We are Nick & Dariece, a 29-year-old couple from Canada and we are proud to say that we live the lifestyle of our dreams. We travel continuously, stopping only to teach English or house sit. We are constantly planning our next trip and we live our life by the moment. No nine-to-fives, no boss, no planning for retirement, no white picket fence, no mortgage and no debt.
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 lifestyle and we are here to inspire you to construct a better one for yourself. Travel has become our passion and although we love it, we know that it is our easy, stress-free approach to life that really generates the happy couple you see blogging on this website.
We enjoy photography, tasting international cuisines, practicing yoga, trekking, laying on beaches, eating chocolate and drinking copious amounts of red wine. We’ve been searching the world for off the beaten path destinations, authentic cultures, exotic cuisines, beautiful beaches and wild adventures…all on a backpacker‘s budget so we can continue living the dream. We’ve seen 41 countries in 4 continents, 4 Wonders Of The World and too many UNESCO Heritage Sites to count.
We now use this website to share our secrets from our 4 years of travelling to inspire others to do the same. Our ultimate goal is to help others live a happier lifestyle and motivate people to try new things in life!
Why We Started Travelling:
In 2008 we were beginning to feel a little too “settled down” with good jobs, a home we loved, and a comfortable lifestyle. So, what did we decide to do? 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 realised 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.
When we returned to Canada in 2010 we knew we were on a mission to save as much money as possible to support our new passion.
Countries We’ve Visited
We’ve been on the road for the second time since February, 2011 and this time we don’t see it ending! 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 have travelled 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 around 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 has supported our journey through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran.
Q: Do you ever get bored with travelling the world?
A: Absolutely not! There are times when we feel a bit exhausted and just want to relax on a beach for a month or so, 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 stick in our minds the most are: Thailand, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Mozambique and Turkey.
Q: What are the weirdest things you’ve eaten on your travels?
A: Scorpion, maggot, toad, duck’s blood, cow stomach and ox tongue.
Q: Where do you sleep?
A: We always go for a guesthouse/hostel/hut or some sort of accommodation that is cheap, has a funky vibe and lots of other like-minded backpackers 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. We find regular hotels to be boring.
Q: Have you ever been worried about your safety?
A: A few times. One time in Cambodia we were in a dangerous area at night…but it turned out to be nothing really. 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.
Q: How long will you keep backpacking for?
A: Forever! If possible. We want 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.
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)
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)
Survived Dengue Fever (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Cuddled a full grown tiger (Chang Mai, Thailand)
Hiked a volcano for sunrise (Kintamani, Indonesia)
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)
So now you know who we are and what we’re all about. We are currently backpacking our way around Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran for 5 months before returning to Canada for a visit at Christmas.
Who knows what we’ll be up to next!
Backpacking is our life, it’s what we love and it’s our passion! We want to inspire you to live the lifestyle of your dreams. We live by our own motto:
“Keep your life on your back and get more back from your life.”
If you’d like to learn more about our travels, you can check out our Stats Blog.
You can also Contact Us Here! We would love to hear from you.
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