Josh Wicks

the.vagrant.optimist

"Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles- a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other- that kept me going. " I read those words from Hunter S. Thompson when I was in high school and I instantly knew what I wanted to do. I took my savings from 3 summers of work and embarked on a journey around North America with three friends in a 1979 Dodge Glendale Motorhome. We were on the road for 4 months before I came home, lost my Mom to cancer, and could think of nothing more than getting out there again- but for longer and farther than before. I'm 38 now. The world has changed a lot in the twenty years I've been exploring it. I aim to share some of my favorite experiences about it here and to connect with those fellow seekers out there.

Josh Wicks's Lists

  • Places I've been

  • Latin American Food: Top 10 in Victoria, BC

    Taco lovers, empanada enthusiasts, and ceviche connoisseurs unite! The selection of Latin American restaurants in Victoria, BC will blow your sombreros off.
  • Fresh, Fun and Local Farmers Markets in Victoria, BC

    If you're new to Victoria or happen to be visiting for a week, don't miss your chance to visit these 7 Local Farmers Markets for some satisfying eats, artisanal goods, and more!
  • Best Sushi restaurants in Victoria, BC

    Satisfy your sushi craving with this list of top choices from Victoria locals.
  • Blackberry picking spots in Victoria, BC

    Vancouver Island is abundant with wild blackberry bushes. If you're around Victoria from August to mid September, you can find your share of blackberries and get in on the good picking at these choice locations!
  • 11 Ice-breaker stories about places I've been

    One of the coolest things about being a Seeker Ambassador is participating in the weekly #seekerchallenge that gets me tripping back in my memory (and in my photos) of the many places and experiences I've been a part of on this awesome planet. This one in particular is a fun one!
  • Best Pizza Places in Victoria, BC

    When you're in the mood for pizza, let this list be your guide for the best pizza in the city, chosen by the locals.
  • Best Playgrounds in Victoria, BC

    Of all the awesome attractions that Victoria has to offer, who would've thought that this capital city has such an incredible selection of playgrounds. It almost makes me want to have more kids!
  • Mother Nature's Finest Work

    This week's #seekerchallenge celebrates the most naturally beautiful places on earth.
  • Local, Independent Bookstores in Victoria, BC

    Independent bookstores abound in Victoria. New, used, rare, or specialty books - whatever you're looking for, you are sure to find it at one of these local bookstores.
  • Fun places to explore in Santiago, Chile for free (or nearly free).

    Santiago is a big city that can be a little overwhelming if you're not familiar with all of its unique neighborhoods and, markets, and museums. To make your time in this metropolis more effective and enjoyable, here is a list of the best places to get your fill of Chilean culture, history, and beautiful views for free (or nearly free).
  • Great Accommodations For Under $100 on Salt Spring Island

    Perhaps you've heard of Salt Spring Island. If you're visiting Vancouver Island and curious about exploring other beautiful islands in the Pacific Northwest, this is a notable one to spend a weekend on. And here are some beautiful places to stay and enjoy for less than $100/night.
  • Post Covid Travel Destinations

    When we're free to roam again, these are the places I'm travelling to.
  • Places inspired by fellow Seekers

    This is an ever-growing list of places that I save while exploring the lists made by fellow Seekers.
  • Freedom Camping on Vancouver Island

    The only thing more adventurous and satisfying than road trip camping is freedom camping! When you find that special place to boondock or pitch your tent for free- it's a special moment. Here are some of the tried, tested, and true freedom camping locations on Vancouver Island.
  • Coolest Barber Shops in Victoria, BC

    Looking for a groovy place to get your hair cut? Get the latest local word on the street? Feel like you've gone back in time for an old fashioned straight razor shave? Victoria, BC has its share of unique barbershops to provide that fresh feeling we love. Here's a list of the top 7 Coolest Barbershops in the capital city.
  • Best Sandwiches in Victoria, BC

    I'm a sandwich person. Always will be. When you're hungry, nothing beats a fresh-made sandwich. When you're in Victoria, BC these are the places to go for some of the biggest, tastiest, and best-priced sandwiches.
  • Best Craft Breweries in Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver, BC is where the craft brewery craze began in Canada. If you like beer, you'll love doing a full-on craft brewery tour of the city. There are too many breweries to count these days, so here's an essential list of the best, most reputable craft breweries that you shouldn't miss.
  • Bali Beaches for Beginner Surfers ( 6 spots to learn )

    Everybody's gotta learn somewhere. Bali is a great place to learn to surf. It attracts surfers of all levels from all over the world, but don't be intimidated, be stoked. There are waves with your name on them in these surf spots for beginner surfers.
  • Best Record Shops in Vancouver, BC

    Hey music lovers and audiophiles, welcome to Vancouver BC, and its epic line up of Record Shops.
  • Best Pubs and Bars in London, Ontario

    When in London, Ontario, if you're up for it, go out for a pub-crawl on the famous Richmond Row where you'll find some of the best bars in the city. There are also some notable mentions listed here which are located in other parts of the city. All of these bars and pubs have great food, drinks and atmosphere.
  • Best Picnic Places in Victoria, BC

