My name is +Ryan Gargiulo and I’m a full-time blogger, freelance writer, WordPress geek, wannabe photographer, GoPro enthusiast, adrenaline seeker, fitness fanatic, foodie, lover of street art and world traveler hailing from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. I’m 29 years old and I’m currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
It was fall of 2007 when I decided that I needed to make some changes in my life. I was working at a small IT company as a Computer Technician and while it was a great learning experience, it was a job that I dreaded showing up to each morning. To make matters worse, I had just gone through a rough break up and I was in desperate need of a new perspective on life.
On 9/9/07, I booked a one-way ticket from Boston to Dublin, Ireland. I had no clue what I would do once I reached Ireland but I knew that clicking the “Book Now” button would bring me one step closer to towards the change I was looking for.
After hitting that “Book Now” button, my mind was strictly focused on my upcoming trip. I dreamt of the day of my departure often. I looked forward to leaving my old life behind and arriving in a place that was so foreign to me.
Two months and two days later I met Liz through a mutual friend at a bar. If there was two things that I was least interested in at the time it would be meeting a new woman, and meeting a new woman at a bar.
We met, we flirted, we clicked and we began to hang out a hell of a lot more often than a guy who wanted absolutely nothing to do with women could have ever imagined.
Fast forward to April 20th, 2008, just one day after my 25th birthday, and I was embarking on what would be my first solo backpacking trip. I was thrilled, excited, nervous, yet optimistic.
I spent the first few weeks hanging with family in Ireland, followed by a whirlwind of a bus tour that took me through 15+ countries across Europe in what seemed like 10 minutes when looking back on it.
Once the bus tour finished up, I spent some time traveling around Italy and eventually made my way to Dubrovnik, Croatia where I met up with Liz. We spent three weeks traveling around Europe together, visiting Croatia, Montenegro, Spain and Ireland.
After three months of travel and reflecting, I was a changed man. I still remember the day that I realized that travel would forever be a part of my life like it was yesterday.
There we were, dining on the balcony of our rented apartment overlooking the old city of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea below. I spoke confidently while the words rolled effortlessly off my tongue…
“I may be heading home, but this isn’t the last of my travels…”
It’s been five years and thirty-something countries since I first uttered those words.
- I have traveled to over 30+ countries and counting over the course of the last 5 years. [See my Travel Map]
- In 2012, I cycled the Pacific Coast of the United States (1,700 mi) from Seattle, WA to Mexico on a vintage 1985 Trek 520 bicycle.
- I jumped from the top of the World Cup Stadium in South Africa and survived to tell the story. [See: Big Rush]
- I spotted the Big 5 in Kruger National Park.
- I learned to surf monster waves in Fiji
- I survived an incredibly scary accident in the Sahara Desert
- I’m a tech geek. I mean, just take a look at my travel packing list.
- I wrote an 11,000 word guide titled: How to Start a Blog for Under $100.
- I’m incredibly passionate about Travel, Adventure and Fitness.
PAUSE THE MOMENT
Pause The Moment is the Ultimate Travel & Adventure Blog that inspires its readers to break out of their comfort zones and experience everything this wonderful world has to offer.
WHAT WE DO
We specialize in producing high quality content which covers a wide variety of travel related topics including Around the World Travel, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel, Luxury Travel, Travel Tips & Advice, Travel Inspiration, Travel Photography, Gear Recommendations, Accommodation Reviews, Product Reviews and so much more!
WHY CHOOSE PAUSE THE MOMENT?
Over the course of the last few years, we have had the honor of working with some amazing companies, both small and large.
As a Brand Ambassador and Digital Influencer for brands such as SOYJOY, Haagen-Dazs, CordCruncher, Marriott, and Microsoft, we have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and understanding of how brands and blogging can work hand in hand in order to promote a wide variety of destinations, products, and services.
We’re all about quality here at Pause The Moment and we won’t settle for anything less. We assume your business feels the same way.
We are constantly on the look out for new companies to work with. If your destination, brand or product is interested in working with Pause The Moment, please feel free to contact us.
Pause The Moment has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the travel, food, and electronics industries. We promote the best places to eat, play and stay around the globe.
We’re interested in working with destinations and brands who understand how valuable influential bloggers can be to their businesses.
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