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Thanks for stopping by to find out more about us “Goats”! We’re Nick & Dariece, a 30-something couple from Canada who have been travelling for almost 8 years. We’re also the adventure-loving, wine-drinking, culture-seeking videographers, photographers and writers who founded this travel blog.

Prior to travelling and starting this website, we were just your average couple, living “normal” lives back in Canada – complete with proper full time jobs, a fully furnished condominium, a vehicle and all of the other things that we should want at that stage in our lives.

But, we wanted more…

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We Started Travelling

We weren’t satisfied with the routine of waking up, going to work, coming home, eating dinner, watching TV, going to bed…and repeating. We felt bored with our lives in Canada and were tired of not having enough time to spend with one another. We were tired of being tired.

So, we booked a typical 1 week, all-inclusive vacation in Mexico together. A vacation that gave us the travel bug.

About a month later, Nick came home from a brutal day of work and said: “If you could travel anywhere for a year, where would it be?” Dariece’s immediate reply was: “Southeast Asia”!

Fast forward 8 months and we had sold our home, our car, most of our possessions and booked a flight from Vancouver to Bangkok. Our travel dreams were about to come true.

We backpacked through SE Asia and the Subcontinent for 13 months. A trip that truly changed our lives forever. We met new friends, learned about new cultures, tasted new foods and experienced things that we never thought possible. From that point on we looked at our lives in a totally new light.

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We Need To Be Travelling

After that 13 month trip, our bank accounts were dwindling and we needed to return back to Canada to make some more cash. We were very fortunate to get our exact same jobs back after being away for so long!

But upon returning home, we felt like strangers in our home country, and struggled to fit in. Events and conversations that we used to enjoy and that we used to think were important, now seemed irrelevant to our perspective on life. The trip had changed us and we knew that we needed to save as much money as we could to set off on another longterm adventure.

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The 16 Month Journey

After being back in Canada for just 13 months, we had saved enough money to set off on an even longer trip than the first one. This time we visited Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Southern Asia and Northern Asia.

It was somewhere around our 15th month on the road, in the Philippines, when Dariece had a total meltdown. She was thinking about the prospect of returning home in just over a month when the funds would run out.

We needed to figure out a way to earn money on the road – going back to regular jobs in Canada simply wasn’t an option.

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Teaching English

While travelling, we met many people who had taught English abroad as a way to make money and stay on the road. After we volunteered teaching in a village in Myanmar for a week, we started to think that we would be great English teachers.

While we were travelling around China, Nick sent off our resumes to some schools he found online, and from adverts we saw in hostels. The response we received was overwhelming! We couldn’t believe that so many schools wanted us, especially because we had no formal training or experience.

Within 2 weeks, we had secured ourselves a job at Shane English School in Yangzhou, China.

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We taught at that school for a year and had one of the best years of our lives! We made numerous foreign and local friends, learned about Chinese culture, tried some seriously strange foods, and best of all, we loved our little students.

During that year, because we only worked 20 hours a week teaching, we had plenty of time to get this website up and running.

After one year of teaching, we had saved enough money to travel for around 5 months.

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Central Asia & The Silk Road

When we were living in China, we looked at a map and figured that the next logical trip would be to head north through Mongolia and Russia, before veering into Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

We ticked off an item on our travel wishlist – the Trans Mongolian / Trans Siberian Railway! This whole trip was quite the adventure, filled with camping, trekking and fishing. This is one of the least touristed regions of the world and we loved every minute of it.

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House Sitting / Pet Sitting

When we were in Uzbekistan, we decided to create a profile for ourselves on the website Trustedhousitters.com. We were trying to find ways to suppliment the income earned from our website (which at the time, wasn’t all that much), and housesitting seemed like a great way to do just that!

Within a month of putting up our profile, we had received a message from a homeowner in the Caribbean. She wanted us to come and take care of her divine dog named Spare on the island of Grenada. The job was for 7 months, with 1 month off in the middle.

It was perfect, and we said “Yes” right away.

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Grenada As Our Home Base

On top of exploring this West Indies Island from top to bottom, meeting new friends, enjoying the company of our furry friend and having a chance to live abroad, Grenada became the place where we grew our website and really expanded our business.

When travelling around full time, we found it difficult to have any extra time to sit down and focus on what we wanted from our website, which ultimately has become our career, and sole source of income.

We’ve returned to Grenada three times beween 2014 – 2016, while housesitting and petsitting at two different homes. The island became our home base and is a place we love.

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6 Months in Grenada & 6 Months Travelling

During those years, we spent half of the year on the island of Grenada, and spent the other half travelling.

We visited Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Costa Rica, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados, Puerto Rico, New York, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Malta, Prague, Berlin and Istanbul.

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It’s All About Lifestyle Design

Since starting out in 2008, we’ve travelled to more than 55 wonderful destinations around the world. Our passion for culture and adventure has driven us to find numerous ways to make money on the road so that we can continue this life of full-time exploration.

