Follow Your Arrow

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It’s easy to look at the direction another person is going in life, and to feel like you should be doing the same thing. Maybe someone you know is travelling the world while you’re staying home. Maybe someone else is getting married and having a baby, and it’s making you feel behind on your own dreams. Or maybe that path isn’t what you want at all, and it makes you feel guilty or out of place. Maybe someone you follow on social media just got a promotion, and it makes you wonder if you chose the wrong career.

The thing is, you can’t compare your life to someone else’s life, and you can’t compare your path to anyone else’s path. You are YOU. You’re unique, different, flawed, valuable, and you have your own journey and your own contribution to make in the world. There’s only so many things we can prioritize in our short lives, which means there’s always going to be someone doing something that you aren’t.

If you see someone who’s working while you’re still in school, it doesn’t mean that you’re falling behind or that you chose the wrong thing. It just means that their focus is in a different place than yours.

It’s actually pretty great that we all have our own unique gifts, passions, and journeys in life. Think of all the issues in the world, from helping the hungry, to medicine, to mental health, to clean energy. If all of us were pursuing the same things, so many problems in the world would never be solved. But we all come into the world with our own special way of making things better.

You have gifts to share with others. We all compare ourselves to others sometimes. It happens. We all have days where we feel like we’re falling behind. When that happens, just remember that you’re here to follow your arrow. You have your own compass, your own guiding light, and every day it’s guiding you to be your truest self.

Wherever you are in life, this journey is yours. Trust your path and keep pursuing your dreams.

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Sleep For Cheap: 5 Best Hostels In Canada

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If you’re a traveler on a budget, nothing can help you more than finding a good hostel. These inexpensive, often dormitory-style lodgings allow you to rent a bed, gives you access to a shared bathroom, and sometimes there is a shared kitchen. Some offer private rooms while others offer spaces that accommodate a mixed group of people. It’s no five-star resort, but if you’re passing through town and need a place to recharge, it gets the job done. Here are five of the best hostels in Canada:

Auberge Bishop, Montreal – This laid-back hostel has dormitory-style rooms complete with lockers to help keep your possessions safe. Private spaces are available as well. With rooms available for around $22 (USD) a night, there is a shared kitchen, chairs in the lobby, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a laundry service, and a free, simple breakfast. It’s also located in a beautiful, red-brick building. Spend a night here and then take a short walk to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Planet Traveler Hostel, Toronto – If you’re the kind of person who’s always looking for a way to go green, then this is the hostel for you. It comes complete with solar-powered hot water and heating. Relax in the common area, cook a meal in the shared kitchen, and relax at the rooftop bar where you’ll have an amazing view of the city. Public transportation is nearby and many shops and activities are walking distance. The price per night is around $36 in United States currency.

Wicked Hostels, Calgary – With brightly colored walls and furniture, a stay in this hostel is one you won’t soon forget. It’s clean and isn’t too far from the tallest structure in the city: The Calgary Tower. There, you’ll get a view of the city from 525 feet in the air. Cool, right? Once you’ve done that, take a few minutes walk to the CORE Shopping Centre where you’ll find all your favorite stores. Your bed will be waiting for you.

American Backpackers Hostel, Vancouver – If you’re looking for a no-fuss setting where you can socialize and mingle with other backpackers, look no further. The atmosphere here is eclectic and certainly not for everyone, but you are sure to make memories. This lodging hosts events and the people here seem to share a spirit of adventure. If you stay here, you’ll be minutes away from bars, nightclubs, and public transportation. You can also look forward to shared dinners.

Samesun Banff, Banff – A popular destination for skiing, whitewater rafting, cave exploration, and hiking, Banff, Alberta is a perfect destination for outdoor buffs. While here, you may want to stay at Samesun where you’ll have easy access to public transportation, bars, and restaurants. Enjoy colorful décor, game nights, a shared kitchen, and a free breakfast.

Staying at a hostel isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a traveler looking for a place to sleep that’s cheaper than a five-star hotel, it’s one option that may work for you. Traveling the world doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Crack open your piggy bank and go on an adventure.