Quirky Travel Tales

Scenic views of Queen

As I peer out the balcony of my high-rise apartment located on the 11th floor, the football field below me is covered in a light dusting of snow.  Further off in the distance trees and homes merely two weeks ago sporting vibrant fall colors are now barren.  It is wintertime in Canada; I have replaced […]


Taste testing Salmiakki products in our hotel room in Helsinki, Finland

I have an embarrassing confession to make. As my silky smooth flight – with Finn Air via Toronto – was approximately two hours away from landing in Helsinki, I was overcome by an insatiable craving. My upcoming itinerary in Finland would catapult me into a nonstop cycle of adventure activities including kayaking, boating, horseback riding, […]


The Amazing Race for regular people!

If you have ever watched the popular travel reality TV show ‘The Amazing Race’ and muttered to yourself “I could do that,” well, there is actually an intriguing travel company that offers a team travel competition, while steering clear of the exhausting tasks, weird food and drama queens that dominate the TV show. www.Competitours.com transforms […]


Scenic views from Zakynthos, Greece

I swore he’d be lunch. What else can be said about the brightly colored miscreant who insisted on being the first awake each morning, well before dawn? There really wasn’t a reason he had to do it, or why he had to position himself directly outside my bedroom window, but he did, and I quickly […]


A Thai rescue team finally evacuates us after our train derailed en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Lugging my backpack in near pitch black conditions, I moved one foot after another traipsing along decaying tracks that reeked of feces and urine as I emerged from a desolate tunnel. This probably sounds awful. 99.9% of the time I don’t think I’d enjoy this situation; however, I felt relieved to have finally escaped from […]


Scuba diving travel photo of Charlie from Wanderlusters

Scuba diving had never been something that I found alluring. The thought of submerging myself under 18 meters of water actually made me a little uneasy. I’ve suffered from various forms of anxiety throughout my life and diving was just another activity on a list of many that I considered ‘panic inducing’. Yet there I […]


Nearby the Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India

Traveling in select areas of Northern India was the pinnacle of my entire 2010-11 backpacking trip across Asia. Prior to landing in India, I had started to get a little road weary and ‘templed out’ revisiting a lot of familiar areas in SE Asia. India provided the kind of stimulation – and more importantly the challenge – […]


Audrey sleeping on the floor at Kuala Lumpur International Airport LCCT

Starting my indefinite backpacking adventure revisiting Malaysia seemed liked a flawless fit at the time. After spending the night sleeping at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend Audrey Bergner, was the first glimpse I had into reality that I am now backpacking as a thirty something and not a wide-eyed […]


Humorous cartoon created by my Korean student about a somebody taking a shit and causing a major traffic accident.

If there is one thing I’ve learned while teaching ESL in Korea it’s this: best not give my students a ‘carte blanche’ when it comes to creative assignments. In 2008 I was working as an elementary school teacher in Daejon, South Korea. I had the ‘good fortune’ of working for a wonderful school that allowed […]


Canadian Army Photo.  I

There comes a time in life, when enough time has passed, that you can look back on certain challenging situations with a sense of detachment and humour:  “Someday you´ll be able to look back at this situation and laugh about it.” The time has come for me to share the jocular but oddly enough ‘true […]