Samuel’s story is unlike most blogs that I’ve read. He never had a cubicle to escape from and he has been travelling and working around Asia for quite some time.
He has been documenting his travels in video and have been posting it in Youtube for awhile. Recently, he also started his own travel blog to share to fellow travel enthusiasts his adventures and learnings on the road.
Get to know samuel more and follow his adventure at Nomadic Samuel.
Here’s my short interview with Samuel.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“I discovered my passion for travelling after teaching English in South Korea. To live abroad in another country was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I felt so stimulated and alive having the chance to experience a culture so radically different from my own. Everything I thought I knew about the world and society in general was shifted after that experience and I realized I was eager to find out what other destinations had to offer. I remember near the end of my contract spending my evenings researching online and watching youtube travel videos as a way to further stimulate my desire for travel as I saved as hard as I could. I couldn’t even sleep the night before I started my first backpacking adventures in South East Asia. It wasn’t that I was afraid. I was literally just that excited about it even before I began.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“I was once robbed in Montevideo, Uruguay by a man wielding a knife. He crept up from behind me pressing his knife against my throat providing me with with no real options for recourse. I remember just feeling how helpless I was at that moment. A flick of his wrist and my life could have easily been over. Luckily all he wanted was my wallet and once I handed it over to him he took off immediately. Ironically, at the time, I had very little money in it and no credit cards or any other valuables that would have been of any use for him. In the end, I only lost the equivalent of $20; however, I felt so violated by the experience and it took me a while before I could shake it off mentally.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“The best travel experience I’ve ever had was when I visited India for the first time. I had previously had a lot of experience backpacking and I was finding the routine of travel becoming a little bit stale; however, when I touched down in Delhi the game suddenly changed and I felt my passion for backpacking rekindled almost instantly. I realized that India was unlike any other destination I’ve ever visited in my entire life. It’s just a total assault on the senses in both a positive & negative manner. I’ve often explained to others that I think more is going on in India than the rest of the world combined.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“Travel has opened up an entire new realm of possibilities in terms of what I feel is possible for myself and others. Travel has taught me to think outside of the box and to realize that life is undeniably brief & time is the most valuable commodity I have left in my life. I realize that I don’t ‘have’ to be doing anything in particular with my life and that the popular opinion of others is not necessarily the path I ought to be following. Most importantly, I’ve come to realize that travel is a passion that can be shared by others of all age groups from diverse backgrounds. I’ve often met mature travellers who seem to be enjoying themselves as much – if not more- than the younger crowd.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I think what keeps me motivated is the excitement of something new. Whenever I visit new places I feel stimulated by the fresh surroundings, attractions and adventures waiting just around the corner. I find a typical travel day is quite often not nearly as routine as a normal day back home. I could find myself wandering through a fascinating bazaar, hiking up a serene mountain or getting invited in to a locals house for tea and snacks. I just never know what is going to happen and for somebody who doesn’t fancy routine this is constantly refreshing and fuels my desire to keep going.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“I’d have to give a call up to my buddy Ewan McGregor who I’ve got listed on speed-dial 😛 Honestly, he’s one of the few celebrities that I know of that has done a real adventurous journey abroad and I would fancy having him sponsor our trip and purchase some nice toys (great motorcycles, etc) that we could use to cover territory. I’d also appreciate if he’d pick up the tab for meals, drinks and accommodations :P”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“My favourite place on earth is actually a region and not a specific country. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with SE Asia. It’s the region I keep returning to over and over again & I’ve honestly never got tired of being there. I think it has a lot to do with the culture, people, cuisine and weather; moreover, I just find my money stretches so well in the region and I don’t feel as though I have to pinch pennies whenever I want to do something interesting. If I can ever manifest my dreams of living a location independent lifestyle I can see myself being based here semi-permanently.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“My best tip for a newbie traveller would be to not make too many concrete plans with his/her first itinerary abroad. Unless there are serious time constraints, I recommend doing less and seeing more. What I mean by that exactly is that I feel most new travellers have a sense they have to see and do it all in one journey. Instead of spending time in local markets, cafes and wandering down fascinating alleys a typical newbie traveller is checking off the highlighted sections in a guidebook and then moving on to the next destination. I find that by slowing down you get to absorb more of the culture and increase your chances of having meaningful interactions with locals that might lead to lifelong friendships.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“I think the most absurd thing I’ve ever done while travelling was riding an ostrich. I had been on quite a roll having ridden a horse, elephant and camel multiple times. When I noticed the ostrich rides in Dalat, Vietnam I just had to try it out once. As soon as I got on its back it was almost as if it told me, “You want a ride. I’ll give you the ride of your life!” as it tore around the pen trying to buck me off its back. I honestly thought I was riding a bull and I was just barely able to hang on. I tried to play it cool and not look like I was scared but I nearly felt I was going to have a heart-attack. The operators asked me if I wanted to go for another spin and I hollered, “No, get me off of this thing!” LOL”
What do you think about yourself?
“I would describe myself as being somewhat of an eccentric individual that has an incurable affliction of wanderlust. I believe that over the years I’ve become more open minded and less judgemental while still retaining my quirky sense of humour. I think travel has been nothing but a positive experience for me in my life and I feel as though I have a better understanding of others and diverse situations given my experiences abroad.”
My blog is travel site that features a daily travel photo & video frequently along with articles based on quirky travel tales, travel tips, motivational guides, teaching English overseas, photo essays and photography tips. I’ve set a very high goal of making 1000 posts or donating $1000 to charity over the course of 365 days (before next Canada Day) so my blog will be very active for those who take an interest to the materials I’m posting. I have six years worth of experiences to share and I’m excited about the current projects that I’m working on. – Samuel Jeffery
Photo Credits: All pics provided by Samuel Jeffrey