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Basically, the idea behind this section is to ask any traveller what is it they carry in their backpack, outside of obvious toiletries and general arrangement of clothing. I’m not looking for how many t-shirts you store in the bottom of your bag, I’m looking for unnecessary items, comedic items, useful items, and sentimental items that some people feel they simply cannot travel without. Since this will serve as the inaugural edition of… Read More

Let’s face it. The world is becoming smaller each and every day, with a new generation hungry to see the world that value experience over earnings. While major travel destinations such as Thailand, Indonesia, and much of Europe are amazing places to see and to experience, they are slowly becoming bogged down with the tourist trap. Slowly we are witnessing a steep rise in price, a local distain for tourism, and just… Read More

I pushed the wooden outhouse door open and was caught by a swift breeze that sent chills to the base of my spine, leaving such a dark space my eyes simply took in a strong white light before they could adjust, and when they did there stood the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro calmly resting about 1500m above where I was standing. The wind was causing the snow on the summit to fly… Read More

For the first time, instead of braving the 2-day bus from Kigali, Rwanda through Tanzania I decided to head into Uganda; a country I highly praise but have never fully explored. I’ve been to Kampala and walked its city streets, been to Jinja and ragged the Nile but that had been it. So I booked a ticket for Kabale. At first glance is appears as just a small town surrounded by a… Read More

When I first visited the small area of Kiritu in Western Kenya in May of 2012 I was amazed at how beautiful the area was. The village encompasses a large area and each homestead has their own plot of land that is used for maize, black tea, banana trees, avocado, corn, and a few other crops. Most people have a couple cows and maybe a few chickens running around. Basically everyone was… Read More

So the best company in Canada, Mountain Equipment Coop is running a contest right now called “What Moves You”, I’ve chosen to enter the contest in the ‘Connecting with People’ category. Basically describing how throughout my travels and adventures I’ve had the underlying goal of connecting with people. So for anyone who’s given my blog a read and enjoys anything I have to say please give my page a look and give… Read More

If you’ve ever been anywhere in East Africa the word Mzungu has certainly found it way to be directed at you. Be it walking down the road and hearing from an unseen window, “Hey Mzungu, how’re you?”, to quiet conversations you just happen to pick up on enough, to your cab driver calmly referring to his buddy on the phone that he just picked up “Some Mzungu’s”, it’s become pandemic. The words… Read More

After having spent some time in Nairobi it’s wild nature seems to have become somewhat normal to me. However, when picking up 13 participants for our East Africa trip and walking them through the city it becomes suddenly clear again just how wild this city can be. I suppose the most appropriate phase I heard today would be “anything goes!” Is true, you can accumulate essentially anything you need simply just walking… Read More