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“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. 🙂

Steph and Andres Discovering Ice

Our adventure started in January 2012, when we began what was supposed to be a ‘3-week’ vacation in Colombiawhich 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.

Road trip through the west of Ireland

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. 🙂

steph-and-andres-in-brazil

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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!

We want to thank you for taking the time to read our ‘About’ section. We hope you will check out other parts of our site and that you will return again in the future.

If you’d like an easier way to keep up to date with our Experiment, you can subscribe to our RSS here, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or just send us a good old-fashioned email to admin@discoveringice.com to say hi or leave a comment in the comment-box below!

We really love to get comments and hear from people and we always try to reply to everyone!

About Steph

Dancing with 'Baba Power' in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 2011

Dancing with 'Baba Power' in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 2011

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

 

About Andres

Andres with local indigenous Wayúu boy in Riohacha, La Guajira, Colombia

Andres with local indigenous Wayúu boy in Riohacha, La Guajira, Colombia

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

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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

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1 Eric Tutor Cabalda October 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

your stories are so inspiring. Amazing. keep it up.

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2 Stephanie Walsh October 30, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thanks so much Eric for your kind comments, we’re really glad you like our blog! 🙂

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3 Andy December 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Jealous. My wife and kids are great travelers – but it’s still 4 people traveling. 4 plane tickets.

Keep up the blogging, so I can live vicariously through your exploits 🙂

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4 Stephanie Walsh January 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thanks so much Andy, I’m glad you are enjoying the blog! 🙂 I can imagine how that must be very expensive! There are plenty of family travel bloggers out there with lots of great tips for travelling on a budget! Everything is possible! 🙂

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5 Dharm January 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Hi,

This is a wonderful blog! I enjoyed reading through it and admire your photography skills. I would like to introduce your blog to the readers of travel blog I maintain. It is based on the theme -fun, food and travel and includes guest blogging as it main feature. Please contact me for more details.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Dharm

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6 Veronica R February 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

Hi guys,

I think you are doing a great job! I enjoy your stories when I get an update by twitter. Steph, I would like to make a small but SIGNIFICANT correction to the first bullet point under:10 Random Facts about Steph

You did not visit 5 continents: South America, Central America and North America are the same continent: The Americas

Normally I wouldn’t say anything to others but this site is about travel so you guys are educating others about the places you visit. Not knowing what’s a continent and what’s not is a big deal.

Cheers,

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7 Stephanie Walsh February 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi Veronica, thanks for your comment!
I most definitely agree that South America, Central America and North America are collectively known as The Americas, and I am one of the few people who call residents of South and Central America by their proper name; ‘Americans’. But depending on where you grew up and what you were taught in school, there are a few different ways of classifying the continents, in which some versions state there are just 4 continents and others state there are 7.
Yes, there is a version where South, Central and North America are considered one continent, but that same version also groups together Europe and Asia as Eurasia. This is not the version I was taught, although I understand the whole concept is up for a matter of debate. The most common classification of the worlds ‘7’ continents include South and North America as separate continents, despite the collective being known as The Americas. I have never been to Central America, only North and South America.
Thanks for your comment, I appreciate the interesting insight!
Steph

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8 Michelle March 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Love what you are doing! Happy there are clever people out there like you. Thanks for letting us travel along with. Happy trails and travels!

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9 Stephanie Walsh April 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

Why thank you very much! Thats lovely of you to say! 🙂 Make sure to keep traveling with us! 😉

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10 Lynn Gilmartin May 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

I’ve just spent about 15 minutes clicking around here after stumbling upon your Mexico City post. I adore your website! I love your openness about ‘the experiment’, and that you’ve taken the risk to follow your dreams. That’s what life is all about 🙂 Congrats!! You are both such an inspiration. LG xx
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11 Stephanie Walsh July 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Wow thank you so much Lynn! You have no idea how motivating and heart-warming it is to get such lovely a comment like yours. I can sometimes get demotivated with blogging (hence taking so long to reply to you…sorry!) but knowing there’s even one person who finds what we are doing useful and inspiring makes it all worth it! Thank you! X

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12 Hitch-Hikers' Handbook November 22, 2013 at 2:59 am

Lovely blog, guys! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!
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13 Liz February 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

Amazing blog, guys. I am Colombian (I left the country when I was 11 yrs old to live in New York, and visited only once). I’ve learn so much about my home country just by reading your blog. I love to travel, too but not the right way (I do it for work). Hopeful one day I get to do it for fun 🙂

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14 Kelly M April 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hey guys,

I came across this site just wanting to find out more about my home country; I left Colombia at the age of 10 and have lived in Florida since (I am 20). I love seeing your pictures and reading about your tips and adventures. Keep up the great work, keep traveling and informing us about your journeys. Best of luck in everything!!!!

Have you guys traveled to Medellin??

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15 fredy llanos gonzales July 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm

es para mi un nuevo reto y me interesa lograr los objetivos con pasion y difundir por el MUNDO , atte FREDY LLANOS CUSCO MACHUPICCHU

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16 cami April 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm

i am doing a research project about Colombia and i was wondering when your copyright date is, and when your date access is for this website.

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17 George G. Fries August 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Your message was inspiering to my wife and me. Thank you for sharing your joy!

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18 Lailanie Fronda August 23, 2016 at 12:34 am

Hi there!

It’s great to have bumped into your blog virtually! I’m fascinated! Glad to have known your journey. I’m following! Carpe Diem!

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