But you can call me Dan…”Daniel” is the name my parents used (or rather yelled) when I got in trouble as a kid. I grew up in Canada since the age of 14, originally from South America I lived in Peru and Argentina before settling in Montreal. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Minor in Business from Concordia University in 2005.
I only started travelling at the age of 24. After graduating university I took a 2-month holiday to backpack through South America. Little did I know at the time that this trip would shape the rest of my life. Having never traveled alone before, this first backpacking trip allowed me to see the world in a new way, and gave me my first peak to what a life of pure freedom could be. Not having a schedule or itinerary, I was free to go anywhere I wanted and do anything I wanted for the first time in my life.
FROM THE CUBICLE TO LIFE ON THE ROAD
Upon coming back home I found a job at a financial company where I worked for almost 11 years, a typical 9-5 desk job. I had a lot of vacation time which allowed me to go on various trips for extended periods of time, which only enhanced my need for travel and adventure.
But I felt that something was missing…Every time I came back from a trip I felt that I had changed, that I had grown…but things at home were the same. Each time I found myself missing the freedom and craving the adventure that I only experience when being on the road, and the wait for the next vacation was just TORTURE! Most of all, I missed what my first backpacking trip gave me: a lifestyle of total freedom and choice. Luckily a trip to Tanzania in 2016 showed me that I did NOT have to be tied behind a desk all my life, and that I could turn travel into a way of life.
SO I QUIT MY JOB AND DECIDED TO TRAVEL THE WORLD
Now in my 30s I embrace the uncertainty and the unknown of life on the road. Life is too short to wait for the perfect time to start pursuing your dreams. Some people think that I’m escaping something, and some people say that I should “settle down”, and while I do travel to escape, it is that idea of a “normal life” that some people have that I’m escaping from. Once I read a great quote which said: “I do not travel to escape life, but rather for life not to escape me”, and it’s time to start living by it.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
This blog is meant for travelers and people who wish to experience travel. It is a means for me to share my adventures (and misadventures) with you, and to inspire and motivate you to live a life of adventure. The goal of this blog is to create a community and forum for travelers and those who wish to travel to exchange experiences, tips and other useful information for other travelers to have.
I will only review places that I have tried and tested myself. All opinions, good or bad, about hostels, tour operators, restaurants, and more, are my own. I will add links to the places I’ve been when these are available.
I will NOT comment or give recommendations of places that I have not been or tried out myself. I may provide options in, for example, transportation, if I believe there is a cheaper option than the one I took, however all names of hostels, restaurants and tour companies you will see on this site have been tried by me personally.
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