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We’ve chosen this freedom-filled, unconventional way of life and we feel that we are completely stress-free, happy and alive. We don’t worry about nine-to-fives, bosses, planning for retirement,  mortgages and most importantly… we have no debt.

We love this new lifestyle so much that we started this blog so that we can share it with others. That is why we put ALL of our best money making tips, travel hacks and inspiration on this blog to show you that this kind of life is possible.

We don’t regret our decision to sell-up at home and live this nomadic lifestyle. Travel made us realize the futility of material possessions now that we’re living out of our backpacks. We’re happier than ever! Everything we own fits into a total of 110L of space.

We’ve gained a new outlook on the world and on life itself. Experiences are what bring happiness, not material things.

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What’s Next?

We will continue with our digital nomad lifestyle for as long as it brings us joy. Right now, at this moment in our lives, we’re 100% content. We’re happy to be able to work on our laptops from anywhere in the world, provided there’s a decent wifi connection.

We’ve decided that we won’t be returning to our homebase in Grenada in 2017, as we want this to be a year of country hopping, with no long-term commitments. We’re very excited to start the trip off in South America! A continent that we have yet to step foot on.

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We Hope You’re Inspired!

We are the architects of our own reality and we are here to inspire you to create a happier life for yourself. Happiness comes in many forms, but for us, we find joy through travelling and eye-opening experiences.

On this website we share our financial tips, earning methods and travel stories with you, in the hopes that we can inspire you to live a freer life.

We want to show you how to turn your travels into a lifestyle! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us. We answer every single email. Also, make sure to follow our journey on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Keep your life on your back and get more back from your life – Goats On The Road

FAQ’S:

Q:  Why are you called “Goats On The Road”?

A:  Because no matter where we travel in the world, there seems to be goats roaming the roads! Since the two of us are also on the road, we have since decided to call each other “Goat”…therefore, we are Goats On The Road.

Q:  How can you afford to travel for so long?!

A:  For our first year-long trip in 2008, we sold our house and saved a lot of money from working at our jobs. For our second trip we put ourselves on a strict budget and saved up money from working for a year in Canada. We were able to travel for 16 months on those savings. After that, we decided to teach english in China for a year. We saved $21,000 in a year living in China and that supported our journey through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran.

In 2014, a combination of free accommodation from house-sitting and the earnings made from Goats On The Road allowed us to travel and live abroad in Grenada.

Since 2015, this website has been our sole source of income. Financially speaking, we haven’t needed to housesit since then, but we enjoy it 🙂

Q: How do you pronounce Dariece?

A: Der – ees.

Q:  Do you ever get bored with travelling the world?

A:  Absolutely not! There are times when we feel a bit exhausted or overwhelmed from trying to juggle travelling and blogging and need some down time…but no, we’re always excited to see and do new things each and every day. That’s the best part about travelling, there’s always something new around each corner.

Q:  How do you get around?

A:  We’ve probably taken every mode of transportation possible! Our favourite way to get around is by train or by having our own wheels – this is the best way to see the country and to meet people along the way. We often fly and take the bus as well.

Q:  What is your favourite country so far?

A:  We don’t have a clear answer for that one. Each country is beautiful in its own way and has something to offer. However, the ones that stand out in our minds the most are: Thailand, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Mozambique, Turkey, China, Mongolia, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, Grenada and Iran.

Q:  What are the weirdest things you’ve eaten on your travels?

A:  Scorpion, maggot, toad, horse meat, duck’s blood, cow stomach and ox tongue.

Q:  Where do you sleep?

A:  We typically go for a hotel/guesthouse/hostel/hut or some sort of accommodation that is unique, and if possible, eco-friendly and locally owned.

We’ve also slept on plenty of planes, trains, cars and buses.

We’ve had to embrace the dorm room a few times when there were no other options, but when we’re in hostels, we always go for private rooms.

Q:  Have you ever been worried about your safety?

A:  A few times. In Kenya we were held at knife point by a crazy, homeless man. Also in Kenya we were in an archipelago where Somali Pirates were kidnapping westerners. Two other times Nick almost drowned – he fell down a waterfall in Laos and he was sucked out to sea by a rip-tide in Sri Lanka. We were also (possibly) stalked by a tiger while hiking though Periyar Tiger Reserve in India.

Q:  Have you ever had anything stolen or been robbed?

A:  Unfortunately, yes. We had $1,500 stolen from us during our adventures on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. We’ve also had a pair of sandals, an iPod Touch and a dive mask stolen. Luckily, none of those things were forcefully taken from us.

Q:  How long will you keep travelling?

A:  We plan to continue to travel and live abroad for as long as we enjoy it. We know that we’ll never return to a normal lifestyle back home, that’s for sure.

Q: Are you going to get married and have kids?

A: You can read all about that in our post – Are we going to have a baby?