    Now more than ever it's important to enjoy the simple things in life- like picnics! Victoria, BC has a fine selection of spacious locations to enjoy a picnic in nature with stunning views too. Have a look at this list of top picnic locations.
  • Top 10 Local Cafes in Victoria, BC

    Drinking good coffee isn't a trend, it's a way of life. Drinking good coffee in a cafe with style is what this list is all about. Here are the 10 best local cafes with the best coffee and atmosphere in Victoria BC.
  • Thrift Stores in Victoria, BC

    Attention Thrift Shoppers. If you're new in Victoria, BC and you're looking for the best thrift shops to find those used treasures, then let this be your quintessential list. Of course, you never know what you'll find at any time, in any thrift shop, but some are more known for certain items. Have a look at each thrift shop on this list for more details. Happy hunting friends!
  • Best Beaches in Vancouver, BC

    One of the best things about Vancouver BC is its selection of spacious beaches to enjoy with friends. You'll find what you're looking for at any one of these beaches; Sunsets, BBQ's, live events, interesting edibles, peace and quiet, and sometimes everything at the same time!
  • Sunset spots in Victoria, BC

    Everybody loves a good sunset. Fortunately, Victoria BC has some of the best, easily accessible places to enjoy sunsets any time of year.
  • Indonesia: 8 Interesting places to explore other than Bali

    Indonesia has a lot more to offer than nasi garang and cheap Billibong shirts. Check out this list of interesting cities to explore. Pro Tip: If you're a musician, send some impressive demos to promoters in Indonesia. Build relations and then propose a tour. "It's all happening."
  • Eco-friendly Grocery stores and Markets in Victoria, BC

    Eco-conscious, Eco-friendly, Zero-Waste, Sustainable, Green... if that's what you're looking for, good on ya! Here's a list of grocery stores and markets that are making a true effort for conscious shoppers in Victoria, BC.
  • Victoria, BC Nature Walks in one hour or less

    Victoria is a city that has flourishing pockets of nature in every direction. All of these parks are close by and offer fresh views and fresh air to partake in for a quick walk or spend an afternoon.
  • Ultimate Artists' Retreats in British Columbia

    Calling all artists! If you're looking for the best, most awe-inspiring artist residencies to put in the work with zero distractions, here are the Top 5 in BC.
  • Beach Escapes from Santiago, Chile

    "Dondé esta la playa?" Santiago, Chile can be a hot stressful place sometimes. Fortunately, there are beaches calling from the nearby coast. Check out this list of easy beach escapes to cool off and recharge.
  • Best Bars and Pubs in Vancouver, BC

    Bars and Pubs are plentiful in Vancouver, BC. Whatever kind of food, drink, or atmosphere you're into, you'll find it here. To save you some time though, start with this Top 10 list of the Best Bars and Pubs in Vancouver. Enjoy!
  • Best Dispensaries in Victoria, BC

    Are Dispensary tours a thing yet? Victoria has got some impressive Dispensaries with a wide variety of THC and CBD products. This list of Top 5 Dispensaries is based on selection, service, and overall experience rated by locals.
  • Himachal Pradesh Motorcycle Tour

    India is a country to explore in doses. One of the most fulfilling ways to travel India is on a motorcycle. It's also one of the easiest ways. Himachal Pradesh is a state in the Northern part of India that is famous for motorcycle tours. The following is a list of recommended places to see on your epic motorcycle journey.
  • Top 5 Breweries in Victoria, BC

    Artisanal Beer is here! There's a good chance you're coming to Victoria, BC for the micro-breweries alone! I get it. Only problem is, there are almost too many brewpubs to visit. Hence, I give you the Top 5. This list is made without bias. The following breweries have proven themselves through time and quality, to rank amongst the many. They can all be easily reached by bicycle. So have fun, be safe, and enjoy the flavours!
  • Vancouver Island Road Trip

    Vancouver Island is an ideal place for a road trip. For those seeking an authentic Canadian travel experience on the west coast, here's a list of places to stop and things to do from the bottom of Vancouver Island to the top.
  • Hidden Gems of Chumphon, Thailand

    Chumphon is a small city known as the "Gateway to the South" of Thailand. It is a very common stopover point for travelers arriving on the bus or train from Bangkok before catching a boat to one of the many islands in the Gulf of Thailand. If you're seeking a less-touristy adventure off the beaten path, you'll find it here. Consider sticking around for a few days, renting a scooter and checking out these hidden gems. You'll be glad you did.
  • Best Restaurants with Happy Hours in Victoria, BC

    Victoria, BC, one of Canada's most cherished cities has some incredible restaurants with both culinary and craft-brewed experiences to partake in. Fortunately, some of the best restaurants have some of the best happy hours too! Know where and when to go with this list of the best happy hours in Victoria, BC.
  • Places I've Lived or Called Home.

    A list of the places where I've lived and worked, and hopefully left a little better than when I arrived. I know I'm a better person for having lived in these places.
  • Most Breathtaking Treks

    One of my favorite activities is hiking and trekking all over this beautiful earth. There's no better medicine than getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature. Here's my ever-growing list of memorable treks that took my breath away (in more ways than one).

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