The Planet DDave and Deb are not only married, but bill themselves as Canada’s Adventure Couple. Since 2008, they have lived their motto that “Adventure is for Everyone,” not just those who’ve spent a lifetime preparing and training. They’ve explored over 80 countries across all 7 continents with adventures like Summitting Kilamanjaro, Everest Base Camp, cycling the length of Africa, driving in the Mongol Rally, and that’s just to name a few. Truly the stuff of legend. You can read about it all, book custom tours, and destination advice at

While they enjoyed their work, they weren’t fulfilled by their careers, and the film industry didn’t thrill them. They both knew they didn’t want to spend the rest of their lives saving for retirement, just to be happy when their 65. They wanted it now.

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“Travel was never something we pursued to change ourselves. That just came naturally.”

“I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life saving for retirement, just to be happy when I’m 65. I wanted it now.”

In this episode, we cover…

  • How to stop being an armchair traveler and let travel help you enjoy life more
  • How a trip to Thailand improved their relationship and changed their lives. And how travel can be a kind of therapy, whether you think you need it or not. Dave and Deb use new and different adventures to keep the spark going.
  • How your travels can define you, more than your career, by challenging you to become the best versions of yourself, who you are inside.
  • Why they challenge themselves to do things like snowshoe 100 kilometers while pulling all their gear on sleds, using traditional snowshoes and sleeping in a yurt in freezing, sub-zero temperatures.
  • Why adventure can be for everyone, not just people with training, and how to crush that mentality. Why Ontario has a lot to offer travelers who seek adventure of all levels
  • How to find the best local tour operators, rather than getting stuck on a commercial tour with a hundred people.

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Music credit: Intrepid Journey by Aaron Static

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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.