Travel vs Travelling – ”I am not going travelling”

A conversation I seem to keep having at the moment is about whether I am going travelling.  To me, travelling to work or travelling to the gym is a local journey, but when used in a less specific way such as ‘travelling around India’ or ‘going travelling’ – it brings up images of grubby and sweaty looking people carrying a backpack and sleeping in shared accommodation such as *hushed tones* Hostels.  I also think of the horror that Will highlights in the Inbetweeners second film – people sitting around campfires with dreadlocks, friendship bracelets and playing the guitar – these images of people who are ‘travelling’ or ‘finding themselves’ horrify me.

Next year, I do not intend to go travelling, I hope to travel.  I hope that this infers my preference for a private room, no singing around a campfire, regular washing and I certainly intend to keep my hair clean.  Oh and a backpack? Did you read The Suitcase Saga?! (did a dummy pack and weigh today and 100% happy, house mate also tested roll-ability and feel, this is ‘the one’ – I now have peace of mind and it can live in the loft until I have a plane to catch, anyway, I have digressed….) This is not to say I have anything against those who go travelling, but it is not for me.  A working holiday is much more my scene and not travelling.

Linking with this, people keep saying, you wont need to take much… I am going away. For a year. To live.  Yes, I will need to take as many belongings as I can.  I also keep on hearing, ‘oh, you are still planning to go then?’ Yes, of course I am… Other people seem to do things like this all the time and it is making me question things rather a lot how many people seem so confused by me doing it.  Does this say something about me? or them?

On another note, I took the Christmas decs down today.  It was a little sad thinking I wont see some of my favorites for two years because hopefully NEXT CHRISTMAS I WILL BE IN CANADA! Pretty excited about that.  I packed the decs and sealed the boxes ready for storage.  I then dropped the box of baubles.  A tentative shake confirms the worst.  Left it sealed, I will deal with that in 2 years.

Bears.

So, something that I have gained a growing fascination with is Bears.  I wanted to look into the animals and wildlife in Canada and, as I see myself spending time when I go there visiting parks, hiking and the like, I felt bears would be a good starting point. 

I ordered this book —-> Bear attacks in Canada – was fantastic and I may even read it again before I go
Like every avid learner, I set time aside to begin it when I could properly digest – in the bath with a packet of Maltesers – 2 hours later, evicted when housemate needed to use the loo.  Clearly, I was immediately hooked on the subject and have spent much of my time since googling bear attacks (morbid curiosity), reading articles and watching youtube clips.
I have learnt that it is not always advisable to play dead when being attacked by a bear – my research tells me that with predatory bear attacks, it will simply begin to eat you if you play dead, then bury whats left to eat later.  Back packs are an issue of some debate – keeping it on protects your back, but throwing it on the floor may distract the bear from attacking…. I know not to take heavily scented products when camping in bear areas, to set up cooking and toilet facilities away from the tents and not to set the tents up in a circle in case a bear wanders into the middle and feels trapped….  bears can climb trees, outrun humans and are not for cuddling.  They also swim.  Whilst I do see myself donning khaki (as per I’m a celebrity) and walking socks for treks in the forest, I will now also be carrying bear spray and safety equipment.  Given my love of food – I will need to be particularly mindful of ensuring it is all in airtight containers – I am not having ‘some bear’ stealing my stash.
Now on my ‘to do’ list – go on a supervised expedition to see some Bears.
In other bear news, did you know Winnie The Pooh is based on a real life bear named Winnipeg.  Obviously, I have ordered a book on him….. hurry up Amazon!
In conclusion to my thoughts about bears, I have shared some of the bear clips I have found for anyone that shares my fascination…
Thats all for now, I hope that others enjoy the bears and their stories, as much as I am. If you also get the bug, please do comment with clips, stories or links that I (or others) may enjoy….

Can you stalk a country?

When hoping to move to another country, a great use/ waste of time is definitely to research facts, tips and areas. Cue, obsessive downloading of apps of this nature. I now need a folder called “Canada” for all the apps I am the proud owner of.

What have I picked up? For starters, Canada is over 80 times bigger than the UK, but with half the population. Canada is just a little smaller than the whole of Europe. When I began this process I had zero concept of its size – I thought I’d potter about and explore it all similar to a walk on Dartmoor (Though I fear Dartmoor is also bigger than I give it credit for). With my new knowledge, I may have to rethink my pottering and consider scheduled adventures.

Dad is on board with the learning – caught him googling Canada and reading about the 7 wonders of Canada. We are now a pair of Canada groupies – if I don’t get a place in Canada, this knowledge is going to be really random and maybe a little stalkerish. Can you be a stalker of a country?

A fun app for any potential country stalkers, the ‘Geo Canada’ app (also available for other countries). The app helps you learn the areas and cities of Canada in a variety of fun quizzes and interactive games. This is addictive and it works. I now have a much better knowledge of Canadas geography than my home city, county, country.

Coming soon… Bears… and I have to say, I am pretty excited about sharing my bear thoughts X

The Suitcase Saga

Moved from my Tumblr account – I appear to have been in a somewhat manic state when writing this.

Suitcases. What kind of luggage does one need for a working holiday I hear you ask, well, actually you may not be concerned with this at all. I am. There are those people that will have the ability to be incredibly blasé when it comes to luggage – “I’ll see what I need nearer to the time”, they say, “I won’t need much”, “a giant backpack”, “a holdall on wheels”, “I can buy things out there”. These statements are my worst nightmare – I am not high maintenance, but…. I need to know how much space I have, I don’t want to rely on buying things out there – what if I cant find what I want and I certainly don’t need a backpack in my life! Therefore, suitcases have become a subject big enough in my world to warrant their own post!

The process began with researching the luggage allowance for each airline I may end up on, deciding to pay for an extra bag as the extra bag seems cheaper than buying things out there. Phew. A firm decision made. I now have details of airlines, which airports they fly from, hand and checked luggage allowances and costs in my notebook. I clearly have too much time on my hands.

Airline research complete, time to read blogs and websites to find reviews and advice on the type of luggage I should take. The results are in… It would appear a holdall on wheels is best – lightweight and takes up little space when empty. Visit to the shops in the run up to Christmas to play with luggage – glorious. The madness in the gift aisles has not extended to the holiday shop and I am free to wheel cases around to my hearts content. I don’t like the holdalls on wheels. Panic, do I go against what my research has told me is the best option? Deliberation, more wheeling around. Suitcase and normal holdall that attach together located. I can transport these along with maximum amount of stuff packed without too much difficultly. In the sale AND extra 10% off if ordered before midnight. Winner! My nan would be very proud of my bargain.

Luggage sorted. At this point, I must point out that the quota has not been released for IEC Canada – I may not even get to go there, but I have a suitcase, so I can go somewhere!

Shown luggage to mum and dad, still reluctant to commit, this seems a big decision, what if it’s too big?! Why can’t I make a decision? I like the colour – grape. I kind of hoped for polka dot luggage. None of the sensible brands or stores had any. Grape is good though. Why is this such a big deal to me?

Maybe I should fill it before taking of the labels, weigh it and see how I feel?

Why have I written 500 words on buying a suitcase?!

Moving Thoughts – Tumblr to WordPress

Having now made the decision to make the move from Tumblr to WordPress, everything seems suddenly very random due to not being posted at the time I was writing it.  Son, but I’m still transferring it.

I cant get my WordPress to have nice colours and pics like my Tumblr did and feel I may be out of my depth.  We are in the same territory as the leap from Bebo and My Space to Facebook before everyone had it.

Here goes, thoughts being moved this evening…