Hello, my name is Emma.
I’m a British expat, living in Toronto, Canada.
I love to travel, fortunately, I’ve found my way into a career (and several companies) that allow me to travel the world as I earn a living.
I guess you could say, I travel to work and I work to travel.
I travel as a tourist, for business and as an expat, and offer a unique perspective on how to make the most out of every trip (even a 1 day business trip), by looking at travel through a different lens.
My story is probably not unlike yours – I went to school, studied hard and got a good job that I enjoyed. I worked with some of the most talented people I will ever meet. I also had an amazing family and great friends – life was good.
Late in 2010, everything changed.
My then employer (a global Defence & Security company), announced another round of redundancies (layoffs for my North American readers) – the forth or fifth round in just under two years.
For the first time, my team and I were affected and I was formally put “at risk” of losing not only my job, but potentially my ability to support myself through travel in early 2011.
For more details, check out my very first post.
My life was about to change whether I wanted it or not, so rather than feeling sorry for myself I changed my perspective and saw this potential redundancy as a gift.
This was my opportunity to define myself and live my life on my own terms, instead of doing what other people expected of me. I didn’t know it then, but it was the best thing that could have happened.
Not only to me, but for me.
Believe or not, I was one of the lucky ones.
Although I had no idea what I was going to do, I knew it was going to be very different.
All I knew for sure, is that it was going to involve some travel, but not in the typical, tourist-y way.
I didn’t just want to travel around the world, I wanted to live around the world. Plus I’m going to feel a little bit Jane Bond having more than one passport to choose from when I travel!
Let’s Fly Everywhere started life as an online journal documenting my experience as I prepared to pack my life into two suitcases and move to Canada for my two year, working holiday adventure.
Once I moved, it became a mechanism to to keep family and friends back home updated on my adventures, as well as sharing insights into the differences between the UK and Canada.
After eighteen months in Canada, I decided I wanted to stay and so began my journey to becoming a permanent resident.
I’ve shared my highs, lows, some tears and lots of laughter as I became an official expat and transitioned from a working holiday to leaving the UK for the long-haul and embracing Canada as my home away from home.
After 7 years in Canada, I’m gearing up to to apply for Canadian Citizenship where my immigration story will take a back seat for the many travel adventures I have planned for this year!
Although my journey here has been far from conventional, I am very happy to be here.
Canada is an incredible country and each day, I am proud, lucky and grateful each day to call Toronto my second home.
If you are looking to make a similar move, or are curious what life as an expat is like, be sure to check out my “Expat files”.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
Over the last few years, Let’s Fly Everywhere has also evolved into a collection of images and stories documenting my expat and travel adventures for work and play; mainly focused on food, music, architecture, photography and the ocean. My love for Creme Brulee and great wine also feature heavily and have now become part of my “must-do” list in every city I visit!
Be sure to check out my wine reviews in the “Cloud Wine” section of this blog.
I hope my story will inspire you to dream bigger, fly further, climb higher, explore new places and seek out new adventures.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller