I’d like to start this post with an explanation of the title and explain to you just what this post is. I’m playing around with the idea of making series posts, where I stick with one theme, in this case travel inspiration, and I make a post every week or every few weeks under that category, mostly for myself, but also for those of you reading. I thought maybe sharing things that inspire me and interest me may do the same things for some of you. This series in particular is one that I think I will enjoy getting the opportunity to write. I have always been in love with traveling, but at only 21 years of age, I can’t say that I’ve had the means or opportunity so far to go many places, but I’m always trying to stay inspired when it comes to travel and that’s what I’m aiming to do with these posts. I want to use these Take Me Away posts to remind myself of the places that I want to go and why I want to go there, and maybe they’ll be able to inspire you too. I plan to post these ones every so often, maybe a couple times a month, maybe weekly, who knows, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. All I know is that I am excited to research and explore various different cities on my list of places to travel, and put down in words all the thoughts I have of these cities and the things I’d like to see in them. So, without further ado, here is my very first post for this Take Me Away series. I hope you enjoy!
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A city that has been on my list of places to explore for years. The appeal of a city that has such an incredible city atmosphere while also having the option of amazing outdoor wilderness adventures is incredible to me. Ocean views, mountains, beautiful skylines, whats there not to love? I’ve read that Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where you can go ski down the slopes in the morning, and sail on the ocean in the afternoon. The possibilities of adventure are endless in this picturesque Canadian city. My favorite part of Vancouver though, would probably be the climate. You’ll find out very fast through this blog that I am not the kind of person that can handle the heat. I like the cooler climates, and Vancouver most assuredly has one. According to a quick google search, Vancouver’s max temperature through the summer is on average around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take a little, and gets much colder (and snowier, another big plus for me) in the winter months. There are a huge number and variety of places and things in Vancouver that I dream of seeing, and so many more that I have yet to discover.
First up, Stanley Park. This is probably the first place most tourists decide to venture to, and usually I’d stray away from those sorts of things, but Stanley Park seems like a truly beautiful and vibrant place. It sits as a sort of extension of Vancouver’s larger downtown area across a bridge, and is filled with lush green trees as you can see in the incredible aerial view photograph above. I believe there is also an amazing aquarium in Stanley Park to visit if you’re in need of a break from your leisurely stroll on the seawall boasting incredible ocean, city and mountain views. Stanley Park holds an abundance of forest trails, a few freshwater lakes, and many other lovely things to keep things interesting while you’re there. For me, it seems like the ideal place to just think. I’d love to walk along the seawall, staring off into breathtaking views, and just think about anything and everything that makes its way into my mind.
The next thing on my list is the Celebration of Light. The Celebration of light is this huge fireworks festival that happens over the English Bay every year in Vancouver. It lasts four nights, and each time fireworks light up the night sky with spectacular shows put on by competing countries during this international fireworks competition. You can view the colors in the sky from the various beaches, parks, and fireworks boat cruises that Vancouver has to offer you. I personally have always loved watching fireworks. Hearing the big bangs and fizzing crackle sounds from them as they burst in the sky in beautiful and vibrant colors and shapes is one of my favorite parts of any firework-filled-holiday, and the thought that there is a four night event celebrating light, fireworks, and international competition is incredibly tempting to me. I have a feeling that the Celebration of Light festival will always be on my list of things to see, no matter how many times I am there to witness it.
Now for some nature; Grouse Mountain. This beautiful mountain in Vancouver is one that I, a person that is less than graceful on skis, have always wanted to visit. Luckily for me, this mountain offers an abundance of adventure options to suit everyone; ziplining, paragliding, a wildlife refuge, outdoor ice skating and sleigh rides, just to name a few. I’ve always wanted to stand at the top of this mountain, to view the city from a different perspective, to see the trees and the ground covered in snow in the wintertime, and to maybe see some of the amazing wildlife that this part of Vancouver is home to. Even if I haven’t improved my skiing skills by the time I visit Grouse Mountain, I can rest assured knowing that there are so many other amazing adventures that I can partake in.
Keeping with the nature theme, the next thing on my list is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If there’s one thing I love, its wobbly bridges. Those ones that make your heart race a bit and your stomach flip; those are the ones I like most, and by the look of things, this bridge does just that to the people that cross it. It hangs high over the Capilano River, 230 feet above the river to be exact, and is 450 feet long. As somewhat of a thrill seeker, I’ve wanted to experience this bridge since I heard about it a few years back. Aside from the slightly terrifying feeling you get when doing activities like this, I love the idea of walking on something -experiencing something- that people a hundred years ago were on, having the same feelings, and seeing the same views. Capilano Suspension Bridge has been making the stomachs of its visitors flip since 1889, and I am hopeful that it will still be there, safe as ever, waiting for me when I am able to finally make the trip to Vancouver.
The last thing I’d like to share with you from my list is the historic district of Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. This is most assuredly a favorite among tourists, but that doesn’t bother me much. The charm of the cobblestone streets, the Late Victorian and Edwardian structures, and the eclectic atmosphere have been calling to me for ages. Among the artists studios, galleries, and antique shops, Gastown is also home to the world’s first steam-powered clock, which may not sound like much, but the beauty and innovation of it really appeals to me. I have always had a love for history, and will forever gravitate towards the most historic areas of any city that I have the opportunity to explore.
There are endless more sights and places that I want to explore in Vancouver, like Chinatown, Granville Island, the Vancouver Lookout, the Museum of Anthropology, and so much more, but I’ll save those for the post I know I will make in the future when I get the chance to visit Vancouver and see those incredible things for myself. With that, the first Take Me Away post has come to an end. I feel like I have accomplished what I set out to with this post, as I feel the wanderlust building up inside me once again. I encourage all of you to look into the places you’ve always wanted to visit, and remind yourself of all the reasons that you want to go. I plan to continue this little series, to keep myself inspired and to keep myself reaching for all of my travel dreams.
I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.