It’s Been Too Long!!- A Travel Update

As you may have noticed, I have been far from active in terms of blogging recently. This was not a conscious decision, but a mere fact of life.  Writing dried up over the past few months as Matt and I moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Calgary, Alberta. Not only did writers block set in despite the many wonderful places we have visited, but, many things have been happening that just seemed more important than writing about my jolly holiday.

Upon moving to Calgary Matt and I have once again had to restart. Whilst this is by choice (I’m not complaining) it never gets any easier. We are house sitting again, but instead of one long term sit we are hopping from place to place. I have to use my GPS everyday to get to work, find the bus stop or grocery store, but I am getting better! I attempted to write a few times during this transition period and many times it came out a little negative, which is never interesting to read.  However, feeling more settled and after much planning I have some great posts coming your way. But first I’d thought I’d do a little catch up. So, grab a cuppa and settle in!

Where I last left you

I have written a few pieces on our adventures since leaving Halifax, Nova Scotia(Halifax City Guide,  Maritimes Guide and Best Burger in Halifax). But I last left you as Matt’s parents departed and we made our second cross- Canada road trip. Leaving Halifax was not the easiest. I have made some incredible friends during my time there (my home is open to you all at any time!), I enjoyed my job and was happy going in everyday, furthermore I felt at home living by the sea. However, the adventure had to continue!

This time instead of driving thousands of kilometres in just nine days, we were able to leisurely coast across taking in more of the stunning Canadian landscape than before.  We explored suggestions from friends and homeowners we had sat for as we headed out to our next sit in Hamilton, Ontario. Visiting Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Fredericton (New Brunswick), Quebec (Quebec) and Ottawa (Ontario). Our bid to visit as many provinces and territories as possible was going well.

Check out my guide to Quebec here and Ottawa here

Next, we had a great three week stay in Hamilton, just outside Toronto, looking after a beautiful golden retriever and spunky kitten, Kessel and Snickers.

From here we were able to explore the vast amounts of waterfalls Ontario has to offer, including Niagara Falls, and take in a baseball and soccer game.

As we left Hamilton on our last stretch towards Calgary, it was time to get camping. With the car set up we drove through the night to Pancake Bay. While I loved driving through the night Matt did not, a major nap upon arrival was needed. When we woke up we discovered the beautiful beach just 10 meters away from our site. Perfection!

Next, we continued driving, taking in Kakabeka Falls, Winnipeg and Regina. There were many stops along the way at interesting places such as Thunderbay, Portage la Prairie and Medicine Hat. It was a fantastic journey to say the least.

Where I am now?

Arriving in Calgary at the start of June we have several housesits lined up to take us through the summer until we depart for good. It’s a challenge living quite literally out of your suitcase, however, I now know the city better than ever and have met some wonderful people and pets already. I even got to experience my first Stampede!

That’s a fried onion people!!!! It was to die for… and I got to do some line dancing too!

So many people have asked us why we would want to return to Calgary. The city has recently been voted fourth best city to live in, in the WORLD. So, my answer is why wouldn’t I want to return? Both Matt and I had fallen in love with the mountains during our first stay here (November 2016- April 2017) we wanted to come back and see what the lakes looked like unfrozen and flowers in full bloom.

As expected, we have not been disappointed. Furthermore, Matt was keen to come back and play football with his first Canadian team Code Red, as well as joining a men’s summer league (the boy is obsessed!)

Where to next?

As I write this we have one more house sit left and I cannot believe how quickly time has gone by. However, we still have so many things left to see and do. We are hoping to visit Waterton Lakes National Park, which is said to rival Banff for its beauty, as well as hiking many of the lakes we explored during winter.

We’ve been looking after some great pets and exploring all Alberta has to offer

The trip I am most excited about however, is when my parents fly over in October. We have a fantastic road trip lined up for them, showing them some of our favourite places. Heading out of Toronto, we are going to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec where we will be joining an NCL cruise ship. (how lucky are we?!?! I can never quite believe it!) The ship will stop at Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia then head round the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick before sailing down to Bar Harbour and Boston in the US. I am beyond excited not only for these fantastic locations that I’ll get to share with my parents, but for the mojito bar on board too!

Showing them around Vancouver and sharing some once-in-a-lifetime experiences was amazing can’t wait to do it all again in some of my favourite Canadian places!

After this it will be time to return home to the UK. It often feels like it was only yesterday I waved goodbye to friends and family. But two years have passed. With flights booked from Boston to London at the end of October many emotions have been swirling around. We’ve had fantastic time over the past twenty-four months experiencing so many different things and meeting wonderful people along the way, it will be sad to say goodbye to the country we’ve adopted as our second home. However, if I don’t leave then I can’t return.

Plus, if I don’t see my sister soon I might explode!!

Over the next few weeks there will be more content on the blog which I hope you will enjoy. A-Z Travels will continue through to the end and will conclude with the letters I missed out due to not knowing my alphabet! I hope you enjoy and if there is anything you would like me to write about please let me know 😊

38 thoughts on “It’s Been Too Long!!- A Travel Update

  1. Indu says:

    Sometime we just wish to travel and sink in the joy without writing any blog post for long. This happens with me too all the time. Delighted to know your experiences.

