How a Holiday in Mexico Triggered a Couple's Desire to Travel the World - Permanently
Lizzie Dearden - The Independent
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September 22, 2015

Monte Alban, an archaeological site in Mexico, is one of the many historical monuments they have visited. (Goats on the Road)

Seven years ago, Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift (founders of travel blog Goats on the Road) had full-time jobs, a mortgage, a car and an average twenty-something life firmly routed in their native Canada.

Fast-forward to 2015, and the couple have been swimming with sharks in Mozambique, lived in an Ashram shrine, trekked through the Himalayas and seen five of the Wonders of the World.

Now, they are encouraging others not to be afraid to ditch the nine-to five to travel the world and “create a happier life”.

Both aged 23 in 2008, they were already feeling a “bit too tied down” with their well-paid jobs, mortgage and car, when a one-week holiday in Mexico triggered a desire to plunge into the unknown.

Dariece said they left their “typical all-inclusive resort” for tours through the jungle and into local villages.

“We were left wanting more,” she told The Independent. “Visiting underground caves and having Mexican children run up to us with huge smiles on their faces really sparked something in us.

Just weeks after returning to Canada, Nick arrived home from work to ask his girlfriend where she would like to visit most in the world.

Her answer was Southeast Asia, and nine months later the couple had sold their home and left on a year-long backpacking tour.

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