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Colin Ward

Trip Planner

It isn't a revolutionary new idea to do what makes you happy, cliche I know, but it seems to be overlooked by so many people. Its hard to find a job or a lifestyle that allows you to just have fun doing what makes you happy when your favorite things include Snowboarding, Surfing, Hiking, Biking, Rafting, Kayaking, Scuba diving, Rock climbing, Frisbee, Hamocking, Partying, etc. But it seems I am doing it, I have somehow managed to swap lives - I used to work hard all year either in school or at work making money and paying bills looking foreword to my next trip and now it seems that that trip or holiday has become my life. I couldn't be happier that I have found a lifestyle that supports me spending the majority of my conscious hours doing my favorite things... how many people get to say that?

People often ask me how I am able to continue traveling year after year, for some it is difficult to conceptualize leaving their life at home for life on the road, living out of a backpack and making plans as opportunities present themselves. The biggest reason that travel has become so sustainable for me is pretty easily summed up as the Free and Easy Family.  They are everywhere and they all seem to be addicted to traveling, so while I may rarely get to see my family and friends at home I am fortunate enough to have an infinite extended family that never seems to go home either, and I couldn't be more grateful for the community of travelers that seem to assemble all over the world time after time. The overall open, happy, loving and understanding mindsets of the Free and Easy family and so many of our friends is very contagious and seems to have spread to create a community of great friends bonded through travel and amazing experiences.

I enjoy being apart of Free and Easy because it is such an interesting company, there are constantly so many new ideas popping up and new projects being worked on. The interest, enthusiasm, and creativity that flows through everyone's minds is a constant inspiration that seems to create a non stop cycle of fun and happiness that draws in more positive and inspirational people and ideas. Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid and I never felt better. My role with Free and Easy has been very exciting, having the opportunity to be a part of developing some of our newer trips - the LTC (Laos, Northern Thailand, and Cambodia), Nicaragua and most recently Indonesia. I have been able to watch Free and Easy adapting and developing into what it is today and I am grateful to have shared countless amazing adventures with so many amazing people. I look foreward to the coming years that will hopefully maintain my expectations of greatness!

See you soon,


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Curtis "Cee" Smith Rob Campbell Chad Smith Slice "sly" Johnson J.T Wiechnik Tania Leszczynski Jeff Emmett Ben Copeland Tadd MacKenna Chris Sherry Dusty Anderson Rory Chappelle John Early Patrick Taclob Carrie Robinson Dominic Faint Ben Godfrey Cody Webber Kyle Stephens Alyson George Alana Radford Evan Bachman John DeVries Orry Mevorach Josh Fink Toni Sweetland Landan Waite James O'Brien Evan Gailey Luke Helland Kyle Wright Karina Montagnese Eden Osmar Paige Burns Delaney Royer Riley Hill Jimi Doohan Ben Marsh Chelsea Autor Sam Wright Marielle Ryckman Jasmin Neve