The Trick to Avoid Complacency & Make Your Trip Awesome
If you’re traveling or moving somewhere new and want to have unforgettable experiences and not fall into a boring, complacent rut here's an idea: Make yourself a bucket list!
As a new volunteer at The Squamish Adventure Inn I’ve made mine, and over the coming months I’ll update you guys on my progress. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration on activities to cross off your own lists.
Here’s how I got my bucket list started and how you can do the same:
How To Make Your Squamish Bucket List
Grab a map from reception, from the Adventure Centre, or even just take a snapshot of one on your phone. I recommend asking for the Tourism Squamish map available at the hostel reception; it provides both a 3D overview of downtown Squamish and a wider overview of its beautiful surroundings.
I found this super useful for initiating myself into Squamish life, finding the necessary local amenities, and creating a list of must-dos while I’m here.
Looking at the trails along the river, down at the beach, and over at The Chief and The Gondola, I created a little brainstorm of all the activities I wanted to do and marked down the relevant areas with big crosses.
I also headed over to the Adventure Centre down the road and talked a nice employee there about the best places to hire kayaks and go paddling in the area. They helped me add a few more crosses to the map.
Get Access and Stay Connected
Not got a climbing partner? Need someone with a roof rack to help you haul around a kayak?
By changing your social media location to Squamish, BC on Facebook you are able to access important groups like Squamish Buy and Sell and Squamish Free that can help you get your show on the road. You’ll also find active communities (E.g. Squamish Rock Climbing, Bike Squamish) where you can meet new friends and get to know your chosen adventure activity. All of this can be done before you even arrive.
Another way to stay connected when you’ve checked in at the hostel is by using our community board, where people share information about lift shares, jobs and local events and groups.
Don’t Waste Time, Hike It!
The best way to get a good idea of where everything is and where you’d most like to explore is to get outdoors and find yourself a viewpoint. If you didn’t know already, Squamish has the ultimate such viewpoint: the Stawamus Chief. On my second day, two other new volunteers and I hiked to the first peak of Chief to take a good look out at our new home. From there we could see the whole city and its magnificent surroundings and pick out plenty of great trail areas to explore.
What’s On Your Bucket List?
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get started on your own Squamish bucket list. There are no rules on how long you make it or what you put on it. It all depends on the duration of your stay, your budget, and how adventurous you are.
Watch out for updates!
For my three months here, I’ve given myself the goal of crossing at least three items off my list every week and sharing with you my experiences. Here are just some of my bucket list posts coming up soon: Microbreweries of Squamish, Climbing Gym for Beginners and Small Town Thrift Stores.
About the author:
My name’s Abigail, I was born in Essex, England 23 years ago and lived in the UK all my life until very recently. I'm new to Canada, new to Squamish, and ready for an adventure!