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5 Reasons I Didn’t Move To Vancouver… But Love Visiting 5 Reasons I Didn’t Move To Vancouver… But Love Visiting
It’s with mixed feelings but a happy heart that after 11+ years in Calgary I’ve decided it’s time for change. After being landlocked for this... 5 Reasons I Didn’t Move To Vancouver… But Love Visiting

It’s with mixed feelings but a happy heart that after 11+ years in Calgary I’ve decided it’s time for change. After being landlocked for this long I miss being near the water. Real water: salty water. So it’s time to move on and I’ve got my destination set for Vancouver’s West Coast. Or… so I thought…

This past week that initially happy heart has been ripped out and reality-checked back into place… I thought only New York had that kind of destructive power but it turns out Vancouver is a tough mistress too.

Sell Art OnlineLong story short, here’s my top 5 learnings and realizations from my exploration trip:

  1. Yes, I love being near the beach. On a HOT day in let’s say Maui / Mexico / BahaMas (I guess any sunny destination with an M will do). Not endless days of rain where it’s cold and miserable and everything gets wet. Which brings me to my next point.
  2. The airport code for Vancouver is YVR which stands for alwaYs Very Rainy. This might be the warmest spot in Canada – but these clouds are believed to be able to produce up to 45 days of straight rain. That’s too Dutch, even for me. Gotta love those Alberta blue sunny skies, even on a bitter cold day.
  3. If you thought homes are expensive (it’s all relative, but they are) – try renting an “office” (aka closet with no window for $1800+). Which you’d need, because even the expensive living space is still too small to productively work from home.
  4. The traffic congestion. I’ve tried driving (thanks for the Mercedes, Car2go!), public transit – however anything other than the amazing seaboat planes turns out to be a crowded, congested and sweaty experience.
  5. Just in case I needed one more reason – I got to participate in an EARTHQUAKE drill on the top floor of a downtown office. Forgot that they have earthquakes here. It basically means you go sit under the desk for a while – but as they say: it’s the thought that counts.

I’m grateful I got to really explore this idea this past week and for the people who’ve supported my plan over the past months with their ideas, suggestions and contributions. Sometimes that’s all you need: taking a wild plan serious for a while, giving it your all and see if you actually want to create that reality in your life. Taking the first step doesn’t always mean there’s going to be a second in the same direction… maybe you’ll discover something new just around the corner anyway. So thank you, however, I’m sorry Calgary – you’ll be stuck with me for a little longer. It’s good to be back home.

Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca