Keeping Busy in Toronto

Since this blog is mainly a travel blog, I haven’t written since my return to Toronto two months ago. Here’s a bit of an update on my Toronto life.

I applied for two jobs since I got back. Neither panned out, probably from a combo of over and under-experience. I am not trying to do anything related to past careers. Both jobs had one thing in common: cycling; and neither contacted me. As a result, I am starting my own cycling related business.

Yes, Me. It’s called Cycle Tours TO and, using bike share, I lead tours through west end Toronto neighborhoods, including my own, that have a lot of history and fun events. Cycle Tours TOWhen you visit the city, I’ll give you a friends and family rate on a tour! The weather is beautiful this week so do a tour with me!

So far, it’s not easy. I am trying to get listed as an experience on AirbnB, but there’s a 3 week review process. One week down. I’ve posted as a PWYC offering on Couchsurfing. Yesterday, 3 people signed up, but none showed.

Today, I spent a few hours cycling around Toronto dropping off postcards to different hostels. I biked 20KM and went to 9 hostels. Maybe I’ll get a couple emails! Hope so!

I love cycling around Toronto. And I love learning about and sharing my love of Toronto and all the great things to do and see here. I have been on lots of tours of different cities, and have taken away what people like to hear about those cities and am trying to incorporate that knowledge into my tour.

Here are some photos from my visits to the hostels today. I talked with staff at each hostel and they were generally friendly and supportive.

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After today, I can recommend which hostels in Toronto to stay in and which to avoid. There’s one particularly grotty one I almost didn’t leave cards it was so disturbing.

This weekend is a holiday weekend and the weather looks good so maybe I’ll get some customers, starting tomorrow at 11am. I am getting outside, talking to people and riding my bike. It’s all good!