"What we decide to do in the face of adversity
is perhaps the truest measure of character."

Ian Usher

Ian Usher

In 2000, English-born Ian married and moved to Australia. When the marriage dissolved several years later, Ian made international headlines when he sold his”entire life” on eBay in 2008.

He followed up with a travel adventure, wandering the world for a period of 100 weeks, armed with a bucket list of 100 goals.

At the end of his journey he settled in Canada for a while, then using Walt Disney’s money from the purchase of the film rights to his book “A Life Sold”, Ian bought a small Caribbean island off the coast of Panama. It was while living here that he met his partner Vanessa.

Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa too has lived a life less ordinary.

In 2013, after a chance meeting in London,
she visited Ian on his island in Panama.

The two week vacation became a lifestyle choice,
when she decided not to return to London.

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Blog posts


“Where does the money come from?”

I’ve featured recently in a couple of press articles. The West Australian, a Perth-based newspaper, has run several articles in...
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“Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild”

In late 2013 Ben Fogle and the crew from UK TV show “New Lives in the Wild” came to visit...
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“A Life Unlimited” – TED talk at TEDxVienna

I was very flattered to be invited to speak at TEDx in Vienna in November 2013. The theme for the...
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The Keys to the World

For a few years now I have felt that I have somehow stumbled upon one of life’s biggest secrets. I...
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Professional westerners

Just last week we received a very unusual offer. Could we be professional jewellery designers for an hour?!! A very...
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China is AMAZING

Did I say that before? China is AMAZING. Forget any preconceived notions of this being a poor, backward, oppressed communist...
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Welcome to China

China is AMAZING – I can’t really think of any better word to express our experiences of the past couple...
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Course completed – China here we come!

Vanessa had arranged another house-sit for us in Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham. We had two lovely cats to look...
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“Young People’s Champion”

After a couple of weeks of intensive study in Reading we set of on a whistle-stop train tour of the...
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Getting to grips with grammar

Our first stop in England was Reading, where we had the opportunity to house-sit a lovely little flat overlooking the...
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Back in England… what next?

Having dropped the RV off at PPL Motorhomes a couple of days earlier, Brad drove us to the airport in...
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End of the journey

We dropped down out of the mountains towards Denver, where we had arranged to meet with friends Val and Eric,...
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