Hello! I’m Ivana. (And that’s Alex, the guy who made sure I didn’t die jumping 13,000 feet out of the air. Great guy.)
When I’m not partaking in high-risk adrenaline activities, I enjoy
candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach sharing stories about my travels!
I can’t pinpoint exactly when I caught the travel bug, but after coming home from a study abroad semester in Spain, I knew I would not be able to sit still for long. As much as I love Canada, I also love to leave it.
As a full-time student the past four years, my travel opportunities were limited to school holidays and summer vacation. When I graduated, I decided to put off finding a “real” job and head back to Granada, Spain to spend a year pursuing two of my passions: travel and teaching. Working as an Auxiliar de Conversación – essentially an English teaching assistant – gives me a way to make money while taking advantage of cheap European travel.
Canadian Girl Meets World used to be Ivana Abroad, a simple journal I began while in Spain to hone my writing skills and keep track of my time in Europe. Honestly, I didn’t do a very good job of it. I was too caught up in enjoying the expat life to care much about writing about it. Eventually, Ivana Abroad transformed into a more informative travel blog. Still, it lacked direction. The frustration of not having a specific niche and not knowing for whom I was really writing led to the creation of Canadian Girl Meets World.
If you’ve used social media at all over the last few months, you will have surely noticed the plethora of articles circulating about dropping everything to travel. I used to think, Travelling the world for the rest of my life? What could be better than that?! Indeed, I dreamed about the day I would sell all my possessions and jet off across the world to begin my life as a nomad.
I don’t feel that way anymore.
I need roots. I need strong relationships. I need a home. And I just really, really love Canada. But I also love travel.
Canadian Girl Meets World is for young people who lead busy lives but want to make travel a priority. This blog is about providing options to see as much of the world as possible while still having a place to call home.
I’ll share my tips on how you can travel while balancing everything else you have going on in your life. I will also share stories and advice about the places I visit (and re-visit), living abroad, and the challenges I face.
When I’m not working or writing, you’ll find me with a book in my hand. Reading has shaped my ideologies, my interests, and the way I see the world. My favourites include Pride and Prejudice, 1984, and The Kite Runner. One of my goals for 2017 is to read 26 books!
In 2014, I made the switch to vegetarianism. The more I read about the agriculture industry, the more I wondered why I was still eating meat despite my love of animals and the environment. While it will take a lot more than just me to create a sustainable, humane world to live in, I believe it’s important as an individual to be aware of the consequences of my lifestyle choices. I am currently transitioning to a mostly vegan lifestyle.
I have been bilingual for as long as I can remember, which is probably what influenced my knack for foreign languages. Currently, my focus is on Spanish. In 2015, I decided to immerse myself in the rich culture of Andalucía. That’s where this whole blogging adventure begins: my now second home, Granada.
Any questions? Feel free to contact me anytime.