Bandwagon Blogger says Follow Me on Instagram! Story time is just getting started…

I will admit it – I have been a bandwagon blogger. I started the blog when I had an abundance of free time on my hands. More than enough. Too much, if there is such a thing. I’m sure some reading that sentence might cringe, or disagree in some way. But I was adrift.

Today, I am happy to say, I don’t have that problem! Free time is once again something precious, to be hoarded, and treasured. I am a graduate student. So you see, it’s not that I have stopped writing.

To reinforce this lifestyle, my tried and tested Nikon D60 has finally gone caput after a lot of use, and from time to time, abuse, at my hands. My trigger finger is getting itchy: and so my love for Instagram has finally taken flight.

So Follow Me on Instagram! 

More travel photos from around the world, as well as a whole bunch from my home, Canada, as well. Photos from Home and Away! Food, travel, the great outdoors.

I’m hooked you guys. So I’m here to say that I haven’t given up on the blog, just put it on the back burner on a very gentle, slow cooking simmer. It makes me happy to see that people still come to the blog as it is through search engines and other external links! The most popular posts continue to be those that I had some sort of experience or story to share – factual or fictional.

There are a ton of travel bloggers out there to be sifted through online, but true storytellers among them seem few and far between. That is something I am trying to keep up with on Instagram by sharing my photographs. Instagram is like the Travel Years, just distilled and concentrated down. Check it out!






Photos on Monday – Visiting Prambanan Temple, Indonesia

Prambanan World Heritage Site

The Prambanan Temple Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Central Java, Indonesia – just outside of Yogyakarta. The Hindu temples were constructed during the 9th century. My first ever major set of temples, I found them fascinating.

Photos on Monday’s – Vivaaa Da Nang (Vietnam)

Viva Da NangSometimes a good photo is all about the place and time, and has little to with the photographer or their equipment – as is the case here. I snapped this picture out the window of a speeding van with my broken down Samsung Galaxy S3 one sunny morning leaving Da Nang, Vietnam. It is also the subject of my most popular tweet to date on Twitter (small victories). Da Nang was lovely because we had the place to ourselves. It was a slow city, and our first real taste of the beach on that trip.

Photos on Monday – Dog in Motion

This is Brissy. She is an Australian Sheppard (a.k.a. Aussie) who loves her job, and does it well. Besides being a family dog, Brissy works together with her partner to be a top notch agility dog! I had the chance to see this wonderful dog run an agility demo recently, at the Grand Opening of North Bays first Off-Leash Dog Park. You can check out more Dogs in Motion from the Dog Park here.

Besides seeing a dog doing what she loves, I enjoy these photos because of the rich colors that frame them. Perfect for this weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge – Colors of the Rainbow.

No job, no travel. The struggle is real.

Well, reality has finally caught up to me here at the Travel Years. While I spend much of my spare time looking up flight prices – comparing, rejecting, considering; daydreaming and thinking about the future – where we could go, what we could do, how much will be need to budget – the reality is that the job market is smacking me square in the face. As a result, I have no immediate travel plans for the first time in a year. At least it’s summer! But no job means no travel, and Vancouver was the last ticket for a while. But that doesn’t mean adventure has to stop!

So I hope you’re all ready for some within-Canada travel, because that’s where this blogger is going to be focusing her attention for the next little while. I am thrilled, as Canada is such a large country. Even Ontario alone is a large mass of land, with more parks, trails, towns, and sights to see than could be accomplished in a single summer. This weekend we head to Manitoulin Island – the largest fresh water lake island in the world, and popular summer tourist destination for hiking, boating, and eating!

Hiking the alvars of Misery Bay.

Hiking the alvars of Misery Bay.

But back to the job market…. what a tough nut to crack. Already, I have lost count of the number of cover letter/resume combos I have put together, sent out, and failed to receive a response from. Refusing to be discouraged I have been pursuing freelance work, including web design, photography, and writing. Check out my personal portfolio here, and see what I’ve been up to.

Business cards are in!

Business cards are in!

Besides a complete lack of capital, one of the reasons keeping me grounded at home is the upcoming education season. For anyone not familiar with the North American education system, most schooling starts every year in September. Specifically after the first ‘long weekend’ of the month. Although I completed an undergraduate degree two years ago, I am a glutton for punishment and heading back for more. It’s official, I have been offered and accepted my place at Laurentian University in Sudbury, to study Science Communications for 10-months!

But it all starts with a job – and preferably one I don’t hate. A way to make it through the next year, and start saving for the beaches of the world. The breathtaking views, the endless coast lines, and limitless and questionable street food stalls. Work is the ticket to it all, so I’m hitting the pavement. Serving jobs, general labor, website design – anything to pay the bills and start plumping the trip fund. That doesn’t mean I’m not handing out resumes, or thinking about a future internship placement as a student. I always did enjoy school, but I have learned that I enjoy traveling more.

The ultimate goal? A RTW (round-the-world) trip. 

So many obstacles lie in between: the realities of planning a RTW trip, the day dreamy-ness of it all. The probably horror and disbelief of my mother when she finds out what I’m planning, and that I’m serious about it all. Paying for the whole shebang. Somehow making a reality out of all of these dreams.

Image courtesy of the Evans Hotel.

Image courtesy of the Evans Hotel.

Moments from Vietnam – A Photo Gallery

Where has the time gone… it seems impossible to believe that I have been back in Canada for two months already! That is the length of time I spent traveling in Vietnam and Indonesia, and I have done not even half as much activity!

Lately, I have been thinking about the trip, and reliving some memories through photos. Here are a handful of my favorites from Vietnam – Enjoy!