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Things We’ve Done:

Apart from quitting our jobs, selling our home and leaving Canada to pursue our dream of travelling, we have…

Snorkelled with Whale Sharks (Mozambique)

Gone on an African Safari (Masai Mara, Kenya)

Spent 3.5 weeks doing yoga and meditation at an Ashram (India)

Dove with Humpback Whales (Mozambique) 

Trekked to 5,416 meters through the Himalaya Mountains on the Annapurna Circuit (Nepal)

Went on a 4 day camel safari (Thar Desert, India) 

Sailed through the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago camping on deserted islands along the way (Mozambique)

Floated in the Dead Sea (Jordan)

Seen 5 Wonders Of The World: Great Pyramids Of Giza, EgyptPetra, Jordan; The Taj Mahal, India; Chitchen Itza, Mexico and The Great Wall Of China, Beijing, China

Taught English in a rural village for a week (Naloy, Myanmar)

Dove the Blue Hole in the Red Sea (Dahab, Egypt)

Sailed up the great Nile River for 4 days (Aswan to Luxor, Egypt)

Stared in awe at the pile of rocks known as Stonehenge (England)

Seen the amazing temples at Angkor Wat (Cambodia)

Survived a deadly stomach virus (Monkey Bay, Malawi)

Discovered the most beautiful island in the world (Koh Rong, Cambodia)

Seen the prehistoric Komodo Dragons (Rinca Island, Indonesia)

Lived out our Robinson Crusoe fantasies on deserted islands (Mozambique & The Philippines)

Spent 3 days on a rice barge houseboat sailing the Kerala Backwaters (Allepy, India)

Trekked deep into the jungle to spot wild Orangutans (Bukit Lawang, Indonesia)

Went sand-boarding down massive dunes in the Great Sand Sea (Egypt)

Witnessed the migration of the Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales from 50 feet away (Hermanus, South Africa)

Seen the Parthenon (Athens, Greece)

Survived a Crazy Stomach Infection

Hiked a volcano for sunrise (Kintamani, Indonesia)

Wandered through the ancient ruins of Baalbek (Lebanon)

Went surfing (Lombok, Indonesia)

Attended an Indian Wedding (Rishikesh, India)

Rented a car and went on a 5 week road trip (South Africa)

Got tattoos in a foreign country (Koh Tao, Thailand)

Spotted rare Irrawady River Dolphins from a dug-out log canoe (Don Det, Laos)

Got a naked scrub-down from a complete stranger (Istanbul, Turkey)

Travelled for two weeks on the Pamir Highway through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Took a helicopter ride over the Pamir Mountains bordering Afghanistan

Trekked on foot independently for 8 days in Mongolia

Rode the Trans-Mongolian/Trans-Siberian Train

Went on a two day horse-trek in Kyrgyzstan

Road tripped through Albania and Macedonia

Island hopped in the Grenadines by cargo boat and ferry

Travelled independently around Cuba for a month

And so much more!

Happy Travels. We hope to see you on the road 🙂

Nick & Dariece (The Goats)

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118 thoughts on “Who Are The Goats?

      1. This is what i’ve been looking for my whole life!!! I didnt think people actually did it….You guys are an inspiration to me…By the time i’m 40 (18 months to go) I will living this life….I came about this site by accident! Love it……..keep on the road!!

    1. I think you guys are amazing!! Good for you. This is coming from someone old enough to be your grandparent! Thanks for the tips on Lake Atitlan, we will be there next week.

    2. Just reading about you! My son James Pierce met you recently in Malta and was telling me about you. How inspiring! I want to travel once I retire…..will join your blog…..shh!!! Won’t tell my hubby…yet! 🙂

      1. Hi Val!

        Thanks for the comment 🙂 We had so much fun kayaking with James off of Gozo! It was a beautiful day and we really loved meeting him. Hopefully retirement will come sooner rather than later for you 😉 Thanks for joining the blog, we really appreciate it!

        Dariece

  1. …you only live once! You thought about it, made sacrifices, and followed your hearts. There are people out there right now doing a fraction of what the both of you have done and are doing. Some people dream of what you are doing and through your blog they are living their dream. Congratulations guys! xoxo

  2. You two sound like a couple I want to meet! I found your blog via your Photo of the Moment on Vagabondish, and I’m happy I did. Looking forward to the adventure.

    P.S. Where in China are you? I’m currently near Guangzhou…

    1. Thanks Jessica. Vagabondish is a great site as well. We are currently in Yangzhou teaching English! Are you living in China or travelling?

  3. You are the most awesome couple ever and as an AIESECer/CouchSurfer/Journalist crazy about traveling, I can also say this is one of the most inspirational Blogs Ive seen in my life!… I recently moved to India and your posts about Asia are gonna be extremely helpful. Btw, I saw in the map you haven’t been to South America yet!!?? Are you saving it for dessert?? :P… Well, when you decide to it just let me know and if I happen to be in Colombia, would love to host you and show you my “Coffee Region” <3… Thumbs up guys!… Carry on! :)…

    1. Wow Manuela, we really appreciate the kind words! We aim to be an inspiration for others, so we’re glad you think we are 🙂 Where in India are you living?

