Although Montreal is technically considered a city, it seemed more like many small towns had somehow attached themselves in an outward spiral until, by population alone, it could be called a proper city. Montreal has a slow, relaxing, and quaint vibe to it with the feel of artistry and the smell of croissants drifting through the streets. I took a road trip there with a few buddies as a kind of bachelor party the week before my wedding. A day at the shooting range on the way there, axe throwing, a few local pubs and a lot of time at a premier tattoo shop made up the majority of the trip. Read the blog post here!
We touched down in this incredibly diverse country in May, toward the end of the rainy season and before the mass of tourists descended on Machu Picchu. We landed in Lima, and spent only about a day there before jumping on a regional flight to Cusco. From there we started the famous Five Day Hike up the Salkantay Pass and through the jungle before culminating the hike at Machu Picchu. The hike inspired an e-book titled Crimson Morning: The Philosophy of Travel and explains in detail how travel has become a major catalyst for growth in my life. After the hike, we spent some time just relaxing and exploring Cusco and the surrounding areas, including Rainbow Mountain. Check out Engagement On The Trail To Machu Picchu for more information.
Another adventure! Ok, let's be honest, it was a brocation. Beautiful beginner surf, amazing burrito shops (Burrito Revolution) and friendly people give Sayulita a small town feel. Whale watching, day drinking, snorkeling and muay thai pad hitting were some of the highlights of the trip. A short drive from Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is home to an eclectic group of foreigners and Mexicans who eke out a living running a variety of surf schools, restaurants/bars, and hostels or selling carvings and trinkets in the streets. Very laid back and off the beaten path, Sayulita is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the local culture.
A buddy of mine was living in Barcelona and I flew out to meet him and explore this beautiful country in 2015! Delicious paella, amazing architecture and some couch surfing in Mallorca changed my life. We did some deep water soloing over the Mediterranean Sea at Cova del Diablo and checked out the famous caves at Cueva del Drach. Check out Free Lodging and Adventure in Mallorca for more pictures and info!
My girlfriend and I visited Thailand in February 2016. I flew in first and spent some time in hostels in Bangkok and then flew down to Koh Samui to meet her and our Muay Thai club for some intense training with Lamai Muay Thai. Fruit smoothies, massages, beach time and bruises ensued! Check out my blog post, Things Not To Do In Thailand!
I landed in Marrakesh and spent a few days there before travelling by bus through the Atlas mountains to Zagora. The country is a rich diversity of cultures, food and spices, entertainment and sport. From mountain climbing to surfing, Morocco has it all. Check out some of the things that happened here!
This was my first major trip and ground zero for my travel bug infection. The sites and cultures that my buddy and I experienced here will stay with me forever. Six countries and a lifetime of experiences later, it's safe to say that this is one of my favourite places on earth. More pictures and posts to come!