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.
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So you have decided…You are finally going traveling!
Great, you have made a wise decision to take the journey of your life into the unknown. Don’t worry about leaving your job or giving up a steady pay cheque. Saying goodbye to your family and friends might be a little tough at first but after all, you are only a plane ride away!
Deciding to go traveling is a big decision, especially if you are in your early twenties or thirties when a lot of people are “settling down” and taking out mortgages etc. But you won’t regret your decision and you will find a way to make it work, enjoying the sights and wonderful people and experiences you will encounter along the way.
For many, one big trip or extended gap year is their first time to really travel properly not just like a 3-day break away to Western Europe. Is this like you?
Packing your bags and leaving stuff out is difficult, especially if you are a girl! We need stuff on the road, or at least we think we do. But as you set sail on your voyage you might find yourself getting rid of clothes or stuff that you thought you would need. There are loads of places to buy, sell, trade, or donate your stuff on your adventures.
Before setting out, having done some research into the destinations you wish to visit is important. Information about visas, money, local taxes, transportation links and your accommodation bookings are important to get insight into so you won’t be panicked when you arrive. If you are a newbie traveller, below are some great tips to help you prepare for your trip.
7 great tips for the newbie traveller
- Get travel insurance
There is a wide range of safety and crime rates across the globe. Also, some places are more prone to the spread of disease than others. With that in mind, a solid insurance policy is essential. For example, for taking part in extreme pursuits or water sports, please ensure that your insurance covers you for these, as some insurance companies won’t deal with certain activity.
- Passport check
Make sure that your passport doesn’t expire anytime soon. This seems basic but you would be surprised at how many travellers do overlook this before they jet off. It’s actually quite simple to forget your passport’s expiry date because if you haven’t been using it very often, then you wouldn’t have a reason to check it. You don’t want to be shocked on your flight day that you can’t fly due to an expired passport!
As a tip on the road, ensure that you check the expiry date before you intend to book your next flight.
- Communication technology
Some people keep their existing phone plan and smartphone when they go on long term travel. This might not be the best idea, with charges for roaming and issues with data and signal, it might be better to start with a local phone and sim option. Obviously, this would depend on where you go and for how long.
Just use your common sense. Maybe hold off on buying a new high spec smartphone before your trip. Around the world, there are some great phone and/or sim plans available. But remember, being on your phone every minute of the day is not what you want when you travel. You will miss out on events, interactions and the experiences of it all.
- Stick to the beaten track
Especially as a solo-traveling female, you should strongly think about going somewhere well known, not too remote and with a lower crime rate against women. Do some research and be smart. Joining a group is a great way to chat to travellers who may have been to the area, they can give you the low down.
With everything going on in the world today, watch the news and local updates on anything that would make the destination a little dangerous. For example, some Arab countries have different laws for women that us in the Western world wouldn’t adhere to at all! Check out guide books, blogs and forums that will help you to understand the destination(s) better.
- The right baggage gear
Get yourself a quality comfortable rucksack and/or small suitcase as hand luggage if you’re going to bring cameras, laptops or similar. Shop around online and visit some of the outdoor-adventure shops too as they often stock solid products. The key is that you want to pack your bags lightly. Try using a rigid “in or out” system when you pack. Also, get yourself some luggage padlocks and maybe some name tags to recognise and protect your luggage on the road.
- Be open minded with your accommodation
For meeting other travellers on the go, staying in a hostel or camping are two great ways that also won’t break the bank. The world is full of great hostels and campsites. Prices can vary from place to place and in the different seasons. Hostels are supposed to be basic, so you may only get a bed in a shared dorm room, with no bathroom but the communal one down the hall. Be prepared ladies! Most hostels are quirky, fun places and usually have decent wifi.
- Backup your documents
Making copies of your drivers license, trip route, flight itinerary, boarding passes, insurance policies and obviously, your passport is a wise move.
Remember too that some countries will require a certain visa to enter and stay, so making digital copies of any visas that you may require will give you some reassurance if your real documents did happen to go missing or get stolen. Before departure, back up whatever you can and save them to a USB key and also create a folder on Google Drive or a password protected folder on Dropbox with to save the digital copies to. You will then have access to your important documents from anywhere with internet or through the USB key in the hostel!
All set? Just to recap
- Travel as lightly as possible and keep an eye on your baggage
- Hostels and campsites are great fun at a low budget
- Make a copy of your documents (USB key and on the cloud)
- Check your passport well in advance of booking a flight
- Do some due diligence on your destination and try to stick to the beaten track
- Consider a local phone/sim plan
- Get insurance for your persona and valuables
So your clothes are dirty and you haven’t washed them in a week!
