An Odyssey to Asia & Beyond

Ryan Niven Start Date: Aug 16, 2016 - End Date: Jan 2, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Australia

My Travel Story

by: Ryan Niven Start Date: Aug 16, 2016 - End Date: Jan 2, 2017
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Volunteer Trip

Just over 3 years ago, Anna and I met while working together at a resturant in Chicago. After becoming infatuated with each other and with our simular interests brewing, we began playing with the idea of unconventional living. We both ache for being able to achieve more and see the most we can.

We are so passionate about this trip because it will give us the oppurtunity to experience entirerly new people, cultures, and give oppurtuniy to capture those times in photographs. We are always excited to try new cuisines, become part of new communities, aquire new hobbies, and make unforgettable memories. Our American departure is unknown and that current adventure  can be viewed through our Social media accounts @RyanNiven & @AnnuhTrueLove. We also begin this Asia adventure in Japan making our way down Japan or through a  Malaysian route but this is places on timing and funding but always with the goal of stopping in Siem Reap, Cambodia to meet up with Anna's dad who is currently volunteering for a non-profit organization that teaches hospitality skills to the youth. This is where we would also like to pause for  a month or longer on the actual travel of this journey but to take the time to find our place in a non for profit organization as well. After that we hope to continue all the way down under to Australia, to work and learn farming. This will be for a few several months and other then the traveling to new areas for harvest season it would be a break from backpacker life because we plan to do a extensive route though islands between Cambodia and Australia. 

It has already been a year since Anna and I decided to leave behind our apartments, jobs, and most of our possesions to "move in together" and begin a life on the road. We've been living in and out of hostels, b&b's, and on some lovely friends/families couches across the country in some amazing citites, such as New Orleans, Savannah, Denver, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Los Angeles, plus many more along the way! We have been able to witness so much of the beauty America has to offer, but every new experience makes you realize just how much more of the world there is to explore, to push our boundries and and comfort levels, and to really enjoy every second of our lives together.

So far, we have been making our way by picking up serving jobs, working festivals, and doing bikes deliveries, but any relieve some of the financial burden of trave would be beyond appreciated. In order for this to happen, we would love your support, well wishes and of course donations! Any donations will go toward assisting us in living out our dream trip, dream careers, and ultimatley dream lives. You can keep up with us and our travels on our instagrams @RyanNiven and @annuhtruelove

  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Australia

Updates

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  • We've Made It To NYC!

    We've made it to NYC!
    We made it to NYC with the help of cheap busses and a lovely friend hosting us for a night in philly. Anna and I bought a bike to share while we take turns taking deliveries for a bit of cash.