I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel. I can almost remember our family trips to Florida when I was a child, but driving through the States and stopping along the way was just the beginning. From Cuba to the Dominican Republic and Antigua, to name a few, travelling to a tropical climate is a bonus if you're from somewhere like Canada. Two summers ago I travelled to 10 countries in Europe and I still put Berlin, Germany as #1 on my list of places i've been. I have so many things on my bucket list this year but travelling is definitely at the top. Thankfully I was able to start 2016 off in one of the most beautiful places on the planet - Saint Lucia! Words can't describe how incredible both the environment and people are. It was also my first time in a real rainforest. The seven day trip flew by but we were blessed with hot weather and a taste of liquid sunshine (sometimes it rains throughout the day while it's sunny!!!) We always joke that along with taking time to kick back and relax, we're paying for some ridiculously expensive vitamin D so I spent a significant amount of time in the sun. Swimming in the ocean, water trampolines and beach volleyball were a hit and I met heaps of people from around the world which was sweeeeeet.
One of my favourite parts of the entire trip would have to be the day trip we took with a local named Joy. We left the resort on a speedboat at 8:30AM and didn't get back until the late afternoon. Our guide, Vaughn, took us to places like Marigot Bay, the love tunnel where the Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, and the famous Pitons (above), before we were treated to lunch at his family home. I can't believe bananas and coconuts grow in his front yard.
One of the coolest parts of the day was our visit to the active volcano or sulphur springs. Here, you cover yourself in black mud and literally bathe in a hot bath for super-soft exfoliated skin. Afterwards, we went to a stunning waterfall in the middle of the forest for pictures and beer.
Last stop before we got wasted on the boat ride home was snorkelling. At this point in the day, I was exhausted, but had to get some shots on my Go Pro - stay tuned. The water was crystal clear and there were so many colourful fish. I also found heaps of fruit on the beach and saw it as a perfect photo op! You can read more about Joy's Cruise, here.