You may have stuffed your luggage full with clothes for all the seasons. You then realize that you don’t need half of what you packed and end up chucking out some or maybe donating them to a charity.
This will save you space, reduce luggage load and also provide some good karma in the world.
So you might end up wearing your each of your clothes for a day longer. With that in mind, you might find it challenging, keeping it all clean but there are a few ways to manage for little to no cost. It is easier than you might think to keep everything clean.
Below are a few pointers that I use which work well, maybe you could use them too:
This is basic and simple but effective. Block the drain of the sink, add in some shampoo or soap, add in the hot but not boiling water and wash your stuff by hand.
All you need is some elbow grease and some free soap from a dispenser! Probably one of the more popular ways for travellers to wash their clothing and it costs very little.
If you find that the sink drain is leaking or even missing, then use a rolled up sock or a dish cloth, stuffing it in, blocking the drain hole.
Wrap up the sock/cloth in a grocery bag to improve your man-made plug’s effectiveness! When you’re done, just rinse off all of your clothes and unplug the sink.
Cha-ching! Coin-operated machines
A lot of places will have coin operated machines in communal areas. However, you will typically find these in cities, larger towns or touristy holiday resorts.
Hostels, guesthouses and hotels may have some washing/drying machines, ask at your reception.
So you place your clothes in the drum, input the time and/or temperature, add in some washing detergent and insert your coins to start your wash.
Tip: Laundromats are great places for meeting people, where you can have a quick chat as you wait for your fresh clothes.
The laundry lady
Though not always the case, there may be laundry services available for a small fee. Simply arrange with the laundry person to do your laundry for you and you won’t be left having to do it yourself!
Last but not least, drying your clothes
Finding a quick, efficient way of drying your newly washed clothes is essential! Some climates will be better for outdoor drying.
So it the sun is out, and your accommodation has a clothesline outside, drying your clothes out there will only take a few hours.
What about in bad weather?
If there’s bad weather or if you’re in a hurry to the airport you’ll be forced to dry clothes indoors. Here’s a neat way to speed up your drying:
Using a dry towel, stretch it out over your bed, putting the garment over that towel.
Then by rolling it up as tightly as possible and leaving it for a while, any excess moisture will be absorbed from the towel, seeing up your drying time!
Packing the little bag?
No matter where you in the world, your routine for packing the carry-on bag should nearly always be the same.
Just ensure that you have all of your essential items and whatever clothes you need to ensure comfort.
Depending on the flight or sea crossing, you might need to bring a carry-on case or bag or you maybe you’ll only require a large purse.
So whether you are booked in for a 30-min domestic flight or a 12-hour transatlantic one, below is a quick guide to help you pack for a smooth journey including some recommendations for bags to carry on with you!
If you are bringing gadgets like tablets or cameras then it might be wise to purchase a camera & laptop backpack, due to extra padding.
This will protect your gadgets and holds extra little bits like chargers or maybe a mini tripod, while still having lots of pockets and space for the rest of your essentials.
A tote or gym bag
You should always pack a nylon tote, no matter what carry-on bag you use. These totes really are a dream for traveling!
Totes can fold right up to a small size to be easily stored away and they open out much larger giving you an additional travel bag if needed or you can simply use it as your main carry-on bag.
Gym style bags can often be a good option too. Just get a lightweight, durable one with good comfortable handles.
Having a cross-body strap might come in handy if you are carrying it while walking.
A travel pillow
Get yourself a good quality adjustable pillow for your neck that will inflate with just a few big breaths or air.
Good ones will have a quick-release button for letting the air out, so you can adjust your comfort level or deflate quickly and put it back into storage.
Some ear plugs
For long flights, you might want to get some sleep. Having a decent pair of ear plugs is a good cheap investment.
You’ll enjoy more comfort, fewer distractions and might just save yourself some sanity from a crying baby or loudly snoring man beside you!
It’s all about noise reduction, comfort and cost effectiveness! Look for the best noise reduction ones on the market that fits your budget.
You can usually bring some fruit or nuts on with you to the plane. You can also try out some healthy snack bars, most cafes or airport shops have these now. You won’t make yourself too full, while also giving yourself some good energy, with delicious natural ingredients.
Think of how many people are hopping on and off that same airplane that you have just been on! It’s not surprising to realize that bacteria is rampant.
You can play your part by keeping clear of any airplane bacteria build-up by not spreading them any further. Get yourself some wipes and sanitizer to keep the germs at bay!