      We are definitely planning to go to South America and Central America…soon! Colombia is high on the list. Thanks for the offer.

      Cheers!

  4. Just found you guys! Love your site! Lots of great tips and posts here! We leave for our RTW in 96 days! We too are selling our house and quitting our good corporate jobs Were you teachers before? I am a tax auditor and Adam is an Engineer and we hope to travel for 2-3 years and then find jobs abroad (probably Asia). Thanks for any tips!

    1. Hi Hannah, Thanks for the comment!
      Glad you’re enjoying our site, I took a look at your recent post and it sounds like you have a great trip planned. We weren’t teachers before. Dariece was a paralegal and I ran a printing press. It’s great that you guys are packing up and leaving it all behind! Great choice! We’ve never looked back and teaching in Asia is fun, rewarding and very easy to get jobs!
      Enjoy you’re trip and keep us updated!
      Nick & Dariece.

  5. Awesome site and love your blog’s name! It’s a testament to the places you’ve been if there are commonly goats on the road. That’s my kind of traveling! I noticed that you’ve spent a great deal of time in Africa and that’s a big stop on my list this year. Do you have any recommendations for elephant or animal refuges? I’ve heard there are some in Kenya, but any other thoughts or ideas? What was your favorite part of traveling in Africa? Any must-see places you recommend?

    1. haha, ya, Goats On The Road definitely seemed like a fitting name for us! You’re right, we were in Africa for 5 or 6 months and loved it there – there were many ups and downs though, but the ups far outweighed the downs!

      Check out 10 Reasons to travel to Africa:

      http://goatsontheroad.com/10-reasons-to-travel-to-africa/

      and…10 Downsides To African Travel

      http://goatsontheroad.com/10-downsides-to-african-travel/

      We didn’t go to any animal refuges while we were there, but we did see many animals in the wild while on safaris!

      Hmmm, favourite part of Africa was the feeling that we were somewhere “out there”, you know? It’s a raw, wild continent and we felt that while we were there. The wildlife, the scenery, the landscapes and the memories are the best part. Mozambique and South Africa were our favourites, but the safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya and making it to Lamu Island there was also a highlight.

      South Africa (all of it), Mozambique – especially the Quirimbas Archipelago in the north, Zanzibar in Tanzania, doing a safari are all recommendations!

      Downsides were finding it hard to connect with some of the local people (feeling of racism towards us in a way) and the food in parts…oh, and looooong travel days on very uncomfortable modes of transport! But it’s all part of the journey.

      Enjoy your trip! Email with any Q’s 🙂

      Cheers,

      Dariece

  6. Hi Guys!

    I just came back from a week in cambodia and am going to Myanmar in July and came across your post!
    it’s inspired me all over again!

    I’m looking forward to an adventure in myanmar!

    Keep up the travelling and all my best wishes to you!

    Cheers

  7. i am so jealous of you two :p my name is janice just turn 20 last may,im from philippines and i really want to travel a lot , so far i manage to visit 4 provinces. and still planning to continue visiting more local provinces and hopefully travel abroad someday. you are such an inspiration to me!
    I read that you guys are teaching english! sorry if my english is not very good.:)
    take care Mr. Nick and Ms. Dariece.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Janice! We love your country. We travelled there for 6 weeks and had a great time! I think it’s a beautiful country and you will love travelling around there. Who knows, maybe on day you will visit Canada 🙂

      cheers!

  8. Woah! You guys have a really travel inspiring blog. I really love to travel but I do not have someone to go with. I am kinda scared to travel alone. My friends are all busy with work and starting their own families. I lived in Korea before and now I am in Singapore working. I am from the Philippines btw. I do want to go to Thailand and cross border to Cambodia for the ankor wat but I can’t find someone to go with. T_T

    1. Travelling alone may seem like a scary thing, but the travel community is an awesome one! You are never alone in a hostel/guest house/restaurant or bar. People will always come and chat to solo travellers, or, even end up travelling together.

      Go for it!

      Cheers 🙂

  9. I love that I came across your website! My husband and I took a 14mth backpacking RTW in 2007-2008 and within days of our return knew we needed to go again…and for good this time. We are currently in the final stages of re-paying off debt, selling our latest house, etc and plan to be gone in late 2014 or early 2015 to drive the PanAm to South america, this time, and with our two dogs! It should prove to be a whole new adventure. Can’t wait to read more of your website.

    1. Thanks for the great comment Rhonda!
      We definitely know that feeling of coming home from a trip and immediately wanting to go back. It takes a lot of courage to sell everything and set off on a journey like you 2 (4!) are doing. Good for you!

      We would love to do the trip you have planned.

      Enjoy!

  10. what you guys are doing now is my dream too. but I am not sure how to make enough money to travel the world like that —
    I like to do that way and you guys are very inspiring for me but I am not sure how we can live our lives to make that dream comes true..

