Hustle for happiness

Hustle for Happiness: Get lost… on the road

Beautiful Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on a hazy afternoon.

Six years ago this month, I applied for my first passport. Ever.

Those who know me, might be surprised by this. But in March 2011, I had only travelled in Canada and the US (ahhhh remember the days when you didn’t need a passport to cross the border?). I had never taken an international flight or been outside of North America. Travelling used to feel so unattainable to me.

When I met my husband he’d been to 15 countries (as far as he can remember anyways…). He has always had a burning desire to travel. Heck, three months into our relationship we went on our first trip together (to BC for my sisters wedding).

He truly helped me find my passion for travelling. One year into our relationship he convinced me I needed to get my passport (this took far longer than it should have). At 24 years old, as the proud new owner of this government booklet, we went on our first international trip together – a week in Jamaica.

Selfies on our first international trip – hanging out on the beach in Negril, Jamaica (we look SO young!).

Since then, together we’ve explored 14 countries, including six US states and four Canadian provinces, spanning three continents, and we’re about to check off one more country (Japan!). We have been incredibly privileged to see beautiful snippets of this great big world.

Venice Beach, California

The bluest water I’ve ever seen was in Navagio on Zakynthos island in Greece (this photo was snapped approaching Shipwreck Beach).

Travelling has given me so many beautiful gifts. It’s taught me the value of absorbing a moment, forever imprinting the feeling of a cool drink on a hot day while dining next to the beach in Greece. In Croatia it showed me that if you take a moment and breathe, language barriers can be overcome by some simple (and hilarious) hand gestures. In Cambodia I was reminded that no matter where we are from, friends and family are the threads that hold our lives together and truly give them meaning. In Indonesia and Scotland I learned that nature can take your breath away.

Sunrise in Indonesia (Gili Air Island)

Taking a break among the clouds at the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles (Fort William, Scotland)

I left a piece of my heart in Paris, France.

The incredible Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Travelling also has an addictive quality to it – with each trip I find myself wanting more, planning out dozens of destinations for my next hit adventure. I want this site to be a place where we can share and grow together, and travel continues to be an important part of my own journey. So I’ll be sprinkling in travel stories every now and then, some as they happen and some from the past. I hope that these stories inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, pick a spot on a map (or from one of my photos or upcoming posts) and just go. Explore. Get lost. You just might find what you’ve been looking for.

Peering through a fence at a beautifully abandoned house in the English Countryside (near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, England)

One of my favourite places in the world – Gili Air, Indonesia. This tiny island has no motorized vehicles (just bikes, horse and buggies or your own two feet) and takes ~90 minutes to circumnavigate on foot. It’s also home to some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet, along with spectacular scuba diving. In other words, paradise found.


Do you have any upcoming trips? Where’s your favourite place in the world? Let me know in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Eyre March 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    All of your blog posts have been excellent, but this one is exceptional. How do you manage to convey your excitement so clearly, so vividly? You make me want to explore the world too! Keep writing Bee, YOU make us all feel what you do, and that’s a gift, not just an art form.

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