Travel and Adventure is a lifestyle.

About Toques & Boots

Hi! We are Andrew & Venessa, a Canadian couple with a passion for Travel & Adventure. We believe life is a lot more than sitting behind a desk, we believe it’s about creating memories and experiencing this amazing planet of ours. At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters is how happy you lived and the memories you made, it’s not the job you had, the car you drove, or the money you had.

Collectively we have travelled to around the world, lived in a van, faced our fears, checked big items off our bucket list, and lived as authentically as we can. Our hope with this blog is to inspire you to live your life as authentically as you can and hopefully explore this amazing planet we call home.

And most importantly…

live a life you will remember, in places you won’t forget. 

First, we should probably explain what the name of our blog even means. Toque (pronounced: too-k) is more commonly known as a beanie. Basically, a knitted hat typically worn in cold weather. In Canada we wear them a lot, sometimes year round.

Toque is the French word for a beanie, in essence. It’s a very common term in Canada and you very rarely see Canadians who don’t constantly wear them or at least own like five of them. They keep us warm and remind us a little of home. Boots are something that carry us from destination to destination but also bring us home to our friends and family. So, Toques and Boots was born.

We always try and live by our motto which is live a life you will remember, in places you won’t forget. 

We are your average Canadian couple who grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada near the Rocky Mountains. It instilled in us a passion and love of the outdoors, no matter the season. There’s adventure to be found in every season if you look for it.

We met in 2013 and shortly after started dating, that summer only 4 months into our relationship we both took solo trips to Europe for a month. By the time we got home we both knew that travelling wasn’t just a one time deal, it was a lifestyle we wanted to chase. After returning home we both agreed that we were going to start saving for a big adventure, somewhere we both dreamed of going but we wouldn’t just plan a basic two-week vacation, we would leave for an undetermined amount of time.

We made a decision to follow our dreams and experience everything we could.

Saving every penny we possibly could for a little over a year we managed to save enough to go on a whirlwind trip in 2015 to New Zealand for six months. We did bring working visas with us as we anticipated to stay even longer, however, after six months we made the decision to start the journey home, but first, we went to Fiji and Hawaii before visiting friends and family in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. It was on our New Zealand trip that Toques & Boots was born.

At the end of the day, we want to show people that you can live your most authentic life by following your dreams and passions. We have had some amazing opportunities because of our blog and it has allowed us to have the desire to travel more and really do what we love, experience life.

It’s totally possible to live an extraordinary life as an ordinary person.

We both consider ourselves pretty ordinary, we were both born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and spent our childhoods playing in the Rocky Mountains and dreaming about what was beyond them. Both of us were 18 by the time we got the opportunity to go abroad, Venessa’s first trip was to Europe with her high school to Italy and Greece and Andy’s was for a month to the Czech Republic and Germany for a music festival. It was the first time we both got to taste what it was like to see other countries and cultures.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • There is a four year age gap between us (Venessa is older)
  • Andy loves coffee and that means we seek out the best cafes everywhere we go
  • Venessa has a serious love of Lord of the Rings and JRR Tolkien
  • We love video games and arcades
  • Hiking is one of our favourite outdoor activities
  • We both really love dogs
  • Andy taught Venessa how to snowboard
  • Venessa’s favourite city is Rome and Andy’s is Wellington
  • One day we want to live on a small rural property with tons of plants and a few dogs

Hopefully you find a piece of yourself here within our little blog.