Jo, Outdoors, USA, Work

The time I was forced to go on vacation

2 Jun , 2016  

So it was Sunday night and I was supposed to be off in two days and we had booked nothing with no idea what to do. “Am I going to end up wasting my precious vacation?” I dry sobbed. We live in a strange time.  Digital technology has enabled us to shrink the world, and at the […]

Adventures, Canada, Jo, Outdoors

The time we went to the Devil’s Punchbowl

4 Apr , 2016  

Every step sucked at my feet, trying to swallow me.  A moist smacking sound followed each step. A wet squelch would come when I managed to pull my rubber boot free each time. It was me versus the mud and I was determined not to lose. E and I were on an outdoor mission after hibernating […]

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Adventures, Jo, Myanmar, Travel tips

5 Reasons You Should Skip Myanmar…For Now

12 Feb , 2016  

I recently did a quick round-up of why you should visit Myanmar right now. A lot of it was focused on the tourism sector’s relative infancy compared to other well-beaten paths in South East Asia.  For some people, the new-ness is a draw.  For others, it could be a drawback. Just as a precursor, this […]

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Adventures, Jo, Myanmar, Outdoors

The time we flew over Bagan in a hot air balloon

29 Jan , 2016  

It took me years to finally bite the bullet and dump $300 on what I thought would be a 5-minute skydive. Years later, I can still remember my heart pounding.  The thrill, the exhilaration, the force of the wind pushing my breath back into my throat. Skydiving was definitely more than a 5-minute experience. It was the […]

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Adventures, Asia, Destinations, Historical, Jo, Myanmar

5 Reasons to go to Myanmar Now

12 Jan , 2016  

Happy new year, guys! The last month has been full of travel craziness and holiday fun time.  Which always makes the first month or so back from the holidays suck.  Which means that now is the best time to figure out your travel plans for the year! When traveling to Southeast Asia, most people think […]

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Adventures, Africa, Jo, Morocco, Outdoors

The time we rode camels into the Sahara Desert

4 Dec , 2015  

A camel gets up butt-first.  That was one of my first lessons in camel-riding when I was pitched forward as it rose off it’s hind legs.  The only thing that stopped me from an embarrassing tumble headfirst was the camel unfolding its front legs to help me regain balance. Then we were off, walking into […]

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Adventures, Jo, Myanmar

What’s next: Myanmar

18 Nov , 2015  

After some flip-flopping on where to go for our “big” trip for the year, I took a friend’s advice and decided to go to Hong Kong. With a side trip to Myanmar, of course. Now that the country is slowly warming to the idea of tourism, blogs and images of the beauty of Myanmar-formerly-Burma are […]

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Adventures, Iceland, Jo, Outdoors

The time we chased the northern lights

28 Oct , 2015  

We hadn’t slept properly in more than 24 hours after catching a 1am flight to Iceland the night before.  I was exhausted. A bitterly cold wind swept through the area as we stood outside, huddled together, staring hopefully at the sky, using our collective mental powers to magically will streaks of aurora borealis into visual existence. […]

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Jo, Travel tips

7 reasons why travel is the best education

15 Oct , 2015  

I feel like I should preface this post with a shining endorsement for academic institutions.  So relax, parents, school is great. But there’s more to life than grades, you know? Despite having only seen a fraction of the world so far, every new place, new flavour, different culture has left a mark on me, which […]

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Jo, Travel tips

How I survive long haul flights

30 Sep , 2015  

Planes have come a long way from when I was a kid.  Personal entertainment units packed with movies, tv shows, and games to suit a variety of passengers is so much better than those crummy fold-down 15” communal screens we used to rely on. But if you’re anything like me, you can only sit still […]

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