Hello! I’m Riana, a freelance writer who travels wherever I can, whenever I can.
I believe in finding a way to follow your passions, without winning the lottery, quitting your job or dropping everything. I believe you can live a life of adventure even if you don’t want to go bungee jumping, you’re scared of roller coasters and you have no desire to live out of a backpack forever. My favourite adventures usually involve my partner, Colin, and our wee pup, Ellie.
Follow along and get inspired to grab your own teaspoon of adventure!
What is Teaspoon of Adventure all about?
Most travel blogs start like this: “I quit my job to live out of a backpack, climb up mountains and jump out of airplanes.” This is not that travel blog. No one here is quitting their job to live out of a backpack indefinitely. And I can guarantee you that I’m not about to climb up a mountain or jump out of an airplane voluntarily! This is a travel blog for those who seek adventure…but not too much.
This is the travel blog for you if you crave adventure, but you still have to deal with things like your fear of heights, your limited wallet and your job that’s waiting for you on Monday morning.
What is the Teaspoon of Adventure mission?
Teaspoon of Adventure is all about going after your passions and fitting them into your life now, no excuses! My greatest passions are writing, travel and living a full life with my partner and my dog. I have huge travel dreams, but I also have a mortgage. I wanted to write as my full time career, and I worked to make that happen. I believe in spending on trips while also saving for retirement. I’m not rich, responsibility-less or just plain lucky. I’m creative, determined (and yeah, okay, a little lucky).
Life is too short and I am too young to settle for an existence that is boring, unfulfilling, passion-less and without adventure.
Why is it called Teaspoon of Adventure?
So why did I name my blog Teaspoon of Adventure? Because, yes, this is a travel blog. But it’s not that kind of travel blog. I don’t live out of a backpack. I’m not on the road 300 days of the year. And you won’t catch me anywhere near a bungee jump or roller coaster. So it’s adventure, yes, but just a teaspoonful 😉 I also define adventure as more than just big trips and long flights. There’s adventure in the everyday and I’m trying my best to find it.
Why did I start Teaspoon of Adventure?
I started Teaspoon of Adventure in February 2012 from my dorm room at the University of British Columbia. I was in my second year and feeling totally lost and stuck. I had no motivation to get my school work done. I would leave assignments until the last minute, not study for tests, but still stay up all night long. I was searching for something – some kind of inspiration. At that point, I had only had a small taste of travel. I knew I wanted more. So I started my blog as a way to vent, to get out my feelings and to map out my next adventures. I couldn’t leave my dorm room but through my blog, I could go anywhere. I spent nights searching for flight deals, looking at exchange programs in Italy and researching volunteer abroad opportunities.
And then, in the summer of 2012, I came across an insane flight deal to Europe and took off on my first solo trip and first time to Europe. That’s when everything really changed. Travel became a reality and my eyes were suddenly opened to what my world could be.
Since then, this blog has grown and transformed. It started out as a place for me to share my feelings. Next it became a place for me to document my travels and let my parents know that yes, I was still alive. Now, on its own domain (finally), Teaspoon of Adventure is still a place for me to share my thoughts and keep my parents in the loop. But it’s also a place for me to write about my experiences and show you that you can live out your life’s greatest passions, if you really want it and if you’re willing to get creative.
Want to know more about me?
I’m flattered you want to get to know me better! So I’m Riana and I currently reside in Surrey, BC, Canada (just outside of Vancouver) with my partner, Colin, and our dog, Ellie. I work as a freelance writer and social media manager.
I was born in Burnaby, BC way back in 1992 and then moved to Toronto with my parents. I consider Toronto my hometown but Vancouver has always been in my blood. At heart, I’m a west coast girl and something out west called me back. So after graduating from high school, I returned to Vancouver to study at the University of British Columbia. During my time at UBC, I really fell in love with travel (I was in a more casual relationship with travel before that). I found ways to travel to Europe solo, volunteer in Swaziland, work in Japan, study abroad in Amsterdam and even win a free trip to Australia, all while studying full time.
After graduation, I was still totally transfixed on travel. But I was also craving a bit of the still life. So I started working at a non-profit in Vancouver and then got a job back at my alma mater, UBC. I suddenly found myself a couple of years into the workforce and totally uninspired. I was back in the same place I was in my dorm room at UBC in 2012 when I started this blog. I dreaded going to work every morning. And it’s not because my job was really awful or my colleagues sucked – the work was actually really easy and the people are amazing (still some of my good friends). I hated going to work every morning because I was bored. Work wasn’t exciting. I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing.
And I suddenly realized that at 24 years old, I didn’t need to be in a soul-sucking job. I was way too young to be working a job that I didn’t care about.
So I quit. Well, not exactly like that. I actually met with a therapist, did some soul searching and had some big life changes. All of that helped me to make the leap. I gave my notice, headed off to Vietnam for three weeks, and came back to work on becoming a full time freelance writer.
And that’s me! Well, there’s more to me than that. I’ve been freelancing full time now since Nov 2016. I’ve also bought a home with my partner (and if you know anything about Vancouver real estate, you know this is a feat). We have a dog, which is a dream come true (unless it’s late, cold and we don’t want to go on her final walk of the day). And I travel – near and far for long periods and for short trips (including our upcoming move to Prague!).
Where should you go next?
So you’ve learned more about me and what’s going on here at Teaspoon of Adventure. What’s next?
Well, if you’re just wanting to follow along with where I am now, I’d suggest you head back to the home page and read my most recent posts.
If you’re looking for some location-specific posts, check out my posts about my journeys in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, local travel in British Columbia, and local travel throughout the rest of Canada.
Still can’t decide? Take a read through some of my favourite and most popular posts:
- A summary of all of my travels up to Feb 2018 and what’s coming up next
- Traveling with a partner? Check out these tips Or leaving him/her at home? Here’s your solo travel guide.
- The post I wrote about Colin’s dad’s passing
- What you need to know to successfully work from home
- My favourite annual tradition: going up to Pender Harbour
- My first solo trip in Europe
- Tips for your first trip to Ireland
- Itineraries for London and Paris
Thanks so much for stopping by!