Endless.Travel. It’s our (Josh & Matt’s) mission to show you how easy it is to travel, show you the best places to travel too, how to travel on the cheap – with all of our tips and tricks. If it is your dream to travel the world – we want to help you as much as we can and help make it a reality. We want to build a community of travelers, where you can come to share stories, photos, videos. A community that wants nothing more than to help each other out and inspire as many as we can reach.
Travelers are different from the rest. We understand that there is a beautiful and inspiring world out there and we will never stop until we have seen it all!
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln.
My story begins as many great stories begin. I was sitting at a bar in Toronto having a beer with Josh. We had only known each other for a month at that point, but in that short time had become really good friends. Josh had been traveling the world prior to me meeting him. We had actually meet at a conference in Orlando, Florida. But that is a story for another time.
So we are sitting at the bar talking about his travels. Of course I hadn’t really traveled anywhere so was in awe of what he was doing. I kept saying how badly I wanted to do what he did. Josh’s response was so simple but it just really changed something within me. All he said was “so why don’t you just do it. Traveling is easy, just buy the ticket and go.”
As the night went on that stuck in the back of my mind. We started talking about where he was going next. He told me he had just booked a flight to Bali and was planing to stay there for 5 days. Right then and there I deiced I had to go. I went home that night and booked a flight. Fly out day was 4 days later… It was a drop everything and go type of trip. There was no planning, no weighing the pros and cons. This trip was for me and there was no going back. I didn’t care what consequences I had to deal with when I got back, I was going. So I packed my bag and flew half way around the world.
To say this trip was life changing would be an understatement. Everything I knew was up rooted, life was flipped upside down. The way I viewed the world was completely different. All my priorities had changed. The only thing I knew for certain was that I needed to keep traveling. I couldn’t just stay in Toronto and watch my life go by.
So I kept doing the one and only thing that made sense to me… I traveled, and boy did I do a lot of it over that one year. I made myself a promise, no more holding back, and that lead to more than 30 flights, trains and ferries, across 13 countries and almost 4 months spent outside Toronto! Josh was right, traveling is easy, “just buy the ticket and go”.
Endless travel was dreamed up during that trip in the back of a taxi somewhere in the middle of Bali. Endless Travel is our way of reaching out to as many people as we can to help inspire people to get off the fence and do it.
I think the story begins here, I was born in outer London and raised in a country-side town in Esssex, England. At age 13, my parents had made the decision that as a family we were going to move to Australia. A place that none of us had ever been before. Australia is the other side of the world, basically as far away from England as you can get.
Surprisingly, at that young age, I wasn’t too upset by leaving my home or leaving behind my friends that I’d known for all my life. I was excited for the change, for some-reason it just felt right. As I sit here in Canada, on another adventure, some nine years later – I have just come to the realisation of where this passion for travel has come from. That move as a 13-year old. The last nine years in Australia have been the best of my life, the opportunities it has brought me have been endless, it is home and I think it always will be.
A couple of years after finishing high-school, I decided that I needed to mix things up a little. I needed to get out and explore the world more. I mean, after all we only have one life and I want to see as much as I can. I remember quitting the job I had at that stage and booked a couple of flights. A couple of weeks later saw me leave Queensland, Australia to fly to Singapore. Whilst, I have always been quite an independent person, the thought of travelling alone somewhere in Asia seemed like it would an interesting challenge. Over the next few months I travelled around the world booking one-way tickets to the next destination, sometimes only a couple of hours before the flight was due to depart. There was no schedule, no pre-booked activities – just hop on a plane and go. It was to just see where this endless travel could take me.
Along the way I met Matt in Orlando, Florida who was also attending a conference I had joined. After spending a few days in Florida, I had made a huge new group of friends, that I now consider to be my second family. Matt was one of the few in the group that lived in Toronto, Canada. A few of them kept saying I should coming and visit them, so with about 20 minutes to spare before checking out of my hotel room in Orlando, I battled through the dodgy in-room WiFi and booked a flight to YYZ (Toronto). About a month later after exploring Canada, I headed to Bali where Matt joined me for our first real adventure. We discussed how Matt’s perception of travel had changed and we wondered how many people don’t travel because they think it is too hard, too expensive? Somewhere in the jungle of Indonesia, Endless Travel was born – a way to expose people to the accessibility and ease of travel.