Hello! My name is Marie-Eve Vallieres and I travel the world for a living. I’m a full time travel blogger, amateur photographer, translator and copywriter born, raised and based in Montreal. At age 19 I quit my boring data entry job and moved to England for a year – an experience that would leave a permanent mark on my life path.
What’s In a Name?
Why did I choose to mention Europe in my blog name and not another continent?
Truth to be told – as much as I’d love to spend the rest of my life exploring the white beaches of the Maldives and the mountains of Peru, few places appeal to me as much as Europe currently does. I’ve seen most of what it has to offer and yet I can’t seem to stay away for longer than a few months. Europe (North-Western Europe in particular) is my second home, one that I don’t tire of and one that keeps welcoming me back with open arms.
But deep down I think that perhaps part of my love for the Old Continent is fueled by the novelty of it all; it was the first place I ever travelled to and where I have developed incredible friendships. And if I’m completely honest, I have to admit that the more I travel, the more I want to discover places that are just a little bit further outside my comfort zone. I would be an impostor if I said that my trips to exotic Morocco and far-flung Japan, for example, were not equally eye-opening and fulfilling as Europe has been. Which explains the fact that the Galapagos, New Zealand, Vietnam and Antarctica are now constant entries on my bucket list.
This is why I chose this name. I want to go back to Europe, again and again, but I also want to dive with sea turtles in Japan and go wine tasting in South Africa – between trips to Italy and Norway, of course ;-)
- Marie and her husband Alex in Iceland
The reason why travel is so intrinsically part of my being is still a mystery, even to me. It’s not like I’d inherited that curiosity of the unknown from someone in my family – my parents were never into travel, nor were my friends growing up. But I still suspect it was always underlying, perhaps mysteriously passed on from a previous life (I firmly believe I was an English princess at one point in my existence).
And like anyone fresh out of college, I went on a pan-European backpacking trip that left me penniless, exhausted but most importantly opened my eyes to a reality I never suspected. Travel wasn’t just a finite adventure anymore, with a departure point and return date; it was a way of life, a calling. It was what I wanted to do for a living. Explore, learn, and encourage people to do the same.
I just needed to find a way to make it happen.
As luck would have it, my husband got offered to spend his third year of university in London. Which turned into a job offer in France. And another one at home in Montreal a few years later. We’ve crisscrossed the globe together, from Iceland to Cuba and most European countries – and now I venture out to new destinations by myself, fueled by an unquenchable thirst for discovery, writing and blogging about it along the day in the hope that I can inspire other curious minds to go out there, explore the world and live refined, worthwhile experiences.
- Marie in Paris
What This Blog Is About
Travel is the greatest gift anyone can get. I truly believe in travel as an education in and out of itself, on a variety of topics: general knowledge, self-empowerment, organisational and social skills, acceptance and open-mindedness.
I want to show the world that travel can be:
Empowering and safe
Luxurious yet sensible
Fulfilling on various aspects
Thanks for visiting To Europe and Beyond!
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