Hi, I’m Ryan.

I used to work as a software guy with my home base in Ontario, Canada. What I loved about my job was the frequent travel, but there were two big problems:

  • I  had to be away from Dina and
  • After a few weeks on the road I’d have to come home

Most people solve these problems by cutting back on the travel, but I decided to go a different way: my wife and I packed up our life and set out as vagabonds, together. Now we never worry about “going home” because home is wherever we are.

Planning our departure from Canada we tried to be ready for every eventuality. What things would we bring? How should we pack? How much money would we need? In the end, none of those things mattered much… now that we’re out there I’ve found the only things we really needed were an open mind and a sense of humour. Everything else you can pick up on the way.

You can reach me by writing comments on this blog or email me directly at: ryan *at* vagabondquest *dot* com.

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5 Responses to “Ryan”

  1. adriansabah
    30 April 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Ryan, just wanted to drop by and say that you are living a lifestyle most people couldn’t even imagine. Way to go! So, have you made your way to Sabah yet?

  2. Ryan
    2 May 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Thanks Adrian. We haven’t visited Sabah yet. The closest we’ve come has been a very brief stop in Balikpapan, on the other side of Borneo. It’s definitely on our to-visit list, though.

  3. Financial Samurai
    4 July 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    Hi Ryan,

    Who convinced who to travel? When do you plan to go back to work and what do you do regarding retirement savings?


    Yakezie Lifestyle

    • Ryan
      6 July 2010 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Sam,

      It’s a bit hard to say – I suppose we convinced each other. We sort of started discussing the idea as a far-off fantasy, and the more we talked about it the more real it became. It was a lot easier to make the decision and take the leap because we had each other for ideas and support.

      I’m still working as we travel, so no trouble there. Haven’t given much thought to retirement savings yet, but actually we’ve managed to save some additional money while we travel. It turns out that it’s been a lot cheaper to live on the road than it was at home!


  4. Jeanne
    9 January 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Ryan,
    I think the money thing is what holds a lot of people back from doing what you both are doing. You say you work as you travel. Is the work still software related or do you find work as you need to? Does Dina work? I find that aspect interesting. I would love to figure out how to continually backpack, yet still work… Since it’s been about a year now, can you guesstimate what your cost of living has been for the last year? Thanks and continued safe travels to you both.

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