21-year-old Adam Duffin from Portlaoise outlined his mission in an email to RTÉ, saying he wanted to show people how possible it is to travel widely on a budget.

Duffin joined Brendan Courtney on The Ryan Tubridy Show to talk about travel vlogging and how he realised his own travel dreams by working two jobs.

Splitting his time between working at a butchers and night shifts with An Post, Duffin has devoted himself to this routine so that he can hit more of his wish list destinations by January. Armed with a year's working visa for Australia, he's gearing up for a year of roaming.

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Duffin was bitten by the travel bug when at 17 he got the opportunity to travel to Livingstone in Zambia with his secondary school. During the day he and his fellow students taught in a local primary school, while in the evening they worked in Lubasi Home, an orphanage, where they spent time with the children.

"It was getting immersed in the culture, that was the idea of it, it was an immersion project", he says. "One day we got to go and help out in a clinic and you get brought to where the clinic is, basically outside somebody's house and you get chatting away.

"Their way of life is completely different, and I think that really really fascinated me."

From there, he decided to study wildlife biology, which ended up being a "short stint" of study, Duffin laughs. "It was during 2020 when I finished school and that was Covid years, so maybe that had an effect on it", he says. "But it was a science degree so I was just sat in front of the laptop for eight hours a day and that really didn't appeal to me."

After six weeks he knew it wasn't for him, and after a further two weeks finally left it to go travelling. With restrictions only starting to ease at that time, he stuck to exploring the corners of Ireland first armed with a GoPro and a drone.

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He was a complete beginner to this kind of work, he says. "The whole editing thing, I kind of get from my father. He's big into photography and things like that", he notes.

From there, he heads to Central America, which he settled on after Thailand – his first choice – halted applications for the visa. He touched down in Panama city on January 23. He travelled solo for two and a half months before a friend joined him in Guatemala.

"To be honest, I thought it was going to be worse", he says of travelling solo. "I thought I'd find myself on my own a lot more. Apart from YouTube videos and blog posts and things like that, it's very tough to prepare yourself for something like that because you don't know what it's going to be like."

From Panama, he travelled on through hostels where he gathered tips from fellow travellers.

Along the way, he learned more about keeping himself safe while journeying alone. "Especially when you get to places like El Salvador and Honduras that you know are kind of infamous, unfortunately, in the news.

"I would always say I treat it like I was going to Dublin. I know Portlaoise like the back of my hand so I'd have no problem strolling around Portlaoise at three o'clock in the morning. I wouldn't stroll around Dublin, even though it's still in Ireland and I know the country, ... on my own.

"I had no problems at all but there is that added risk, of the complete unknown", he says. He said his saving grace was hostels, where other people were incredibly helpful.

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Listening to the people who have travelled to where you want to go is his main safety tip, he says. "If you arrive in a place and you don't know what you're going to do, I would say attend a free walking tour. There are a few different apps for it", he adds, having used GuruWalks.

As for how he reassured his parents, he says "they were delighted to see me going and doing something I was really excited for. They were just happy for me, more than anything."

For the full interview, listen back here.