Matt Gibson

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Matt Gibson is an adventure travel writer and photographer. Matt believes that engaging in adventure activities is healthy because it helps us become more self-reliant, understand our potential, and sharpen our abilities.

The Best Canadian Winter Adventures According to Travel Bloggers

Nobody does winter like Canadians. When it’s twenty below and school has been cancelled for snow, most people put a kettle on the stove, turn up the thermostat, and curl up in a blanket. Canadians, on the other hand, bundle up the kids, pull on a toque, and head for the sledding hill. Yes, Canadians have made an art of enjoying the cold. (How else could you explain our passion for curling?)  But even we forget how many awesome winter activities we’ve developed over the years. To help remind us of all the rad things there are to do this winter, I asked 12 travel bloggers to share their favourite Canadian winter adventures. Here’s what they told me. Take a Snow Bath at the Quebec Winter Carnival Quebec City’s Winter Carnival is a 62-year-old tradition that brings the city to life during some of the coldest weeks of winter.…

How to Make a Portable Travel Workout Kit

One of the biggest drawbacks of travel is its effect on your health. As a travel blogger and fitness enthusiast I’m very familiar with the struggle. When you travel, all of the healthy habits and routines you’ve worked so hard to develop are thrown into disarray. The restaurant food you rely on is notoriously high in calories and fat—and even if you were disciplined enough to maintain a regular workout routine at home, that routine is obliterated by the schedule changes and uncertain access to exercise facilities that inevitably come with travel. Despite the challenges, staying in shape on the road is not at as hard as it may first seem. In fact, it’s nearly as easy as staying fit at home if you know what you’re doing. Your body is built to stay fit through unassisted movements like running, swimming, and climbing. A gym is nice to have, but…

6 Adventures That May Just Change Your Life

“Here!” yelled the muscular man from his outrigger canoe. We couldn’t see it, but this was what we came for. We all jumped blindly into the water and began swimming toward him. Suddenly, I found myself within reaching distance of a 12-foot-long whale shark. It was scary and humbling and exhilarating. It feels cheesy to say that it was life-changing, but experiences like that really do change people. First-hand encounters with the grand creations of nature are a reminder that there is an enormous world of splendour beyond the human-built environments where we spend so much of our lives. From scrambling up a pre-installed via ferrata route in one of America’s most historic outlaw canyons to paddling alongside whales in the Canadian Arctic, here are six summer adventures suitable for people of all abilities that will help you remember that we live in a wild world of beautiful creatures and magical landscapes. Paddle…

How I Stay Fit While Constantly Travelling

Staying in shape is hard under even the most ideal circumstances. Life always seems to be getting in the way of eating healthy and making time to exercise. And travel makes staying in shape even harder. I’m an adventure travel blogger, and I find it incredibly hard to stay fit on the road. It’s not easy to maintain a healthy diet when you’re constantly eating in restaurants—often in countries where you’re not even sure what food is available. And when you’re constantly moving from one country and time zone to the next, where you don’t know where to find the closest gym or running track, sticking to an exercise routine is next to impossible. Despite these obstacles, over the years I’ve developed a pretty good system. There are four main barriers to keeping fit on the road: Eating healthy Exercising consistently Dealing with smelly workout clothes Keeping your exercise gear…