you went on and the people you met? You can totally have both, but our society’s priorities are so screwed up! It’s OK to be different and not follow the norms of what others think life should be. 

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Met all these lovely folks in Seattle!

When I was in Seattle, I met two awesome guys who literally sold everything back home and took a train across the country on a whim. With no jobs or apartment lined up, they managed to secure a place and some interviews in the time I was there (which was like three days). How awesome is that!?

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

Through this adventure I’ve met people from all over the world and have experienced so much generosity and kindness along the way from total strangers. It’s incredible. Like right now, I’m sitting in a room with four people I met in Seattle who invited me along on their Canadian adventure from Vancouver to Whistler. I DIDN’T KNOW THESE PEOPLE TWO WEEKS AGO! Thanks to Michelle, TJ, Alan and Trevor for letting me explore a bit more of the world with them!

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On our way to Whistler from Vancouver! We were super stuffed in there…I literally couldn’t move my head. Good times!

Traveling solo is a truly insane, invigorating thing and I’m loving every minute that I’m not sitting in an office wasting away.

In just two weeks time I’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge, had my first In-N-Out burger (can we please get these in NY?!), stayed in hostels for the first time and met so, so many cool people, saw the Space Needle (which is not nearly as tall as you’d think), rode a bike for the first time in YEARS in Portland (thanks for being so patient, Kayla! haha), ate a ton of Voodoo doughnuts which I subsequently worked off on the steepest hike of my life in Canada and zip-lined for the first time in Whistler!

Booking a one way ticket across the country has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s so refreshing to meet so many other travelers who have that same desire to see the world and continue learning with each new venture.

I would encourage everyone to take a leap of faith and if you’re itching to go somewhere, GO! You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do.

Happy Travels!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie