Quick 6 with Ryan of bloggingfromparadise.com

We chose Ryan as an early contributor to this interview series as he has an interesting way of looking at travel. He is also very inspiration and maybe some of that will rub off as you read his responses.

After being “downsized” from a job he didn’t really like, he decided to pack up and see some of the world. Since then he has managed to live a semi nomadic life many of us dream of and built an online business that supports his travel habit.

If this sounds like a lifestyle you might like to investigate then be sure to follow the links to his site for more information.

So let’s find out how Ryan answers our questions.

What experience made you fall in love with travel?

Walking out of the air conditioned airport in Bali into the heat, heavy humidity and steaminess of the Balinese night at 2 AM some 6 years ago hooked me. I was in.
I had just arrived in Bali on Sunday morning after leaving JFK in NYC at 2:45 PM on a Wednesday. You do the math (toss in a 1 day Taiwan layover). This was my first plane ride, first international trip, first vacation in 22 years.
It was the moment where I fell in love with travel. Because prior to this moment I hadn’t done proper travel. At least in my eyes. It was the beginning of my current 6 year trip around the world. When the love affair began.

What made you decide to share your adventures online?

I trashed my old blog, one focused on making money online. I felt an inner nudge to share my travels – along with tips for smart blogging – with my community. So I created Blogging From Paradise and never looked back.
People who feared traveling could appreciate a dude who’d never flown, left the country or had a passport until he was 36 years old. If I could have these fun, thrilling and wild experiences, imagine what they could do…..and be. I began the blog to share my story with these folks.

Where did you go furthest outside your comfort zone and what happened?

I stepped into a cage with three, 400 pound tigers in Thailand. That scared the sh*t out of me but I did it because it was the only thing to do.
After hearing from a British expat that worked at Tiger Kingdom for months how she never, ever, ever saw them drug the big cats and that she, a naturalist, and animal lover, gave the place her seal of approval, we took the plunge and stepped into the lion’s….I mean….tiger’s den. I felt like a mouse. A puny little mouse. The tigers had switchblades for teeth. An engine block sized head (or so it seemed). Each stood up to my torso, when on all fours.
What happened? I recorded the most jaw-dropping photos of my life and I really took a chunk out of my fear of dying. I also completely lost my fear of street dogs too. Tough to be intimidated after you pet and sit with the world’s apex predators.

What advice would you give someone that is worried about expanding their own travel comfort zone?

Expanded fun, happiness, joy, and fulfillment stands outside of your travel comfort zone, and when you step out, the worry/fear quickly dissolves into love and fun. If you remain in your travel comfort zone you may have fun but stepping out introduces you to greater fun, greater love, more fulfillment and richer experiences to share with the share.
Don’t stay in Patong in Phuket 10 out of 10 times. Take the ferry to Koh Lanta. Live in a sleepy Thai village. That *is* why most of us travel, on a deeper level; to enjoy new, unfamiliar, fascinating experiences.

What is the first thing you want to do when you visit somewhere new?

I walk around or bike around the local neighborhood to get the lay of the land. I begin to actually live in the place, figuring out where I can get food, where to shop for goods, how I will get around, where the best Instagram shots will be 🙂

If you were given an open ticket to travel, what would be your destination?

An African Safari, because I have yet to go and it’s one of my ultimate trips.

Bonus Question – If you had to pick one place to spend the rest of your life where would it be?

Planet Earth 🙂


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