The Best Damn Travel Tips You’ll Ever Need

In the Streets of Havana (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

Travel is the best education. It’s also the ideal form of rebellion.

It’s the no-bullshit way to find out who you really are. What you’re made of. Hell, some of the best travel advice quite possibly ever comes via Bill Fucking Murray: “Take that person [you love] and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world… And if when you come back to JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” Genius, that Bill Murray. Traveling will change your life. It will. Getting lost in a foreign country in which you only know how to say “hi” is the best way to develop character. I’ve been lost on five continents. (Drinking may or may not have been a factor on occasion). Every time, though, I discover something new. Here are my three quick and dirty rules for travelling. Follow them. It’ll change your life.

Rule No. 1. Ask the locals.

I can’t stress this enough. Nobody likes a tourist. Tourists are needy and annoying with their point-and-shoot cameras, typically ignorant (which, truthfully, is fair as you know jackshit about the local culture at this point), and just plain confused. Avoid that—ask the locals. Where’s the best place to eat? When there, what local dish should you try? Where do you go for a pint after a long day of hiking some godforsaken waterfall in rural Togo that the guide book told you to? The locals know best. The guide books are going to lead you to the overpriced and trite tourist traps. Hell, if you think that the CN fucking Tower is Toronto, then you’re batshit. And a tourist. Get off the beaten path. Read More

Kate’s Pre-Wedding Hairdo

Kate's hair 1

One beautiful lady with one beautiful hairdo.

Kate's hair 2

Photo by Ryan Bolton. Rights held.

Kate's hair 3

Photo by Ryan Bolton. Rights held.

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Skateboarding is Creativity

Andrew Reynolds Street Skating

Skateboarding isn’t a crime. It’s a creative outlet.

Creativity, like passion, is one of those things that you can’t teach. You can teach formulas for copywriting. You can teach proper brushstrokes in art class. You can teach someone how to kickflip. But the true essence—the creativity—behind these teachable skills isn’t taught.

It’s either there or it isn’t. And skateboarding opened my eyes to creativity, passion, determination and a myriad of other skills growing up.

I’m from a small town with a population of 7,000. Homogeneity is the right word. Bucolic, safe and uninspired are all suitable words as well. And as a teenager, I needed a creative outlet. That came in the form of skateboarding.

That wood board and four wheels opened up a new world. It taught me a new way of looking at the landscape: a grass gap at the local McDonald’s, the stair-set at the local newspaper office, a curb behind the grocery store were now a blank canvas. The town became a giant skatepark. And the possibilities for tricks were inexhaustive. The creative opportunities were boundless.

That feeling of accomplishing something you made up in your head is inexplicable. It’s euphoric.

My friends and I had an outlet that was beneficial not only for our general health, but for our creative health as well. Skateboarding is a mode for self-expression. If you’ve ever met a skateboarder without discipline, you haven’t met a real skateboarder. The number of times a skateboarder will fling themselves down a handrail to land that one trick is always worth it. That feeling of accomplishing something you made up in your head is inexplicable. It’s euphoric. It’s a natural high.

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Boarding at Blue

Snowboarding at Blue Mountain 7

The snowboarding season is almost over as spring rears its refreshing head. In light of this, here are a few snaps of a recent trip to Blue Mountain with my best buds for a solid session on the slopes. We filmed the whole day with a Go Pro, but here are a few snaps I took on the side. Here’s to spring, and those beauty days on the hills.


Getting ready. Photo by Ryan Bolton


The view from up top.

Snowboarding at Blue Mountain 3

Picking the best line. Photo by Ryan Bolton.

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Let’s Go to Mars! (But Seriously)

Mars Trip

The phrase “men are from Mars” might not be so far fetched any longer. Indeed, both men and women might be using a Mars area code by 2023.

That is if you’re willing to book a one-way ticket, of course.

Some 56.4 million kilometres. That’s the brief distance from Earth to Mars. With current day technology, it would take roughly seven months on a spaceship—or a ‘89 Porsche 911 Turbo—to get to the Red Planet. To date, no human has ever been to Mars, well, otherwise than Bill O’Reilly for ancestry research. We have, however, landed two unmanned spacecrafts on its surface—the Mars Rover Opportunity and the science laboratory and secondary rover, aptly titled, Curiosity.

That is all about to change if Mars One has anything to do about it.

Mars One is a Dutch not-for-profit with the goal to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Fair enough. Formally launched in 2012, co-founder Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur and mechanical engineer, has quite the plan set in place that includes reality television as one of the chief revenue drivers for the Mars mission. “Human exploration of Mars will be the most exciting adventure mankind has embarked upon in decades,” says Lansdorp in a press release. “It will inspire a new generation of engineers, inventors, artists and scientists. It will create a new generation of heroes—the first explorers to go to Mars will step straight into the history books.”

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