• Ernestas

    Hello there and welcome to HikersBliss.com!

    My name is Ernestas (Ernie). I grew up in a small but beautiful country called Lithuania which is considered to be the geographic centre of Europe.

    As a young adult, I was obsessed with a dream to travel the world. I knew I was going to travel as much as I could, immersing myself in different cultures and learning from my experiences; so far, I’ve had a taste of many.

    In the beginning, I was particularly interested in budget travelling. When I turned 16 years old, my loving parents warned me: “We want you to be happy, but if you want to travel around the world, you have to start small.” I took them at their word and went on my first solo hitchhiking trip to Tallinn, in Estonia. After that successful and rewarding journey to Estonia’s capital, my desire to explore more of Europe and the world grew stronger.

    The next year, I went on another hitchhiking trip to Western Europe. My friend and I visited Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam and a few lesser-known towns in Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands. During our trip we met a few backpackers who were travelling around the world and making their living on the go: playing instruments, taking odd jobs or writing articles to support their lifestyle. I will always remember that adventure and the people I met as being one of the primary influences for my improved and increased understanding of living one’s dream to the fullest.

    After high school, I enrolled in tourism-related studies in Lithuania and continued to study as an exchange student in Latvia. In addition, I went on an Erasmus internship in Girona, Spain and gained invaluable experience in the tourism industry. It opened some doors and allowed me to spend six additional months in Denali National Park in Alaska, U.S.A., where I worked as an ATV guide and photographer!

    In 2015, I decided to take part in the IEC Working Holiday program which allows people aged 18-35 to obtain a temporary Canadian work permit. Ever since then,  I have lived in Vancouver, B.C. and Canada has become my new adopted country. Now I strive to travel more and to inspire others to go out and enjoy this beautiful world!

    Ernestas
  • Andrius

    Andrius

    Lithuanian, living the dream in Canada. 🙂

    I grew up in the small town of Panevezys, in Lithuania, where I lived until I finished high school. Then, I moved to the bigger city of Kaunas, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems. During my college years, I spent one summer working and living in the U.S.A., where I also travelled quite a bit on the East and West Coasts. That summer opened my eyes and truly awakened the travel bug in me!

    Just after my graduation, I got a permit for one year to come and work and travel in Canada. I chose Vancouver as my home base due to the mild climate all year, proximity to the mountains, and a big international airport, which offers flights to many other exotic places. And, four years later, I’m still here enjoying everything Canada has to offer.

    Although my specialty is in IT, I like to spend my free time away from computers. Since moving to Vancouver, I’ve been spending almost all my weekends exploring beautiful British Columbia by car or bicycle, hiking and camping in the mountains and fishing for salmon or rainbow trout in the local lakes and rivers. On more extended vacations, I try to go where I’ve never been before; some of the exciting places I’ve visited include Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, and California, as well as a few countries in Europe (e.g., the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy) on my way back to Lithuania.

    During working days, I still stay active and cycle every day, and I regularly volunteer at the local bicycle shop, where I help to refurbish donated bicycles which are later donated to those who experience barriers to affordable forms of transportation.