So there you go, six things to pack into your bag and some good recommended bag types. Keep an eye on my next post for some more items to pack to give you a full carry-on back to cover any journey.
It’s all about thinking outside the box
Doing too much planning for your trip can make it a laborious task and suck the life out of the excitement of going.
So just do a flexible guideline of a plan and cover the most important things you need to do to make sure you are safe etc. Otherwise, you might feel that you must stick to a rigid plan and you won’t enjoy your travels as much!
Besides, you might discover that you prefer one city or country over another and so you’ll need to rearrange your flight plans in order to stay.
Spontaneity is what makes your travels memorable. It’s those spontaneous moments when you meet someone new or learn a new style of music that you’ll cherish forever.
I have listed below four ways that you can approach travelling to improve the quality of your experience:
Get yourself lost intentionally
You’ll need to go visit where the locals live, eat and work to really appreciate an area.
So many worldly destinations are geared towards tourism and this paints a particular picture but you will often need to wander about further to uncover the real beauty and authenticity.
Not knowing where you are going, go on a mini expedition!
Write down your hotel or the name of the place you’re staying just in case you have to get a cab later, then just go in one direction and see where it takes you.
As a girl, you might be a little concerned with danger. Don’t be too afraid about stumbling across a dangerous area either because most of the locals will redirect or warn you beforehand.
Do some volunteering
Across the world, the range of poverty and wealth varies. Some places are more developed, cleaner and more prosperous.
While other places are the opposite. How can you help?
Do some volunteering. This is such a rewarding experience, where you can learn more about a country, it’s inhabitants and its challenges.
You will make new friends by volunteering. You may have an idea of where to volunteer or discover a worthy cause on your way. Find something that you believe in and that also benefits the less well off.
Slow right down
Don’t try to cram four countries into four weeks of travel!
Most of the highlights of your trips will happen when you simply slow down and explore your surroundings.
You will discover things you won’t find in the travel guidebook and you’ll meet interesting people, willing to chat and show you the place. Slow down and take it all in!
Wine ’n’ dine the local way
In the Western world, we have “Chinese” or “Mexican” eateries but are they the real deal? On your journey, try everything for the taste and you might even find a new favourite dish! Ask the locals where they would eat too.
There you go. Four ways to improve your travel experience. There are many other ways to enhance your traveling, giving you a more immersive, more exciting appreciative experience.
Be wary and trust your gut!
The world is full of shady scammers, preying on tourists for to make quick dollars!
Knowing what be cautious of is the best way prevent yourself being a scam victim. You might think as wise, mature traveler, that you are too smart to be scammed.
Think again, being scammed can happen to the even the most skeptical among us.
Scams come in the form of ridiculous charges in cabs and taxis to you unknowingly revealing credit card details to the scammer.
Having some prior knowledge gives you a little edge before you venture out. Loads of different scams are out there!
Below, I have just five of them. Hopefully, this helps you avoid unnecessarily losing your money while also keeps you safe.
“The taxi meter is broken”
In this one, usually, cab or taxi drivers at the airports or busy tourist spots are renowned for this. But that’s not to label them, it can really happen at any point.
Upon getting into your taxi, the driver will start to drive away, telling you that “the meter is broken”, thus they will try charging you an extortionate taxi fare!
Negotiate your fare prior to him driving off! As a basic tip, check that the meter works before you hop in. If the driver refuses to turn on the taxi meter, just hop out into another one.
Again, this scam usually would happen among taxi drivers.
On your way to the accommodation, the driver will start telling you that where you are staying is at full capacity or that it is closed, while conveniently offering to cart you to much more expensive place to stay, where they have struck up a deal with the owners to get a commission for bringing you there!
If you haven’t booked in yet or even if you have, then give your accommodation reception a call just to double check that they’re open!
Also, you could ask them do they run a shuttle service from airports so you can arrange to be picked up.
Even if the driver still tries to say that your hotel or hostel isn’t available today, then insist that he brings you anyway and get out!
Unofficial WiFi networks
Free, unlocked Wifi networks might actually be dangerous if you connect to them.
The hackers can establish non-secure hotspots in public locations that then entice tourists to connect to them — giving them access to your device and data.
If you are in a bar or cafe, please always ask the staff what the official wifi network is along with the correct log in details.
This is often on a wall poster, the menu or on sometimes on the bill/receipt. For the more tech savvy among you, try encrypting your online activity by using a VPN (virtual private network) for extra security.
That’s just a taster!
These are just an introduction to the many scams out there. The number one tip is to be on the look out for shady characters around ATM’s, street sellers and taxi drivers! Trust your gut and keep your money safe.
Nearly packed your carry-on bag but feel like you have forgotten something?
Remembering what you can and cannot bring in your carry-on bag becomes second nature to you as you travel more and more.
Some countries might have more stricter policies than others. But having your essentials will put your mind at was as you embark on your journey.
My other article on 6 Things To Pack In Your Carry-On Bag got you started with some bag styles and some basics to throw into the bag.
Below are a further five things that you can pack to make sure you have all you need at your disposal, no matter what length the flight is.
Limited space in your carry-on bag and liquid limitations make it hard to bring makeup on your flight.
- Some mascara will work wonders and help you brighten up those eyes after a long flight.
- A good under eye concealer should be for hydrating shouldn’t crease. This is perfect for covering up any dark circles and nourishes the
Traveling a lot in the one day will probably mean that you won’t have any showers. Ladies, pack enough panty liners and change them throughout your journey.
The main thing is to keep you dry and odorless and while keeping you fresh until you reach that shower!
Mintor boiled sweets
It’s a good idea to avoid chewing gum on your flights. Since when you’re chewing, the swallowing of air can often give you a tummy ache.
As an alternative, go for something like a nice mint or sucky boiled sweet. Some people’s ears “pop” causing some mild discomfort and a slight deafening effect when they reach a certain altitude so having something to suck on may help this.
I’m not sure if this is just an old myth or if it actually works, I have never had my ears pop.
Smell nice and sweat-free!
Ladies and gentlemen, please do us all a favour and use a deodorant! Buy a small can that you can take on the airplane and feel free to reapply it mid-flight.
Keep those teeth white
Usually, it’s nice to pack your own electric toothbrush into your bag, but you can also buy small travel sized mini brushes to give you that quick freshen up brush on the go.
You can leave these in your purse or wallet no matter where I go so you will have a fresh breath and healthy white smile for those snaps!
You are set!
So five more things that you can add to your carry-on luggage. Remember to not pack any sharp objects, too many liquids or any other forbidden items.
If there are other things unique to you such as medicine or inhalers etc then obviously pack those in but these mentioned above and the few items from my other post will certainly get you ready for the best carry-on bag.
London is great but where to go beyond that?
A cosmopolitan city to the core, London boats tonnes of stuff to do and places to go. If shopping malls, museums or just plain old sightseeing tours are your thing, you won’t be let down.
But many people would consider London as just another European city. So if that bursts your bubble, then consider this; there’s lots of great little spots outside of London that you can visit. I’ve outlined just a few of them below:
Steeped in medieval architecture and home of the Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Abbey, the great Canterbury boasts a fascinating history. For a long time, it was a popular pilgrimage location. Regardless of your love or hate for tour guides, this place is surely to be explored without a tour guide or you will miss out!
In summer time, Edinburgh is great! Art festivals, super comedy acts to keep you laughing and stunning scenery are all standard in the lovely Edinburgh. It’s a beautiful city, steeped in culture and tradition. If it’s a museum you are after, then the National Museum of Scotland is sure to provide you with the answers to this great country’s rich history. Take a trip up to the castle and watch he cannon being fired, this is a daily thing!
Scottish Kilts, medieval swords and Scotch whiskey are also on the cards if that’s what you’re into.
Journeying away from Edinburgh is Glasgow. The art fans among you will really enjoy the Kelvingrove gallery and museum.
In the Northwest of Scotland, little towns are scattered around. One such example is Torridon, offering visitors surprises. For whale watching tours, taking a yacht trip or camping, Torrid has all of these covered for you.
If you are a gardener and love your flowers, then visit Hull this summer. You’ll be in for a treat. Imagine you could experience flowers that never die!
Well, now you can do that, in Hull. In a celebration of being a City of Culture for 2017 (an event held yearly around the world to celebrate city’s culture, people and arts) — Hull has got a field full of yellow flowers, but no ordinary ones! King Edward Square is home to over 1,700 flowers constructed from nearly 147,000 Lego bricks! Crazy, I know.
Southwest of the Cotswolds, don’t miss the charming Gloucestershire. Being further away from London, it’s not as over crowded as other places.
Stroud is a small town lined with streets of cobblestone, artisan breweries and vintage-style shops amidst the market stalls. It offers charming historical significance in addition to all of the modern needs of the new age traveler.
A historic little town, Rye is like other market based towns spread throughout the United Kingdom. What makes this place unique however, is its location. Found on the Romney marshes, along the sand line of one of the South coast’s longest beaches, you can expect to spend some time going through goods in antique shops and wandering through the alley ways.
