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Avid Nomad Travel Agency

Connecting curious travelers with meaningful travel experiences

I help curious travelers explore, and connect with destinations on a deeper level

Avid Nomad Traveler

If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t get everything you wanted out of your trip, it’s because it wasn’t designed with you in mind. 

Experiential travel is a highly personal endeavor, but with the infinite amount of information out there online, it’s difficult to trust the authenticity of the source. Is what you’re reading accurate? Is that particular travel brand or company going to suit your personal travel style?
And with all of the ‘deals’ and ‘promotions’ inundating your social media feed, while they may be tempting to snap up, you are a guest whose vacation deserves highly personalized attention and care, you’re not just another sale. 
Let me show you how great it feels when a professional does the heavy lifting, and provide you with a vacation that reflects everything you’ve dreamed of 
Expert travel planning

South America Spotlight: 5 Less-Traveled Destinations Perfect for First Time Travelers

South America is one of the most exciting, spectacular, life-changing continents to visit, yet there are so many myths and misconceptions that prevent travelers from putting it on their bucket list.


From Cartagena’s bougainvillea-covered balconies to the staggering glacial views of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Argentina, don’t let its size intimidate you, South America is teeming with dreamy, inspiring landscapes, cultural richness, ancient kingdoms, and just about anything your imagination can conjure up.

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Europe and South America can be two of the most overwhelming continents to plan a trip to. Their sheer size and diversity give you more opportunities than you know what to do with, which is why it’s so important to work with a professional who has extensive on-the-ground experience.


I will help you overcome any hesitations you may have about traveling to these destinations by sharing my knowledge, tapping into my personal network of pre-vetted suppliers, and showing you my passion for these incredible places


For many, flying in and flopping on a beach doesn’t satisfy that desire for deep, meaningful experiences. As an avid traveler and expert who has lived in various countries around the world, I enjoy helping my clients learn how to connect with local culture, history, and how to tap into the local way of life.


My clients know that when they book with me, they’re receiving the very best in care; Reliable pre and post-trip support, up-to-date knowledge, and real-time updates. Traveling has never been more complicated and it’s important, now more than ever, to have a professional you can lean on to help your trip go off without a hitch.

The world of travel has never been so complicated and confusing. Your life is already full of stress, distractions, and obstacles, your vacation should be a break from the norm. I will counsel, advise and help you feel more confident about every vacation you take

Inspiring Itineraries

Turkey and Asia Travel Agent

At the confluence of the European and Asian continents, Turkey is the keeper of ancient history, culture, art, and literature. Spend two days exploring Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, and various other well-known sites across this 1700-year-old city.

South America Travel Agent

This privately guided journey takes wine lovers and connoisseurs to the heart of Chile’s wine-growing region. Chile is the world’s biggest producer of the Carménère grape. 

 Colombia and Brazil Travel Agent

Come explore Colombia’s verdant, jungle-entangled mountains, bustling colonial capitals, and experience the layered mosaic that is Colombian culture. This journey show’s off Colombia’s iconic cities.

Spain and Europe Travel Agent

This two-week itinerary whisks you away to some of Spain’s most historic villages, wind-swept beaches, colorful capital cities, and quaint countryside landscapes. Check off a few more boxes on your list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with no less than eight included on this trip.

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Every great vacation starts with a phone consultation. We would love to get to know you and what you want in your next vacation.

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We will put together your personalized proposal, from there we fine tune and perfect your itinerary. 

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As you get excited for your vacation. We will continue to monitor flights, tours and accommodations and advise you of any important information about your vacation. We are also there to answer your question pre, during and post vacation.

How we work…

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Schedule a Travel Consultation

Let’s connect and discuss your travel goals. This is an opportunity for you to share your detailed travel plans, and for me to discuss how I can help you bring them to fruition.


Once we get all of the formalities out of the way like service fees and timelines, I’ll hop off the call and get to work.

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Research, Plan & Present

This is where you get to kick back and relax and let me do the heavy lifting. I will design and electronically deliver two-three customized itineraries based on your specific requests, preferences, and investment. 

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Confirm, Finalize & Get Packing!

Pretty easy so far, right? Next, all you have to do now is choose your favorite itinerary, let me know if you need any amendments, and confirm with payment. Rest assured, I’ll be in the background making sure all of the last-minute details are taken care of so your trip is incredible.

Meet Ryan Cowden

Giving you the confidence to explore and enjoy destinations in a different way.

Hi there, my name is Ryan Cowden and I am the founder and owner of Avid Nomad Travel.

I’ve always looked at the world a bit differently, from a young age. When I was 7 years old, my grandparents gifted me a Jr. Almanac, igniting my curiosity for life beyond the threshold of my childhood home. I fell in love with everything from geography, culture, classical engineering, and nature. And as I grew older, I realized the gene for a quiet, sedentary life had passed me over. And when the time came for me to get out there to explore, I leaped at the chance, and travel became a lifelong, interactive education. 

Avid Nomad Travel was founded to help travelers step out of their comfort zones by introducing them to new landscapes, cultures, and experiences. I work hard to create truly unique travel experiences for clients from diverse backgrounds including LGBTQ travelers. So whether you’re a novice adventurer, a seasoned jet-setter or you just need to escape, I will work with you to create a personalized itinerary that includes experiences that will fuel your own passions, desires, and curiosities.

Travel Agent for Chicago and the Midwest
Avid Nomad Traveler Istanbul

Dreamworthy Destinations


What our clients are saying

"Ryan did an amazing job in helping me plan my trip and his suggestions were great. He ensured all my flights and train connections ran smoothly from Los Angeles to Berlin, Potsdam, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and Budapest. 

Not only did I feel safe traveling alone but he also checked in with me to ensure everything was going well. The accommodations were great and I stayed within my budget. Many thanks and I will definitely check with you for my next adventure. So glad our paths have crossed."

Julie - El Segundo, CA

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