Author: Ryan Astaphan

Ryan’s mother, a New York-born Jew, chose to study abroad in Spain and in Mexico while she was earning her undergraduate degree. Ryan’s father, a native of St. Kitts in the Caribbean, moved away from home at 16 to study medicine in Canada.

Like all families, Ryan’s wasn’t perfect as a child. The stress of life became too much for him until he found an outlet in sports. Playing sports became an integral part of Ryan’s life early in elementary school, and it was all he wanted to do with his life.

While studying at the University of Florida, Ryan tore his ACL (a ligament in the knee crucial to stabilization) in a rec-league soccer game. In total, between 2006 and 2009 Ryan his ACL three times. He was unable to play sports. With the injuries Ryan lost one of the greatest sources of joy in his life.

After earning his degree in History, Ryan drifted about for a few years in menial jobs. Other than a desire to be a pro-athlete, Ryan never had any true direction of what he wanted to do in his life. He didn’t want to be a dentist like his mother, nor did he want to follow in his father’s footsteps – a man who earned three total post-graduate degrees in dentistry, oral surgery, and anesthesiology. Ryan was adrift at sea with no paddle.

In 2010, a major event in Ryan’s life changed him forever. He awoke him from a daze and had him realizing that life is too fleeting not to live out your dreams. It was then that he decided to set out on a magnificent trip through Asia. On his trip Ryan kept a journal. Upon returning he transformed that journal into Travelphan.