Happy #featurefriday! This week we interview traveller and now backpacker bus company operator Jared from Out Here Travel. He shares some of his favorite travel experiences and favorite places from around the world, including Canada!
What inspired you to travel?
When I was six years old I found myself on a nine-day backcountry canoe trip in Temagami with my father. It was majestic. I fell in love with the backcountry, canoe tripping, having new experiences and adventuring! From setting up a tent, different paddle strokes, and cooking over a campfire.
Where have you travelled to so far?
I’ll focus a bit on Canada to start. I have had the opportunity to stay in just about every hostel on the central and east coast of Canada, exploring around with friendly locals and global travellers. Every day it would be a new adventure. We would wake up, choose a direction and drive coastlines, visit far-flung towns and go on many hikes and adventure activities.
I had the amazing opportunity to visit Haida Gwaii in BC, and paddled the Mountain River in the Northwest Territories. Growing up I was a canoe trip guide, and paddled tons of rivers with friends and family in places like Killarney, Algonquin, Harricana, Missinaibi. Canada is full of experiences you don’t want to miss. I’ve been writing a lot about Canada these days, so if interested check out my blog, Out Here Travel Blog.
For other countries I have had tons of amazing experiences, but some of my favorites include living in Prague for six months and visiting tons of the surrounding countries and cities on the weekends. Karlovy Vary really stands out in my mind in the Czech Republic. I also had amazing trips in Peru, Nicaragua, around South East Asia, New Zealand and beyond.
Was there one destination that took your breath away? If so, what was it?
Outside of Canada, Abel Tasman national park in New Zealand was absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful coastlines with turquoise water, amazing hikes up and down the coast and more. Well worth spending lots of time exploring.
In Canada, the Gaspesie region is unbelievable. You can sleep above stony cliffs with the water crashing down on you from below, go on epic hikes in beautiful national parks, rock-climb and canyoneer, and not to mention seeing the geological wonder of Perce Rock. Check it out if you can!
What was the best way for you to meet new people abroad?
Say hello! I remember meeting people in Vietnam because I walked outside of a temple and they said, “hey, how’s it going”… then we travelled for a week together. If the people aren’t friendly back, well… say hello to someone else! Before you know it you will be having a great time with other folks.
What is your dream travel destination? Why?
I don’t really have a dream travel destination, but lots of places and experiences that I would love to have. I would love to go cage diving with great white sharks in perhaps South Africa. I would love to go hiking in Patagonia. It would also be a dream to paddle another northern Canadian river, say the Tatshenshini… but I can only dream for now about that one. The world is full of wonder, but in the meantime, I am going to continue my never-ending exploration of Canada.