How I Lost My Phone, Job, and BFF in the First 40 hrs of 2018

Long story short, I went to a party on NYE and lost my phone. And everything just sort of went downhill from there. Now let’s rewind to catch you up.  December 29, 2017. My friends and I went to Montreal to celebrate New Years because we thought Toronto was too mainstream. Anyways, we packed our…

The Prettiest Airbnb I’ve Ever Stayed In

For a someone used to hip hostels and hearty homestays, this Airbnb made me the happiest camper. Our one night stop in Saint Catharines was supposed to be a small part of the travel schedule, yet it became the highlight. This little second floor art sanctuary was a quick walk away from the bus stop…

Zahra Takes Quebec: Bon Voyage Summer 2016

  After doing full day road trips in Hamilton and Tobermory, I wanted to end summer 2016 with a bang  – skip mother nature and go deep into some good old fashioned urban exploring.   Montreal seemed like the perfect opportunity because it was close enough to get to yet far enough to make one…

No “Could’ve Eaten That” Regret Here

Food is pretty much reason #1 I travel. These are some of the spots we hit up to try some traditional French cuisine. Key word: tried. Montreal Poutine // 181 Rue Saint-Paul E // Montreal What I ate: The Classic Cheese and Gravy Poutine on a rainy patio What I thought: If Trump and Putin…

Skipping Leg Day: Zahra Treks Tobermory

After establishing that the combination of Zahra and nature is like a pair of socks and sandals from our Hamilton trip last week, I found myself in yet another commitment for an intense adventure up North to Tobermory. We drove 4 hours north of Toronto to the Bruce Peninsula National Park on the shore of…

Doin’ It For The ‘Gram: Exploring Hamilton’s Waterfalls

With hectic flights and changing time zones, I forgot that Zahra Travels started off as an incentive for cheap and local adventure. While Hamilton isn’t across the street, it’s a lot less commercial compared to Niagra Falls and closer than the Iguazu at the Brazilian border. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m as “city” a girl…

Celebrating the New Year in Vancouver

  I’ve boarded my sixteenth flight in the span of a year, and, this time, it was Vancouver. It’s funny how one’s high time (literally because I’m flying right now) can be someone else’s lowest. I have friends who could not wait for 2015 to be over because of uncontrollable tragedies and regrets. Strangely, unlike…

Breaking Up with Brazil and FALLing in Love All Over Again

Out of all the stupid things fairytales have taught us, the one that stuck with me was the idea of having only one true love in your entire existence- a single soulmate, or in Zeus’s words: your other half. Well, I’d like to call a big o’ fucking bullshit. As much as I hate to…

Ambitions Are The New Black

They say you should walk a mile in someone’s shoes before judging them but what if they have run over 1500 km in a pair alone in under a year? A mile walking almost seems disrespectful. When a hobby turns to therapy it’s self-growth. But when therapy turns into ambition its self-empowerment. My love for…