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Lora is an adventure travel blogger based out of Toronto, Canada. Raised on a rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, she has a deep love for nature and wildlife. Lora has traveled to over 57 countries and is working towards her goal of visiting every country in the world, all while finding the best adventures that each one has to offer. On her blog, she shares her adventures around the world and aims to inspire others to find their adventure.

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I’ve been struggling with positing lately, but was inspired by @philofwander recent post/idea to travel back in time to all the places and memories we’ve already experienced. Throughout the next 55 days, I’ll be posting photos from every country I’ve visited in chronological order along with a story or memory to go with it. I’m starting today with the country I was born in - Canada! I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland which is the most easterly city in North America. I’ve since lived in four other provinces of Canada, and have visited them all + one territory! As much as I love international travel, exploring my own backyard has always been important to me. Canada is a wildly beautiful country that never ceases to amaze me. With so much nature and space, I feel like I could spend a lifetime exploring Canada alone! Which country were you born in? ☺️

Best Hiking Spots in Hawaii to Consider – Explore with Lora

The following is a guest post by Via Travelers, a modern travel-blog focused on helping you learn the best travel tips, hacks and itineraries to travel the world. The Hawaiian Islands are popular for their attractive features like majestic mountains, volcanoes, serene beaches and a vast variety of hiking trails. If you are searching for the top hiking spots in Hawaii, the Diamond Head Crater Summit is the best option. Via Travelers is a modern travel-blog focused on helping you learn the best travel tips, travel hacks and itineraries to explore the world.

HOME! 🏠 🥰 I’ve been a bit silent on here the last week as I’ve been trying to process the magnitude of everything that’s happening. Getting back to Canada was a stressful ordeal but since getting home and taking the time to accept what’s happening, I have been feeling much more grounded. My friend @wanderlush_travel nominated me for a gratitude challenge to share five things I’m grateful for. Practicing gratitude has always been helpful for me, and in times like this even more so. It’s not going to make everything better, but taking a few minutes every day to really focus on what you have to be grateful for can be extremely powerful. I’m grateful for this beautiful house that my dad built from the ground up. It’s always been my safe happy place, and now more then ever. Even though I lost him almost three years ago, I still feel like he’s protecting me. I’m grateful that the house is in the woods, so I can still easily go outside during these periods of isolation. I’m grateful that spring is around the corner (even though we still have a pile of snow here 😅). As more snow melts I will access to more hiking trails and this gives me something to look forward too. I’m grateful for my two cats here. No explanation needed! I’m grateful for technology and this beautiful online community who sent so many kind messages of support while I was trying to get home! It’s incredible that we can stay connected all around the world. What are you grateful for today?

12 of the Best Treks in Nepal that aren't Everest Base Camp – Explore with Lora

While trekking Everest base camp is no doubt an incredible experience, it’s not the only trek in Nepal, and not necessarily the best. The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the easier routes in Nepal, it’s a perfect route to do as an acclimatization hike before attempting one of more challenging high-altitude treks. Sitting at 6,189 m above sea level, Island Peak is an entry-level mountaineering peak in Nepal offering some of the best trekking and views of the Himalaya mountain range. Makalu Base Camp is a trek east of the Everest region to the base of the world’s fifth highest mountain.

Last week me and @travelguide_alex took a drive out to the countryside of Marseille to go for a hike. We wanted to minimize our contact with others while keeping our sanity, and thankfully nature is there to do that. I tried to take in all the beauty, with the creeping realization that this will be the last time I travel for the foreseeable future. That scares the crap out of me. Traveling is my entire life. It’s how I earn a living and it’s what brings me joy. But right now is not the time to travel. Now is the time to get home or commit to where you are to stay inside and help the world get over this crisis. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly but with so many unknowns, I’ve decided to go back to my own country (and of course, I will be self-isolating). It’s a crazy time right now. I hope you are all somewhere safe and sound. ❤️❤️

6 Reasons Why June is the best time to visit Iceland – Explore with Lora

Find out why visiting Iceland in June is the perfect time to visit this beautiful country, the best things to do, and an Iceland summer packing list. On June 21, the summer solstice, the sun is visible for the full 24 hours in the Westfjords and North Iceland. Celebrating the Summer Solstice (June 21st) in a place where they have 24 hours of daylight is cool regardless, but Iceland has an entire music festival to celebrate it. That being said, If you visit Iceland in June then I highly recommend leaving Reykjavik to visit some of the amazing attractions Iceland has to offer.

I never would have imagined how the last week has unfolded. I don’t make good decisions when I’m stressed. My brain goes into overdrive, and I find it impossible to think clearly or at all. The events of the past week has been put me into extreme stress and all I want is to be able to feel safe again or at least have a clear head. I’ve made bad choices and have had horrible luck with flights, and now I don’t know if I’m going to make it home. I’m trying to stay hopeful. I am very thankful that even if I can’t be physically near people, I have this little online community. People shit on social media a lot but if it wasn’t for Instagram I would have missed out on connecting with a lot of amazing people. Even if we’ve never met before, these conversations and support for one another’s struggles that we are all facing have been helping me get through my days. And I think that’s only going to matter more in the coming weeks for everyone. I am truly touched by the kindness of the “strangers” I have met through here. This world is full of beautiful people, and we are going to get through this. Always here to chat. Thanks @travelguide_alex for the photo and awesome company during this crazy, crazy week. 🙏Hope you get home safe!

The best stops along Iceland's Stunning Snaefellsnes peninsula – Explore with Lora

How to get around Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula To get around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula you will either need a car to drive it yourself, or join a guided tour. If your with friends or don’t mind driving alone, renting a car and taking a self drive along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a great option as it gives you the freedom and flexibility to stop at many sights and stay as long as you want. How long to spend on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula It is possible to drive the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in one day, but it will be a very busy and long day, and you will have to pick and choose the stops you want to visit. This is a great rest stop for gas and food, or a place to spend the night if you’re been exploring in the park all day.

Being in Italy as the lockdown was announced has been a surreal experience. I’ve been taking things day by day and making decisions with the information that I have. At the time I left for Sicily there was no travel warnings from the Canadian government, only a handful of known cases, and I was confirmed to go on 10 days of FAM trips and tours rock climbing, hiking volcanoes, exploring islands, and more. Just an hour into my arrival in Catania, the government made the decision to lockdown the entire country and we were told to get flights out as soon as possible. My first two flights got cancelled but I was able to get out on a flight to Marseille today. I knew it was a risk going to Italy and unfortunately things went in a bad direction. This experience has made me realize how quickly things can change during these times and I’m not really sure what to think or do at this point when it comes to travel right now. I’m in a weird place because some people keeping telling me to go home but I’m not sure what that even means for me. This year was the start of me being a digital nomad and I gave up my place and most of my belongings to do so. On the flip side of things, the fact that I don’t have any commitments I need to return home for is an advantage, as if I get stuck somewhere or put in quarantine I have the time and ability to do so. This is a very real possibility depending where you are traveling, so it’s something to consider if you are wondering whether to cancel your trip or not. It’s rough times ahead for the tourism industry. Are you staying put or keeping calm and traveling on?

(6/55) Vatican City, since technically it is its own country, the smallest in the world. We visited here in 2005 on that same trip to Italy, which was particularly memorable because it was the same day that Pope John Paul II died. It’s pretty crazy to think that we were there for that. My last visit wasn’t so normal either. It was just two days before the countrywide lockdown, so there were far fewer tourists then normal. I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to see such a beautiful place with fewer crowds. Look forward to making more memories in Italy in the future!