After finishing my Masters in 2017, I rewarded myself with a three-month trip through Canada and the US. After two weeks on the East Coast, I took the train from Toronto to Jasper in the Rocky Mountains. A bus ride later, I found myself on Vancouver Island, where I had my first multi-day hiking adventure on the West Coast Trail.

At the most beautiful places on this trip, I dreamed of coming back one day and spending longer time there during a Work and Travel year. This dream should become reality in 2023, when I will spend a year in Canada on a working holiday visa starting in May. But more about that later.