• Travel Inspired

    How to Create Your Own Travel Photo Book

    Once the afterglow of your dream vacation has worn off and the tan has faded into non-existence, if you’re like me, you’re probably left with hundreds of travel photos and no clue how to organize them. Once upon a time, scrapbooking was the way to go, but has quickly becoming a thing of the past, and thank goodness, because honestly, the average person doesn’t have all that extra time to be crafty. There are plenty of creative ways to display your travel photos, more if you peruse the Pinterest boards. But sometimes simple is better. What I do know is that if travel is anything, it’s a conversation starter, a universal endeavour amongst my friends, and a great…

  • Asia,  China,  Travel

    Culture Shock in Beijing – How to Embrace “Difference”

    Experiencing new cultures or culture shock is par for the course when you’re traveling abroad. The idea of immersing ourselves in a culture vastly different than our own is intoxicating, but what at first feels like an adventure can quickly transform into  an experience that causes us discomfort, uncertainty and even fear. There aren’t too many places or cultures that have made me feel this way, but when I touched down in Mainland China for the first time, the cultural difference was palpable. And while I’d never let a single negative experience colour my view of an entire country or culture, it was a good while before China revealed her…