Thanks for stopping by. We're Dave and Deb, the smiling faces behind The Planet D. We want to help you achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams.
If you are anything like we were 8 years ago you are feeling overwhelmed, overworked and just plain exhausted. We know the feeling.
We were caught in the rat race, feeling trapped by our lives and constantly searching for something more. We have been married for 20 years and have always lived a life less ordinary. But it wasn't until 2008 that we finally found what we had been searching for all along...our passion. That passion turned out to be travel. And it paid off too! We've not only been able to make a living out of our travels, we have also won several awards and have had the opportunity to work with some of the largest travel brands and companies as spokespeople and brand ambassadors.
ThePlanetD wins SATW (Society of American Travel Writer's) Travel Blog of the Year. National Geographic comes in second place.
So we started The Planet D with the hope of inspiring people to step out of their comfort zone and realize their potential. That is what travel has done for us.
We live by the motto "Adventure is for Everyone" because we believe that you don't have to be an uber-athlete, adrenaline junkie or a part of the ultra rich to be an adventurer! All you need is the desire to achieve something more.
When we look back on the way we were living our lives, we see that the signs were always there we just were too busy to acknowledge them.
That all changed back in 2007 when we took a giant leap out of our comfort zone that changed our lives. What we were unaware of is that this change had been brewing for many years - we just didn’t realize it.
How it all Started
It was only a year into our relationship that we relocated from Toronto to Vancouver to pursue our dreams of being famous musicians. While things didn't exactly go as planned, we did fall into the booming film business instead. Dave as a Rigging Gaffer and Deb as a Make-Up Artist. It was after moving back to Toronto, that we decided to buy a house and focus on our careers. The Toronto Film Industry was busy back then, and summers were spent working on Hollywood Blockbusters as part of the crew. Dave worked on films like X-Men, Chicago and The Incredible Hulk. We ended up working 14 to 16 hour days and dreaming of next vacation.
Having months off at a time during the winter, we escaped the Canadian cold to explore such exotic lands as Asia, Africa, South and Central America.
When we first met, we had hopes and dreams. We were active and vibrant people. But over the years we lost that energy and found ourselves stuck in a rut. We were depressed and things started to fall apart. We didn’t inspire each other anymore.
But Thailand changed all that.
Soon, travel defined us more than our careers. In 2004 we took a seven month trip through South East Asia and knew that one day we would figure out a way to make travel a regular part of our lives. We brainstormed many ideas from becoming Dive Masters to owning a bar or running cycling tours. Nothing stirred a passion in us but we kept searching until we found what made us both happy. That turned out to be travel, writing, photography and each other.
It was signing up for the Tour d'Afrique, (the world's longest cycling race) in 2008 that was the catalyst for finally taking the leap to changing our lives and turning our passion into a full time career. We pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone and accomplished goals we thought would never be possible. Deb was women's champion of the race and Dave won the prestigious title of Cycling Every "Fabulous" Inch of Africa from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa.
We were buzzing after the race and found that our creativity levels were at an all time high. We started our travel blog right after and we continue to share our stories with the world.
Since Africa we have gone on to drive 14,000 km from London, England to Ulanbataar Mongolia in an ill suited car over rough terrain in the Mongol Rally, and we reached the bottom of the world as we explored Antarctica by kayak, on foot, and even camped on the continent.
Traveling as a Couple
We love being together. For years we searched for ways to work, travel and live together. We never thought we'd ever find a career we loved or a way to spend more time together. But by never settling and constantly looking for ways to have a better life, we have finally fulfilled our dreams.
We have travelled to over 100 countries on a all 7 continents together and learned a lot along the way. Now we want to share that knowledge with you. We want to show everyone that ordinary people can live extraordinary lives.
We aren't special, we aren't independently wealthy and we aren't superhuman. We are just two regular people who believed that everyone has the potential to live their dreams.
The Travel Blog
It has been 8 years since we started this journey and we still love every minute of it. It has reached far beyond our expectations and that is because of you, our readers.
We share our stories and photos with over 280,000 people monthly on the blog and engage with our 2.1 million plus followers on Social Media daily.
We recently won the Gold Medal for Best Travel Blog in both 2014 and 2015 and Best illustration of Travel by the Society of American Travel Writers and we have been fortunate enough to partner with brands that share our vision.
These companies also believe that everyone should be happy and reach for the stars. American Express has featured us as Real Life Potentialists where they encourage everyone to realize their potential and live the life they want. Expedia.com showcased our story in their ongoing Expedia Find Yours Campaign.
Travel changed our lives and we believe that if you are open to possibilities, travel can change yours too.
Our story has been featured in Lonely Planet, YahooTravel, National Geographic, BBC, The Huffington Post and many other international media outlets.
We created The Planet D to be not only a place for you to escape life's daily grind but a place to find inspiration so you can take that next step in your life.
We are here to show you:
- That it is possible to discover something new about yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone.
- That it is possible to show up in a place you have never been before and have life changing moments.
- That it is possible to have a thriving healthy relationship while traveling with the one you love.