With travels being up in the air due to Covid-19, I decided to move back to Canada and explore my own country for the next few months. I flew from Australia to Canada mid-August and touched down in Vancouver. I had this huge wave of excitement and an incredible sense of place wash over me when I looked out of the plane window to see the snow-capped mountains, dark green trees stretching for miles, and fog drifting through the deep forest. I didn’t realize I was homesick until I landed and felt the excitement for this new adventure and to show you guys what my beautiful country has to offer!
With the virus, I had to do a 14-day isolation period and decided to find a cabin tucked away in the woods of British Columbia. After 32 hours without sleep, I was exhausted and ready for some rest. I arrived in the region of Squamish and was thrilled to find myself in the cutest little cabin with the towering forest surrounding me. I cracked open the windows as the cool fresh air glided in and brought the smell of pine which filled my head with nostalgia for my time growing up camping, hiking, and adventuring in the Canadian wilderness.
I used my 14 days as a time to recharge, rest, and immerse myself in nature. I was going on mountain bike rides, reading in the woods, and hiking every single day. There are countless trails in this region, and I was astonished when I would find myself deep in the woods with a sense of calm, internal peace, and not any other humans around. I would sit and bathe in the seclusion with nothing but the birds chirping, moss-covered bark, rich meadows, and lights rays peeking through the branches.
This was a time of peace and a time to be alone after being surrounded by people every waking moment for over a year. I had been a bit anxious at the end of my time in Australia after being stuck for lockdown and needing to stay 5 months past the expiration of my original 1-year visa. I had recently graduated from my master’s degree and had hopes to begin my dream job – which I worked so hard to get. I jumped through hoops, after being shortlisted and interviewed multiple times. I ended up getting the job, only to have it cancelled at the last minute due to the virus. I was devastated.
I understand that this situation has affected us all and being an overly optimistic person, I was always pushing myself to stay positive. Following my intuition, I was drawn back home and decided to close the chapter of my travels in Australia and start something new. I felt that it was time to move forward and was craving change. At this point, I had no plan and was merely following the signs from the universe. It sounds crazy, but I truly believe there are signs in life and it you don’t listen, you can be bumped off your path. So…I listened.
During this isolation period, I took plenty of time to be with my thoughts and looked at the bigger picture of my life. What direction was I going? What do I want to accomplish? I came to the conclusion that I wanted to use this time in Canada to explore my own country a little more and go to some of the spots I’ve never been. The place that I feel the most at home is in the province of British Columbia – so I will be using the next few months to go hiking, camping, surfing, and exploring the beautiful towns such as Whistler, Tofino, and Ucluelet; as well as checking out some of the other little islands on the coast! I had a refreshing and eye-opening adventure in Squamish and by the end of my isolation, I felt motivated and excited for the unknown that lies ahead.
If you want to see the visuals of my isolation, check out my IG highlights here!
I’ll also be blogging this adventure, so stay tuned!