    We just got a house recently and I am working as bio-chemist at medical field but it has never been what I want to do for the rest of my life..
    I like to live simply and like the way you live and seeing all over the world but I don’t know how should I start.. How much budget to do that and how long do u need to save again after money is running out ?
    Could u please give me any tip ?
    Thanks,
    Yin

    1. Hi Yin!

      We are firm believers in following your dreams. Travelling isn’t for everyone, but if it is something that you are passionate about and aren’t happy with what you’re currently doing, then maybe it’s time for a change!

      We saved money, sold our house and car and made a plan for our trip.
      These are some ways we were able to save money:
      http://goatsontheroad.com/how-to-save-for-the-trip/

      You also need to decide where you would like to go in the world and how much the budget will be per day.

      You can check out our daily budget for every country we’ve been to here:
      http://goatsontheroad.com/our-daily-budget-for-every-country-weve-visited/

      I hope this helps you out! Let us know if you have any other questions.

      Cheers

  11. Wow Nick and DARIECE you inspire so many. Strangers from afar and loved ones here at home. Seems wherever you go, whoever you meet you touch peoples hearts. We are all better off knowing the two of you. Pure joy! You not only inspire us to travel, to take a risk but to be better people.

  12. You should be ashamed of yourselves! Traveling the world, eating exotic food, meeting different people… hmmmm… wait…. i want to do what you do

  13. Hi Guys
    Glad I found your site (via Twitter). You two are an inspiration.

    I travel once a year, at the same time and it’s always the best month.

    As soon as I’m on the plane home, I’m thinking about where to go next! I often fantasise about selling up to travel the world, and until, and if I ever take that leap, I can always travel virtually with the likes of you guys and other travel bloggers that have done the same.

    Thanks for sharing your epic adventures.

    Cheers
    Anna

    1. Hi Anna,
      Thanks for the wonderful comment. We’re the same way, even when we’re on a trip we’re always thinking about where to go next! As long as you’re happy doing what you’re doing, then you’re on the right track 🙂

      Happy travels to you.

  14. Well kudos! That’s some really adventurous travelling you’re doing. I see that you visited many countries along the south-eastern coast of Africa, but skipped Madagascar! Why? I really want to go there one day. It looks like you’ll have done “all” of Asia soon, but haven’t yet touched Central and South America, or even done much of Europe. Lots to look forward to. I haven’t been so methodical. LOL! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Goats!

    1. Hi Maria! We would love to see Madagascar but at the time, it wasn’t in our budget. There are a few more countries we’re interested in seeing in Africa, so I’m sure we’ll get there one day!

      As for Central and South America….they’re next 🙂 Stay tuned.

      Happy Travels!

  15. Hello Nick & Dariece! I have enjoyed reading your site as a resource for our upcoming travel plans as well as for fun! It is comforting knowing there are other like-minded people out there who make our dreams a reality. After some slightly unexpected life events happened earlier this year, my boyfriend and I made the decision to set out to do the same thing – indefinitely. We cannot wait to see what our future has in store for us and look forward to bumping into you guys and other fellow bloggers on the road!
    Cheers!

    1. Hi Anne!

      We love hearing from people who have the same ideas about travel as we do. That’s so exciting that the two of you are setting off indefinitely! Enjoy your travels, wherever you may end up! We look forward to reading about your adventures 🙂

      Cheers and safe travels.

  16. Love your site. Husband and I are off to Myanmar next week so appreciated your comments. Noticed that you haven’t been ‘down under’ to Australia yet. We would welcome you should you decide to drop by. Cheers Heather & Col.

  17. Wow! This is such an inspiring article. I’m starting my own blog now while studying abroad, but I hope to teach English abroad as soon as I graduate! You’ve done so many amazing things. I’m subscribing to this blog stat. Thanks for the read!

  18. What a wonderful life you guys have there! I also believe that having more experiences of seeing the world is so much more rewarding than having a house a car and expensive things. Good luck on your next travel! I’m still stuck at my 9 to 5 job, but I’m saving for another year so I could travel to Morocco… my dream destination… (I’ve read your post about that). Thank you so much for sharing 😉

  19. Thanks for the kind words Liesha 🙂

    That’s great that you’re working and saving for an adventure! Good for you. You’ll have a great time in Morocco, I”m sure. Any other countries you plan on travelling to?

    Thanks for the comment.

  20. I just found your guys’ page after getting a follow from your twitter account! (At least I think it is, and not spam). But regardless, I stumbled upon this and couldn’t believe to find a couple living my dream. You guys are my inspiration. I am currently a 21 year old saving up money, but I plan to follow in similar footsteps in the years to come. I wish you well on your travels. The sights you describe and things that you have seen make me envious. I cannot wait to explore the beauties of this world. Safe travels!

    1. Hey Devin,

      Thank you very much for your kind words 🙂 If you have a dream to travel, then I’m sure you’ll be able to save up the money sooner rather than later. All the best to you on your future travels. Let us know if you have any questions.

      Cheers!

  21. I absolutely love your name!!! I can’t say that I see that many goats roaming around here in Honduras from what I see, but we have a lot of cows that do that! Your story is very interesting and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your lives!

