Who’s Roving Beaver?

Hiking in Hvar
It was a tough hike in Hvar, Croatia. I earned that pastry!

What’s with the name?

I’ve been asked many times about the blog name, usually accompanied by a smirk and asking me whether I’m aware that the word beaver can have several connotations.

To make sure there’s no confusion that this is indeed a travel blog, I’m Canadian and beavers are one of our national identities! I grew up in Eastern Canada and lived in Calgary in the west of Canada in my mid-20s. Since 2008, I’ve called Perth, Western Australia home, and while I continue to enjoy my share of maple syrup I wanted the name to have a connection to my home country. Anyone familiar with Canada would know that beavers are part of the vocabulary, with one engraved on the front of all the 5 cent pieces.

So why create this blog?

I love travelling, researching travelling and reading other people’s experience with travelling. While I’d been a member of the TravBuddy community for some 10 years, I thought I’d branch out and share my stories on my own site. Hopefully sharing my experience will help others planning their trips.

What’s your travel style?

I travel solo and do so often, but I also love sharing my passion of travelling with my boyfriend and also with my mom on mother-daughter trips. While I’ve done the backpacking through Europe on a shoestring trip, my travel style now is more of a budget but not backpacking level of comfort. I tend to travel for a month at a time, so I try to keep costs down, stay in B&Bs, while still enjoying nice meals and a glass (or two or three) of vino!

Where have you travelled?

I’ve made 5 trips to Italy over the past 5 years and also as part of a 3 month long backpacking trip in 2008. I’ve also been fortunate to be able to explore the very large and diverse country of Australia and desides extension travel throughout Canada, I’ve also traveled throughout Western Europe, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

How can you afford to travel?

I’ve been working in Finance for the past 15 or so years which funds my true passions of travelling, learning languages and meeting interesting people along the way. My free time is spent researching trips and studying Italian, so I try to save my money for these two hobbies. The difficulty these days is finding the time to take off work and to hop on a plane for another adventure.

I hope my travel experiences will help to inspire you in your trip planning and post-holiday reminiscing.