Recently, I wrote a blog post about the essential medicine to carry when you travel, which of course, includes the topic for today – why you should be carrying laxatives when you travel. Constipation no joke. The gassy, bloated, stomach pain caused by the changes in your routine and added travel stress (like sleep disruption and dietary changes) can leave you blocked up. Nowadays, I reluctantly carry a pack of Miralax/Restorlax as part of my essential medicine kit when I travel abroad – a hard (pun intended!) lesson learned when I found myself sitting in an Icelandic outhouse, 8 days after I started my vacation – without stool softeners or laxatives (don’t worry the post doesn’t contain graphic medical details! It is just a story to stress why I need it in my pack now!).
Disclaimer: Today’s post talks about poop and my lack of success with it in Iceland. Basically every paragraph describes bowel movements. Skip if this is something you’re just really not interested in at all!
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Better late than never! Here’s an upload of some our special moments that we had on our trip to Iceland in 2017!
This isn’t a vlog type video, nor is it a ‘Where to go when you’re in Iceland’ type of video. Rather we wanted this video to capture things that personally interested us or was something we found memorable. In this case, Iceland really won over our hearts just for being beautiful.
Why the Late Post
Sorry I forgot to upload it. Its been posted on our Instagram (@syde_road) for a while though! My bad.
Life certainly comes with its fair share of hiccups! One such hiccup is learning how to deal with unexpected cancellations when you’re travelling – like an AirBnB host cancelling the night before because of rats in their air ducts. Hiccups like this can be stressful – especially when last minute hotel deals in large cities come with hefty price tags and compromises. It might seem stressful when it happens, but there’s always something positive to be found!
For us, we ended up in a motel that was $50 more per night, but thankfully had free parking and it was located in a better a location than our cancelled AirBnB. We had to forego the luxury of a bigger bed and nicer furniture, but with the pluses of its central location, no parking fees, I think we really lucked out with our last minute booking arrangements!
While blog posts about our itinerary are nice to share, nothing really beats seeing real human interaction. Itineraries are a great way to know where we went, but I think videos are a better way to get to know the people behind these itineraries. Although we may travel on the same trip, see the same sights, eat the same food, and laugh at the same jokes, what is memorable to one person might be completely different to the other.
Part of SYDE Road’s goal is to allow us to see a trip from multiple angles, different authors, and different photographers. With this in mind, Angelo and I made not one, but TWO video summaries of our road trip from Toronto to Chicago.
It was a fun challenge to see what kind of videos we could come up with at the end of the trip. Armed with a couple dozen 1-minute footage clips, we each cobbled two different narratives for you to enjoy:
Anson, Kent, and I don’t always travel together. The combination of time zone differences and drastically different work schedules make it difficult to coordinate a trip together. All of us still get the itch to travel so we’ll go off on our own individual side trips without each other – what we might call an “SYDE trip” if you will. Thanks to Family Day, we had a long weekend here in Ontario. So, a different group of friends and I decided to take a road trip to Quebec City and Montmorency Falls.