Wanderlust Wendy

Travelogue

Recognize Passport Privilege

US Passport

One of my main goals with this blog is to inspire people to live globally. When contacted by the U.S. State Department to help promote its #BeginYourJourney campaign for Passport Month, I happily obliged. After all, obtaining a passport is the first step to living more globally.  Recognize Passport Privilege  Before I dive into my story, I would like to address passport privilege. Not all passports are created equal, and … Read more

US Road Trip: One Week in California’s San Francisco Bay Area

From geological marvels of the American Southwest, we headed west to San Francisco for a change of scenery, but continued the road trip theme in California. During my time at the fruit company, I had a few extended visits to the Bay Area and wanted to share this beautiful region with my family.  Upon landing at SFO airport, we picked up a rental car and headed to our AirBnB in … Read more

U.S. Southwest Road Trip: 10-Day National Park Loop Across Arizona & Utah

After a tour of the East Coast, we head west to Las Vegas to begin a 10-day national park loop across the American Southwest. We enjoyed this journey with my parents to celebrate their retirement. The beauty of US national parks is the well-planned facilities and trail path. Regardless of your physical abilities, there is something to enjoy for everyone. Before departure, be sure to prepare a great playlist, and … Read more

U.S. East Coast City Tour: Boston, New York, D.C.

3 Days in Boston

Our epic road trip from Montreal down the Maine Coast ended in Boston. We returned the rental car and commenced the US East Coast city tour across Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. Frenchie has never been to any of these cities. Before our road trip, the only places he has seen in the US were St. Louis, Missouri, and Carlsbad, California. I needed to show him the US is … Read more

Road Trip from Montréal to the Maine Coast

On the Road Again After a week of city wandering and filling our stomachs with delightful treats in Montreal, we picked up our rental car and head to Maine. From Skyscanner, I was able to find a reasonably priced car rental (National) that allows for cross-border drop-off. The border control officers in Maine requested to see paperwork from the rental car company, and our passports, of course. But otherwise, the … Read more

One Week in Montreal

At the end of last summer, I was in Vermont for a wedding. Since Montreal is so close and I’ve heard so much about this charming town, it was necessary to make a stop. I booked the Greyhound bus that journeyed from Burlington Airport to Montreal Bus Station on Busbud. The journey took a bit less than 3 hours, including a friendly stop at the border. Bus ticket only cost … Read more

8 Days in Mexico City

Mexico City Zocalo

Mexico City was such a surprising delight. Two years later, I can still feel the vibrant energy, remember the incredible cuisine, and appreciate the culture that permeates through its streets. Our family vacations together every year, and despite my sister and I’s globetrotting ways, we prioritise the yearly trip. Accommodation When traveling with parents, we like having a base and not pack up every few days. Mexico City was perfect … Read more

Workaway Success Tips for Hosts & Volunteers

workaway tips for hosts and volunteers

After our successful first Workaway experience in Uruguay, we had two less stellar encounters in Chile. We left both of them early. The first experience, at a homa-culture farm near Curacavi, Chile, I came down with a cold on the first night, and needed to sleep through the first morning to recover. I was then asked to leave to recover elsewhere, to contain my germs. The second experience, at a … Read more

Farmhouse Experience in Uruguay with Workaway

2019 is the year that we would put ourselves completely out of our comfort zone. This journey began in January with a 3-week stay at a permaculture farm with an American family in rural Minas, Uruguay. We found this family on Workaway, and this was our first experience with an Workaway host. Bonnie, the matriarch of the family, had provided detailed information on the living situation (a tent), that the … Read more

Trans-Siberian Railway: The Summary

12 trains, 115 hours, and 14,645km. This Trans-Siberian Railway journey took us 27 days. What an incredible experience, and it all went by in a flash. I could have easily double the time for this trip, and dig deeper into each of the places that we visit. If this trip has been on your bucket list, I encourage you to find a way to make it happen. You won’t regret … Read more