Emily Meyer is still relatively new to the wonderful city of Medicine Hat, having moved here in May 2016. She was born and raised in Ontario and lived in Australia for a year and a half. Emily has visited 33 countries and will share some of her experiences and advice for globetrotters of all ages.
With three active volcanoes, close to 20km of trekking and potential extreme weather conditions, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is not a trek for the faint of heart, yet every day hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people attempt the crossing.
December 11, 2018 - 8:17amUpdated: December 11, 2018 - 11:23am
To us in Canada, the typical Christmas is a scene of white snow, freshly blanketing the city, peppermint hot chocolate and a turkey roasting in the oven, the warmth and aroma spreading through the whole house. We think of our Christmas morning attire as big sweaters and slippers or fuzzy sleep pants and house coats. It’s easy to forget with Christmas songs like “Frosty the Snowman,” or “Let it Snow,” that there is a Christmas of palm trees and sandy beaches somewhere in the world.
I was standing in my bathroom brushing my teeth, preparing myself for the day. My mind was wandering to the moment my friend pointed out the patch of grey hair on the side of my head, saying, “I’m sorry to tell you but you have grey hair!” I’m 23 and I’ve had that spot of grey hair since the day I was born. However, ten years ago if this had happened, I would have been mortified. Heck, even 5 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to say, “Yeah, I know. Isn’t it cool?”
I reached into my bag, diving armpit deep into the backpack I’d packed ten days earlier. My hand fished around the ratty clothes and half empty sunscreen bottles. I came out empty handed, realizing I must already be wearing my last clean shirt. I shrugged, tied my ocean-washed hair into a bun and headed upstairs for dinner.
September 11, 2018 - 10:01amUpdated: September 26, 2018 - 10:23am
Travel regret. This is a topic that has haunted me ever since I went on my first holiday. You see, as time goes on there are a few factors that might come up and cause you to have travel regret. On my first holiday in Europe I traveled for a month straight, spending only a few days in each city, which you can imagine was exhausting. Unfortunately, there came a time when I had to choose between experiencing the night life, visiting one monument and skipping another, or simply having a relaxing day to recover from the non-stop craziness of travelling.
I remember thinking I would travel for my entire life. By the time each adventure ended, I had the next one lined up. In fact, my main priority in life was to travel. I wanted to see as many countries in as little time as possible. I wanted to see everything, so no matter what person I met, I could relate to their adventure stories and I would have my own to share too. But if there is one thing I’ve come to realize, it’s that no matter what you think your life will be like, you’re almost certainly going to be wrong.