For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an adventurer.

As a child, I was enthralled with adventure tales like Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and Where in the World is Carmen Santiago? I was never much of a girly-girl; I loved globes and maps, and outdoor activities like camping, hiking and snowboarding. The National Geographic on my parents coffee table gave me my earliest inspiration for the amazing world wonders and landscapes I needed to see on distant sides of the planet. When I was given my first camera, and fell in love with photography, the seed was planted for my wanderlust. 

Many years into my career as a designer and photographer,

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I was working full time at a production studio, working long hours, with a long commute and only 10 vacation days a year. Over time, I managed to squeeze in short trips to Italy, Cuba, and Mexico, but I wanted to go further, and explore more. Every trip felt rushed and I always came back to work exhausted. My creativity was dwindling and I began to hate my career.

I discovered travel blogs, and the stories of other people who had left their ‘cubical lives’ in search of adventure. Their words and stories inspired me, and I just couldn’t stop dreaming about exploring jungles, deserts and ancient wonders scattered around the globe. I needed to see the surreal landscapes and incredible monuments I had read about and seen pictures of. I was inspired to create my bucket list.

Visiting Easter Island
In December 2008, I finally took the leap and left my full-time career, packed everything into storage, and departed to South America to backpack with a friend. We spent four of the most incredible months of my life visiting Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Easter Island, Brazil, Boliva and Peru. We didn’t call it YOLO back then, but I’m pretty sure it applies – Carnival in Rio, a motorbike trip around Easter Island, hiking Machu Picchu, exploring the Amazon and swimming in waterfalls. The trip changed me.

Upon returning to Canada, I couldn’t go back to an all consuming job, so instead I started my own business as a freelance design and photographer. It was the perfect fit for me. I could work anywhere and everywhere, it was creative and free.

I have never looked back.

Since then I have kept growing,

I have built a successful freelancing business and traveled the globe for over a decade now (35 countries and counting!). I have become increasingly less location-dependent, and can now be described as a ‘digital nomad’. Although I typically take a long, international trip every year, I also ongoingly adventure around my own incredible country of Canada and take short trips to the United States. I speak at conferences, helping other people build and improve their freelancing businesses, so they too can live a more flexible and enjoyable lifestyle. 

This site began as a travel journal for my ‘big trip’ around South America, but has over the years been revised and updated, to be an outlet for sharing my ongoing adventures. I’m passionate about life and intend to live it to it’s fullest.

I like to share tips on international travel, mountain and outdoor sports, photography, and location independent lifestyle. I hope you enjoy reading the posts and my seeing my photography, but more than anything I hope it inspires you to get out there and see a bit more of our amazing world.

I can't stop dreaming.

Snowboarding
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