Posted 31 Oct, 2016 | 11 Comments
Posted in: Grenada, Our Story

Over the past 9 years, our life together has been like a book, with us writing the chapters as we go. We like to think of our travel journey in various sections. First came the full-time backpacking stage, for 13 months around SE Asia and the Subcontinent, followed by 16 months of exploring the Middle East, Africa, the Subcontinent and Asia.

backpacking in egypt

The next “chunk” of our lives was a year spent teaching English in China – an experience that allowed us to save enough money to backpack through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran for 5 months. This is also the time when we really started working on our website so that we could earn enough money to continue to travel.

backpacking in mongolia

For the next 2 years, we switched it up and decided visit Central America and the Caribbean – Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, and Grenada.

After that, we embarked on our most recent adventure, 5 months spent both living and travelling around Eastern and Central Europe.


Each part of our book has been a life changing experience. We’ve grown together and have learned a lot about the world, and what we want from our lives.

During the past 3 years, even though we were able to travel around numerous countries, almost half of each year was spent house sitting and pet sitting in Grenada – somewhere that we’ve dubbed our “home base“.

If you’ve been following us during those years, you’ll know that we absolutely adore the island of Grenada and the 3 dogs that we take care of while we’re living here.

pet sitting in grenada

House and pet sitting came at the perfect time in our lives. We were starting out with our blogging careers and were quite strapped for cash at that time. In exchange for free accommodation and a vehicle for our use, we were able to have a base to work from, which really helped us to grow our business.

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We were able to experience living like a local, while having loving pets to care for. There are endless things to do in Grenada and our time spent here has been eye-opening and very memorable. We wouldn’t change a minute of it.

travel to grenada blogging

In just 10 days from now, we are saying goodbye to Grenada yet again. But this time, we won’t be returning next year.

We want to travel freely and widely, with no lengthy commitments, and room for as much spontaneity as we please.

Not only do we want to travel how we choose to, but we also want to be open and available for any and all work related opportunities. We missed out on a few press trips this year, with the biggest disappointment being the epic trip to Kyrgyzstan with some of our favourite blogging colleagues.

travel planning looking at departure board prague airport

As sad as it is to say goodbye to what has been our main home for a total of 1.5 years, we’re very excited for our upcoming travels, and are looking forward to seeing what the year brings!

It’s time for the next chapter of our book to be written.

We have yet to touch down on South American soil. But, this will all change on November 10th, when we fly from Grenada to Medellín, Colombia! We’re travelling around this diverse country for about 6 weeks, visiting the mountainous coffee region, colonial cities, Caribbean beaches and towns, National Parks, ancient ruins and the capital city of Bogota.

From Colombia, we are making our way south to Argentina, a country that conjures up images of sultry dancing, exquisite dining, rugged adventures and robust wines. Christmas is a very busy time of year in South America, so rather than fight the crowds, we have rented an apartment on Airbnb over Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

We’ll be in the city of Buenos Aires for one month and can’t wait to explore, drink, eat, dance, work and practice our Spanish!

travel to buenos aires

From Buenos Aires, we’re thinking we’ll travel around Argentina for another month taking in the incredible Iguazu Falls, Mendoza wine region, Patagonia’s mountains and glaciers, and the colonial city of Córdoba.

After that, we’ll probably travel around Chile for 2 months and then who knows…?

One thing we do know is that this will be a year of continent and country hopping, with apartment rentals interspersed between backpacking around. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook because we’ll be posting up lots of live videos, photos and articles from our upcoming adventures 🙂

If you’ve been to Colombia, Argentina or Chile and have any “must-sees” or practical tips and advice for us, please leave us a comment below or send us an email!

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Dariece is a co-founder of Goats On The Road, and an expert in saving money, finance management, building an online business and of course… travel. She loves meeting new people, trying new cuisines, and learning about the unique cultures of our world. She has over 10 years of experience helping others to realize their travel dreams and has worked in numerous jobs all over the world to help pay for travel. Her advice about long-term travel, remote work, and location independence has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider and Forbes.

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11 thoughts on “It’s Time For Our Next Adventure! Leaving Grenada and Upcoming Travel Plans

  1. I’m so sad you’re leaving Grenada but I’m excited for you to visit South America!
    I’ve only been to São Paulo, Brazil but I loved it and the people and the culture! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Colombia and Argentina and other places you may visit!
    Bon voyage!

  2. Can’t wait to see what you get up to in Mendoza – that’s a trip that we are really hoping to do in the near future!

  3. I’m not even from Grenada, I’m from St.Vincent but I love reading all your Grenada themed posts, they remind me so much of home. I love seeing how much you really opened yourself to the experience in Grenada, not like those tourists that travel an expect things to be exactly as they are where they come from. I’m sure your friends in Grenada would be glad to welcome you back anytime. In the meantime, I so understand the need to roam, I’m excited to see what the next little bit holds for you guys, I’m keeping my eye on this spot!

  4. Sweet plans! So we spent four months traveling through Peru, Chile and Argentina. Not sure exactly what might be your favorite things to do, but if you get a chance to go to Humberstone, in Chile (near Iquique) it is a UNESCO site and is an abandoned mining town. We thought it was really cool. If you are interested in any particular wildlife and/or hiking, we spent a lot of time in the national parks and some of our favorites were down there, let me know and can send the info. Can’t wait to follow along. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for reading and following our Grenada journey Alana! We’ve ben to SVG as well, but just to Bequia, Union, Tobago Cayes, Mayreau and Happy Island! Beautiful 🙂

  6. Thanks so much Tiffany! We plan to do some hiking in Argentina and Chile – I have a feeling we’re going to want more time though! Which NPs were your faves?


  7. be careful in Colombia, but sounds so exciting this next phase of your lives. Cant wait to see what you get up to.

  8. You guys are looking at travelling more just as we are looking at slowing down….maybe we should trade places LOL. St America is going to be hells fun – we can’t wait to make it there. Looking forward to following your adventures

  9. Sad to see You won’t be returning to Grenada. Grenada and SVG are Regions I love and experiencing more of it through your posts has been fun! Now I’ll look forward to reading of your adventures in S America! Be Safe and Enjoy the Adventure!

  10. So happy for you both! Stay safe & have an incredible time. I look forward to reading about your new South American adventures!

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