  22. Hi. I’m so glad to find our site. I am doing what you did come September. My house is going for sale next month and I’m excited and also feeling overwhelmed with how to transition and leave my life behind and how to travel. I’ve never traveled much. I did go to Kerala India for a month to an ashram for 2 of the weeks and travelled a little the other 2. That was my taste of travel. I am soooo interested in hearing more and learning how to teach English around the world. My biggest fear at this moment is not knowing how to find where to stay cheap as I go. I’d like to be gone a year but open to never returning if that’s what feels right. Any direction and guidance you can offer would be awesome. I was looking at Egypt, Israel, Greece, Thailand, maybe India again. I’d like to do a one month yoga certification somewhere as well. I teach similar exercise to yoga now. Is it possible to work teaching exercise as well? Thanks again for your site and info. I am inspired. Ps. I am traveling alone and have fear about that as well. I am 49 and female. 🙂

    1. Hey Daryl!

      Wow good for you for selling everything and travelling! Very inspirational 🙂 You’re never too old to travel, that’s for sure.

      Finding places to stay is very easy. You either arrive at the city and walk around until you find something (time consuming, but you get to look at the room before saying yes or no), or you can book online using:

      HostelWorld:
      http://www.hostelworld.com/index.php?affiliate=goatsontheroad

      Booking.com

      and Trip Advisor (this is a site with honest reviews from travellers)

      Or, you can also have a look at your guidebook and call different hotels/guesthouses. Israel and Greece are more expensive than Thailand, Egypt and India.

      As for teaching English, have a look at our articles here:
      http://goatsontheroad.com/category/teaching-english-2/

      It’s most definitely possible to teach Yoga while on teh road. It’s a great way to make money. Thailand and India are popular places for Yoga.

      Don’t worry, once you’re on the road, everything will come naturally and you will slowly figure things out yourself. You’re never alone when travelling, you’ll always meet fellow travel companions and people who you can ask for advice and travel tips.

      I hope this helps. Let us know if you have more questions.

      Happy Travels!

  23. Hello Nick and Dariece,

    Hope you are doing great. I was reading your blog and really got inspired by the fact that you guys quit your job and started traveling across the globe.

    We here at ResolutionTweet have decided to create an infographic on the top 10 couples who have quit their day jobs to pursue their passion in globetrotting. I am pleased to inform you that you are one among those selected. 🙂

    I request you to provide us with the following information which will be added to the infographic. We hope to inspire a whole lot of people and build an interest in traveling,

    1. First travel date?

    2. Most memorable place they have traveled ever?

    3. What is so special about traveling?

    4. Tip for fellow travelers?

    5. occupation of Nick and Dariece?

    Looking forward to receive your answers.

    Thank you,

    ResolutionTweet.

  24. There are so many Canadian travel bloggers! I love it. I feel like every second blog I stumble across is written by Canadians. It makes me feel cultured, haha.

    Was Rinca Island worth it? We are going to Bali after a trek in Nepal in the fall, and were thinking about going to Rinca to see the Komodos. I’m torn, though. After a trek we might just want to hang out on the beach..

    1. Hey Sarah!

      Yes, there are loads of Canadian travel bloggers 🙂
      We loved Rinca, but we were also in Indonesia for 2 months, so we had lots of time to get there. If you’re just going to Bali and don’t have much time (?) I would suggest flying to Flores instead of taking boats, etc. Seeing the Komodo Dragons was an amazing experience, but I know what you mean, you may want to just lay on a beach and be lazy after the trek. Which trek are you doing in Nepal?

      Cheers 🙂

  25. great there are very few people in world who are the driver of their oun life train i always have to wish to live such life i promise when i have enough money i shall use to have such pattern in my life//

  26. Hi! Today I’m leaving my comfortable mexican home to live for two months in Alexandria, Egypt. I’m very excited, and your blog has given good ideas (since I will be living with a $25 per day budget). It is great that you have the opportunity to travel so much, maybe I’ll give it a try after I finish college.

  27. hi dear oats. wht a wonderful website. I am frum india. me n my hubby r goin for a vacation to turkey leaving our kids behind…….we really wanted sum time together. did u guys take the ballon ride in Cappadocia? how did u travel n the cost from Istanbul to Cappadocia and oludeniz? we r on a budget. thanx

    1. Hello Afrah,

      Turkey is a great place to travel to. We didn’t do the balloon ride in Cappadocia because it was out of our budget, but it’s supposed to be amazing. There are many buses going around the country, as well as trains. You’ll find many options once you arrive in Istanbul, just check with your hotel!

      Have fun 🙂

  28. nice travel blog 🙂 im happy that you did enjoy visiting philippines. hope you will come back to see more funtastic islands here..
    travelling is my dream. hope i can start one 🙂

  29. Guess what? Soon after reading this post, I searched budget flight to Myanmar, and I got a very reasonable price on September. The good thing is now we (Indonesian) do not need visa to enter Myanmar. I just knew it after completing ticket payment, haha.

