Hi! I’m Tyler and Welcome to my travel Blog!
I will do my very best to help you learn some great ways to save money on traveling, find cheap accommodation, show you how to pack light, and the best ways to get to certain destinations. But most importantly, I hope to help you get over any travel fears and inspire you to pack your bag and go on your own adventure!
Maybe you are just starting to travel, or perhaps you’ve been traveling for years and you are doing some research for your next adventure. Either or, you are in the right place. My blog is new to the world, so it will take a while before I have some content. However, I have been backpacking around the world for over 16 years, so if you would like some information on a particular country or destination then feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask me in any of the Blog comment sections.
So now for a little about me, and how I can go on these long 5-6 month backpacking trips. Currently, I work in the construction industry. Since my work is seasonal I can take my winter off and still have a job to come back to. During this time I work 10-12 hours a day 6 days a week. I do not own much. I just have a cheap compact car for getting to work, and a few bins full of clothes for the domestic side of my life.
During my time in Canada, I do not go out to socialize much or buy overpriced drinks and expensive meals. I try to live somewhat frugal, but I do still enjoy some western luxuries, like expensive coffee. The small sacrifices that I make in Canada are rewarded when I travel. I always travel to places that are less expensive than Canada.
I find that it is much more affordable to go out and socialize when I travel. This makes going out more relaxing as you don’t have to worry about overspending. For example, a beer in Colombia or The Philippines may only cost you $1-$3 in a bar compared to $6-$9 each in Canada.
It all started out in 2000 when a co-worker kept telling me that I should save up some money and to go backpacking around Europe. At the time I was 26 and thought that travel was a waste of time and money. My big goal back then was to buy a nice sports car. Back in those days hiking in the mountains around Vancouver was my big passion.
The day my life changed started when that same co-worker suggested that I should go hiking in Switzerland. I thought, “wow that sounds like a great idea”. So I decided to plan a 1-month hiking trip to Switzerland for June.
Weeks before my trip I got myself so worked up worrying about all of the unknowns. Where do I go? How do I get around? Will people speak English? What do I pack? How much money do I bring? What if…?
Back in 2000, travel blogs were not very popular so all I really had for direction was the latest Lonely Planet travel guide book. But unfortunately, even the newest travel guide books contain information that is usually over 1-year-old.
When I got to Switzerland in June, most of the hiking trails were still closed due to the overabundance of snow that was left over from the harsh winter. I didn’t know what to do. That’s when I learned to “stop worrying and let the adventure plan itself out.” I figured “Just go with it!”
I met a couple guys from Germany that invited me to tag along with them on their budget holiday. We drove by car to visit a few different countries around Germany and stayed at hostels where we met a lot of travelers from all around the world. It was an amazing experience. After that two week tour, I stayed in Karlsruhe Germany with my new friends for the rest of my trip.
In Karlsruhe, I experienced everyday German life. We went to some local bars, cooked up some traditional foods, played cards and some board games. After my two week stay, I learned that people are all pretty much everywhere in the world. We all have similar life goals, we all work, relax, play the same card games, and socialize in similar ways. But most importantly, I realized that I was hooked on traveling! What I did not realize at the time was, is that I would still be traveling 16 years later.
When I returned to Canada, I quit my job and went to work in the oil field so that I could make some quick money and travel again. Ever since then I have been just coming back to Canada so that I could save up enough money to move on to the next big adventure.
I will admit that it is great to travel for a long time, but I am always glad to come home to my western comforts, and the country that I love so much. I hope you will enjoy reading my blog posts, and I hope you too will be able to enjoy the rich experiences of traveling abroad.
Thank-You for visiting my website today, and I hope that I can somehow help you with your future travels!