Ian Ord

From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. Even at 2 years of age, on a walk with his father, he had to lead the way and explore the world around him. At the age of 16, he got his first ‘real’ taste of the world outside his home town of Guelph, Canada when he decided to hitchhike across the country with one of his colleagues. 2 1/2 months later, with what felt like a lifetime’s worth of experience, he arrived to his final destination for this journey, in the city of Victoria, BC.

This journey was the gateway to what later became a life long quest, to explore as much as the world has to offer. Living with a motto of “You only live once”, he constantly pushes his own limits, in terms of kindness, compassion, understanding, and participation with all the world has to throw at him. With the world as his oyster, and a road full of endless possibilities, you can be sure he won’t be stopping any time soon. Join Ian as he takes you beyond Where the sidewalks end!

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

I try to do a bit of both, though this can be quite challenging if on a short time frame in a destination, if there is a lack of internet access, or if there's just so much fun stuff to do. If I'm staying somewhere long enough, and the internet is adequate, I often try to do two days working for every day spent having fun, which gives me an almost normal work schedule... but when you do 5 days of fun in a row, it gets pretty tough sometimes to maintain that.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

I feel this regularly - but it's not something I take lightly. Of course I know that not everyone is as fortunate to come from a country where the currency is strong, and the general standard of living is above par. I still try to encourage as many people as I can to make travelling a higher priority in their life, even if it's within their own country, as I feel once they get the bug, the priorities will change, and the envy lessens as it becomes a shared lifestyle choice rather than just one that's dreamed of. :)

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

Occasionally, the travelling community tends to start overlapping their destinations. This can happen due to seasonality of destinations, seat sales on airlines, or just plain fate! The more people you meet, the more often it seems to happen, of course. I've met many familiar faces on my travels due to some of these scenarios, but the one that stands out that I never thought I would see happened to me while I was travelling through Malaysia. I was walking through a random street in Georgetown, Penang, and all of a sudden I heard my name being called out. Of course I figured it would be someone I had met at the guesthouse I was staying at, but when I turned around I was faced with an old high school friend! He was taking a computer science course in the university there, and just happened to recognize me walking past from across the street. We ended up going to a restaurant and catching up - but it was definitely not someone I expected to be bumping into while abroad. Otherwise, I usually expect someone will recognize me wherever I go... hahaha... I'm totally just kidding... my travel blogging ginger beard is still fairly off the radar - but being interviewed on TravelBuzz will surely help change that. ;)

Which three items would you never travel without?

My laptop, my digital SLR, and the bag that carries them both. Everything else is easily replaceable - but the photos, memories, notes, and contacts are absolutely invaluable. I tend to travel with carry-on only luggage, so I don't really have much room for anything else other than a change of clothes or two.

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

I always have tried to get indigenous art wherever I travel. From hand paintings to handicrafts. In recent years, I've slowed down on my hoarding of these items, as I don't travel with a stow-away bag, so space is much more limited. I do try to collect embroidered flags of each country, and of special locations (such as Machu Picchu, Annapurna Base Camp, the Serengeti, etc) to sew on to my bag at a future date as well... that future date has yet to happen though, and the more flags I collect, the further away it seems to get!

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