As you can imagine, I get all sorts of questions about all kinds of topics. It is here on this page that I will attempt to answer the questions that I get asked most frequently.
Please keep the questions coming because as they say, there are no stupid questions!
Q: How can you afford to travel the world without a full-time job?
A: I once had a full-time job where I earned a decent, middle-class salary compared to others in my home country. What set me apart from others is that I did not frivolously spend every penny I earned on the newest piece of technology, gadget, clothing or automobile. Instead, I drove a 12-year old car, cooked my own meals (mostly) and brought my lunch to work just about every day. By doing so I was able to save a good portion of every paycheck, make wise investments and plan for my eventual departure from North America. Add that up over the course of a many years and here I am writing this blog from a cafe in Cambodia with no plans to return “home” anytime soon.
With the internet available from just about every corner of the globe, I have the ability to take on consulting projects in the learning and performance sector. It also helps to have a TESOL/TEFL certificate as it allows me to teach the English language to learners around the world and currently I'm doing just that in Phuket, Thailand. Lastly, I also have plans to generate revenue from my photography business.
Q: Do you have a good camera?
A: I laugh on the inside when I hear this questions but only because my passion for taking pictures started when I took a course in college on B&W film photography, and that was (gulp!) just about 20 years ago. Since then I have had several "good" cameras, made the transition to digital, and today I am traveling with multiple cameras for different purposes. My D-SLR of choice is the Canon 5D Mark II , and I also sometimes utilize my GoPro HERO4 Black. In addition, I carry my iPhone 5 with me everywhere and that takes a pretty good picture too, in my opinion.
Q: Where are you off to next?
A: I have a motto that goes like this: “Always have a plan but be flexible.” That being said, I never plan too far in advance because you never know when the next opportunity of a lifetime will present itself. You can check out the section of my website titled Next Up for details of my upcoming travel adventures.
Q: How many countries have you been to?
A: To date, I have had the pleasure of visiting 32 countries and countless cities on this beautiful planet. In addition, I have been to all 50 states in the USA.
Q: Of all the places you've been, where is your favorite?
A: Believe it or not, I don't have a good answer for this question. I actually have a favorite thing about each place I've visited so it's hard to pinpoint a favorite place. Some places I love because of the amazing food, others because of the culture and the local people I've met during my visit, and some because they are so visually stunning that they leave me speechless. I'll think about this question a bit more and update my answer when the time feels right.