As a child, my parents would try to give my brother and I all the opportunities within their means. Both from low-income backgrounds and immigrated to Canada in their early 20’s, they were determined to provide a better life for their children. During the years, we would go through a variety of lessons, classes and after-school activities that we viewed as never ending. Each summer as the school year drew to a close, I saw classmates go to their respective cottages or out of town summer camps, we were stuck at the local community camp then off for one week exploring the U.S. or goodness forbid, off to Hong Kong.
Now in my early thirties, I have to say that I wish I could turn back time and show them the appreciation that they truly deserved. If it was not for them, I would have never had the curiosity or desire to continue my travels as an adult.
I may not have been able to backpack Europe after high school or university, but I’m glad to have started my travels a bit later. In my 20’s, I did the standard short-haul vacations to the U.S. and the all-inclusive beach vacations to the Caribbean. Once I hit 30, something changed. Not only did I want to explore but more and more, I wanted to travel solo.
Recently, I returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador which I have described as the best trip of my life (and will later blog about). My desperate yearning for inspiration and motivation were satisfied. I am very fortunate that each time I travel, I get to meet so many amazing people who share their stories and experiences with me. So, I felt inspired to do the same with whoever wants to read this blog and view the YouTube Channel.
Explore as much of the world as you possibly can.
Experience the different cultures, cuisines and people you are surrounded by.
Embrace all the memories you have made and continue to make.
As the Ecuador tourism board says, “Ama La Vida!”