Slow travel with the World Wanderers

Leandro Gándara Mendez

A few weeks ago Ben and I flew over to LA to speak at a podcasting event. It was a whirlwind trip that gave us an opportunity to hang out together and do fun things like go to the baseball and sneak in a little trip to Disneyland, but it was also super worthwhile as a podcaster too.

We learnt a lot about our show and what we can (and will) be doing better, and we also got to nerd out with fellow podcasters, including today’s guests. Unbelievably, Amanda and Ryan of The World Wanderers live in Canmore – our home away from home and one of our favourite places in the world – and as soon as we discovered this, it was a given: We were going to be fast friends whether they wanted to or not.

Ben had the distinct pleasure of sitting down to chat with Amanda and Ryan (I was called away on book launch duties at the last minute) and got to dig deep in to their love of travel, how it got started and what life looks like now that they effectively no longer have a home base.

As Ben and I start to consider the implications, obstacles and potential pitfalls of our own long-term travel next year it was also really interesting hear how Ryan and Amanda manage the expectations of family, friends and colleagues, and the work they’ve had to do to convince people that travel isn’t just a ‘bug’ they’ve caught but a valid lifestyle choice that works for them.

They also discuss what happens when a trip – particularly a life-changing one – comes to an end, and when is the right time to come home. Travel is also becoming increasingly complex with ever-changing immigration and visa regulations so Ben asked about how they deal with issues such as visas, money (obviously) and when to pull the pin on a trip that’s not working out.

Amanda and Ryan travel in a similar way to us – they’ve tried the fast-paced backpacker style where every day is a new city, but now prefer a slower way of travelling that allows them to live like locals and even start to put roots down. Also a lot like Ben and I, Ryan and Amanda use travel as a way of learning more about themselves and as a vehicle of growing and strengthening their relationship, and they share a few of those lessons and why you don’t want to travel with a hangry partner.

Ben also asks about the challenge of combining work and travel, as this is something else on our mind as we prepare for our 2018 adventures. Ryan and Amanda recently travelled and worked throughout Asia and found the biggest challenge to be buckling down to work when all they really wanted to do was explore a new city.

Such a fun conversation – I hope you enjoy it.


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10 Responses to Slow travel with the World Wanderers

  1. I’ve been consuming a lot of blogs and books and podcasts about simplifying, living with purpose, and it seems so many people quit their “day jobs”. I agree that it would improve my life immensely to do so, but don’t know how it’s possible. Without my job there is no health care for my family. Perhaps this is easier for non-Americans?

    • I agree Kate, it’s a big topic at the moment but I definitely don’t think it’s the only way to slow down, simplify or find purpose. (Plus we still need to pay the bills!) The episode with Carolyn Tate a few weeks ago was really helpful in clearing up the myth of quitting our day jobs and everything being wonderful, and I know it helped a lot of people to see their work through a different lens.

      • Thanks Brooke, I will give it a listen – I’ve only just started poking through the past podcasts. You and Ben are a joy to listen to and have already given me great inspiration.

      • I listened on my way to the “day job”, it was very helpful. I’m wondering if there is any place to hear more from people who work through issues of simplicity and slowness while still being an accountant, or customer service rep, or whatever. It would be very inspiring to hear from people who incorporate these ideas into their lives without it becoming their livelihood as well. I already find myself comparing. But now it is not with things like clothing and home furnishings, but with ease of lifestyle, free time and happiness…. yes, I apparently have some work to do on my own contentment, don’t I?

  2. “You learn a lot about someone when they miss a train or a bus.” This is so true and good dating advice. =) This is a great episode. I’m grateful for the perspective you’re helping me to gain on how I can be more mindful in my life.

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