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About Maia Williamson

Maia lives in Montreal, Canada. She has two Masters degrees, one in International Development and one in Applied Linguistics and has been teaching ESL since 2002 at the college and university level. Maia is an avid traveller, always planning the next big trip. She loves the outdoors, adventure, learning from different cultures and doing frequent volunteer work abroad.

A Day in Guatapé

Sometimes when you're in a big city some of the best things to do actually entail getting the hell out of said city, even if you love it there. About two hours by bus from Medellin is the hidden gem of Guatapé, population: who-the-heck-knows. Its most famous tourist attraction is the [...]


I've been to a lot of hot places - Tanzania at the height of summer, Cambodia during monsoon season, Haiti on a long bus ride with the windows closed, but I think this last week in Cartagena might possibly take the cake. I can only guess that the intense heat [...]

A Hard Landing

As I sat in the airport for the world's longest and most painful layover, beset with thunder, lightening and flash flood warnings threatening to make it even longer, I actually contemplated if this trip was a good idea. I'm usually in such a good head space as I embark on [...]

New York

“What?! Are you kidding me?! Off all the places you’ve travelled to, you’ve never been to New York?!” I got a little sick of hearing that for the last umpteen years, and I generally have always wanted to go, so over the last long weekend, I finally made my move. [...]

Pushing Forty with a Backpack

Don’t know about you, but months before a trip abroad, I feverishly scour travel books and websites for places to go, where to stay, what I’m going to see, and what I can do to scare myself. As excited as I get, I can’t help but wonder if I’ll be [...]

Kissing Traditional Hotels Goodbye

I’ve never understood why some people travel to see the world and spend more time in their hotel room than actually seeing said world. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never wanted to spend too much money on accommodations - because I want to see so little of it. For me, as long as [...]

My Bucket List

I think having goals and dreams is important in life, imperative in fact. How else can you strive to be better, to do better? So as a proud travel junkie, adventure enthusiast, humanitarian and lover of cultural differences, it's no wonder that many of my goals and dreams have to do with where I can go and what I [...]

Africa by the Hand

When the conversation of travel comes up over cocktails and I get ready to launch into my African adventures, I'm usually asked the questions that immediately kill the buzz... “Alone in Africa?! Weren’t you scared?! Wasn’t it dangerous?!” As a look of disappointment parks itself on my face, I can’t help but blurt [...]

Le Quebec

I love my country and am extremely proud to be Canadian but every winter I curse both....a lot. I hate the cold, the snow, the wind chill, the laying of clothes and of course the frickin’ shovelling. So it’s no surprise then that I’ve always passed on the opportunity to [...]

My First Hater!

Since launching my blog a few months ago, I have loved every minute of it. Sure, the building of it caused great stress and profanity to spew from my pores, but now that it’s done and up and on the go, it’s been amazing. I’m learning a ton about the [...]