Hey, I’m Shyrwyn!

It all started on November 30th, 2015 when I left my corporate job. After 4.5 years working as an IT Project Manager in Paris, I realized that the IT career wasn’t for me. But if it didn’t suit me, what would, then?

That’s why, instead of finding a new job, I decided to have a break and travel in South America.

On December 6th, 2015 I flew for my first long-term solo trip (ever!) to an unknown country. Brazil. I gave myself 4 months to figure things out.

My plan was to have 4 months of “me time”

I would do whatever I wanted to do like:

  • Riding a horse: check!
  • Volunteering work: check!
  • Spending New Year’s Eve in Rio: check!
  • Visiting Machu Picchu: check!
  • Going to a tango class in Argentina: check!
  • Traveling to Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Chile: 4 out of 5 check! 🙂

Yes I haven’t been to Bolivia because something unexpected happened…

I fell in love with a Brazilian


I wasn’t prepared for it, though. At first, I would hold myself back. I didn’t want to fall in love. I thought I wasn’t ready for a new relationship. But once I stopped resisting my feelings and accepted them, a new journey began for me.

  • Feb 2016: We decided to work together on launching an online coaching business;
  • Feb 2016: We hitchhiked 2000km in Brazil to arrive in Peru and visit the Machu Picchu;
  • April-June 2016: We settle down 2 months in Portugal at his aunt’s in Armação de Pera;
  • June 15th 2016: We started our 6-month trip in Asia;
  • September 2016: We decided to give up on our online coaching business and focus on something else;

On this journey, filled with successes and failures, I learned a lot about myself and it makes me even more hungry for new challenges!

What will you find on this blog?

I started this blog on December 27th, 2015 while I was in São Paulo. So the first articles will talk mostly about why I quit my job and how I ended up alone in Brazil.

Then I wrote about my experience and lessons learned in South America with some tips like how to visit Machu Picchu on a budget or how to make the best Caipirinha.

Click here to read more travel tips

Since I was in Asia for 5 months, you’ll read essentially budget posts:




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And from time to time, some travel diaries:

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How to contact me?

You can shoot me a message at shyrwyn@whereisshy.com

Also, you can find me on my other blog Shyrwyn.com, Medium, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.