Become A Digital Nomad And Explore The World!
Hi, I’m Aly and I’m a 30-year-old adventure seeker from a small village in the south of Ireland. Welcome to my virtual home!
Traveler Ahoy is my space online where I talk about all things travel, lifestyle design and going against the grain. My goal with this blog is to inspire my readers to step out of their comfort zones and follow their dreams, whatever they may be.
Do stick around as it would be great to have you aboard for the journey!
Top 3 Reasons Why I LOVE (and you will too!) Being a Digital Nomad
My Message To You…
BREAK the RULES. FIND your FREEDOM.
GRAB every OPPORTUNITY. LIVE your LIFE.
Have NO REGRETS
We are all born free but that changes as we grow older.
Family, work and financial commitments constrict us into living a certain way in order to survive. The world around us tells us that we must graduate college, get a job, find a partner, buy a house, have a family and retire at 65.
That freedom that each of us was born with is lost in all of this and, more often than not, it disappears forever.
I’m doing things my way and making freedom my priority. I hope to inspire you to do the same.
Working Online & The Possibilities Out There
I’m not one to exaggerate BUT becoming your own boss will be one of the best things you’ll ever do. As having the freedom to travel is my priority, supplementing my income by getting some writing gigs online was my goal.
That has been my primary source of income since I left home, but I’ve figured out a few more tricks when it comes to making money online.
Having to earn every cent of my pay cheque does come with its own set of challenges but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There are so many opportunities out there when it comes to working online and Traveler Ahoy covers many of them so stay tuned for insider info and tips.
LATEST FROM MY BLOG
A lot of things have happened in the last ten years since I decided to embrace this lifestyle. Some of them were sad, some of the exciting and some made run for my life. But, when I sum everything up, I wouldn’t change a thing. The memories make our life and help us remember why we actually lived. I am going to tell you some of my favorite ones and try to describe in a few words why this type of life is worth living.
On my way to India, I have rented a motorbike, yes, I can ride a bike, at that time I thought it would be much easier to explore the places. But, something was wrong with it from the start. After it broke down for the 100th time, on a very crowded street, I had to pull over, filing frustrated and upset. Cars and pedestrians were passing by, I thought everyone would be honking and yelling at me, but almost each car stopped, and people rushed to help me out. Finally, some man took me to a mechanic shop, while I waited, people were smiling at me, shaking hands and saying hello. Their cheerful spirit managed to repair something more than one broken bike.
While staying in Mongolia, back in 2011, I’ve rented an old Russian van to take me from Ulan Bator. Along the way, Ive noticed an unusual set of rocks sitting on huge wasteland, at that moment I thought it was a good place to “visit the facilities.” After I’ve done the deed, a strange man appeared in front of my van, telling me in a very bad English those stones are sacred and they have a special meaning to Mongolian culture. He started talking about karma and bad luck; I personally don’t believe in such things. But on my way to next destination, I got a very unpleasant chance to experience the meaning of his word. I got lost, my van broke down two times, and someone stole some of my possessions while I was shopping.
This place was the home of the first Premier of Alberta, and it is rich in history and cultural heritage. Back in 1911, Alexander Cameron Rutherford together with his wife and kids moved into this beautiful mansion, near the university campus. Today, this structure is the symbol of hospitality and kindness. Through years Rutherford family hosted the gatherings in this palace and entertained friends and relatives. When you visit, this building, you will notice it’s fully restored and furnished in Edwardian style. It will set you back to some lost time, and you get to experience the traditional way of life.
Events you can visit
There are many other ways to experience Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site. Each of these events focuses on some special activity and depending on your preferences; you can choose which one to attend. Some of the most interesting ones are:
Family Day Open House – starting at February 20, from noon to 4 p.m. All visits on that day are free, and you have a unique opportunity to visit the home of the first Premier of Alberta. This tour will take you through history; you will get to know different personalities of the Rutherford family and know their interests and hobbies. Explore all parts of the house and enjoy simple treats which are made in a traditional kitchen.
Each year, from 1912 to 1939, Rutherford family hosted a Founder’s Day. Alexander Rutherford and graduating students from the University of Alberta will plant a tree on campus. After that, they would return to his home to enjoy the gathering and to have lunch. On Founder’s Day, you will explore the gardens of his home, have refreshments and receive your own graduation certificate.
Hours and admission
The house is opened from May 15 to first Monday in September, from 10 a.m. to 5 p. Winter hours are from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Labour Day to May 15. Fees are really affordable; one ticket will cost you $7, you can get discounts deepening on you age, of you can but an annual pass.
If you are a fan of an open-air museum, then Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is the right place to visit. I remember my first trip here, and how excited I was to travel to Canada. The beauty of this place had blown my mind. It set you back in the 18th century; you get to see the primitive way of life and peace and quiet of this place has are a very positive effect on your mental health. It helps you remember the life before technology and gadgets.
The structure of the museum
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village has more than 35 buildings/houses which are relocated and restored. Their traditional name is Burdei, also known as sod house. Different styles are combined here, one room and two room school, several churches and blacksmith shop and grain elevator. Visitors of all ages are welcomed here, and you will see Alberta’s cultural and agricultural roots. The traditional Ukraine food will complete this experience. The location of the museum if very approachable, 25 minutes east of Edmonton, driving along the Highway 16, just on the east side of Elk Island National Park.
Visit special events
This museum hosts a lot of interesting events and exhibits. Workshops are a very attractive place for gatherings; here you can hear the stories about the Ukraine cultural heritage and their pioneers who have come to this part of the world. If you have never visited this place before and you are a fan of history, this is a perfect opportunity to find about Ukraine culture and their settling in Alberta. During the spring, many events take place here, like the exhibit “Where we came from,” it celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, emphasizing the stories of Albertian families.
Visiting hours and fees
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is open from May 20 to September 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. very days. Considering the prices, the costs aren’t that high, the price of the ticket is $15, but you get to have some discounts regarding the age and number of people, of you can get an annual pass, which is $50.