Hello! It’s been a while. But for good reason, I promise. Some important things have happened both with us and also Off Track Travel. Let me catch you up to speed.

Overhauling Off Track Travel

Whether you’re reading this on the website or via an email update, things will be looking a little different for you. Off Track Travel has finally been given a much-needed facelift.

A look at the site as it was 2013-17

What’s changed?

The new Off Track Travel has:

  • An awesome new logo!
  • A much cleaner layout with dedicated working holiday and outdoor adventure sections!
  • New and updated Canadian working holiday content!
  • Easier to navigation and readability on mobile devices and smaller screens!
  • And a whole bunch of other things that you may or may not immediately notice but they make the whole site look a whole lot better, trust me

I’m really excited about the redesign – not only because of how fresh it looks but also how much easier I believe it is to use and find content. I’d love to know what you think of the new look, please do get in touch and let us know! If you’re reading this via an email update, come and check the full website to see the changes.

a change in plans

It’s not just the website that has experienced some changes recently.

JR and I had actually planned to be back on the road at the end of May. Our intention was to buy a newer, bigger van and drive it to New Brunswick (JR’s home province), outfit it there and travel around the Canadian Maritimes all summer. At the time of writing, we’re still living in Penticton, BC.

Another summer of sun

We like living in Penticton. Most of all, we love summers in Penticton. For this reason, staying in Penticton for a little while longer is no downgrade. The thought of spending another summer here was one of the main factors in our decision to stay. The other reasons? Well….

No new van yet

After two camper conversions (and eight months experience living and travelling in them), we’ve got a pretty good idea of what kind of van we want to buy next. We’ve narrowed it down to either a GMC Savana or a Chevrolet Express. The problem is, Penticton (and the wider Okanagan Valley) doesn’t have a huge amount of these available to buy within our budget. We’ve actually been looking for about six months with no luck.

Our leaving plans heavily relied on having a great vehicle to live and travel in so this was a pretty big sticking point.

A disappointingly mild spring

It’s been a long, cold winter and spring here in BC. In April and May last year, temperatures regularly reached 30c. This year? It rained almost every day and we’ve been struggling to get a consistent 20c and above. Things are looking better now (despite flood warnings) but the depressing spring weather all over Canada hasn’t really hasn’t inspired us to get travelling and exploring again. Or even to look harder for a van to buy and live in!

A better work/life balance

This is still a work in progress but I think we’re going to manage it this summer. Though we do love the summers in the Okanagan (as mentioned), we still want to get out and do some epic paddling and hiking trips. We’ve only managed to fit in a few of these over the last couple of summers. This year, helped by some new flexibility at work, has way more potential. Watch this space!

A better blog

When we started talking about staying in Penticton a little longer, I realised that it would helpful to have some extra time working on this site. After making the decision not to leave, I finally put a plan in action that has been on the backburner for a while. A major part of that plan, of course, was to redesign and rework Off Track Travel. And here we are!

New offtracktravel website design

A new start

This summer has brought not a new beginning, but a refresh for both of us and the blog. We’re excited to have you a part of that adventure as well so do let me know if you’ve also had a recent reinvigoration of any kind too! Or maybe you have some fun summer plans, I always love to hear those. On our calendar so far is a paddling trip on the Sunshine Coast, a hiking trip in the Kootenays and an outdoor gear trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gemma
Author

One half of a Canadian/British couple currently living in Penticton, British Columbia. Gemma is happiest with a paddle in her hand, on the trail or planning the next big adventure.

4 Comments

  1. Carmie Dixon Reply

    I love your page. It looks fabulous and Garry and I will be using it when we start our new beginnings on July 19 this year. We have just about finished the sale of the house and will be moving into our new home…a 37′ 5th wheel and traveling Canada and the US for the next couple of years. We hope to stop in to visit you this summer on our way to Vernon which will be around the beginning of Sept. I will confirm as time gets closer. If you are going to be away, we will catch up another time. Take care and keep up the awesome work. Miss you both. Carmie

    • Gemma
      Gemma Reply

      Thanks Carmie! Wow, it sounds like you and Gary have some exciting plans! We will probably be heading out on a trip around September 8th but we’d love to see you if the dates work out.

  2. The site looks fantastic! Well done for all of your hard work. I wish you all the best for a balanced summer and we will see you next month!

    Joe

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