Interview with Dariece from Goats On The Road
Dariece is one half of the couple behind Goats On The Road, and the bi-weekly travel column on CreditWalk. Their website is designed to show others how to turn their travels into a lifestyle. Masters at making money online and on the road, they’ve been travelling since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go.
Why did you start travelling?
I had always wanted to travel the world and always had an interest in learning about other countries. About 6 months after Nick and I started dating, we went on an all-inclusive holiday to Mexico. Although that’s not “proper” travelling, it really sparked something in us both and we were excited at the possibility of backpacking abroad.
After a particularly hard day at work, Nick came home and asked me “If you could travel anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?” My immediate answer was “Southeast Asia.”
From there, we started reading everything we possibly could on the region and watching any and all travel related TV shows!
What is the most important experience that you had during your travels?
We have had so many eye-opening experiences over the years, and our minds are filled with incredible memories. However, this one particular week in travel sticks out in our minds the most…
Trekking on foot for 8 days straight through the vast Mongolian steppe with nothing more than our backpacks, tent, sleeping gear, food and map was one epic adventure. We were able to venture into parts of Mongolia that no foreigners ever go, while meeting many curious locals along the way.
Families would ride their horse over to our tent and offer us dried cheeses, wood for the fire and mysterious looking meats. They would stare at us in silence, while inspecting all of our camping gear. Nick even attempted to teach two Mongolian men how to fly-fish!
Mongolians are nomadic and have a strong attachment to their horses, which made it very hard for them to understand why we were choosing to walk through their land, rather than ride!
We’ll never forget the warmth and hospitality of the strangers we met along the way, or the adventure of being in the middle of nowhere with no one around, except for the occasional curious nomad.
What is the most beautiful place that you have been to?
Oh, that’s a very hard question! We have been to so many beautiful countries and cities, and we always seem to find the beauty in everywhere we go. However, as far as landscapes go, I’d have to say that the mountains, rivers, villages and people of Central Asia were stunning. However, if you talk about beaches rather than mountains, I’d have to say that I absolutely love Grenada, there are so many things to see and do here! We’re currently pet-sitting in Grenada and think it’s one of the most beautiful places we’ve been.
What do you avoid when you travel?
We’re typically up for anything while on the road. We love learning about new cultures, games, foods and festivals. So, I wouldn’t say that there’s really anything that we outright avoid. However, if there’s a chance that we could be in danger, say, at a heated protest, or if a fight broke out, then we’ll definitely avoid that situation.
We also avoid going too fast. We firmly believe that travelling slow allows us to experience the places we visit, rather than just passing through and spending our time looking out a bus window.
What is your biggest travel dream?
Our list of travel dreams and plans is massive. There’s just so much to see in this wonderful world! We really want to travel across Europe by train and /or do the Mongol Rally. We also really want to do a road trip across North America, both Canada and the USA.
There are a couple of countries that are high on our must-see list: Guyana, Colombia, Bhutan, Japan and Italy (to name a few!)
One day, we’d love to be hosted by a floating resort in Bora Bora. We’d also like to be rich from our travel blog (we’ve got a long way to go!).
What are you favourites travellers? What blogs do you read?
We respect many travellers and travel bloggers and are constantly getting inspired by the trips that they do, or the content that they write on their site. Jhonny Ward of OneStep4Ward.com was our first inspiration, he helped us to realize that making money from a travel blog is possible. Dave and Deb of ThePlanetD.com were our first mentors, they really helped us out a lot and we are constantly inspired by them.
We follow many blogs at the moment, but here are a few:
Nomadasaurus, The Broke Backpacker, The Professional Hobo, The Adventure Junkies, Never Ending Voyage and A Cruising Couple.
There are many more that we follow as well, but I can’t think of them all!