About Jordan

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

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.

Amanda and I - one of the Divemasters that dives with the Scuba Shop. The gear flatters.

Working on the PADI Advanced Open Water certification in August of 2014.

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



18 thoughts on “About Jordan

    • It’s all I could think of! Glad you like it – living vicariously through me is exactly the point of my blog. I was in the process of applying to grad school and some friends asked me if I wanted to come with them to Asia… I did not hesitate to say yes, since like you, all I want to do is travel! I’ve got the bug badly. Thanks for the follow, glad I can be of service!


  1. Hi Jordan

    Great idea !! If I had it to do over, I would not have gone right to the Wall Street cubicle after high school and stayed for over 30 years. But our generation had different values and without the internet it wasn’t easy to just pick up and go so you are lucky to born later.

    Great to have another Canuck following us although Diane and I only went East once; I’d been to over 30 US states but she had never been east of Alberta and I never really understood the rivalry thing between Ontario and Alberta but what do I know? I’m just a Brooklyn boy.

    We expect you’ll have the time of your life and like so many your age will just figure out a way to make a living from “online income” to avoid the real job thing that almost everyone my age was forced to endure. All the power to ya and good luck !!

    Thanks so much for following our blog. If we can answer any questions, please feel free. And make sure to bring some Tim Hortons to SE Asia !

    Rob and Diane


    • Hello Rob and Diane,

      It’s great to hear from you! The Alberta Ontario rivalry is all 1970s politics, Trudeau stuff. Nonsense. If you ever get the chance to visit Prince Edward Island though, do it!! I visited for my first time in September of 2013, and can’t wait to go again in 2015. The winter is still cold though, haha.

      Thank you for the encouragement. At first the idea of staying away from a conventional commuter or office job seemed a little… against the grain. I felt strange telling people that’s what I wanted to do. But since I’ve started blogging I’ve connected with so many people, like yourselves, with inspiring stories and who have encouraged me to do it!! I think you’re right in that the internet has really made a different in that respect.

      But I can’t wait to travel in 2015, and stretch my legs. I have done some traveling before, but never like this. We are hopefully stopping briefly in Malaysia before heading on to Indonesia.

      Looking forward to following your blog and hearing how selling your house goes. Good luck! I’m sure I will have questions for you. Thanks for reading!


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      • Hi Jordan

        Yes, I would have loved to get to PEI and all the Maritimes; I’ve always had the travel bug and there’s so much to see in Canada and even the USA alone. The reason you had reservations about not doing the cubicle thing is because you are Canadian; I’ve learned an awful lot about the subtle differences between you guys and Americans. Canadians are much more open minded and more willing to expatriate and try other countries but they’re also more reserved and cautious, which is a direct result of an economy that can’t produce as many well paying jobs.

        Americans, OTOH, think much less about conventional jobs and this generation has become sadly lazy; propaganda and brainwashing from FOX and our media plays a large role in the ridiculous attitudes towards immigration, misguided patriotism and other issues that make Americans somehow feel they are entitled to a “good life” simply for being born American. The Federal Reserve sure doesn’t help by spurting out bullshit fake “job reports” to show the world that the USA is so great

        It’s mostly bullshit and Canadians don’t buy into any of it (except maybe if they come to work in the USA). So anyway, go find yourself , meet other awesome Canadians, blog about it, enjoy yourself and you’ll find your way better than many.

        If you hit Malaysia, please do share

        Have fun
        Rob and Diane


    • Hello, and thank you!

      I found your blog through Puttman’s Blog, and the photo competition. Our first stop is in Vietnam so I imagine there will be plenty of adventure to share! 🙂

      Thanks for the encouragement!

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  2. Wow! Good for you – so exciting! Not long now and you’ll be on your way. North Vietnam is amazing. You must go to Sapa and Bac Ha, and Ha Long Bay, and the Perfume Pagoda, and Hanoi itself is quite extraordinary. I’ve written blog posts about all these places in case you’re interested – just put the places I’ve mentioned in the search bar.
    Thank you so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers, and have a great time!

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  3. Hi Alison!

    Thank you for checking out my blog. Coming down to the last few weeks of preparation, I am definitely interested! I can’t wait to actually take off and get going – although I am not without some serious nerves. Sapa, Bac Ha, Ha Long Bay, and Hanoi are all already on our planned route!! I love hearing from others that we have made a good choice.

    I think it’s going to be a year of adventure, and look forward to following yours.

    Happy Holidays

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