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What JUST GO means for Dr. Ryan James

It took sixteen years of California living and a doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco to convince Ryan James he needed a year abroad to reassess his life. That was in 2001, when he was unable to find a job suitable for his qualifications so he and his partner decided to take off. Fourteen years later, Ryan, a […]

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What JUST GO means for Adam Pervez

Four years ago, Adam Pervez quit his job working as a business development specialist. He launched a website, set off for Mexico and embarked on the Happy Nomad Tour, which focused on volunteering, writing, teaching and learning what makes people happy around the world. He was only 22 when he was first bitten by the travel bug as he took […]

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Big wheels in the used two-wheel business

“Men’s Giant mountain bike,” read the advertisement. “65 GBP ($100.) Recently overhauled and in good shape. Many others for sale.” Hmmm… In the hunt for a bike to ride while we’re in England but mentally ticking the “too good to be true” box on this one, I was prepared to move on in my search, probing the Gumtree website and the […]

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What JUST GO means for Ramon Stoppelenburg

When Ramon Stoppelenburg was 25, he decided he wasn’t happy working and living in The Netherlands. He launched a website asking people around the world to host him for one day and spent the next year visiting countries around the world and staying with strangers – for free. He hasn’t stopped since. He now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he […]

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What JUST GO means for Rose and Anthony

In 2013, Rosariet (Rose) Swagemakers and Anthony Watanabe took their two young sons out of school in Canada and planned a one-year world trip. Over the next 12 months they travelled to 14 countries and today the family is making a new home in Bangkok, many miles and many worlds away from their former lives in Toronto. As one of […]

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Istanbul: Fear of travel exacts a cost

“You are the first American tourists I have seen in my restaurant this year,” said Aziz, gazing across the vast plaza that stretches between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. Assessing the restaurant from the busy street an hour earlier, we had at first considered moving along to a place more out of the tourism center. […]

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