About Ryan

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I was overjoyed when I found out that my name had been inscribed on this tree – Caye Caulker, Belize.

I’m a traveler who left on a backpacking adventure in August 2012. I quit my job in television news and sold everything I own to begin a journey to travel the world. I have since returned to the United States and now travel in my free time.

How I made my decision

For the past few years, I realized something was missing from my life … the fulfillment. I had grown bored doing what I thought would make me happy. So instead of taking another job in Boston, I turned it down and focused on saving money for my trip.

You did what?

That’s right. I turned down what would have been a dream job to do something that I think will be better for my soul. People say everyone who works in the television industry is a little crazy. It’s a good thing those same people probably say the same thing about backpackers.

Where do you want to go?

I want to go everywhere. There’s not a single place that I don’t find fascinating. I’ve been to Central America and Southeast Asia.

The entrance to the Baphuon Temple at Angkor Archaeological Park is behind me.

The entrance to the Baphuon Temple at Angkor Archaeological Park is behind me. – Near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Doesn’t that cost a lot of money?

If you believe what the travel industry tells you, but I kept  costs down by staying in hostels or Couchsurfing and traveling by bus. My travel budget started at $15,000. That lasted a year.

How did you save?

This was the tough part. It took discipline. I cooked nearly all of my meals (I ate out maybe twice a month), and I avoided frivolous spending (When I did spend, I looked for low-cost alternatives). However, the biggest saver was moving out of my apartment and into a house with four roommates.

How do you get in touch with Ryan?

Send an e-mail to ryan@lifeofabackpacker.com. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter.