Hello and welcome to The Wandering Canucks!
So obviously, we love to travel… if that wasn’t quite clear at this point. We’ve all experienced different aspects of travel and love them for vastly different reasons. This is our intent with this blog, bringing you the opinions and experiences from a handful of incredibly different individuals. We also plan on collaborating on some posts, similar to this one, to showcase our different views and opinions on all aspects of travel. As such, welcome to our first conversation!
Everyone who has some sort of a bucket list, whether that be a retirement goal, the dream vacation, or simply to see as much as possible. Below are each of our most memorable travel adventures, curated into a bucket list of items that we believe you need to add to your travel bucket list.
Trekking through the rice paddies in China
When I was in China in 2008, I took part in a 3 day trek through the Longji Rice Terraces. We stayed in tiny villages with the locals and were able to fully immerse ourselves in their culture. This included participating in Tiao Zhugan (Bamboo Pole Dance). The scenery is absolutely incredible and will stay with you for your life.
Glastonbury Music Festival
If you enjoy music festivals, you need to go to Glastonbury at some point in your life. Marcus Haney said that Glastonbury is like Alice in Wonderland. He nailed it right on the head. Glastonbury is one of the oldest running music festivals in the world which welcomes over 175,000 people every year. There are over 100 stages on site which feature over 2200 performances over the course of the weekend. It is an absolute monster of a festival. What I love about Glastonbury however, is that I could keep myself busy over the 5 days of the festival without seeing a single musical act and still have the time of my life. It is a phenomenal festival and a must do!
Roadtripping Across Canada
One of my favourite modes of transportation (if not my absolute favourite) is by automobile. Having the freedom to go at your own pace – as fast or as slow as you’d like, deciding when and where to stop, blasting your favourite road trip playlist with the windows down and the sunshine streaming in…. you just can’t beat it. My first trip across our beautiful country was when I was 4 with my dad and big brother in a huge moving van. Since then I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been back and forth across Canada via car, bus and train. I’ve made the trek with my mom, my friend, my fiancé and even solo! There is just something about a good old fashioned road trip that I adore, combine that with my love for Canada, it’s a truly unbeatable experience!
When I was 18 I went on my Grand Contiki Adventure. Of course, when I got home everyone asked what my favourite part was. Suffice it to say that my answer surprised everyone – I LOVED Croatia. Quieter, cheaper, less touristy than the rest of Europe but it still had the old world charm that you visit Europe for. Sailing on the beautiful Adriatic, walking on the walls around the Old City, and the incredible nightlife, Dubrovnik was and still is the best place I’ve visited.
One of my favourite places in the world is the UK. And there is no better way to see it than on the road. There is something so special about being able to make your own trail. The UK is perfect for a road trip because there is so much to see off the beaten track. Last summer we spent a month and drove from John O’Groats at the tip top of Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall. We camped along the way and saw more in a month with a vehicle than we could have by train. Best time ever.