Apologies (No Apologies? “All Apologies”?)

I’ve got to throw a quick post out here to apologize for the complete lack of updates in the past few weeks. J and I were in the process of moving (we moved to our new apartment on September 1st), and I’d run out of pre-written content to put up. On top of that, I started taking a couple of classes at Carleton University last week, which eats up three solid nights a week.

Let’s Get Out of This Country

In less than 24 hours, J and I will be boarding a plane in Ottawa, a little after 5 AM tomorrow. After something like 18+ hours of flying (I’m still not totally clear on how long we’ll be in the air), and layovers in Toronto and Vancouver, we’ll be touching down at Beijing Capital International Airport, at 2:30 PM the next day.  It’s been a long process getting here, but I’m sure it will all be worth it when we get to China.

As recently as a couple days ago, however, I was losing my dang mind.

Five Things To Look For In A Travel Tripod

Unless you’re a really avid photographer, a tripod might not be something you think you need when travelling. The flavour of the moment seems to be ultralight travel; one bag, a few articles of clothing, as little extra gear as possible. Which is fine, if that’s what you’re into. But my background is in photography, and there’s no way I’m not taking my camera with me… and I recognize that not having the stability a tripod offers will seriously limit my photos. Good, sharp night photographs, handheld? Good luck!

Interview with a Traveller: J

This is the first instalment of a series I’m working on: the “Interview With A Traveller” series. In these posts, I’ll be interviewing fellow travellers to try to gain a better understanding of the huge variety of motivations, experiences, hopes, dreams, and desires that lead people to a life of travel. And if I’m lucky, maybe I’ll dig up some funny, bizarre, and/or gripping stories.

Ditch The Hiking Boots; Why Trail Runners Are The Way To Go

I’ll be publishing a post some time in the next month or so that lays out all the gear I’ll be bringing with me to China, but I’ll also be making a series of posts that spotlight specific pieces of gear, and my rationale for choosing them. This is the first post in the series.

Unless you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Annapurna Circuit, a pair of full-on hiking boots it probably overkill.