When Erin was 19 years old she moved on a whim to Venice, Italy, where she spent several months working in a hostel and running a pub crawl. It was there that she earned the nickname Pina... because “Erin” is hard to pronounce if you speak Italian. The name stuck, and it is now her travel alias. Erin Hynes is a writer (pinatravels.ca) and humanitarian worker based in Toronto, Canada. To see where she is today, follow @pinatravels on Instagram.