    Unfortunately I cant stay longer due to my work. I will only have 5 full days for this trip. So my plan is exploring Yangoon first, as my flight will arrive here, and then go to Inle Lake. I may skip Bagan, since it seems too similar to Seamreap and other cities in Thailand I have visited and also due to time constrain. For the first visit, do you think Yangoon and Inle Lake worth enough? Your suggestion is very appreciated. Thank you.

    1. That’s great that you don’t need a visa! Yes, we both loved Yangon and Inle Lake, there is lots to see and do in both of those places. Bagan is beautiful as well, but if you’re not into seeing more temples, then skip it. There are also a lot of beautiful temples in Yangon. Rent a bicycle in Inle Lake and explore!

      Cheers and happy travels.

  30. You guys are a great inspiration for me 🙂
    Traveling has been my passion to.
    Thumbs up for what you re doing I d love to do that when I finish with my studies
    Hmmmm good luck with everything

    Hugs
    Claire

  31. Hey Guys!
    I am planning a 6 month trip next year with a friend. I have a few questions, but I’ll try not to take up too much time!
    In terms of luggage, I know you’ve said not to leave your packs in your rooms, but I noticed in a lot of your photos your packs aren’t there. Have you found a solution over your years of travels for luggage safety or are they just hiding out of sight of the photos?
    I know you say (and I’d like to) explore a lot without a guide or tour, (As a young female) I’m also wondering how you know which areas are probably not safe to venture into?
    And lastly, I think I read somewhere that you should should try and swap most of your money once you get into each country, can I ask where (are they banks/stalls)?
    And do these places only swap USD, I’m from Australia 🙂 Sorry for the overload of questions!
    Love your website, you’ve made the trip feel so much more exciting, you’re a very inspiring couple!!!

    1. Hi Alicia 🙂

      We do keep our bags in our rooms when we go out for the day. We tend to lock them closed though when we’re out, if we have valuables in them.

      As for travelling off the beaten path. We always do some research beforehand and make sure that it’s safe to go where we are planning to go. Ask locals for the most up to date information, and better yet, go with a friend!

      When you get to countries, use your ATM debit card to withdraw money from the machines, that’s the best way to get local currency. If you have US dollars, you can exchange them at money change booths around the various cities you’re in. Just ask at your hotels/hostels, they’ll know! But we suggest using the debit card.

      I hope this helps 🙂 Happy travels.

  32. Hey guys,

    Its highly inspiring to read your tales. I thoroughly enjoy the site. I am Indian and been travelling in India on/off. However vacations are never extended as I am into a full-time job. Maybe one day, I will be able to do what you guys are doing. In case you have any experiences/tips as/for solo traveler, can you kindly share them?

    Have fun and keep posting your stories.

    -Gaurav

    1. Hi Gaurav,

      Thank you for the the kind words. As far as advice for solo travellers goes, it’s the same as for couples I’d say! Go for it! Get off the beaten path once in awhile, meet new and interesting people, sample the local foods, enjoy the sights 🙂

      As a solo traveller, you’ll want to make sure you keep an extra eye on your bags, especially if you plan to sleep in dorm rooms. You don’t need to be overly cautious, but just keep your valuables close.

      Happy travels!

  33. Hi Nick and Dariece,

    Thank you for a great blog! I am hoping to travel to Myanmar this year and would love to sail through the numerous Mergui Archipelago’s. I have done a little research but am having trouble finding an affordable sailing tour, they are all so expensive! Do you have any suggestions for tours or alternate ways to explore this area?

    Thanks,
    Amy

    1. Hi Amy,

      Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, we haven’t sailed in that area before and I’m not sure how it could be done! Maybe check out LonelyPlanet’s Thorntree for answers, or perhaps on TripAdvisor’s forum?

      Good luck and have fun!

  34. I am from Beijing China. in 2008 I began my travel abroad. I also enjoy Turkey, Iran, Mongolia and India. I recommend Georgia and Pakistan to you. I am preparing my Africa travel. So thank you for your information.
    I have retired and healthy enough. But always travel alone. It is very free.

    1. Hi Mao,

      Wow, you have gone on many travels 🙂 Good for you! We also have been to Georgia, that’s a great country. We haven’t been to Pakistan, yet, but I’m sure we’ll find ourselves there one day.

      Happy travels!

  35. What a fantastic website. You guys are truly an inspiration. It’s very early days for us and our travel lifestyle dream but just reading this one post has given me the drive to know we can make it a reality. Hopefully in a few years time we will be well on our way. Thank you for inspiring others. We look forward to reading and learning a lot more from you both :).

    1. Wow, thank you for the kind words Gabrielle! We’re so happy to hear that we’ve inspired you, that’s the goal of our website 🙂 Just stick with the dream and soon it’ll become a reality. Happy travels and happy planning!

      Cheers.

