Good day, I recently started this blog, and here a few travel passions of mine I’ll share with you:
Music Tourism. Since I was a little girl, I’ve loved music, because it’s one of the best ways to escape from reality. It started with recording radio songs to cassettes, later listening to CD’s and watching music videos on MTV, and then on YouTube. As a teenager, I started identifying myself with mostly Punk and Rock music and still do to this day. My favourite bands are Nirvana, The Offspring, Social Distortion, The Ramones, Green Day, Rise Against, Sex Pistols, Foo Fighters, Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, and many more! In recent years, I saw several bands live, and plan to keep doing so in the future! Also, I’ll talk about trips related to music tourism, such as visiting a musician’s grave or his/her birth place. Stay tuned 😀
Foo Fighters gig @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Sep 8, 2018.
Food Tourism. I always like to check out places to eat, that offer mostly healthy food choices, and are easy on the wallet. I’m interested in a variety of cuisines, like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, and North American. I’ve been a vegetarian since 2011, so I’ll only talk about restaurants which have at least one option for me. Fortunately, many places nowadays have tons of options for vegetarians and/or vegans, so don’t worry, it won’t get boring!
Left: Beavertail in Ottawa, ON, September 2012. Right: Homemade Spaetzle noodles with creamy mushroom sauce in Weiterstadt, Germany. December 2014.
Ecotourism and Animal-friendly Tourism. Making a difference by reducing my carbon footprint is important to me. For example, I usually travel by bus, train, bicycle, or on foot, if possible. Also, I enjoy exploring natural habitats and learning how to protect species in need, and to help keeping an area accessible to future generations. Another critical aspect when I travel is to buy authentic souvenirs from local businesses, which I’m hopeful gives the owner(s) an opportunity for a better life. Also, animal welfare has been a crucial part of my life for 20+ years. So obviously, when on a trip, I like to participate in animal-friendly, non-exploitative activities, such as whale watching or visiting a local animal rescue organization. I’ve been lucky to have met some Canadian wildlife in their natural environment throughout the years as well.
Soft Adventure Tourism. While travelling, I like to explore the area and get back to nature at the same time, so I go hiking, stand-up paddle boarding on a lake or ocean, sea kayaking, or ziplining. Also, I’ve enjoyed tent camping and cycling in the summer since I was a child, and ice-skating and snow shoeing in the winter. These activities are great, because they’re not physically exhausting, don’t need a lot of preparation, and are quite low-cost. Plus, they sometimes force you to get out of your comfort zone, which I think makes them even more exciting!
Domestic Tourism. Last but not least, I’ll keep you posted about trips I’ve been taking within Canada, which has been my home since 2012. I think it’s not always necessary to travel abroad to have an awesome time, and it supports the local economy as well. So far, I’ve traveled to places in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, and New Brunswick, and can’t wait to explore more of this gorgeous and versatile country!