A human of curious nature, I enjoy teetering in the unknown territory that is solo travel. The enigmatic beauty of crowded terminals and endless possibilities are some of the driving forces behind travelling solo for this Toronto born and raised lady.
A huge science nerd with a university background in biology and psychology, I actively seek out destinations that dig deep into botany and zoology (e.g. Costa Rica? Check!). Hungry for knowledge, this girl always scopes out out the best local sources for accurate and in depth lessons on all things science related. I'm enamored with the idea of promoting ecotourism. While travelling can be a great experience, it can also threaten fragile ecosystems and wildlife. Brushing up on how you can be a conscious traveler can help you avoid common mistakes many travelers make that harm our environment and some of our favourite species (e.g. elephants). Make sure to subscribe to see how you can be an environmentally friendly traveller!
While I wouldn't refer to myself as leading a nomadic lifestyle, I've always been an independent and free thinker. I'm all about experiences and stimulating my mind in every way possible - music, art, literature. At a fairly young age, I discovered that the best way to expand your preconceived notions is through travel. My parents immigrated to Canada at a very young age and instilled a sense of curiosity into me and always encouraged me to pursue less conventional paths in life.
Travel reminds me of how small we are in relation to the universe around us; life is finite and I intend to make the most of every minute of it while questioning everything.
My quest for knowledge while traveling sparked my curiosity for different cultures and religions. Unsatisfied and unsure in my choice to do my master's degree in London, UK, I chose to delve further into my spiritual side and study Ashtanga/Hatha/Vinyasa yoga and receive my certificate. I now emphasize the importance of conscious living and detachment; possessions and attachment only breed and manifest negativity and hinder growth.
But let's be real here, the real reason I dig travelling? Food! I'm an adventurous eater with an enormous appetite for both cuisine and life. Raised by Balkan parents, food is vital in our home as it brings people together. Stay tuned for all things street food related!
I hope that Bridget and I will aid you in your travelling experiences while enticing your desire to explore the unknown!
My name is Bridget Francine, but who really wants to refer to themselves as a character from Arthur? You can call me Bridget. Bri. Bridge. Whatever floats your boat.
My parents chose interesting names for me. I was born in Canada. If you live in Canada, or know anything about Canada, you are aware that we refer to ourselves as "strong & free". My first name, Bridget, means strength with Irish origins. My middle name, Francine, means free with French origins. Cool, eh? This country, Canada, is a vast and beautiful one and I feel beyond grateful for having the privilege to call this great land my home.
I guess the reason I'm writing this is the same reason why you are here reading this. You are completely innamorato (in love) with this incredibly fascinating planet we are a part of.
I can't say that I was always a "traveller". I was born to young parents who had little money and little life experience. I recall taking numerous road trips across America and Canada mainly to watch car races or have a cheap weekend away. It wasn't until I completed my first year at university, studying geography and history, that my curiosity was piqued about other countries, landscapes, cultures and lifestyles. After my first excursion backpacking through a few European countries (Italy, Switzerland and France), I just couldn't stop thinking about where I would go next, what foods I would savour next and what experience I would have next.
I have a zest for life, a passion for adventure, an obsession with new flavours and a curiosity of the unknown.
I firmly believe that the places you have been in life and your experiences shape the person that you become, and, in turn, the world around you. With each country that I visit, and each city that I discover, I feel as though I become just a little bit wiser and more aware of this remarkable planet and all it has to offer. I believe that travel helps bring peace to the world by providing context and understanding. It helps people to be more kind and respectful, not only to others, but also the environment. Travel promotes compassion, understanding and an awareness of the fraility of Earth.
Writing about my travels in a journal wherever I go is no longer enough for me. I would like to be able to inspire and encourage others to see this beautiful planet of ours through my travels and experiences hence the reason Renata and I started this blog. I hope to share with you the culture and lessons that I learn through my adventures with you!