My Campsgiving Weekend at Algonquin Park: Thankful for Family, Nature, Good Food and Wine Openers

When I was three years old, my parents took my brother and I to Tobermory for our first camping trip by the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. Immediately upon arrival, my Mom tried to coax me out of the van for hours without success. Tear-stained, stubborn and scared of the throes of wilderness, I sat…

A Bone-Chilling Birthday: My Pilgrimage to Sedlec Ossuary

In the spirit of Halloween, what better time than to reminisce on one of the spookiest places I've visited? I've made frequent mention of my day trip to Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, Czechia, and even wrote a blog post last year. I decided to give it a re-write for my Travel Writing Course that…

Beginner Photography: An Autumn-Themed Exhibition of my Photo Stories

After launching Finding Sonder on Instagram last year, I've connected with fellow travellers who are also talented photographers. It's true that viewing a photo on Instagram doesn't convey the same atmospheric effect as it would for the photographer. But, if beautifully composed and edited, it generates a strong emotional response that resonates with me. The…

Imagining Portugal: Porto

Word has it that a popular new travel trend is on the rise: The Second City. What exactly does this mean? Although like fellow explorers I've always appreciated the Romes and Parises, but I've also yearned for the low-key, less crowded alternatives. But rather than the other extreme - going off the grid - my…

Imagining Portugal: Lisbon

Like many of you, I too have been daydreaming about the day I can finally hop on a plane and go far away. Whether the time comes this fall or early 2021, I'll be celebrating all the same. My boyfriend Kyle and I were planning our very first big trip together: Portugal, 2020. That evening…

Writing Exercise: Descriptive Passages

I want to share another assignment I wrote from a Creative Travel Writing Course that I completed in March. In one particular module, I learned about crafting effective descriptive passages. Have you ever read or found yourself writing long and dry descriptions of places from travel accounts? If not done well, these moments can render…

Nostalgic Narratives: My Childhood Road Trips to Gaspé, Québec

As I eagerly anticipate my next trip - both far away and in Toronto - I've decided to share a tidbit from my creative travel writing course!¹ Last week, I wrote an account of my childhood road trips in detailed point form. By answering a few questions, I reached far into my repository of memories…

Moments in Munich: Clocks, Beer, Surfers, and Subway Snafus

From gritty street art and all night techno to lederhosen, accordions, trumpets, and tankards. In my experience, no two cities that share nationalities are so culturally opposite to one another as Berlin and Munich. When I stepped off the train into Germany's third-largest city and Bavaria's capital, I briefly questioned if this was the same country.…

Christmas in Ortona: 1943

The Christmas holidays are already here, approaching faster than you can say "egg nog." It dawned on me now that it's two days away. It's that time of year where both our bank accounts and blood pressures surge, feeling the time crunch to check off interminable lists of final chores and errands. We get vastly…