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  2. Lance says:

    What an epic road trip through Canada. Unfortunately, I have only been to Vancouver and Newfoundland, so I’ve missed the center of the country. I so want to see so many of these places. How fortunate for you to get to take a cruise during the fall. I’m sure the fall colors will be in full force, and the journey will be so rewarding.

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    • airmailadventures says:

      Ah but both Vancouver and Newfoundland are beautiful! I’m super excited to see the fall colours, last year we were in Yukon and Alaska and couldn’t believe the stunning colours! To share it with my parents will be extra special. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  3. Leah says:

    Ah, the giant Coke can of Portage la Prairie! Haha! It’s funny to recognize pictures from a total stranger’s travels.

    What an adventure, indeed. You’ve seen more of Canada than a lot of Canadians!

    Isn’t house sitting the best? It’s great that, as you wind your way around our beautiful country, and make adjustments along the way, you so often have the company of animals to make you feel at home.

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    • airmailadventures says:

      Haha, I was googling things to see on that stretch of the road and couldn’t resist a giant coke can! I’ve seen way more of Canada than I expected and it’s been fantastic, it’s such a beautiful country. House sitting has definitely take us to places we didn’t expect to go as well and we’ve met some great people and animals because of it. It will be sad to leave, but I’m 100% sure I’ll be back at some point! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  4. Esther Namugerwa says:

    Wow you guys have had one heck of an adventure!! I have never been house sitting but i think its a great way of seeing different places yet spending a little less- it’s something i would love to try out one day.
    You went to Niagara falls?? Am so jealous of you guys- its top on my bucket list.

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    • airmailadventures says:

      Yes, have managed to see a lot more of Canada than I expected. It’s always funny seeing places you call home in others peoples travel blogs! I’m looking forward to showing my parents Toronto soon 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  5. Ee Sing says:

    Wow seem like you had a great adventure and had interesting travel plan going forward. Will be looking forward to your future travel posts 🙂

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  6. Ee Sing says:

    Seem like you had a great adventure and also interesting travel plans going forward. Looking forward to your future travel posts for information and stories!

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  7. monicavaklinova says:

    You visited so many lovely places and I am sure you are going to find a new petspective! Every place has its own beauty! Can’t wait to see your next adventure! 💗

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  8. katerina says:

    Very nice story! The house sitting is a wonderful idea to see a country at the same time! Glad you’re back! We are waiting for more stories 🙂

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  9. Céline says:

    Sometimes you just have to take a break. Glad to have you back! I went to Waterton Lakes National Park a few years ago and it’s gorgeous. I haven’t been to Banff so I can’t compare but I don’t think you’d be disappointed 😊

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  10. Gail Hayes says:

    Hi Katie and Matt,
    Always look forward to reading your blogs, you are really making the most of your time away. I bet you are looking forward to seeing your mom and dad and eventually Jenni and the kids.
    I’ve seen a bit of Toronto, but the places you have been to are absolutely beautiful you are both so very lucky.
    Much love to you both.
    Gail Xxxxx

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    • airmailadventures says:

      Thank you for reading Auntie Gail!

      We’ve had the best time and can’t believe some of the places we’ve been and things we’ve seen. We’ve been so lucky!

      But, yes, can’t wait to see everyone when we get back home! Only 34 days until Mom and Dad are here though and I’m so excited!
      See you soon
      xxx

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  11. kad8585 says:

    Thanks for the update and love hiuse sitting. Such a great way to travel. Always goes by too quickly and hope your last housesit was a good one that you enjoyed your time in Canada.

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  12. Su Bha Sun says:

    It is a very good read. I really enjoyed it. Yes, it is true that sometimes we have some other things going around in our life which need more attention than writing. I totally agree. Your blog is beautiful.

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  13. Alex Trembath says:

    Good to see you back blogging again Katie! Glad to hear that the adventures haven’t stopped and you’re still living the travel lifestyle. Looking forward to following wherever you guys go next.

    Will be particularly interested to hear about how the housesitting goes, as it’s something we’re considering doing in future.

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    • airmailadventures says:

      Thanks Alex, back home to the UK after Canada to save for the next big adventure, but looking forward to playing tourist back home!

      House sitting has been great, we’ve done it for the 2 years we’ve been here. I’d thoroughly recommend giving it a try!

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  14. Purvi Kamaliya says:

    This is awesome guys, you have come a long way gathering beautiful memories from all around the world. I love reading all your blogs. It is great that you too this effort to keep us updated of your new ventures. All the best

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  15. Opposite Tourists says:

    Sounds like a great trip across Canada. We’ve never done housesitting before but are definitely interested. I presume a lot of house sits involve pet sitting too?

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  16. Mohana and Aninda says:

    Lovely post, it’s so important sometimes to let life take its reigns and let it take us along for the ride. But so glad that you are able to visit new places, make new friends and gather experiences that enrich. Also sending out love to Kessel and Snickers 🙂

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