About Me

Hi everyone!! Thank you so much for stopping by and wanting to know a little more about who I am đŸ˜€

I have ALWAYS had a passion for Summer. Just everything about it, the way the sunshine warms your face. Sparkles dancing off water, butterflies.
You don’t have to wear layers of clothing and you can DO just about ANYTHING you want.
Being born in Canada and having countless people try to persuade me to love Winter over the years has had no effect.
Don’t get me wrong, I try to enjoy it and make the most of what I can…but as soon as the air starts to hurt my face.
Well my heart starts yearning for the beach once again lol

I started travelling when I was young and my parents would take us to visit family in Greece for 2-3 months at a time.
At the time, I’m not sure I loved these trips but they opened my eyes to far distant lands with dreamy aquamarine waters
where you could chase Summer long after the icy grip of Winter had come to Canada.

After a few years travelling, I began noticing that people just seemed happier on vacation. The smiles were bigger, peoples eyes sparkled and they just seemed SO ALIVE & HAPPY.
I also noticed that all those amazing things faded when people returned to their respective homes..warm on not and that gave me an idea!!
Why couldn’t everyone live like they were on vacation all the time? Live with daily enthusiasm and look forward to enjoying what life had to offer right around them!!

That was the day that the concept for Burlington Beach Rentals came to life. Somewhere where I could help people enjoy all the things they loved about being on vacation. Well it took a 11 years of persistence, writing letters to random people I thought could help bring my dream to life. Finally in 2012, my idea gathered traction and I got in touch with the right people and a great opportunity presented.
I took a giant leap into the unknown and launched my dream business on my hometown beach in May 2013!!
We offered boat rentals and those wonderful beach umbrellas and loungers by the water. We even had a beach store with you basic needs!

Over the years, I brought back more ideas from my travels and soon I had a full service Staycation resort offering awesome Summer Staycation classes to the community!

  • Paddleboat / Kayak/ Stand up Paddleboard/ Canoe rentals
  • Beach & SUP Yoga classes
  • Learn to SUP classes
  • Full Moon & Solstice Yoga events
  • Full Moon Social & Glow Paddles
  • Beach Massage
  • One Day Retreats
  • Assorted Guided Paddles & more added annually.

There is no better feeling that seeing the sparkle of happiness in peoples eyes after taking a class, enjoying a paddle on the water or taking part in one of our awesome events!!

While I love all paddle sports, Stand up Paddling in particular is my favourite and I adored that it allowed so many to have fun on the water. BBR adopted the SUP culture early on and most of our events are based on this equipment.
I got certified as an instructor and have gotten such joy from introducing people of all ages and abilities to this sport <3

While I worked 12-14 hour days and gave up my Summer to work at my little Staycation paradise… this also gave me the opportunity to EXPLORE & chase Summer on the off seasons!
Being a child of Summer and highly allergic to Winter, I took this as a sign to diligently work towards travelling longer for less!

Over the past 10 years I have mastered the art of solo back packing, cheap travel and scouring off the beaten path glorious Summer weather destinations. My first longer solo backpacking adventure was 2.5 months
when I finally made it to Asia and lost my heart <3

I’ve always wanted to start a travel blog to share my adventures chasing Summer but it wasn’t until 2017 that things aligned and the universe made it clear I was meant to do more!  I decided to go after my travel agent license and started working with a new travel company in my hometown called  Let’s go Travel as an independent agent.

My new expanded dream is to share my passion for chasing Summer all over the globe until my little Staycation paradise thaws again in Canadian Summer. That way I get to help everyone make the most of Summer fun ALL YEAR LONG ! Summer life is the best life…don’t you agree??

We are slowly working on the website which will have full destination guides to everywhere I have personally been, along with blogs and other useful info!
Perfect start for researching your trip with lots of tips to save money if you’re looking to do it all yourself.
Of course, many of you want the awesome experiences without the headaches. I can help you with that as well.
You may contact me via maria@letsgotravel.ca for help booking your complete adventure, cruise or active travel ideas.

 

Para gliding in Turkey

Look out for our ACTIVE TRAVEL & Adventure retreats in Spring and Fall beginning late 2018. These will feature all the awesome activities we already run for Burlington Beach Rentals and will give everyone a chance to extend and chase the Summer dream.
So come play in one of our paddling Oasis in Canada May- September and then follow me to Summer adventures in another land until ours thaws in Spring.

Thank you for reading and I hope to inspire you to live a little larger, happier and TO GO AFTER YOUR DREAMS xo