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As an early Christmas present back in 2015, my dad took us to iFLY Toronto (actually on the border of Mississauga and Oakville) to go indoor skydiving. It was such a cool experience! My best friend had gone about five years ago in Montréal and ever since I heard about it, I’ve been wanting to try it out myself. Since opening a location in Toronto, I had been set on going.
Supposedly, it feels exactly as it would if you were actually skydiving.Read More
A lot of this post will be similar to my article on packing for a domestic trip, which I wrote back in June prior to my trip to Edmonton, Alberta. Shortly before I even went on my trip to Edmonton, I experienced a mixture of suddenly cheap airfare to Manchester (I’ll be flying with Icelandair) + a drop in the British pound + a reminder of how much I wanted to visit my friend Amy in England + the anxiety (not even an exaggeration) of not having a trip to look for after I returned from my cross-Canada adventure. This resulted in my slightly impulsive booking for a ticket to England, where I’ll be staying with my friends for the duration of the trip. It’ll be my first time in the U.K. and I could not be any more excited to have a taste of English culture.
Whenever I fly, both long and short distances, bringing my iPod with me is always a must. I’ve always felt the need to cancel out the murmur of people sitting around me, regardless of how quiet it may be. I recently got a pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and I’m obsessed with how well they cancel out surrounding noises while also playing incredibly crisp sound. In combination with my new premium family membership to Spotify, I’ve been searching through the seemingly endless Spotify-made playlists preparing for my trip to the United Kingdom at the end of November, but also creating my own playlists for the trip there.
What’s so great about Spotify is that you can download the songs directly onto your smart phone/iPod/laptop while on wifi, so that you can access it all when you’re on the go. This has of course been great while I’m out and about in Toronto, but it’s proving to be something particularly exciting as I get ready for my plane ride and gallivanting around the U.K.
Some of my favourite pre-made playlist that you can find on Spotify (the points are click-through links!) are:
I’ve also made some of my own playlists for the road with a big mix of songs I just put on shuffle. I’m kind of weird in the sense that I can fall asleep to even heavy metal, so the eclectic mix of music on my list really has no rhyme or reason, other than the facts that A) I love the song and B) I was excited to find it available on Spotify, so I instantly downloaded it for my trip. Here a short list of 25 of my favourite songs that I’ve included for my travels:
Hopefully you’ll enjoy some of the songs I’ve shared with you! What’s your favourite music provider? What are some of your must-have playlist songs? Let me know in the comments!
The idea of Wanderous Affair came to me shortly before leaving for my trip to Paris in October of 2017. Something clicked inside of me during that time: the desire to stick to blogging (this was what my passion for writing dictated to me, as opposed to me deciding it for myself), to continue improving upon the photography skills that I had taken up back in high school, and to fill as much of my life with experiencing new places. Having never really travelled out of the country (aside from occasional shopping trips just south of the border to Buffalo) up until my Sweet Sixteen trip to New York City with my mum, I never realized how much I was missing out on. I knew that I loved my trips to visit family up north in Elliot Lake; to Montréal and Ottawa a few times; and to Québec City, but moving beyond Canada’s border — especially across the globe — stirred something that I honestly never even knew was even possible.
It was a few months of sheer disorganization, staying up playing Minecraft and Stardew Valley until 4.00am, and waking up groggy and disoriented in the middle of the day (only begin an afternoon binge of Outlander or The Office on Netflix) before my ever-observant best friend told me that I needed to get my act together…and quickly. She had integrated bullet journalling into her life to keep track of her progress in both school and lab research, and it had seem to be working well enough for her. In fact, she suggested I try it out for myself. In a combination of inspiration from her journal and the Reddit thread for bullet journalling, I began to piece together a bullet journal of my own — or “bujo”, as they’re also known — in hopes of regaining some semblance of a routine in my life.