Another day, another dollar 💵 💸💰

Hey you,

This weekend we stayed at Sandbanks at Prince Edward Island County. It’s 2 hours drive from Toronto.

My favourite part of this Provincial Park is the tall dunes close to the lakeshore.

It’s fun to run down the dunes and swim away! 🏊🏼‍♀️⬅️🏃🏽‍♀️⬅️🏝

Luckily, the first time I visited Sandbanks was back in August 2016 and we had a great time hiking and swimming!

Unfortunately, the water was too cold this time because we came over too early in the year and we didn’t have a chance to get into the lake.

The dune trails are currently flooded and closed due to Lake Ontario’s high water level. 🌊🏖😵

We left late on Friday because I was working until 6pm. So we hit the road at 7:40pm and we made it to the campground at 9:45 (15 minutes before it closes again!)

We slept under the trees by the sound of the breaking waves of the lake nearby! We woke up with the sun and the birds singing.

Temperature was 8 Celsius at night and 18 during the day. We used a record number of 7 bags of firewood 🔥 for the entire weekend.

My coworkers asked me how much this costs per night, so here it goes:

The campground ⛺️ reservation and the firewood is $75 per night.

Plus one time expense of $400 bucks for all camping gear:

  • 3 pl. Camping tent (to fit bags inside beside the bed)
  • Air bed queen size
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • Cooler
  • Beach chairs and umbrella
  • Stove and gas

Extra costs:

  • Food
  • Fire starters
  • Park store (extra expenses including ice and/or lighter if you run out)

And obviously, a locker for gear storage: 😘


Quarter century old – what’s to be done ✅ 

Hey you,

My 25th birthday has recently passed and I celebrated it over this Victoria Day long weekend in Tobermory (yeah, again!) with friends!

The camping season this year has officially started and we had an amazing time in the best national park in Ontario: Bruce Peninsula!

We saw this beautiful sunset 🌅  during our 3.5 hour drive from Toronto.

We were driving a bit worried and unsure if we would make it on time. Turns out we arrived at the registration centre 5 minutes before it closed and we didn’t have to look for a place to stay for the night, but people still arrived in the campsite on our right side and they built their tents after we were already in bed. I guess we would have done the same thing, but we don’t like taking any chances.

Friday night was great! We built the tents ⛺️ and we had a nice fire 🔥 over wine and champagne! Even though they have an Alcohol Ban for the long weekend. 🤐

At 4am in the night, we received a visit of a wild animal 🐻 that destroyed our garbage bag with its big claws. I forgot a piece of potato 🥔 in there. 😵 We fell asleep right after that. 😴

Saturday, we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at the Indian Head cove and the Grotto cave! Unfortunately, our guests had to drive back to Toronto right after we got back to the campground because they had family arriving today from India.

To be honest, after doing my 11K steps by trekking all day under the sun (15 Celsius! 😜) ☀️ we decided to have a lazy rainy day on Sunday. ☔️ We stayed warm in the tent. (Lowest of 5, feels like 3 at night)

(that’s my friend wrapped up) 🌯🍣 more photos of the trip here.

I love campsite #206! We had a good area for both tents, both cars and 2 tables. We were cozy close to the fire 🔥 but me and my friend got sick that night 😷 she even had a sick day off on Thursday. I kept working because I basically just had a bit of running nose and dry cough.

On Monday we packed up and we left at 10am for a breakfast of champions. 🍳🥓 This was an amazing long weekend!!!

That’s what I want to do for life: travel to new places and hike among nature in good company!

The future is in your hands. Don’t let it go to waste. You will never be as young as you are on this day. Tomorrow you will be older. “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. That’s another good reason to “seize the day or die regretting the time you lost” as Avenged Sevenfold’s song says.

The main secret of a long and good life is daily exercises and healthy food.

img_7265In a life well lived, every second that passes is a longing. (from Portuguese: “Numa vida bem vivida, cada segundo que passa é uma saudade que fica.”) It means, a life well lived is when you have a good memory of each single second. “Saudade” is the love that remains 😊

These are things that my parents always kept telling me but… you know for fact that PEOPLE ONLY HEAR WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR and THEY CAN’T TAKE BACK WHAT THEY SAY. It means I will always remember what they kept telling me but I just didn’t want to hear at that time👂🏼 🙃 so this is what I know now as a mature young adult that I wish I knew as teen:

1- This small world is calling us! This is the best time to be alive! We can easily find affordable travel options and unlimited amazing pictures!

2- Enjoy every moment of your day, every meal, every conversation and every sunshine ☀️ because that moment is unique in your life. You will never be that age again and people come and go. So make every year a chapter of your life and fill in the blank!

3- Don’t stress out and use the 90/10 principle. Because you migh have to start over a few times. Specially if you are like most people that end up in a different town/country.

