Simply, The Travel Years is a blog about traveling, taking pictures, scuba diving adventures and good food. On a deeper level, it is a blog about discovery, creativity, anxiety, communication and education. On every level, it is the story and diary of the year I decided to follow my own path instead of everyone else’s, and travel the world.
I started this blog to share my experiences with others, but also to learn from the experiences of others. It doubles as a personal writing space and travel diary for yours truly. I will hopefully
- explain why I have decided to travel
- detail how I have been preparing to leave the country
- provide a method of communications once on the road
My name is Jordan. I grew up in rural Ontario, and looking for something to do, applied directly to university after completing high school. With five more years of school and a new degree under my belt, I still wasn’t ready to settle down to a reliable, conventional job (aka. not flexible job). An office job is not high on my list of priorities just yet.
So I moved around, worked at a few different things and contemplated going back to school. April of 2014 found me in the middle of putting an application together for a 10-month program starting in the fall. But with perfect time, three long-time friends asked me if I would like to backpack South East Asia with them.
I took two days to really think that decision over before answering with a resounding YES.
Of course I wanted to backpack Asia with them! I have dreamed of doing a trip like this for a long time, and all of a sudden the opportunity was on the table. Immediately my mind started racing with possibility.
At the time I was serving tables. While my full-time occupation was certainly glamorous, I had often found myself daydreaming about what it would be like to travel the world, indulging my passions for
So I started to save.
And so it is with great excitement and a small case of nerves that I have been preparing to leave Canada in January of 2015 for northern Vietnam. Although this will not be my first trip outside of the country, or my first time in an airplane, it will be my first time traveling overseas and also my first time backpacking, and living backpacker lifestyle. Can’t wait!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the Travel Years! For more information about me, and my work, check out my personal portfolio.
There is plenty of adventure in store for 2015. I look forward to hearing from you! Get in touch
Jordan K.A. Nicksy