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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.

Why Every Woman Should Travel. Alone.

I’m not always adventurous. I tried my first yoga class about three weeks ago. I’m afraid to eat ham because it reminds me of a dog’s tongue, and if it were up to me, I would still own a VCR. But there are some things that I do with gusto and [...]

All That Baggage…

On my most recent trip abroad, I found myself at one of the worst airports I've ever been to for an extended layover. It was dirty and chaotic and most of the people I encountered were not the...'happiest', let's just say. It got me thinking, what is it about airports [...]

Interview With Caroline Stolzy

When I first met Maia, almost 2 years ago now, I was struck by her smile and openness. Her face was literally an invitation to talk. When I discovered her passion for travel and volunteering, I knew that open face had to have been earned, at least partially, through [...]

Haiti

Organized Chaos I wrote a lot of notes while in Haiti and sat down to write this blog maaany times, but I haven't known where to start or how to make sense of it all. Now that I'm back in my igloo and have reflected on the experience ad nauseum, I think I've been [...]

The Quest for Balance in 2015

After two weeks of volunteering in small town Haiti without the western comforts of Wifi, air conditioning or consistent showers, I did something I normally don't do - I allowed myself a few days to decompress at a fancy schmancy hotel once back in the capital. This may not seem [...]

So, this is Haiti…

After a brutal day of flights, delays and crappy airports, I all but squealed in delight when I got to the airport in Port-au-Prince (PAP) and met up with both my driver and luggage successfully. After he dropped me off at my hostel, my plan was to hide in my [...]

When is doing good not so good?

With the technology and mobility that our world now enjoys, people of all walks of life freely gallivant around the globe en masse, all the while documenting it for the world to see. People travel for adventure, relaxation and sometimes an escape from reality. Check, check aaaand check! However, many [...]

To the Top of Africa

It was six days (four days up and two down), 5895m, (19,500ft), about 50 hours of climbing, a few mental breakdowns, a massive sunburn, a gazillion blisters, one nosebleed and pain everywhere...but I made it. Of all the adventures I've been fortunate to have, I don’t think I’ve pushed myself as hard [...]

What does travelling mean to you?

A spring-break week in Key West or a Disney Cruise are definitely forms of travelling, but just not for me. Actually, I’d rather poke my own eyes out than do either. What I refer to as travelling is going somewhere off the beaten path where you stick out like a sore [...]

Montreal

Mon montreal Many people find themselves in love-hate relationships with various things in their lives. I’m no exception - CNN, exercise, olives – some things I just can’t quit even if I don’t always enjoy them. I also find myself in this predicament when it comes to the city I [...]