We’re Nick & Dariece, a Canadian couple who have found many ways to Turn our Travels into a Lifestyle! We’re location independent and masters at making money abroad. We travel at our own pace, stopping if we decide to teach English or house sit. We’ve chosen this unconventional way of life and are completely stress-free, happy and alive. No nine-to-fives, no boss, no planning for retirement, no white picket fence, no mortgage and most importantly, no debt.
We saved $24,000 in accommodation costs last year, click here to find out how!
Work once consumed us. There was a time when we had a mortgage and cars, good jobs and expensive things, but in realizing the futility of material possessions, we gained a new outlook on life itself.
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 travel and eye-opening experiences.
We love photography, tasting international foods, practicing yoga, trekking over mountains, laying on beaches, eating chocolate and drinking copious amounts of red wine. We wander the globe in search of off-the-beaten-path destinations, authentic cultural experiences, exotic cuisines, beautiful beaches and wild adventures. We’ve visited 46 countries on 4 continents, seen 5 Wonders Of The World and too many UNESCO Heritage Sites to count.
We now use this website to share our advice, secrets and stories from our 5 years of travelling to show how you too can turn your travels into a lifestyle! Our ultimate goal is to help you live a happier lifestyle and motivate you to try new things in life!
Why We Started Travelling
In 2008 we went on a typical all-inclusive Mexican vacation, and it just sparked something in us. About a month later, Nick came home from a brutal day of work and asked me “if you could travel anywhere for a year, where would it be?” My immediate reply was Southeast Asia.
During this time, we were also beginning to feel a little too “settled down” with good jobs, a home we loved, and a comfortable lifestyle. o, it just seemed right to drop everything and travel.
We spent 13 months travelling through Southeast Asia, India, and Sri Lanka. After only a short time on the road we realized that travelling was how we were going to spend our lives. The things we saw and learned on that trip changed the way we thought about not only the world, but also our future.
(click here to read a summary of our first backpacking trip!)
When we returned to Canada on December 22, 2009, we knew we were on a mission to save as much money as possible to support our new passion.
Countries we’ve visited…where do you want to go?!
Within a year of being home, we had enough money saved for our next journey!…and we’ve been on the road ever since. One day we’d like to say we’ve seen the world, but we’ve got a long way to go.
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. For our second trip we again saved up our money from working for a year in Canada, and were able to travel for 16 months. 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.
As of early 2014, a combination of free accommodation from house-sitting and the earnings made from Goats On The Road completely funds our travels! It’s definitely an accomplishment that we as travel bloggers are very proud of.
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 websiting 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 backpacking, there’s always something new around each corner.
Q: How do you get around?
A: We always take local transport. Unless we absolutely have to fly (or for some reason it’s much cheaper), we always opt for land transportation. We get to see the country that way and get to mingle with the local people.
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 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, has a funky vibe and lots of other like-minded travellers around.
We’ve slept on plenty of planes, trains, cars and buses.
We’ve had to embrace the dorm room a few times, but usually we 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. 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, 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 live abroad for as long as we enjoy it. Teaching English, our website and house sitting are all great tools to continue with this lifestyle. For us, the blog will be our sole income and our fuel for continued world adventures.
Things We’ve Done:
Apart from quitting our jobs, selling our home and leaving Canada to pursue our dream of travelling, we have…
Seen the amazing temples at Ankor Wat (Cambodia)
Seen the prehistoric Komodo Dragons (Rinca Island, Indonesia)
Trekked deep into the jungle to spot wild Orangutans (Bukit Lawang, Indonesia)
Survived Dengue Fever (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Cuddled a full grown tiger (Chang Mai, Thailand) – something we’re not proud of.
Went surfing (Lombok, Indonesia)
Got tattoos in a foreign country (Koh Tao, Thailand)
Spotted rare Irrawady River Dolphins from a dug-out log canoe (Don Det, Laos)
Travel is our life, it’s what we love and it’s our passion! We hope to inspire you to live the lifestyle of your dreams.
If you have any questions at all, you can Contact Us Here! We would love to hear from you.