Feb
21

Best Cell Phone Plan for Travelling Canadians

Our family travels. A lot. We’ve gone through so many phases of cell phone plans, trying to find the best one that will suit us while we are at home in Canada, and while we are on the road. We’ve gone with Telus, Virgin, Rogers, and Roam Mobility and of which ended up being really expensive when we were abroad.

We’ve also switched to local sim cards in the countries we’ve visited all over the world to avoid roaming rates. A solution that works well EXCEPT it means that you need to buy a sim card in each new country. The problem here is showing up to a new country with no cell phone service until you are able to get to a telecommunications store. That can cause problems, like when we were stranded in London with no cell phone data to look up how to get unlost!

We’ve done it all, and no solution has been perfect for us. Canadian cell phone plans are EXPENSIVE compared to the rest of the world and when you want to add an international plan to your domestic rates, your bill is going to skyrocket!

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Feb
13

Making the Commitment to Family Travel

When people ask me how our family is able to travel the world with our two children AND keep a home base, my answer is, “We DECIDED to.”

Yes, that sounds quaint. And of course, it is an oversimplification of an entire process. But I find, as in most things in life, once you make the decision, everything else falls into place. Once you decide on something, your actions align with your goals and you continue, determined, along the stepping stones in the trajectory of achievement.

It is not the decision you make that is most important, it is the degree of commitment with which you make the decision –Bo Barllett

The first and most important step in achieving any goal is making the commitment to it.  That is how every big thing in my life has been accomplished. I made the decision to do it and then I found the ways to make it happen.

Our family isn’t the only one with big dreams, but there is a difference between those that are satisfied with the dream and those willing to sacrifice to make their dreams a reality. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec
29

Finding Sweetness in San Miguel de Allende

It’s been almost four months since we rolled back into San Miguel de Allende. The longer we stay in this place the more we love it. There is just so much to love!fountain Read the rest of this entry »

Nov
10

Exploring Canada’s Maritimes in an RV

We started our cross-Canada journey from our home in Beautiful British Columbia and went ALL THE WAY to Newfoundland. Wow. What a journey. We loved (almost) every second of it. Canada is so HUGE and so BEAUTIFUL and we are incredibly grateful to be able to show our amazing country to our children. We traveled for just over three months from West Coast to East and feel like we barely scratched the surface.

Some of our favorite places we found were in the Maritimes. Think beautiful ocean vistas, isolated wilderness, cosmopolitan cities, and the friendliness that Canadians are known for.

After our cross Canada tour, we booked it through the States and down to Mexico in just five days (more on that later). We crossed in Maine and went diagonally through the USA to Texas. While we didn’t get to spend time exploring the Eastern States this trip, we do want to go back. From what we saw, we especially would like to return to Maine as it was very similar to the beauty we found in the Maritimes. But maybe next time we won’t drive all the way there. It would be so fun to fly and rent an RV in Portland, Maine on another trip. And this would probably be cheaper too….our biggest expense on this trip was the fuel. $200 CAD just to fill the tank and some days we had to fill it up twice!

We are now in Mexico, fully dug into the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende. But of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about our highlights of Canada’s Maritime Provinces! Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
03

Bonjour Quebec!

Ah Quebec. We love your French language, your European architecture, your amazing food, and your joie de vie!

We spent a blissfull four days with Mike’s Aunt and Uncle who live just outside of Montreal. Again, we were wowed by some over-the-top-amazing hospitality. How did we get so lucky to have such amazing family?

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We had personal tour guides of Montreal who showed us the sites and even lent us their car so that we did not have to drive our RV into the city. Thank you Aunt Janice and Uncle Claude! Read the rest of this entry »

Jul
31

The Ontario Money Grab

Ok, I’m going to go on a bit of a rant here about Ontario. Well, not a super harsh rant, cause I’m an extremely kind person. But I gotta say that Ontario really turned us off.

I know I talk about money a lot on this blog and how our family tries to maximize our limited funds. Maybe this annoys you (it annoys my sister 🙂 ) but I feel that it is helpful… and saving money is just our reality. Not only do I like to write about how we can afford to travel, I’m quite proud of it.

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Jul
26

The Journey East

“Where are we going today?” Ask the kids.

“East!” We reply.

We’ve been pushing hard since Manitoba. We spent a few lovely days visiting family in Winnipeg and then made a straight shot to Ontario. Ontario is BIG. So BIG! And we had a bunch of friends and family to visit along the way. We’ve done so much in the last few weeks that I don’t even know where to start writing about it. I could write 10 blog posts and still have more to say. But since time is precious and Wifi limited, I’ll need to satisfy your curious soul by giving an overview of our amazing time crossing the most populated province in Canada, Ontario!

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Jul
14

RV Living – 10 Things We’ve Learned So Far

We are first time RV’s. We’ve travelled to South East Asia carrying everything we need in backpacks, we’ve explored Europe for months with carry-on only, we’ve camped our way through the Western States in a VW van, but this is the first time we have traveled in a proper RV. Let me tell you, this is not camping, this is glamping. We literally have everything we need. We are traveling with a tiny home. I even have a little oven, which makes me ridiculously happy.

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Jul
10

Riding Mountain National Park

We made it to Manitoba! It has only taken us a month to get this far. At this rate, we should be done exploring Canada by December. Ha! Canada is so huge and there is so much of it that we want to explore!

Another National Park was on our radar, Riding Mountain National Park. Having heard nothing of it before this trip, we spotted it on our map and did a google search. The pictures looked great and it was sort of on our way with a slight detour, so we thought we would give it a try.

We entered the park from the North Side. The road was one of the most terrible roads we have been on that wasn’t an off road mountain road. Wow. It felt like the road we took from the Thai border into Cambodia! Not a first good impression. But as we know, first impressions can be wrong….

Eager to find a place to camp for the night, we explored Moon Lake Campground. Meh. Not impressed. The sites were uneven, and the picnic tables looked like they hadn’t been maintained since the 70’s. So, while we do like it with less crowds, we thought we would make the trek to the South end of the park to the popular Wasagaming (Wa-Sa-Ga-Ming)Campground. Ugh. Not impressed again. The unserviced sites were again uneven, unweeded, and unraked. And while we are just fine with rustic campgrounds, when we are paying $27.40 per night to basically park our vehicle, I expect the picnic table to be washed.

By this time we were all very hangry. Hangry is a real and dangerous thing in my family. Before we all either started crying or yelling, we decided to be-line it to the beach parking lot, make a quick lunch of cheese and crackers and then reassess our options. Life is always better on a full stomach.

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Jul
07

Breezing through Saskatchewan

Before we left on our journey, we became members of Harvest Hosts, which is a really cool membership program for RVers. Farms, wineries, breweries, and businesses can list their properties on the website and then members can request to camp overnight on their properties. Camping is free but it is expected that you will purchase something from their business. We think this is an awesome idea (seriously, I need to think of something like this for a new business). We love getting a free place to camp and we are more than happy to support local farms. If you sign up, tell them Amy from Worldschool Adventures told you about it!

Our first night in Saskatchewan was spent at a Harvest Host property. We camped in the parking lot of the Western Development Museum in North Battleford. We probably would not have otherwise visited this museum as it was not on our radar, but because we camped there, we were happy to check it out. What an interesting museum. We learned a bunch of new things about the history of Saskatchewan…they were the first province to introduce medicare, the first province to have credit unions, and they invented Canola oil in Saskatchewan. The museum was huge, with the indoor displays giving a fantastic timeline of history and the outdoor museum built like a mini town where we could peek into old houses and shops and imagine life 100 years ago.

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