Hello everyone! My name is Ryan and I’m the wandering Canadian travel-nut behind Treksplorer. A decade has passed since I first hopped across the Atlantic yet my curiosity for new discoveries hasn’t ceased—every new journey still elicits the same excitement as the first time I set foot in a foreign land.
Much has changed since my first trip abroad. Through my experiences (and my mistakes) I’ve learned a great deal about the art of independent travel; I’ve become a veritable travel planning ninja, always on the hunt for cheaper flights, authentic accommodation options, and delicious world cuisines as I unearth less-trodden paths to stumble along.
Unlike many other travel bloggers, I don’t live the nomadic life, nor do I want to. (And I presume that for most of you a nomadic lifestyle isn’t a realistic option either) Despite having some of those bonds so dreaded by the perma-traveller crew—a full-time job, a family, a home—I’ve never let it stop me from experiencing as much as possible in the time that I have available.
Instead, with limited vacation time at my disposal, I’ve been forced to apply ruthless travel planning tactics to maximize my travel experiences—I’ve long since discovered that more does not mean better and have worked towards becoming a minimalist traveller (at least as much as my technologically-bound blogging side hustle allows).
And this is what I hope to bring to the table: to show you that travel doesn’t mean having to quit your job, sell all your belongings, and leave your life at home behind for the entire foreseeable future. There are practically infinite ways to travel, but at its core, travel is about making connections.
Whether its done over weeks, months or years matters less than the fact that you’ve actually done it (despite what you may hear elsewhere). I’m writing with an optimism that the content here will inspire you to shake off your preconceptions that travel is the domain of the rich, the young, the retired, or the intrepid, and realize that travel is within the reach of all of us.
Whether it’s planning your first independent travel experience outside your home country or pushing you to revisit and re-experience an old favourite with new eyes, I truly hope that you will find the travel articles, language learning tips, and travel photography here rousing and entertaining. If there is anything I can do to improve your experience or if you have any questions, comments or requests, please do not hesitate to connect with me on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook.
Cheers and Bon Voyage!