Author Archives: Gabi

From gorgeous to gaudy: Portugal’s Algarve coast

Somewhere between Lagos and Portimao in the Algarve, the gods of natural beauty seem to have taken leave of their senses, letting the forces of kitsch, gaudiness and overdevelopment have their way with southern Portugal’s stunning countryside. How else could you explain a part of the world that boasts some of the planet’s most stunning coastlines and pristine, quiet villages […]

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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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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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