We both loved living in Canada and spent the next few years travelling around in our van on a shoestring budget. Eventually, we decided to pack our bags and head to Central America for a year, and that kickstarted our real love of travelling the world.
Since then, we’ve probably been to about 70 or 80 countries together, although we’ve never properly counted them.
Have any of those destinations had a major impact on you?
Yes, probably Guatemala, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan.
Guatemala because it was our first proper backpacking destination. We arrived on a one-way ticket with a few thousand dollars in the bank, no plans and no idea what to expect. We ended up staying for 3 months, studying Spanish, going on a bunch of multi-day treks, climbing volcanos, diving deep into the Mayan culture and disconnecting from the outside world.
It really lit the spark inside us to stay on the road.
Vietnam was another place that we really fell in love with. We spent 10 months riding two motorbikes around Southeast Asia, with the majority of that time being in Vietnam. It’s a country that has it all, from stunning beaches to epic mountains, the largest cave in the world, delicious food and hospitable cultures. With the freedom of having our own transport, we visited very remote villages, took countless backroads through dense jungles and stayed with many amazing people. We loved it so much we ended up settling in a small town called Phong Nha for 3 months, and we still dream about moving back there one day.
Kyrgyzstan was our introduction to Central Asia, and from the moment we crossed the border we were blown away with the landscapes and just how friendly the locals are. It’s not a place that makes it onto a lot of travellers’ bucket lists, but take our word for it when we say it is the next big adventure hotspot. In summer you can hike for days through the mountains, staying with nomad families along the way, go horse trekking to alpine lakes and climb 7000m+ peaks. During the winter the backcountry skiing and snowboarding is some of the wildest on the planet. We’ve now been to Kyrgyzstan seven times, and we love it so much we’ve started running our own adventure and photography tours there.