4- Don’t worry about make up 💄👁 👁 I’m so glad I got rid of my eyeliner addiction. I would simply wear it all the time as a teen and I would feel weird if I didn’t put it on.

5- Don’t worry about work out 🏋 most people have good genes and they are fine with regular daily activity until the age of 25! However, I don’t look my age anyways… I easily look 10 years younger 😐 the only difference is that now it takes me some effort to stay in shape.

6- Family is above all and we all know that friends are the family you choose! This future tattoo is in their honor and it’s a symbol of Stability and Loyalty.

Paramore: Hallelujah

Got nothing but time on our hands
This time we’re not giving up
Oh, let’s make it last forever

Asaf Avidan – Reckoning Song (One Day)

One day baby, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
Think of all the stories that we could have told

Avicii – The Days

These are the days we’ve been waiting for
On days like these who could ask for more?
Leave them coming ’cause we’re not done yet
These are the days we won’t regret
These are the days we will never forget!

Avicii – The Nights

Hey, once upon a younger year
When all our shadows disappeared
The animals inside came out to play
Hey, went face to face with all our fears
Learned our lessons through the tears
Made memories we knew would never fade

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
He took me in his arms, I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out
Carve your name into those shining stars
He said, “Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”

Photography 101

Check out my progress at my Flickr page!


Best Exposure Practice Link for Understanding Metering and Effects:

Modes of Operation:

Metering mode cheat sheet: how they work and when to use them

How to Use a Gray Card to Get More Accurate Exposures and Color

How to Read and Use Histograms

How to Use Exposure Compensation to Take Control of Your Exposure


Colour Temperature: Understanding White Balance In Photography | Apogee Photo Magazine

Basic Instructional:,

Advanced Instructional:,,

For Camera Reviews:,

Software: (Photoshop and Lightroom are Adobe Products), (Photo Mechanic for Editing), (Freeware Version of Photoshop)

Reference Books:
Painting with a Lens: The Digital Photographer’s Guide to Designing Artistic Images In-Camera by Rod and Robin Deutschmann

Freeman Patterson’s Photography and the Art of Seeing: A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography

Jim Miotke’s Better Photo Basics (The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like the Pros)

Books, Magazines and Tutorials by Scott Kelby: The Digital Photography Book, Photoshop User Magazine, Layers Magazine, and Kelby One

Photography Stores: Aden, Cowboy Studios, Downtown Camera, Henrys, Vistek

Electronics Stores: Best Buy, Canada Computers

Equipment Rentals: Vistek, Film Plus, Henry’s Downtown

Photography Galleries: AGO, Bau-Xi, Gallery 44, Corkin Gallery, Pikto, Gallery TPW, Stephen Bulger Gallery



Exercise: At least 1 photo a day (of the same thing, if you want to really challenge yourself)

I’ve chosen the CN Tower:


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About Thaís Backpacker

Hey you,

My name is Thaís and this blog is a journal of my Europe Trip in July 2017!!

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Travelling to new places is my true passion! =) I will also post about previous backpacking trips!

In my life, I’ve visited 18 countries so far and I plan to visit about 60 more as an around the world trip.

I’m from South America and I’ve traveled to a few countries around south Brazil during my teens.

After that I’ve moved to North America all by myself and I’ve visited Mexico and USA as well.

I’ve been to Jamaica and on a couple of cruises and one of them was around the Caribbean.

2016 I visited Central Europe and it was the first time I went backpacking with a group of friends.

I’m did a couple of culinary, photography, French and Spanish classes spring 2017. I’ve posted about them too.

See you next time,


Europe and Africa 40 cities in 5 countries with Eurail Pass

Hey you,

I will start posting the planning and logistics of each one of the 23 travel days.

I’ve got my Eurail Pass for 4 countries with 10 travel days by train. The 5th country is Morocco 🇲🇦 by ferry!

The trip has in total 1 ferry ride, 7 bus trips, 10 train stops and 3 flights in total.

We already have booked 15 tours so far!

Total travel time is exactly 3 full days!

We will visit 40 cities in total!

Europe trip

Portugal, 11 stops (7 nights):

  • Lisbon
  • Coimbra
  • Porto
  • Faro
  • Lagos
  • Albufeira
  • Sintra
  • Cascais
  • Fátima
  • Nazaré
  • Óbidos

Morocco, 1 stop (day trip)

  • Tangier

Spain, 8 stops (4 nights):

  • Málaga
  • Seville
  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Segovia
  • Avila
  • Barcelona
  • Montserrat

France, 8 stops (4 nights):

  • Montpellier
  • Paris
  • Versailles
  • Nice
  • Eze
  • Monaco
  • Saint-Paul-De-Vence
  • Cannes

Italy, 12 stops (6 nights):

  • Genoa
  • Venice
  • Bologna
  • Florence
  • Pisa
  • Naples
  • Pompeii
  • Amalfi
  • Rome
  • Vatican
  • Milan
  • Bergamo