“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice”. – 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
January 2012: Discovering Ice was started by Steph and Andres, a couple in their twenties who both gave up their jobs to travel the world and find a way to make full-time travel a lifestyle choice funded through online entrepreneurship.
2016 Update: Fortunately, we’ve been lucky enough to succeed in our goal of full-time travel through entrepreneurship. We’ve been digital nomads for almost 5 years now, working full-time on a digital marketing startup that Andres co-founded in 2013 while moving very slowly through the world. 🙂
Our adventure started in January 2012, when we began what was supposed to be a ‘3-week’ vacation in Colombia…
which has since continued with no end in sight turned into an 18-month adventure split between Colombia and Mexico!
2016 Update: After that, Andres came to Ireland to spend Christmas with me, and there he got the news that his startup had been accepted into StartUp Chile. So we packed our bags and headed to Chile for the next ~7 months, followed by a one-month long trip (at least for me) with one of my best friends through Chile and Argentina. 2015 saw us in San Francisco at the start of the year while Andres took part in Y Combinator, the prestigious start-up accelerator based in the Silicon Valley. We ended up going back to Chile in 2015 for the rest of the year, and 2016 is when we really became fully remote with the company. We lived for 3 months in Brazil, then headed back to Chile for 1 month before heading to Ireland for the summer. After a quick visit to France during the summer, we finished the year with a trip through different European countries, Romania, Hungary and Portugal, to visit friends we had made in StartUp Chile. 2017 looks set to continue with lots of travels as we focus on growing the company.
January 2012: Since then, we have been working on what we like to call “The Experiment“, where we are creating online automated technology based businesses that will give us full location independence, allowing us to travel anywhere in the world funded by our online work. You can read more about our motivations and plans for ‘The Experiment’ here.
2016 Update: As mentioned, we’re lucky enough to now be fully remote/location independent/digital nomads, whatever you want to call it. We’re very grateful for the opportunities we have had in the last 5 years. In 2012, I was doing freelance travel writing to fund myself while Andres started his company with his co-founder the following year. We had a lot of experiments in making money in between then and now, but we managed to survive (admittedly, sometimes barely!). I joined Andres’ company full-time in 2015, although I worked with the guys a lot during the previous year in StartUp Chile. Nowadays we work together on a startup we love, travel the world on a full-time basis, although very slowly, and are loving the opportunities that entrepreneurship has given us! We hope we can continue to grow the company and enjoy this lifestyle for as long as we desire it. Although we’re not as active in blogging anymore (since we’re both dedicated to our jobs full-time), you can still follow along on our travels through Instagram, where I post daily photos of our travels. 🙂
Discovering Ice was set up quickly after we decided to travel the world and experiment with becoming location independent through online entrepreneurship. We wanted a place to share our travel, lifestyle and online business experiences for family, friends and more, as well as have a personal memory log for ourselves, so that we can look back on all of our amazing experiences so far!
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10 Random Facts About Steph:
- Between 5th Jan 2011 and 5th Jan 2012 exactly, I visited 4 new continents (Africa, North America, Asia and South America)
- I love photography, film, traveling (of course) and meeting new people and places.
- I am currently learning Spanish (slowly).
- I could survive on just popcorn and eggs (not together….obviously…)
- I love the words: pleb, bucket, noble, calamity, quite, item, fathom
- I dont like the words: piddle, crust, ‘capri pants’, ‘panty-hoes’
- I love dogs (dags, D’ya like dags?)
- I also love wilder beasts…poor guys, always the victim
- I love humans…most of the time
- I still convince myself I can get a tan despite being possibly the palest person in the world
10 Random Facts About Andres:
- I’m an internet geek
- I like to read…a lot
- I love learning new things
- I used to do martial arts
- I paid my way through college by numerous businesses. I have sold everything you can imagine, from women’s skincare products to setting up a online food ordering website in the college where students could order from the campus restaurants.
- I believe education is the key to solving most of the worlds problems.
- I traveled the world with my job but didn’t get to see anything. This time I’m doing it right
- I love camping gadgets
- I’ve been to India 5 times
- I co-founded a software company called themidgame
Finally, let us finish with this quote which summarizes our travel and life philosophy perfectly:
“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.
The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
― Jon Krakauer – Into The Wild