Here are a few things about me:
- My favourite hobbies are travel, kickboxing, and reading novels
- I’m a full service Travel Agent from Canada / Online English Teacher
- Spanish is my second language
- I’ve been to over 25 countries
- My favourite countries visited are Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica
- I believe travel is the best way to educate yourself and learn about others
When I was 16, I started working in the tourism industry at a local Vistor Information Centre as a summer job. Everyday I would meet people from all over the world who came to visit my little town of Lockeport in Nova Scotia. I never really thought about Lockeport being a good place to visit. But to tourists, it is the perfect little island escape with beautiful beaches, friendly people, and great seafood. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to live in such a place until I started listening to how others appreciated it and got a different perspective.
The view from my home where I grew up in Lockeport overlooking the harbour
During my time in university, I was studying a Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management. For 3 years I was located at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and then during my last year I spent my time doing an exchange in Murcia, Spain for a year. I knew I wanted a career where I would interact with people. I thought that my goal was to be a hotel manager but then towards the end of my education, I wanted to get a little bit of travel time in which afterwards changed my mind in my career choice. The best and most affordable way to get some travel time in when comparing options was an international exchange. I chose Spain as I wanted to learn Spanish and the option of living in Murcia was presented to me. Choosing to live in Spain was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I was able to travel all over the country and other places in Europe. I learned a new language and gained a lot of worldly experience. While studying I worked at a hotel and taught English. When my time in Spain had come to an end, I knew that I wanted to not work in the hotel business but work within the travel industry where I could explore the world and make a living out of it. I went back home to Canada and worked on a plan. Back in June 2014 when I returned, I knew that my plan would be a little delayed as I was broke and needed to get a job. I also wanted to find a way to continue to teach English. I discovered that I could do so online which I had done part time for the first year since my return to Canada. By the time my graduation in November came around, I had secured a decent job working for a cottage rental company managing the Canadian market rentals. Once I saved up enough money about a year later from my return to Europe, this is when I started my business venture where I invested my funds into a Canadian host travel agency as a self-based travel agent. Since becoming a self-based agent, I’ve been teaching English online full time. Having both jobs where I work for myself, has allowed me to become very flexible with my schedule and vacation time as well as my quality of life.
Exploring the Alhambra in Spain
A self-based travel agent works as an office-based agent would but from home. The big difference is that self-based agents are paid in commission only and office-based are salary + commission. There are pros and cons to both but for me I wanted to work for myself and set my own hours. When I first started my business back in July 2015, I had no client base. I did a lot of networking to build up my business in my local community. Once I started networking and meeting potential clients, the bookings started coming in and their friends and family started to refer my services.
Rappelling in Costa Rica with G Adventures with some of my clients – March 2017
After a year into business with my travel agency my sister and I came up with an idea. At the beginning of 2017 I launched my travel blog No Ordinary Adventure. No Ordinary Adventure is a niche travel blog focused on adventure travel experiences. I often go on trips with my adventure travel suppliers and come home to blog about and share my experiences.
Travelling in Cinque Terre with Intrepid – April 2017
I encourage travellers to experience guided adventure travel. There are many kinds of trips to choose from whether it’s a food tour, a cycling tour, a young-adults only group, or a wildlife safari as a few examples. You can bond with other people from around the world in your group and make many new friends.
I look forward to sharing my passion of guided adventure travel with you!
Exploring Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland with Collette in October 2017