Galapagos: Land based vs. Cruise

Galapagos: Land based vs. Cruise

Prior to leaving for Ecuador Lisa and I did a lot of research on the Galapagos Islands.  Most of the information that exists about trips to Galapagos talks about cruises.  Traditionally, most people who visit the area fly into Baltra Airport (GPS), and from there...

8 Days in the Galapagos on a budget

8 Days in the Galapagos on a budget

The crown jewel of my recent Ecuador trip was definitely the visit to the Galapagos.  When Lisa and I were picking a spot to travel we wanted to go somewhere that was one of our A+ destinations (Galapagos, Machu Picchu, African Safari, Borneo, etc).  The problem with...

Coronado Valentines 10k Race Report

Coronado Valentines 10k Race Report

On Feb. 15 (the day after Valentines) Lisa and I ran in the Coronado Valentines 10k.  We wanted to do a race while we were in San Diego, and 10k was a good distance (aka not too long).  This would be my first official 10k, as well as my first time entering the couples...

San Diego Training Highlights

San Diego Training Highlights

Toronto has been brutally cold, so Lisa and I decided a week of outdoor riding, and running in shorts was in order.  We looked at a few different spots, but settled on the tri-mecca of San Diego.  We were in San Diego from Feb. 10-18, and loved it.  These were some of...

Motorbiking Vietnam: Thoughts on the Trip

Motorbiking Vietnam: Thoughts on the Trip

My daily journals didn't really sum up my experience on the bike riding through Vietnam. In the moment it's a lot easier to write and elaborate on the bad experiences than the good. Having finished the ride these are my thoughts on the whole.  I'm very glad I did it....

Luang Prabang: Beautiful waterfalls

Luang Prabang: Beautiful waterfalls

Last year I only made it to Vientiane, and Vang Vieng in Laos.  I heard from loads of other travellers how great Luang Prabang was, I just didn't have time.  So I was keen to spend some time there on this trip, both to see the waterfalls, and because I had read there...

From Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

From Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang

While I was in Chiang Rai I was able to sort out my route to Luang Prabang.  There are all sorts of companies that offer packages that include pickup from Chiang Rai, bus to Huay Xai, Laos, and then take a two day slow boat to Luang Prabang.  I've heard the slow boat...

Chiang Rai: Some interesting temples

Chiang Rai: Some interesting temples

I got to the bus station in Chiang Mai before 9AM to get a bus to Chiang Rai.  I hadn't purchased a ticket in advance, and wasn't able to get onto a bus until 11AM.  The bus got into Chiang Rai around 1PM.  I wandered around the bus station to find a hostel, which I...

Chiang Mai: Into Southeast Asia

Chiang Mai: Into Southeast Asia

Chiang Mai was one of the places I was most looking forward to.  When I was in Asia last year I heard from loads of travellers how great it was.  Hong Kong was nice, but I prefer the atmosphere in Southeast Asia, and Chiang Mai would mark the beginning. Prior to...