My Weekend at TIFF

My YouTube journey is constantly surprising me. Just 3 years ago I was studying business at my university in Vancouver Canada and I had never picked up a camera with the intention of creating a film or a video. 1 month ago I received an email inviting me to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as a filmmaker and content creator with beforeifly travel company. This is not a place I ever imagined finding myself but the moment beforeifly reached out, I already began planning my trip. This was such a unique and fun opportunity and the best part of it was, my friend from high school was also coincidentally attending to present his film at TIFF. My friend's film even went on to be recognized by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on social media after the premiere.

 

Life is full of surprises and I'm glad beforeifly gave me the unforgettable opportunity to come to Toronto. It was great learning about their vision and goals as Canada's newest travel company. As a frequent traveler, my least favourite part of traveling is the process of booking the tickets and sitting down at lunch with the Senior Brand Marketing Manager, it was great to hear that beforeifly acts as your own online travel concierge with no hidden fees unlike almost all competitors I have used. No booking fees and no hidden fees means the price you see is what you get.

 

During my two days hanging out at the beforeifly booth, I had the pleasure of helping people enter their awesome Banff contest where a lucky participant could win a trip for 2 including a 4 day and 3 night stay at the luxury mountain resort Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel including round trip airfare for two. Today I'm excited to announce the winner is Paige Leslie. Congrats on your upcoming trip to Banff :)

 

My next trip is likely going to be to Barbados so it's just about time to book my ticket. If you have a trip coming up make sure to visit beforeifly.com to book your next adventure!

 

Exploring My Magical Backyard

As you guys know, Laura and I spend most of our time traveling in tropical destinations in Southeast Asia and we seldom have the opportunity to appreciate our own beautiful country. Laura and I grew up in British Columbia and for the past couple of years now we had talked about taking a road trip through the Rockies to our scenic next door neighbor. When we were approached with the opportunity to travel to Alberta with Travel Alberta, it was just too perfect.

Today I wanted to give you my 3 top picks if you're looking to experience a great Canadian Roadtrip through Alberta.

 If you're doing the scenic Rocky Mountain drive, you will surely be driving through Canmore. This brings me to my first MUST-DO activity, and that is getting pulled across the snow in a sled behind a group of howling husky dogs. Ok, most people would call it dog sledding, but when you try it for yourself you will see why it is every bit as thrilling as a wooden roller coaster. The huskies live to run and the moment you set them free, they work as a team to pull you, your +1 and the trainer. There is nothing that quite compares to it. I went with a company called Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions and the trainers we're so much fun and they even let my girlfriend and I handle the sled. Another really cool part of it was stopping for a snack at a hut where we roasted marshmallows and drank hot cocoa. This was a Canadian Winter activity if I ever saw one.

Dog Sledding Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PxqLVgcznA

My second MUST-DO activity was actually done on the same day as the dog sledding because it was also just outside of Canmore, Alberta. Our next adventure will take us to the skies as we fly over the Rocky Mountains in a helicopter! This wasn't my first time flying in a helicopter but it was just exciting as the first because of the impressive mountains that surrounded us on all sides. Travel Alberta organized us a special tour and the helicopter ended up flying us in between a set of mountains and landing where no man had been in quite some time. When we landed the helicopter skids sunk 3-4 feet in the fresh powder. The chopper had to re-adjust a couple times to make sure we didn't get stuck! Once safely landed, we got out and put on some snow shoes and hiked to a look out point. The feeling of being in such a beautiful and vast environment is one of my favourites and this was a day I'll never forget.

Heli video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW2Qi3tvWg4

As you head up north to the magical city of Jasper, you will likely pass by deer, moose, bears, wolves and even chipmunks. Do not get distracted by this because the prize is just ahead. The third pick of my MUST-DO activity list is ice climbing in Maligne Canyon. But first step to getting there is to rappel down ice walls into the canyon! Definitely was a little terrifying at first but our guide Mark gave us enough faith to let our body dangle over the side of a cliff. Once we lowered ourselves to the bottom, that is when the action really began. Mark showed us a frozen over waterfall that we would climb using our ice picks and crampons (a series of knives tied to your feet). After our briefing, we began to climb. It was honestly really exhausting and at points, a little scary but the feeling once you reach the summit makes it all worth it. I felt a great sense of accomplishment after reaching the top and I would definitely do it again.

Ice Climb Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQHcbb9TIyg

If you want to see how you can travel Alberta like a pro, check out these top picks and many more in my video "How To Travel Alberta". 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtaVwcSitCo 

Enjoy Canada's Winter Wonderland!

Best Tour Guide in Bali Indonesia

If you're going to Bali you have to go with my good friend Panca! He is the most knowledgeable and all around awesome dude in Bali. Check out our unforgettable day with the man himself!

 

If you're visiting Bali and want a guide, look no further. I swear by it.
Talk to Panca (Bali Customized Tours)
Phone: +62 81 236 06 239
Email : info@balicustomizedtours.com

My Gear and Equipment!

There is a ton of camera gear on the market and each vlogger has there own preferences. When creating travel content, especially as a backpacker, portability and affordability are essential. Over my past year and a half on the road, I believe I have found a set that works for everyone from the beginner to the expert.

When I’m on the road, I manage to fit a drone, laptop, mirrorless camera, vlog camera and action cameras all in one bag that can be carried on to any plane. I would go as far as saying it’s the PERFECT travel vlogger set up with a great balance between cost and performance.

This video shares each piece of equipment that I use and what you can expect from it.

If you’re not in a financial position to get started with this kind of set, don’t fret! As I said before. The most important part of being a vlogger is YOU. Tell a great story and people will watch whether it was filmed on a GoPro or a professional grade camera.

Ps. I vlogged my entire first year with just a GoPro Hero 4 Silver! Just get started 

Go out there and #GetLost

WE FOUND HEAVEN

The highlight of my time in Asia was Coron. This place is what you dream of when you imagine an island escape. Cerulean blue waters, exaggerated cliffs and an unparalleled experience of being LOST in the tropics. This is the crown Jewel of the Philippines and probably Southeast Asia. But don't take my opinion, see for yourself! This video is one of my favourites and quickly becoming one of my most viewed. Linked below! #GetLost   

THE MALDIVES OF THE PHILIPPINES

One of my most successful videos ever was shot in Negros, Philippines when my friend Ronny and I (@droneheroes) went and explored the almost unheard of Manjuyod Sandbar in the Philippines. That day we captured some of the most stunning aerial shots showcasing what looks almost identical to the picturesque Maldives. Our video exploded getting 350K views on Facebook in just 48 hours. Today the video has been viewed over 1M times across platforms and the term I coined "Maldives of the Philippines" almost doubles as the sandbar's actual name. Video linked below! #GetLost

MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD

My beautiful girlfriend, Laura Reid, and I had the extreme pleasure of visiting 9 Asian countries in 2015. Of all these countries, our favourite was the Philippines! In 2016 we revisited the Philippines with one grand mission. To share the beauty of this country like never before. For years, El Nido has been crowned the "most beautiful islands in the world" and this was Laura and I's video to prove it. Video linked below! #GetLost