The flight itinerary arrives in my inbox. Shit just got real. The thing I’ve been debating and talking about for years, is finally coming to fruition. I’m moving to Vancouver.
This has been news I’ve been sitting on for a couple of weeks now, and as the word is slowly making it’s way through the grapevine, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails and messages. So to make things easier, I’m just laying it all out on the table so we’re all on the same page. This blog is after all, called my life untethered. No use in keeping secrets now.
How I Came to the Decision
Oceans + Mountains = my happy place
Every time I visit BC, I can’t help but fall in love. I’ve been around the world and have seen a lot of places, but for some reason I have this affinity to the west coast of Canada. So, I’ve decided to follow my heart and relocate myself there.
I’ve realized that life is too short and I can’t keep saying that ‘one day I’ll move there’ because the reality is that nothing in life will happen unless you take some chances. I’ve written before about the importance of taking risks, but I also strongly believe that it’s important to do what makes you happy.
Over the years I’ve made many visits to BC for both work and pleasure, and this province has so much to offer someone with a thirst for adventure. From rock climbing to hiking, it’s the perfect playground for an adventurer like myself.
Why I’m Doing it
Call it ADD. Call it Wanderlust. Call it whatever you wish. I’m just a girl who likes to follow her heart and try new things.
For one, this isn’t my first time living outside of Toronto. In 2009 I packed up my life and moved to the other side of the world in Australia where I lived on a working holiday visa. Despite being in a completely different time zone and climate, I managed to make it happen. Moving to Vancouver will be a walk in park seeing as though it’s only a 3 hour time difference from Toronto, and a mere 5 hour flight away.
Am I Quitting my Job?
No way! I’m fortunate enough to work for a company which also has offices in Vancouver and they are letting me do my same role in a new city. Pretty sweet right? It’s no wonder Flight Centre has won awards year after year for being one of the Top Employers in Canada. They encourage their employees to follow their brightness of future.
On another note, most of my Marketing team is based in Vancouver, so it will actually make my job a bit easier not having to communicate over video, e-mail and phone calls all the time to get things done.
Where I Plan on Living
The universe worked it’s wonderful magic and as it turns out one of my co-workers in Vancouver is subletting her place while she goes on sabbatical. So I’ll be spending my first 4 months living in Yaletown while I slowly discover all the neighbourhoods and decide where I want to base myself permanently. It also gives me lots of time to start collecting furniture and items I’ll need when I move into my own place.
Will I Ever Come Back?
Ah, the age old question I’ll never be able to answer. The truth is, I don’t have a long term plan. I’m just embracing this experience with open arms and seeing where it takes me. I could end up staying there permanently or living in a whole new country again one day. What I can tell you is that I’ll be back and forth a lot between Toronto and Vancouver. I couldn’t possibly abandoned my friends, family and Travel Massive community ;)
How You Can Help Me!
If you’ve ever lived in Vancouver, know someone who has, or have friends/family currently living there, please shoot me a message! I love connecting with new people and am always open for advice on places to eat, things to see and do, and cool events or communities I may be interested in joining.
A big thanks to all of you in advance for your love and support while I make this transition. I’m very lucky to have good people in my life, many of which who are also avid supporters and readers of my blog. I look forward to discovering new places and documenting my experiences here to share with you.
Here’s to the start of another adventure :)