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Hey, I'm Erica and I really like to go places.

I started backpacking eight years ago and instantly became hooked. At 20, I decided I would go to Australia alone which I was scared to do solo. That was the first moment I realized how much I enjoyed discovering new places. I love learning about new cultures, getting out of my comfort zone to try something different, and meeting people from around the globe, listening to the stories they have to share. Some of the most memorable people I've met live all around the world. Traveling always leaves me breathless, and I take more than just pictures back home with every trip I take. These are the adventures and the lessons I learned that have shaped me today.

Discover some of my favourite places and what I've learned.


Live like the locals. One of the best ways to learn about a culture is to simply live like a local. From eating exotic foods, to celebrating rich history, Japan has a ton to offer and is best experienced with knowledge from a local who knows all the best places to eat or fun things to do. Just ask! Locals are super friendly in Japan.

Fuji Inari shrines, Japan

Fuji Inari Shrines, Kyoto Japan

View of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan


Travel during low season. Low season provides more perks than just quiet streets and lower prices. Although I didn’t get to soak up the sun in Portugal, the winter/spring weather brought extremely breath taking views of the powerful ocean that you won’t find during the high season. The beauty of this world should be appreciated during every season of the year.

Lagos, Portugal

Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Portugal

Ericeira, Portugal

Ericeira, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal


Challenge yourself. Surprisingly, out of all the countries I’ve been to, Spain has the least amount of English speaking tongues. It provided a nice challenge communicating with locals and getting to know the country better with only knowing English (and a small amount of French). Having to fully immerse into a culture even the language, is an experience everyone should give a try.

Seville, Spain

Plaza de España, Seville, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain


Backpacking is no holiday (sometimes). There will be days while backpacking that buses are missed, locals will triple prices on you purposely, wallet is empty until the next ATM, food and water seem scarce, sickness seems like a never-ending occurence, or lost to the point of no return but these are all extremely important experiences to be learned. It’s no walk in the park, but it builds character and gets you out of the comfort zone.

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Medina, Marrakech, Morocco


Find peace amongst the chaos. Overwhelming smells, shrill and loud sounds, crowds of people, cows, rickshaws, scooters, and cars that go on for miles, and yet there is a sense of calm energy amongst the bustling streets of India. Even if it seems you are in a chaotic place in the world, there is a certain rhythm to follow and accept in order to find peacefulness in a country that has it’s on groove.

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Dharamsala, India

McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh, India


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Erica Leong

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Indie the Labradoodle

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