Meet the Nomads – Brian Barry of Wandering On

It’s been awhile since I last featured fellow travelers in this blog. It was quite hard to juggle travel and my online stuff at the same time in the last few months. Now, I think I have some time to sit for awhile in one place and take care of this blog which means I can continue working on this Meet the Nomads series.

For this week, I’d like to introduce to you Brian Barry of Wandering On. Brian has always been traveling around Europe with his family when he was younger. He also joined his friends in a four month summer work stint in Hawaii where he started developing a passion for adventure. He grew fond of adventure sports such as surfing, mountain-boarding, cliff jumping and more. Now he’s currently teaching in South Korea to save up again for their next adventure.

If you’re an adventure sports enthusiast then you should follow their blog as Brian together with Noelle writes a lot of helpful travel tips and also share their adventure stories. This blog is also a great resource if you’re thinking of working along the way as they also share their experiences about working abroad.

Get to know more about Brian and visit their blog at Wandering On.

But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Brian.

Meet the Nomads - Brian Barry of Wandering On

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I’ve always wanted to travel. I’ve always had an interest in exploring the unknown, getting out there and doing something different. I went on a working holiday visa to Hawaii during my first year of University and from then I was really hooked. From then on, all I could think about was the next trip and that’s still the case.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“I think that would have to be in Fiji. We were surfing at this river mouth in Singatoka with a local guy we had made friends with. The waves were pretty big, we probably shouldn’t have been out there in hindsight. My friend went in and sat on the beach but I stayed out and that’s where things went wrong. I got caught between the backwash from the shore, and the whitewater from the waves breaking around me. There was just this pit of churning white water and I had nowhere to go. Once I got sucked in there I kept getting sucked under, I couldn’t reach my board and I was losing energy. There was nobody around for miles, no boats, nothing. I was being held underwater for what felt like a lifetime, over and over again. I’d catch half a breath and be pulled down again. I really thought I was done for but eventually my board just appeared next to me, I managed to jump on top of it and somehow got washed into the beach. I was seeing stars and everything was white but I was glad to be alive.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“That’s a really tough question. We’ve been really lucky to have had a lot of really memorably experiences. I think if I absolutely had to pick one it would be the Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. We spent 23 days in total trekking in the area, the highlight standing on top of Kala Patta at 5,550 meters looking directly across at Everest. We had an incredible 360 view of the Everest range, we skipped down the mountain that day, we were buzzing from it.”

Meet the Nomads - Brian Barry of Wandering On

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“Travelling teaches you a lot for sure, not only about the world but about yourself too. For me, I’ve never wanted a ‘regular’ job, 9-5 Monday-Friday, same ding-dong day in, day out. Travel has just made that all the more clearer for me. There’s too much to see out there, too much to do and I don’t want to miss any of it. I suppose the biggest realization I’ve had is that you should live your life as you want to, not as society dictates you should.”

“Take your chances and have no regrets.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“Travelling can certainly be tiring at times and I think it’s important to realize that and allow yourself time to recover too so you don’t end up dragging yourself through things for the sake of it.”

“What keeps me motivated? That’s a tough question. To be honest, I don’t know. At the end of the day it’s what I want to do. I want to travel more than I want anything else. I don’t really ever feel like I need to motivate myself to keep going. I would sacrifice owning a home, having a steady paycheck and owning loads of nice stuff, if I could travel indefinitely. I’m happiest when I’m travelling and I’m really lucky that Noelle and I share that passion.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Haha! That’s an interesting one, I’ve never really thought about it. Bob Marley I think would be a great travel companion; he had a great outlook on the world, seemed like an interesting and outgoing guy and listening to him play a few tunes in the evening would be a nice way to wind down after a busy day.”

Meet the Nomads - Brian Barry of Wandering On

Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?

“I love Nepal. There was just so much going on at any given time, I loved the hustle of Kathmandu and the peacefulness of the mountains. The people there were incredibly friendly and it didn’t feel like it was overrun with tourists. It’s major downfall is that it’s too far from the ocean!”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“If you’re thinking about travelling then do it! Nobody ever turns around and says “I wish I never traveled”, it’s the best thing you’ll ever do. Take your opportunities, have no regrets and enjoy every last minute of your journey.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“A few years ago, some friends and I did a jungle trek outside of Chang Mai in Thailand. After a long day walking we settled into this little village for the night in a valley. We were in the middle of nowhere. Of course we were all pretty thirsty after a long day of walking and out came the whiskey. There was a waterfall next to where we were staying and I thought it would be great idea to jump off it. Turned out the water was only about a foot deep and I sprained my ankle pretty bad; it swelled up to the size of a melon. Our guide put tiger balm on it and told me “okay, you walk now”, needless to say that didn’t work. The next morning I had to crawl up steep paths out of the valley until we reached somewhere a motorbike could bring me to hospital. The guide again gave me a stick and said “okay, you walk now” but to his disbelief the magic stick didn’t work either! Of course, I got no sympathy off my friends who were in hysterics laughing at me trying to crawl on my hands and knees out of the jungle. That was a silly move and there was nothing I could do but laugh!”

How do you fund your travels?

“Teaching English in South Korea has funded our travels to this point but we’re finishing up with at the end of our current contract. It’s been a great experience and given us some great opportunities but we want to have more freedom. We’re looking into making a small income online at the moment so we can work from our laptop anywhere in the world. That’s the dream! But, honestly, we’ll work at whatever we need to in order to keep travelling. We’re not very career-minded, so whatever will put money in our pockets to travel more is good enough for us! ”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“Common sense mostly. Just being aware of our surroundings and listening to your gut. If you get a bad feeling about something or something seems dodgy, we might think twice about it. Travelling as a couple you’ve always got someone looking out for you.”

What do you think about yourself?

“Em… I think I’m an adventurous, creative, outgoing person who is always looking for something new to see/do/experience. I like change and I like variety in my life. I’m terrified of being tied to a place by responsibilities like mortgages, bank loans, long-term employment, etc. I like to be free and to live my life on my terms as best as I can.”

Wandering On

“ is the travel blog of Brian and Noelle, an adventurous Irish couple who have set out on a life of travel. Through their blog, they share their travel tips, photos, videos and stories to inspire others to get out there and see all the world has to offer.” – Brian Barry

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Brian.


  1. Thanks a million for the interview Flip. Loved answering all your questions 🙂


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