Some Newfoundland Wanderlust (Photo Post)

The Signal Hill trail is probably my favourite place in St. John’s. Just a few minutes from home, I can hike around tall cliffs and face the Atlantic Ocean in search of bergs and boats and whales.

Despite the solitariness, the beginning of the trail begins on somebody’s front deck in the Battery, and if you turn around, the city just spreads out around the harbour. It’s quiet.

On our last hike, we found this shed collapsed due to a storm. How do these things stand up in the first place?

along the trail

along the trail

That wanderlust has been creeping around for weeks now. It’s all I think about. I know I have NYC coming up next month, but there is always that need for more, more, more. My roommate showed me videos of Peru tonight for his upcoming trip, and all I could do was put my head in my hands and think, I’m a travel writer who doesn’t travel. And despite the slow-growing success, the support networks, the learning process, the millions and millions of e-books screaming, TRAVEL NOW! QUIT YOUR DAY JOB! or START YOUR OWN SMALL BUSINESS AND EARN TWICE THE SALARY IMMEDIATELY! It doesn’t change the fact that I have so much debt, and no room in my schedule to work on such businesses. And damn, I’m more fortunate than most to even have a job at all, but some days it doesn’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with paying everything off.

In other news, when I quit being a wiener, I’m entering these contests:

Hostelworld Price Comparison competition by HostelBookers – Sweet prizes, cool swag, potential to win cash!

Hide a Case - The Canadian Club Whiskey contest which would actually change my life if I won. Check it out, it’s s pretty intense.

  • Alaina O’Brien

    Wanderlust is a fickle bitch…. somtimes your best friend, but sometimes just so evil. I’d say small but exciting weekend adventures may be your solution, for the time being anyway. :)

    And OMG that Hide a Case contest sounds totally freaking awesome! Hunting down a case of whiskey all over the world?! AND you could win a ton of money…. Wow, good luck!!! I’ll definitely be voting for your video.

  • maggie

    I’m looking forward to lots of Signal Hill treks this summer :) Have only gone once so far this year, but when I stop living so obnoxiously far away I’ll be going often! Love to just sit and look out across the water :)

    good luck with those contests!! :)

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  • Katie

    “start your own small business and earn twice the salary immediately”-I hate those ebooks, mainly coz they´re usually rubbish! unbelievably tempting but complete bullshit! you´re better off as you are, and think how worth it it´ll all be when you finally get on a plane with a one way ticket in your hand, and no debt on your conscience at all! It´ll be worth the wait! good luck with the competitions!

  • Caroline in the City

    Mad sketchy skeleton house. I live in a bizarre neighborhood. Counting down til TBEX! I will literally have 2 days between my RTW adventure and NYC. I might just die.

  • Leigh

    Well Candice it sounds like you have a severe case of spring fever. Don’t do anything rash. Eventually your debt will be gone esp. if you keep writing as well as you do. And NYC is coming fast. Debt is such a drag but it’s a good teacher too.

    Someone has to win the $100K – I won’t even enter so you have a better chance. Hope you win.

  • Alouise

    I can relate to this, it seems recently my blog has been devoid of anything travel related and sadly I’m not taking any trips (aside from New York and a road trip to Calgary next week). But I really think you’re doing the smart thing paying off your debt first. Small trips seem to be the key, or winning those contests. For myself I won’t be taking any big RTW trip for at least four years, unless I can squeezer some summer backpacking trips in between the school year.

    That photo is really cool. I’m definitely feeling some wanderlust to visit the rest of Canada.

  • Susan

    Aww! Cheer up, buttercup. Someday we won’t be crippled by debt. Student loans are just the Canadian way. Part of the culture. LOL!

  • Dave and Deb

    Hey, is there any way you can declare bankruptcy and get rid of it all at once? :)
    I hate debt myself. I can’t handle it. Now, what you have to do is put a thought out there…”I need to generate $20,000 this summer in income.” Keep thinking this mantra and it will happen. I am counting on this happening because I myself need to generate $20,000 this summer. I will let you know how it goes:)

  • Candice

    Totally what I’ve been doing, but damn getting anywhere from here is a trial!

    Thanks, let’s hope I make it to the video round. :)

  • Candice

    We shall take Ollie, I miss having a dog to walk!

  • Candice

    I agree, I feel like any of those life lessons are things I need to learn on my own, at my own pace. You know? And damn, that debt-free scenario sounds pretty amazing.

  • Candice

    Oh damn, we’ll send you off with a bang!

  • Candice

    Thank you Leigh, I hope so! It’s hard to imagine ever making more money than what I am now. I mean, it feels like I still have quite a way to go.

  • Candice

    Definitely the small trips, but I’m also pretty limited to moving around here in NL. Flights are INSANE! Even a camping trip is hard, not many of my friends have cars. Ugh!

  • Candice

    Totally should! Gotta hit up those Navy dudes.

  • Candice

    I like that idea, even if I have to aim lower. ;) Do let me know how it goes! $20k, and I’d be nearly debt-free!

  • Alouise

    I’m always super jealous of people in Europe or even the US who can just hop a cheap flight to another country or state. Flying is so expensive here.

  • blunt delivery

    blocking it out of my mind how Chicago is never one of the places you are visiting.


  • Candice

    I know, getting from here to anywhere is NUTS.

  • Candice

    Oh hell no, it’s right up there near the top!