About Me

Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada

Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada

Hi, my name is Kristy Macintyre. I’m 22 years old and I’m Canadian!

I’ve always had a desire to travel, but I’ve only fell in love with travel recently. I’ve always dreamed of traveling, but I was way too scared to ever go out on my own. When I heard about an opportunity to volunteer on an archaeological dig in northern Peru I finally decided to just go for it. I was tired of living vicariously through travel bloggers so I started planning a solo backpacking trip that I was going to add on top of my volunteering.

On July 26th, 2010 I hopped on a direct flight to Lima, Peru and 8 hours later I was driving in the backseat of a taxi on a very bumpy right to my first hostel. I backpacked through most of Peru and decided to also go to Bolivia to meet up with a friend I had traveled with near the beginning of my trip. It was the best time of my life.

I decided to start this blog because although I am no writer I have so many stories and a ton of advice to give so why not share it? There were ups and downs and a lot of things I did ‘wrong’ during my travels, but that is what experience is all about. You make mistakes and you learn from them. Take a leap because life’s too short. You won’t regret it.

Iroquois site in London, Ontario

Now for a quick bio…

I’m currently in my 4th year of university in London, Ontario (the ‘fake’ London as so many England-ers have said to me). I absolutely love my area of study – Anthropology. I get to learn about cultures all over the world. It’s amazing. As much as I want to do a RTW trip, I’m going to get my degree first. I have no idea what I’ll do with it after, but I don’t really care at this point in my life. Im 21 years old and I truly believe that this is the time in my life to start seeing the world.

As of right now…

Favourite country? It’s a tie between Peru and Thailand (Although, Peru will always have a special place in my heart being that it was first real travel experience).

Favourite city/town/village? Bangkok, Thailand.

Single most breathtaking moment? While the city of La Paz was literally breathtaking (sad attempt to be funny), seeing Machu Picchu from the main viewpoint was the most amazing moment in my life even though it was rainy, cold and cloudy on the day that I went. I didn’t want to leave and I will definitely go back again.

One of the best things about travel? Other than the obvious reasons why everyone loves traveling, I love staying in hostels and meeting people. The social aspect of traveling is amazing. I’ve met friends for life, including a girl named Jennifer Lopez! I feel like a part of the reason why I loved Huacachina so much was because of the people I met there. I also love eating authentic food. It really gives an insight into what the culture is all about.

Worst thing about travel? For me, it’s being away from my sister, Jenny. We’re identical twins and best friends so it’s hard not to miss her so much. Also, when you realize you’re out of clean underwear. Nothing worse than that.

Favourite international dish? Lomo Saltado from Peru (sauteed beef, onions, tomatoes over rice and potatoes). I probably ate this almost every other day. Also, after recently backpacking through Southeast Asia, street pad thai from Bangkok makes the cut.

Favourite international beer? Cusquena from Peru, Chang from Thailand, or 333 from Vietnam. Probably Chang though.

Countries visited so far? Canada (live here), the United States, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

Craziest thing I’ve ever done? Tie between tubing in Vang Vieng in Laos, the Full Moon Party and its lead up in Thailand, and killing a snake in Vietnam (which included eating the beating heart out of it, eating every part of the snake, and drinking the snake’s blood).

Biggest travel mishap? Tie between breaking my camera in Vang Vieng in Laos and breaking a foot bone in Thailand after the Full Moon Party.

Anyway, I guess that’s all for now. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me! I hope you enjoy reading my blog!

Cheers,

Kristy Macintyre

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