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Meet Liz Trinnear, a renowned personality on Much and etalk. Since joining the Much team, Liz has had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in entertainment including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Quentin Tarantino to name a few. This hard work and dedication as a media personality have destined Liz to many hours behind the computer and in front of the camera. This constant preoccupation with media made Liz the perfect candidate to join #FarAndWide for a much needed Digital Detox in Tofino, BC. Learn a little more about Liz and her trip to Tofino, BC below…
Where did you grow up? London, Ontario – London was a great city in which to grow up. It’s known for being a “college town” so it made the most sense to go to school at UWO for post-secondary studies. My family is very close and we spent our summers going to my favourite parks and local festivals. Being in the “snow belt” made for wicked snow days each winter, full of tobogganing and building snow forts.
How did your trip to British Columbia different from your day-to-day in Toronto?
MUCH DIFFERENT. My typical work day in Toronto starts at 7am and usually ends around 6pm. In between that time, I am rushing around from shoot to shoot in the field, interviewing celebrities of different sorts, taping our daily show in the studio, in and out of the voiceover booth and making entertainment updates live on local affiliates. Most nights I have an event to attend or plans with friends, rarely do I stay in. I try and squeeze workouts in prior to the work day and if not boxing class right after work.
Tofino was CHILL. It’s the kind of place where there is SO much to do and experience. So much so, you don’t even need your phone. It’s distracting in the best way possible. I got up shortly after sunrise, filled my day with activities and finished it with a great meal which made for a deep and much-needed sleep.
Being a TV Host and influencer must mean a lot of time on your phone, computer and in the studio. How did you enjoy unplugging in Tofino?
I loved every second of it. It made me stop and look at the life I’m in right now. Do I want to look back in 30 years and think “whoa I remember being there but only partially because I was on my phone?” the obvious answer is NO. There is a time and place for phones, computers and work. I now try and designate an hour here and an hour there throughout my day to have no social media engagement. Phone calls are the exception… everything else can wait.
Did you find it hard to put your phone down?
YES – I am not phone obsessed but there is such thing as ghost phone syndrome. Where you feel your phone vibrate in your back pocket and go to look but it’s not there. Or you go to reach for it to message someone or snap a picture and it’s gone. After the first 24 hours, you get over it and really start to open up your eyes and ears to what’s around you. I found my senses heightened immediately.
Did you gain anything out of the digital detox?
I took away a lot from my digital detox but the most important one of all: The power of living in the moment. I like to use the example of going to a concert: you’re there to see one of your favourite bands, sing all the songs and hear the magic of live music. When you look out in the crowd you see a bajillion phones in the air capturing images, snapchatting moments and documenting the show, opposed to experiencing it. I think we are a little disconnected with the “now” and are too busy capturing a moment to see it in the future? It doesn’t make sense, does it? I’m trying to apply this feeling to my day to day life back home. Putting my phone away at the dinner table with friends, using my eyes versus always walking with my face buried in my phone and just being more present.
How did you enjoy exploring somewhere new on your own?
Exploring a new place on your own is really rewarding. We are living in a digital age where everything is shared. We share online through email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and through texts and videos. Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself with something only YOUR eyes will see. I loved the idea of taking in a new place on my own, being on my own timeline and experiencing things for the first time for my own enjoyment and no one else’s.
Do you have any tips for girls wanting to travel solo?
Travel safely. It’s fun to be adventurous and solo trips are sometimes the most rewarding ones. Experiencing something for you, and you only. However, it’s important to travel safe and create check-ins. An idea is to print off an itinerary and give it to a loved one to know where and when you will be on your trip. Use public phones (if doing the digital detox) to check in with a family member, and use your gut. Street smarts apply to the woods too.
What was the best thing you did in Tofino?
While the entire trip ruled from beginning to end, the most “life-changing” moment for me was visiting Meares Island. Immediately you feel the energy from the rainforest as you walk along the cedar path and see the 800-1300-year-old trees. I’ve never been so overwhelmed by nature in my life and I definitely can’t wait to get back.
What was your favourite meal?
TACOFINO!!!!! I had it 3 times in 4 days… dude seriously, best tacos ever.
If you were to go back what else would you do?
I would spend at least a week. I want to go whale watching and back for more surf lessons. I’d also like to explore more parts of Tofino. There is so much adventure to take in and delicious food to eat.
What was the most memorable thing that happened behind the scenes while shooting your episode for Far And Wide?
Listening to my kayak instructor Jesse talk about the rainforest and the history of the trees. He was so knowledgeable about the area and the nature surrounding. I felt like it was a real-life environmental class and I recommend everyone go take his kayak tour when they get to Tofino.