So while I am posting pictures on Instagram, making Instagram stories about my life and my work and travel journey, now I am starting the road trip blog. I am not going to write for each day a post – it is more like, a story about each part of our road trip.
So the first part will deal with Vancouver and the surrounding area (like Whistler, Lighthouse Park, Ladner Creek trestle).
Then Vancouver Island. After that our road trip down the west coast of the USA. And so on…. This doesn’t mean, that I am not going to post pictures on Instagram anymore. It is more like the ending of each part, to round it off.
Road Trip Part 1 | 20.03-02.05 Vancouver and surrounding area
We started early Wednesday in Germany by plane from Hannover to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Calgary and then Calgary to Vancouver. Our work permit we got already in Calgary. So from Calgary to Vancouver, it was just a domestic flight. In Vancouver, we arrived on the evening of 20th March.
For the first night, we booked a Hotel in Downtown. That was perfect for the beginning. We were in Downtown, had a beautiful view and everything was easy and really comfortable. This was the reason why we booked that already at home. We slept on the 23rd floor and had a great view of the sea.
After the night we had to leave the Hotel and went to the Airbnb we had for round about one and a half week. The location of the house was perfect. Not in Downtown but near to a Skytrain station. So we needed just 30 minutes to Downtown and could manage all the things we had to do. We planned to use the Airbnb time for all essential stuff where a fixed address is good.
On the first days, we dealt with more formal things. Like a mobile phone number, bank account, social insurance number – but all of these examples just needed one day. Pretty fast and without any appointments. While we did this, we saw a lot of Vancouver Downtown and Stanley Park. It is amazing to see a big city with high buildings and at the end of the town is a beautiful park – Stanley Park – pretty sweet. Everybody is doing sport there, hanging out or just looking at the sunset. It is so cute.
After the formal things, we searched for a car because of our road trips plans. And it is much cheaper to sleep in a vehicle than booking a hostel, flat or whatever.
We fell in love with a pickup – it’s a little bit expensive, but we will sell it, so the difference is essential at the end. And a truck always looks nice here :).
Buying the car was pretty simple. We transferred money with
With the ability to be flexible we started our job search. We asked for service shops and looked around on job sites. Well, we applied more than once, but when they asked how long would we like to work we don’t lie so we say like around 2 months. And that’s not enough. It was always the killer question for us. Or sometimes they said yeah cool; however, they never respond. But then we found a job in the work and traveller facebook group. Constructor. The agency Pristine Labour which specialized for travellers. So they are spontaneous and flexible. And they take you just for 1 or 2 weeks. And you can always say when you want to work and when not. Perfect for a traveller. And the pay is not that bad.
On free days we went to Home Depot to buy wood and rent tools for preparing the car. (You can read about it here).
When our car was finished, we already had to leave our Airbnb. So this was the moment when we started living “on the street “.
So we’ve got a job. Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 3.30 pm. Sometimes longer. First, it was not possible to work on the same site as my cousin, but after a few days we became a job offer for the same construction site, and it was easy for us to manage.
We had to clean and cleaning up the site and other simple tasks. Our team was always kind, and we felt comfortable. However I hurt my self, so I had to cancel my work. This was the reason why we left Vancouver for a trip to Whistler.
Whistler is a charming village. The negative point was that we went there between the winter and summer season so you could not get really skiing or hiking. Furthermore, it is a holiday area – so it is expensive, and you felt like you always spent money and –
After Whistler, we searched for another job because working on a construction site with an injured foot – no that will not work. But like I already said, I am too honest, so I didn’t find a job. Alex went back to Pristine Labour and me? Well, I stand up like he but went to parks or sit in a Starbucks and wrote my Website. A mixture of feeling good and feeling bored. On the weekend we made a trip to the Ladner creek trestle. Well, that could be an own post. I will make it short: We hiked a way we were not supposed to walk. So we saw the trestle, but it was far away…. After 2 hours we got the right way, and we were happy. Maybe I am going to write about the trestle… so that you will not make the same mistake. The Ladner creek trestle is a touri spot, so it was hard to get images without people. A little bit sad, but that’s how it works.
Moreover, we visit the Lighthouse Park and Cypress near to Vancouver. Beautiful view of Vancouver Downtown and beautiful nature. As well as the Lynn Canyon Park. Beautiful trees and creeks. But another turi spot. We thought okay it is a smaller park, a little trail we might be alone there. The moment when we arrived was like a shock. There were so many cars and people – we had to search for a parking spot roundabout 20 minutes. But it hasn’t got a mess, only in certain places were very many people.
After another week Alex left the construction site (one reason was me and one, he hated to stand up that early…).
So there we were. No job, a little bit of money and free time. And this was the point when we decided to start our road trip. Let’s go to VanIsland…