By the time you read this, I’ll be whizzing above the oceans on my Air Canada / Lufthansa flight. If Canadian Tourism Commission’s plan for us is anything to go by, it’s going to be one epic travel + blogging adventure!
Unlike most other press trips I’ve been on, I love the amount of free and easy time we have on this trip to explore Canada on our own. As always, I’ve made no firm plans, and will be seeking suggestions from the locals I meet. A big thank you to those of you who’ve been kind enough to recommend hangouts and eateries, or offered to show me around!
While we’ll have to wait and watch where the road leads me on the “on your own” part of this trip, here’s a glimpse of the “planned” adventures I’m really looking forward to:
We’ll be trudging above a canyon on an ancient suspension bridge dating back to 1889 (hope it holds up!), taking a Skyride up the Grouse mountain where falconry is on the agenda, and indulging our taste buds at “Edible Canada” (how cool is the name?), known for the country’s best wine, beer and spirits.
In the mountain town of Jasper, I’ll be white water rafting for the second time in my life! The first time was back in high school, in Rishikesh (obviously), and I ended up jumping from a 35 feet rock into the Ganga. Canada’s highest tramway will take us into the alpine tundra of Jasper National Park, and on Athabasca Glacier, I’ll take my first walk on ice while looking out for a grisly bear!
In this French-Canadian city, we’ll be pampering our taste buds to local delicacies at The Forks, and I’ll do something I rarely do – dig deeper into the art and architecture of the city. Maybe I’ll stop by at the Huntsmen, as an ode to The Office 😉
And finally we’ll arrive for TBEX 2013, “the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers and new media content creators”. There are so many people I’m hoping to
woo meet, and so much I’m hoping to learn about this path of travel blogging I’ve embraced since I quit my corporate job almost 2 years ago. It’s all going to be very exciting!
What are you most looking forward to reading about on my trip to Canada?
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