Meet Candice Walsh, travel blogger behind the travel site Candice Does the World. This technical writer turned travel blogger loves her nightlife and nachos as well as the adventure of the travel experience. Learn why she cried while pizza in Buenos Aires, what it’s like to be blessed by a shaman, and how to save yourself from throwing up in historical sites in Amsterdam.
What inspired you to start traveling? I’ve always wanted to travel, I just never had the money. So when I had the opportunity to study abroad for six weeks in England, I took it. I took out a massive loan to do it, but it was totally worth it. Students need to take advantage of that shiz!
Favorite destination and why? I’m all about my own province of Newfoundland and Labrador, but lately I’ve been determined to live in Montreal for a few months. I’ve never been to a more glorious city. Great food, rocking nightlife, beautiful men, crazy arts scene.
What made you start a travel blog? I’ve been blogging from Livejournal since I was maybe 13 years old, and then ThatsTangly.com. But then I noticed an absence on Newfoundland and Labrador content, so I set myself up as the “expert.” I’m still discovering this place, it’s awesome.
You recently traveled to Peru, being blessed by a Shaman and visiting Machu Picchu. What was this experience like? It’s cliche as hell, but Machu Picchu was a life-changing experience for me. I suddenly became super aware of how lucky I am to be travelling, and I kinda needed that kick in the pants. Peru itself was incredible, and being in South America was unlike any travel experience I’ve ever had. The cheap drinks helped.
Most embarrassing travel moment? That time I puked in the Anne Frank House after eating a spacecake in Amsterdam. Don’t do that.
Favorite travel books? Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia, Eurydice Street by Sofka Zinovieff, The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World, Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. Oh god, I could go on.
Best meal abroad? The pizza at Guerrin in Buenos Aires was so good, I cried about it. I wish I were joking.
What has been one of your favorite cultural experiences abroad? Probably being blessed by shamans in the Sacred Valley in Peru. My whole group ended the night with big hugs, and I don’t think I’ve ever gone to bed feeling happier.
Anything you can’t leave home without? My flat iron. Have you seen my hair? It’s wild.
Hotels/Hostels/Other? All, but I love the social vibes in hostels. I think the best way to travel is Couchsurfing, however…I just haven’t tried it yet.
Any upcoming trips planned? None! For the first time this year, I’m at a loss. Hopefully hopping over to Halifax, Nova Scotia next month to visit some friends. It’s a great city, lots of fun.