Exploring the Greater Toronto Area: Collingwood & Orillia

I spent my first three days in Canada in Toronto, and then headed off to Collingwood with my friend to visit his parents. And I fell in love with it almost immediately. It’s a small town nestled between the Georgian Bay and The Blue Mountains, so you have beautiful views of the water or gorgeous views of the mountains wherever you go. In a nutshell, it was my kind of place. My friend took a scenic route up there (solely for my viewing pleasure), which…

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Toronto: Travel Anxiety, Burlesque, Vikings, and Hunting for Food

My trip to Canada is more than halfway over and I’m just now getting a chance to write this. Typical. I want to start by addressing something that seems to be fairly common: travel anxiety. Weirdly enough, I have no problem with flying itself. Whether I like it or not, if the plane is going to crash, it’s going to crash, and there’s not much I can do about that beyond trying to get out safely…somehow. So flights aren’t a problem for me. What I…

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A Proposed Year of Travel – Thoughts & Plans

When I made the decision to become self-employed several years ago, one of the main factors in my decision was freedom. I was tired of reporting into an office five days a week and being severely limited to the amount of vacation time I could take. Yet, in the years since, I’ve only made travel a priority for family and conferences/conventions. While both of those have been awesome, that wasn’t what my original intention was. The deeper I dug into why I hadn’t prioritized travel, the…

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