I’m Dave, a Wandering Canuck, and one of those people who gave away most of what he owned in order to travel full time.
In my first year of travel, I hiked in the Yukon, climbed mountains in the Canadian Rockies, hiked in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, hiked the 900-kilometer Bruce Trail, and wandered around Central America climbing volcanoes, exploring Mayan ruins, eating tacos, and playing on the beaches. I lived in my van for seven months, and when I wasn’t in my van, I slept in my tent or in hostels.
What I discovered in that first year was that travelling just for the sake of travelling wasn’t particularly interesting. It was okay, but not as spectacular as I had hoped. Despite the difficulty of the task, in that first year, I felt most alive when I was hiking the Bruce Trail, and it’s because I had set a goal. So every morning, I woke up excited to make progress on that goal. I had hoped that living without goals and embracing the habit of random travel would be satisfying, but I was no happier travelling randomly than when I had been working full time.
In the process, I realized that I needed a place to call home, something permanent that would be my sanctuary between adventures. Several full-time travellers on the popular blogs, after many years on the road, have voiced the same desire for a permanent home, or a home base.
My choice for a home base was easy; in all my travels, my favourite place has been the Okanagan Valley, in Canada’s British Columbia interior. It has some of the best weather in the country, has more than 100 hiking trails within an hour’s drive, lakes with some of the best beaches in North America, and terrain and views to inspire the soul. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also Canada’s premier wine region. So when the opportunity presented itself, I bought the smallest, least expensive condo in the valley. It’s only 382 square feet, it’s perfect, and I love it.
The purpose of this blog is to share some of my adventures, hopefully to both entertain and inspire you. Most of my adventures are not earth-shattering – I’m not going to climb Mount Everest, for instance – but I have undertaken a few quests that have really challenged me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I’m just an average person trying to have an interesting life. Perhaps you are too, and maybe my posts will help you energise your adventurous soul.
I encourage you to create an adventure for yourself. A pilgrimage. A quest. Or a project. Anything at all. Anything that will take you a little bit outside of your comfort zone. Anything that will help you grow. Anything that you find daring and exciting.
If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me at DaveGutscher [at] gmail [dot] com.
Live boldly. Hope to see you along the trail.