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
A look at the site as it was 2013-17
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!
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.