4 Months to Go!

I wanted to do a Canada update as I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since my last one back in August.

So I’ve booked my flight for the beginning of January 🙂 It’s so nice to have a date in my head now. I have something real to plan for and get excited about.

I have been thinking about what I actually want to do while I’m away. So I made a list:

  • Relax
  • Blog
  • Study
  • Take photos
  • Ski
  • Drink lots of coffee
  • Re-visit the places I loved when I studied at UBC
  • Lots of walking

I have a few more things on my list but wanted to keep this an overview. I’ve got to save something to write about while I’m over there!

The next thing I’ve been looking at is where, apart from Vancouver, would I like to go. It’s winter so it does limit my options, but there are still places to go and see:

  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Seattle
  • Victoria
  • Banff
  • Jasper

The next thing was accommodation. I though about renting an apartment for a month or 2, but as I want to be in the centre of Vancouver, it works out way too expensive to justify. I’ve been looking at hostels as they are great places to meet fellow travellers. The problem with hostels is they often have a time limit of how long you can stay. The Vancouver one is 3 weeks.

After thinking about it and the places I want to go. I’ve decided to treat the 3 months as travelling. I’ll arrive in Vancouver, spend some time there (up to 3 weeks) then head to the other places on my list with stops back to Vancouver in between if needed. Then I’ll end up in Vancouver for my flight home.

This is great as I can get skiing in, in a few places over the time I’m away. Also I can leave Seattle to later in my trip in hopes that it may be better weather than earlier.

I’ve been jotting all my thoughts down in the note-book I carry on me almost all the time. It has been a great idea. I jot down ideas at random times and don’t have to worry if I forget things.

The only thing left to do is get my 3 month break confirmed in writing at work. It’s frustrating to know I don’t have it confirmed yet. Also it means I haven’t been able to talk about it openly. Hopefully this will get sorted in the next week or so, but until then my anxiety levels are a bit higher than I would like. In times like these I try to predict the future and I can’t. I always overestimate the severity of the problem. Knowing that I do this has not helped me stop so far, but awareness is better than nothing.

Overall I’m excited. Overall I need a break. Overall I want to do want I feel is right for me, right now. Going to Canada is it.

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