Ryan Gargiulo

Hey, I’m Ryan.

I’m a location independent blogger, digital influencer and world traveler with a serious passion for the sun, the sea and adventure.

My current home base is in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, a town that was once known as a small fishing village on the edge of the Caribbean which now happens to be the fastest growing city in Latin America.

Nowadays I enjoy spending 8 or so months of the year in Mexico (late fall, winter and spring) and spending the summer months in Europe. I mean, can you blame me?

My Story

In April of 2008, just one day after my 24th birthday, I jetted off to Dublin, Ireland to start what would be my first solo backpacking trip through Europe.

I spent 3 months bouncing around the continent and being the absolute newbie of a traveler that I was at the time, I ended up blowing $10,000 dollars over the course of the trip.

Yeah, I know. I definitely blew some serious cash. But, I also learned a lot in the process.

A lot about myself. A lot about others. A lot about travel. And, well, a lot about life in general.

While my first big backpacking trip ended up costing me a pretty penny, I had no idea that the experience would be one that would change my life forever.

You see, I met a lot of people during those three months.

A lot of people who inspired me.

You know how they say there’s always a guy that’s stronger, faster, and tougher than you? It’s true.

Maybe not in the literal sense of the phrase but I’ll tell you, I really thought I was the coolest guy on Earth because I was spending 3 months backpacking around Europe.

That was until I met people that had been on the road for years.

Meeting these people from all walks of life that were continually traveling was not only incredibly inspiring for me but also pretty mind blowing at the same time.

With that, I left Europe wanting more.

After returning home and settling back into the rat race, everyday that passed seemed to be in slow motion.

I knew what I wanted. I wanted to take another trip of a lifetime. Only this time I would tackle the world.

On May 10th, 2010, just twenty-three months after returning from Europe, I walked into work and officially gave my notice.

I had just spent twenty three months of my life working my tail off, taking advantage of every single opportunity for overtime. At the same time, I also ran a small side business buying, fixing and reselling laptop computers on Craigslist.

At that point I had sacrificed so much of my social life that my friends stopped calling me.

They knew better. I was working.

What they didn’t know is that I was working towards a goal and that goal was to save up enough money so that I wouldn’t have to put a return date on my next big trip.

On June 5th, 2010 I officially set off on an around the world trip that I thought would last 6 months to 1 year.

Once again, I had yet another life changing experience that left me wanting more.

The last time around I was somewhat forced to go home due to having insufficient funds to continue on.

Not this time my friends. I was on a mission.

A mission to turn this trip into a lifestyle. And, I did just that.

What is Pause The Moment?

Pause The Moment is like my first born child. It’s my baby. It’s my life. It’s the reason why I’m able to do what I do today.

It all came to fruition back on March 13th, 2008, just 5 weeks before I was set to head off on my first Euro backpacking trip.

At the time, I thought I would use the site to document my trip and keep my parents in the loop without having to call them everyday. It was also a place that I could store my photos, stories and other memories so that I could look back on them at some point years down the line.

Little did I know how horrible of a writer I was at the time though. I mean, you could potentially go back and read some of my prehistoric blog entries from 2008 but it’s not something I really recommend you waste your time on.

Fast forward to 2010 and Pause The Moment was back online. I began blogging again a few months prior to taking off on my around the world trip and it seemed as if more and more people were interested in why in the world this wacko from Massachusetts was flying on a one-way trip to Egypt. They were intrigued to say the least.

I continued blogging through the end of 2010 and it wasn’t until I received my first few dollars of advertising income in January of 2011 that I realized I might actually be able to make a few bucks from blogging.

From that point on things snowballed. The traffic to my site was steadily growing as was my following.

I was on to something. Something bigger than I had ever imagined.

So what exactly is Pause The Moment these days?

Pause The Moment is a inspirational travel blog with a focus on adventure travel, location independence and more importantly living life to the fullest.

The site is used as a travel resource for those who are interested learning new ways to travel more often, more adventurously and more affordably.

Here you’ll find unique and informative articles, stories, photos and videos which cover everything from travel tips, to travel hacks, destination guides and so much more.

Work With Me

Over the course of the last five years, I’ve teamed up with some of the biggest brands in the travel, entertainment, technology and food industries to help promote the best places to eat, play and stay around the globe.

Interested in working with me? Reach out!

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