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Welcome to our travel resources page.

Here, you’ll find recommendations for all our favourite travel websites, outdoor clothing and adventure gear.

As full time outdoor adventurers, we use (and wear out) a myriad of equipment, gear and gadgets. Everything listed here is tried and tested by us and comes with a personal recommendation.

There are are a few services mentioned in the working holiday section that I am unable to use myself due to nationality reasons but it is my personal belief that they are worth using.

There are affiliate links below. If you purchase something through these links, we may receive a small percentage at no cost to you.

Back view of JR walking on wooden bridge, looking up at huge cascading waterfall
Exploring Yoho National Park, BC

General Travel Resources

We regularly use the following websites to book travel, insurance and tours

For short trips and overnight stays, we book accommodation through We love the (usually) flexible cancellation policy.

Viator logo

Viator is a one stop shop for tours and tickets around the world. I like using Viator to find out what kind of activities are on offer at a destination. The reviews are useful too.

Get your guide logo

Similar to Viator, Get Your Guide is an online tour booking agency. I find that Get Your Guide has better coverage for Europe than Viator so it is worth checking both.

Skyscanner logo

We research flight schedules and times using Skyscanner and Google Flights. Both have the option of open-ended searches (no fixed destination). We then book direct with the airline

Working Holiday Resources

Heading to Canada on a working holiday? You may find these websites helpful

O Canada Facebook group logo

Facebook discussion and support group for working holiday participants heading to Canada. Administrated by Gemma with more than 30k members

Send my bag website

Bag and luggage shipping service, great for sending items (such as ski equipment) home during a working holiday. 5% discount with this link logo is an international tax filing service for international tax returns. They get the best possible refund. 5% discount with this link

True Traveller logo

True Traveller provides long stay insurance policies to permanent residents of the UK and EU, including Ireland, France and Germany. Unlimited visits home are allowed and winter sports coverage is available.

Fastcover logo

Fast Cover offer an IEC specific policy with unlimited trips home for Australian residents. An initial 12-month policy can be purchased and then extended for another 12 months on the departure date, totaling the 24 months needed for the IEC program.

green wise logo

Wise is an online money transfer service that we use almost every month. It has low transfer fees and an excellent exchange rate. New users can use this link for one free transfer

Outdoor gear

We are pretty picky when it comes to outdoor gear. Each piece has to be durable, lightweight and reliable. We review and change our gear list regularly.

As of February 2023

Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3
Sleeping mat: Exped Ultra 3R Duo
Backpacking pack (Gemma): Osprey Aura 65AG
Backpacking pack (JR): Osprey Aether 70
Overnight pack: Osprey Tempest 40
Sleeping bag (Gemma): Rab Neutrino Pro 600
Sleeping bag (JR): MEC Draco -9C Wide Down 
Water filtration: MSR Thru-Link (with DIY gravity system)Back-up water purification: Aquatabs
Water storage: Osprey 2l Hydraulics reservoirsFrontcountry camping stove: Jetboil Genesis
Backpacking camping stove: Jetboil MiniMo
Lightweight tarp: Rab Siltarp 2
Daypacks: Osprey Talon 22, Cotopaxi Luzon 18
Hiking poles: Black Diamond Carbon Distance Z

Set up tent on gravel pad in front of turquoise coloured Floe Lake, backdropped by soaring mountains
We purchased the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 in 2022

Hammock: ENO DoubleNest
Camp chairs: Helinox ChairOne
Backroad navigation: Backroad Mapbooks
Van: 2005 GMC Savana with DIY conversion
Kayaks: 14″ Delta kayaks
Canoe: 17″ Evergreen Cottager

Elevated view looking down on canoeist on calm Maligne Lake, approaching peninsula with scattered trees, with background of huge mountains
Padding our canoe close to Spirit Island, Jasper National Park

Outdoor clothing

We’re pretty fussy about our clothing as well! Durability is a huge factor.

As of February 2023

Base layers: Icebreaker merino wool (tops|bottoms)
T-shirts: Icebreaker and Smartwool
Waterproof jackets: Arc’teryx Beta (mens|womens)
Mid-layer synthetic jacket (Gemma): Arc’teryx Atom LT
Down jacket (Gemma): Outdoor Research Superstrand LT
Down jacket (JR): Arc’teryx Cerium LT
Hiking shorts: Decathlon / Outdoor Research Ferrosi
Hiking pants: Outdoor Research Ferrosi
Socks: Icebreaker/Smartwool merino wool
Backpacking footwear: Salomon Quest 4D (mens|womens)
General use footwear: Oboz Sawtooth Low
Sandals: Teva HurricaneDrift

Back view of Gemma looking towards the diamond shaped snow capped peak of Mount Assiniboine, with Lake Magog at the base
Gemma wore both the Arc’teryx Atom LT and Beta jackets at Mount Assiniboine