  36. Hey Nick and Dariece! Long time no see…. I stumbled upon an article about you two in Avenue today and came to your blog site! So wonderful to see you’re living your dreams. Enjoy, keep safe, and continue to update. LM

    1. Hey Lisa!

      So awesome (and random!) to hear from you 🙂 That’s so cool that you saw our article in Avenue today, thanks for coming to our site to check it out and say hi.

      I hope all is well with you!

      Cheers

  37. Hi Goats,

    I am one of those people whom you have inspired. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. Keep it up! Hopefully you can also travel to our country Philippines, I haven’t read that you’ve been here. 🙂

    I am also blogging but I travel to provinces of Philippines only since I cannot afford to go out yet. If it’s okay you can check out http://www.teachenarysjourney.wordpress.com.

    Here,
    Adam

  38. You goats are amazing and inspiring ! Thank you for everything you shared with us .
    I have a question, how do you make money by blogging ? Excue my boring ignorance lol

  39. Thank you for your motivation in travelling.
    Finding a great roadmate to share all the feeling is the luckily things . Congratulation!

  40. Hi Goats!!

    I have just read your article on travelling in The Philippines which I found via Pinterest, so glad I came across it!
    My boyfriend and I are hoping to go on our travels early 2017, we are 27 & 28 with no mortgage or children (which most of our friends have) and we just want to get out there & see the world! My boyfriend is actually half Filipino and we are hoping to spend a lot of time there and visit some of his family, we loved the tips and advice about it all!!
    Eventually we were hoping to work in Australia for a while as I am a Podiatrist & my boyfriend a Mechanic but reading about you guys is so inspiring, we’re probably never going to want to work again haha!! i’ll be following you guys on Instagram also and seeing what you’re up to next..

    Thanks for such an amazing and helpful site

    Paula & Dean (Midland, UK)

  41. Hi Nick and Dariece,

    You guys are living a way I would love to live. I am addicted to travel, however, I am still sitting in the office to make the incomes at most time so that I can have money and the limited annual leaves to go traveling. That is so great that you guys are doing what you guys love to do. keep it up, cheers.

  42. How I wish we will have that life! Not yet ready to gamble, but we have plans with my partner. We also work online in a digital marketing agency and very interested in following your paths. Every weekends we are on a roadtrip to travel within our island here in Philippines and hoping to have complete tour in the whole country then start with international travels!

    Never stop travelling and don’t forget to blog it to us 🙂 Good luck and have a safe travels! 🙂

  43. Came across your website in my quest for information on Cuba and instantly fell in deep like with the two of you! Love your travel attitude, and laid back, down to Earth style! Thanks for some really great information. I look forward to commenting on all of it on my return from my trip. Cheers to the both of you!

  44. Thanks for the inspiration, Goats 🙂 We’re an Aussie couple in our late-twenties who also felt there was more to life than 9-to-5 monotony.

    We leave on a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia in three weeks now; we’ll be travelling around the world for about two years. We’ve already sacrificed so much to get to this point, careers, friendships, families – but deep down it feels right.

    Who knows, maybe we can make travel our lifestyles, too? In the mean time, we’ll stay inspired.

  45. Love your blog. My partner David And I are starting out journey like yours in November 2017. We are off to walk the world, with the same intention as yourselves to live a life that is extraordinary and inspire people on their on journey. Keep up the great blog

  46. Well bravo to you both have let somewhat of a goat on the road lifestyle and now I’m older and thinking about Cuba but I haven’t been there 10 years and your articles look like they might be a few years old ? Do you update your info ?

  47. Hello fellow goatsDo you ever update Cuba ?! I may go in a month and speak Spanish but things have changed a lot since our USA policy has changed a bit. Awesome website and any new news would be greatly appreciated!

  48. Not sure where I stumbled across you, two, but so pleased to hear when younger folks get it figured out! I’m 59 ( celebrated it while leading a volunteer group to Nepal! )and this November will be a full time traveller for 15 years! Don’t really plan it but can’t seem to sit still for more than 6-9 months in any one place. Have found that volunteerism is my passion and writing, too, to keep my friends apprised of my whereabouts. Haven’t made a leap to public Blogging as I don’t want it to become a “job”. Just carry on with my ” By Invitation Only” and let others pass it around. Thinking about creating a public one though to attract more volunteers for my Nepal project. Happy Trails! There are many of us Global Nomads out here! Blue Bus Barb

  49. Hi. A friend has just put me onto your page. Love it. I am going to read it thoroughly now and probably at least two or three more times. From a fellow avid fan of travelling and experiences.

  50. You have to come here. Khorramabad city in Iran. You will never regret.
    If you come in spring you will enjoy natural attracts and historical places both.
    Like Bisheh waterfall , Falakolaflak castle and very much more!

  51. You guys are great! I found your website just searching around at other travel blogs and you are by far my favorite. I have my own travel website and dreams and hope I can make them come true like you have! I also love that you travel as a couple and you both enjoy it. That is something very special and meaningful to share between the two of you!

    Best!

    Siggi
    The Voyaging Viking

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