Do castles do it for you? Windsor, Inverness, Skye and Cardiff sport some of the nicest castles where the grandeur of the United Kingdom’s complex past is visible. For the famous Stirling Castle, Scotland is where you need to go. But if you don’t intend on going that far north, then go somewhere closer to London, like the Leeds Castle in southeast London. Chartered buses do run, to haul you between the castles, so do some research prior to the trip to find the most appropriate deal for you.
For a more knowledge seeking, historical insight, then visit York, Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester. Any city with something unique in its history is worth a shot. Take Southampton for example. This was a port town from where the tragic Titanic once departed in the year 1912. Also, the SeaCity Museum is a great spot. Manchester is a great location for the sports fans among you, with the National Football Museum, where you big footy fans can hang out all day! For the train lovers among you, then go to York as it has a museum dedicated to railroads and trains and entry is free!
Are you a fan of the Beatles? Liverpool is for you. Take the long and winding road to the dedicated Beatles museum and look into The Beatles Story too.
Does glamping tickle your fancy?
If you like being at one with nature but in a more glamorous way, then glamping is ideal for you, providing you with a camping experience with some added luxuries.
Roulotte Retreat in Melrose
Here you can escape the cold by staying in one of the traditional Gypsy’s caravans in the Roulotte Retreat, Melrose. This is just on the Scottish border. The Eildon Hills overlook and each of the caravans has their own style influenced by Celtic, Indian and even Moroccan cultures.
Maybe return to London before you go?
If you like London, then maybe returning here after a few days in the countryside is a good idea. Cambridge is pretty easy to get to, where you will wander into the Fitzwilliam Museum or the Botanical Gardens at Cambridge University.
For nice beaches, then visit Southend-on-Sea. It’s a stunning location.
For a nice shopping experience in the countryside, then High Wycombe will delight and it also has some great architecture that will keep you gazed and dazed with the lovely buildings.
Budgets and more information
As the UK economy starts to recover and find its way through this whole Brexit thing, the travel industry there may take longer to reach max capacity again. But for the traveler, this is a good thing as it makes it more competitive for tourism and travel companies, giving you many options catering for all budgets.
Coming from outside of Europe? Then make sure you have your correct visa. Also check the expiry date of your passport!
Do research based on your chosen destinations, find out the level of expenses you’ll need and the look for the better times to book in your accommodation and you’ll be right on your merry little way to a great British adventure!
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.
Are you seeking some travel advice?
Maybe this is your first time to travel. Having the know-how to best manage your trip will help you to really enjoy the experiences you encounter along the way.
From experience, I have drawn up some tips to help you out. Below are five great tips to get you started.
Be a sun riser
There’s nothing more beautiful to watch than the sunrise in the early morning. Having the best sights and locations all to yourself is special.
If you are into your photography, getting some photos at sunrise will be great due to the sun’s light at this hour.
Places more known to be dangerous are also less so in the morning time. Free from any distractions, being at one with yourself as the sun rises is a lovely way to appreciate life.
In many years time, you’ll remember the times along your journey when you looked or felt like a fool.
When you’re in a new city with a new language and way of life, it is very normal to feel slightly vulnerable or stupid for not knowing how to do or say something.
Don’t be too embarrassed, just have some humility, laughing at yourself and smile. Don’t fear failure and remember to appreciate other culture’s customs.
Cash is king. For an emergency, having some extra cash stashed away in a few places is a good way to cover yourself.
A couple hundred pounds or dollars or whatever is worth having stashed. This way, if you ever lose your purse or if your credit cards cease to function, you will be covered with your stash! ATMs run out of cash occasionally too.
Your extra cash can be stored away in secret, in your shoes, in a rolled up sock, in your toiletries bag, or maybe in a small hidden compartment of your main luggage bag.
Meet the locals
You should try to make an effort to avoid other travelers for long periods of time and start conversations with local people instead.
Basic English is spoken in a lot of countries or you could even learn some basic sentences in their language. So don’t panic. It’s much easier to communicate with others than you might have imagined, use your body language and gestures.
You will no doubt learns something new and the local people you encounter will surely enhance your travels more than a lot of travelers will.
If you are one to worry about every little thing, then don’t! Whatever life throws at you, it’s a waste of energy to be annoyed and angered at most things for any longer than a few seconds.
What if you miss your flight? Not to worry, stay a little longer and see is your ticket covered, maybe you can rebook for free or at little cost.
God forbid if the internet goes down for a while! This is great! It’s good to take time out from technology and social media to engage in a meaningful conversation with someone instead. Have patience.
Take it in your stride
No matter what happens, you’ll work it out as it happens. Your journey might pivot to a different route but that’s life.