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Hi my name is Isla! Pronounced eye-luh, but if you call me izla, islam, ill, or any other variations I will most likely respond.
Where to start?!
I’m from Quesnel, BC – a small town with limited resources, besides the great outdoors! I remember always having a keen sense of adventure, not wanting to sit still for a second (some call it ADHD, I call it being high on life!). My parents took my brother and I camping almost every weekend in the summer, and skiing in the winter. I played every sport possible, spending a good chunk of my adolescent years changing in the backseat of my mom’s car while she rushed me to the next practice.
After high school I went straight to university and didn’t really get much of a chance to go travelling, what with pesky tuition fees and other nonsense. When I finished uni, my friend got a job with FNEZ and convinced me to go visit her in Thailand. I didn’t know what to expect – in fact I didn’t really have any expectations. The 40-day trip opened my eyes to the magical world of travelling... I got sucked into the Free & Easy vortex just over a year ago, and have been addicted ever since! Living the Free & Easy beachlife with a group of new friends is like no other experience I had ever had before. I got to do unimaginable things like cuddle tigers, play darts with an elephant, take part in the world’s biggest water fight (Songkran), and live in the middle of a lake for 3 days – just to name a few. After getting back from my 2 month adventure in SE Asia, I knew that I had to find a way to keep travelling. I signed up for Nicaragua New Years, and again had an absolute blast, making what will surely be lifelong friends and seeing how a culture completely different than ours thrives in their everyday lives.
For those of you questioning if group travel is the choice for you – I can personally guarantee that everyone gets something out of it, no matter your personality, interests, age, or drinking ability (side note, I will never turn down a shotgun invitation). There are so many different personalities that go on these trips, you will connect with many, if not all, of your group members on some level.
The opportunity to join the FNEZ Family has left me with a perma-grin, knowing that I will be involved in creating lasting memories that group members will talk about for the rest of their lives. Whether it’s on the beaches of Greece, Turkey, or some other foreign land, hopefully I’ll be seeing you soon and we will bond over Anchorman quotes and a casual game of beersbee!
“Strangers are just friends waiting to happen”
-I read that on a Lululemon bag once.