Vancouver Island, Canada
As a kid, exploring with my Dad in his Landcruiser.
Adventure has always been a great part of my life. As a kid there was lots of off-roading, fishing trips and road trips. When you come from a family of aviators, adventure seekers and explorers, it’s natural to carry on that legacy.
I’m a certified, automotive mechanic, have a background in Marine Navigation, and have spent enough time on the road to be good at planning extensive trips.
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and North West Territories.
A lot of back roads driving, taking the long way around and going out of my way to see something new between destinations. My biggest trip so far was to Tuktoyaktuk. I’m calling it the first leg of my trip to Argentina.
Canada! This place is the overlanders' dream. We take camping really seriously here, and you’d never have to worry about being bored with adventure.
2019 Ford transit van. Top three mods are an interior to live out of, a really good set of tires, And a tire rack for the rear door. Future mods include a lift kit and a better roof rack.
Shovel, axe, tow straps, tire chains, jerry cans
So many things. Where do I start? My incredible sense of wanderlust, the need to see something new, and the almost spiritual experience one feels when the view of a vast landscape is before you.
Ask questions! Wherever I’m exploring I always find locals to tell me about the place. This has turned into getting a walking tour in a very small town with interesting history, to being invited to an Inuit wedding in the Arctic. Be friendly, be kind, it’s that simple.
Every culture experiences life differently and views the world through different lenses. A brief snapshot into what they are experiencing can change your perspective as a human and thus create in your heart a greater love for people everywhere. I believe a true explorer should come back from every trip a changed human.
Finances truthfully have been a problem, and not being distracted by lesser dreams that don’t fit in with the bigger picture of what I want my life to look like.
Standing on the banks of the Mackenzie River, talking with the locals and learning how to say a bunch of the local names, and even between the different dialects.
It has changed my perspective on people. Humans are incredibly kind everywhere you go, especially if you’re bringing kindness into your interactions.
Don’t worry about trying to look the part. You don’t have to have a fully decked out Toyota Landcruiser overland vehicle to go to Tuktoyaktuk, take what you have and go.
Exploring locally is like going to the climbing gym down the road. Each mini adventure prepares you for the bigger ones, and offers you a shake down on your equipment. So when I explore locally, I intentionally find the limits of my vehicle, my equipment and myself. It’s much easier to know when you're close to known people and services, then running into issues on a backroads trip in the middle of nowhere.
It means more than just adventures. You can plug it into regular life itself. We should be inspired to bring positive change to the people and life happening around us. Even if it’s just your neighbour
Just Go! If you want to travel across a continent, sometimes it starts with going to the lake. Every little thing prepares you for the bigger thing. Don’t get depressed if you can’t make your big dream happen tomorrow, just remember “what can I do today, even if it’s a small thing, to get me to where I want to be in the future”.
It still requires the same amount of preparation and planning, and in many places, the roads are still barely developed. Even in Canada.
I’ve read it and listened to the audio book over and over. It’s like Grandma and Grandpa telling you a bed time story and is best listened or read with a cup of earl grey, next to a warm wood stove.