I am taking some unpaid leave from my fantastically dreary 9-5 day job in the city this summer to do some long overdue travelling . I am aged 35 and haven't travelled much before, let alone on my own so was hoping for some company! I am looking at maybe seeing the West Pacific coast of US up to Vancouver and then through the Canadian Rockies. I have looked at some of the group tours but I find them quite expensive (I am on a bit of a budget!), restrictive and moreso they all seem to be catering solely for the younger traveller . I am no pensioner and but have reached an age where am a bit tired of the partying nitelife and more interested in the Great Outdoors...if there is anyone else out there who shares these sentiments and fancies hooking up for some adventures, that'd be cool.
Unfortunately, I can't travel at this time, as I have a)a job and b)time off for a vacation later on that I'm already planning on. BUT, if you ever find yourself inside BC somewhere, and pass a very small town called Valemount (ok, it's almost non-existent, there's a highway...some streets and buildings - thats it), stop there!! There's a restaurant (I think it may be the only restaurant) that has the best freaking pasta sauce I've ever tasted in my life. I used to eat home grown tomatoes at my grandparents' village house when I was little - ate them like apples...this sauce tastes SO incredibly fresh..REAL FOOD. At least it did a year and a half ago (when I was there).
That's my tip for you!!
Good luck in your travels!!
Are you asking for some advice on what to see and do in the cities that you will be passing through, or looking to meet up with new people who are travellerspoint members in those cities, or looking for a traveling companion for the entire trip? I can at least give you some advice on what to see and do in Vancouver if you like, and would be more than happy to meet up with you for a pint of beer or a latte when you are in town. I know how it feels to travel alone abroad. I highly recommend taking a gondola ride (or if you prefer, an hour hike) to the top of Grouse Mountain on a sunny day to have a panoramic view of Vancouver and the Gulf Islands. This is a good website on things to do around Vancouver.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Vancouver or British Columbia, I'd be more than happy to help out!
Petra M, Vancouver