Meet Andrew Walton

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ― Anita Desai

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Hi, I’m Andrew. I’m here to show you how to travel the world so you can have more fun, freedom, and adventure in your life. And if you’re really keen, I’ll even show you how it’s easier to make a living on the road than in your hometown.

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I’ve been traveling the world since 2013, and there’s no sign of slowing down.

For me, travel isn’t all about monuments and museums. It’s not about luxury resorts or minimalist backpacking. It’s not about reckless indulgence…or mind numbing frugality.

To me, travel is about two things: Freedom & opportunity.

It’s the freedom to pursue your passions.
It’s the opportunity to be authentic.
It’s the freedom to explore the strange, new, taboo, unexpected, and unconventional.
It’s the opportunity to achieve something great.

The reason I’m so passionate about travel and bringing this material to you is that once you free yourself from a conventional lifestyle with 9-to-5 workdays, monotony, and the struggle “to get ahead”, you’ll be able to spend more time on the things that really make life worthwhile.

Consider these 5 quick lessons as a small sampling of the life experience I’ve gained on the road:

  • Travel doesn’t have to be expensive
  • We don’t have to live the way others expect us to
  • We can do good things for ourselves and others at the same time
  • The world is friendlier and more open than we realize!
  • Adventures are worthwhile

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Where I’ve Been

Countries Visited: 19
Countries Lived In: (3 month minimum): 5
Cities Visited: ~85
Cities Lived in (1 month minimum): 8
Languages Learned: 3 (English, French, Russian).
Current Language: Mandarin Chinese

Backstory (About Me)

AJ & Chris travel
Early travel days – somewhere in British Columbia with my brother (I’m on the right)

Growing up I had the same sorts of vacations most people do. A week or two in some new and interesting place, following by the resuming of “normal life.”

I had been to both Canadian coasts by car, and even lived up in the Yukon for 1 year. That’s abut the same as going from Lisbon, Portugal, across Europe, through Turkey, and finally stopping in Tehran, Iran. So all things considered, I was very lucky.

But I’d never left the continent, nor been to a country where English wasn’t the dominant language.

In 2010, at the age of 22, that all changed.

I went to live with a friend in Calgary for a month – my first time living away from home.

From that point I was hooked.

I returned home just for long enough to plan my first overseas adventure – A trip that would take me to France, Italy, and Belgium for 3 months.

And finally, in July of 2013, the transformation was complete. I took off for good. I’ve been traveling our planet ever since.

Escape Velocity 101 (About the Blog)

On this blog you’ll find all the resources I use to travel longer, farther, cheper, and better – as well as the techniques and mindsets I employ on the road. My hope is that you’ll use these tools on your own adventures.

Here’s where you can start:

Language Hacking

As a future polyglot, I also write about the language learning process and how we can do it better. Having studied multiple languages both in academic settings and independently, taught countless students over the last 11 years and across 3 continents, I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t, and break it down for you here.

Check out: Language Guides & The Polyglot Challenge – unconventional guides for speaking a new language in 3-6 months.


To me, building a business is a perfect way to express one’s inner creative drive, one’s passion. Even though this often has financial implications, it doesn’t have to. For example, I’ve started a personal development website from which all revenues go to charity water. This also gives my travel an additional purpose!

Since money is such an important part of our lives, I also have some material that covers the making and managing of money. Money should be a source of joy and empowerment – not fear and anxiety. Mastering this tool has given me even more freedom to travel, learn languages, and build this very blog you’re reading now.

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You want to know more? Okay fine here are a few of my possibly impressive or interesting achievements:

  • My writing has been read by more than 500,000 people online.
  • I ran a marathon once – without doing any training.
  • I’m in the top 10% of chess players worldwide (source:
  • I got into a university jazz-guitar program after playing for only 2 years.
  • I can hold my breath for 4.5 min and juggle a soccer ball over 1000x
  • I love writing limericks and have a nice collection of ~70 stored away