Gillian and Jason travelled the world last 2009. they’ve been to 14 countries during that trip and currently now back in Canada. They went to South America, Europe and Asia.
Will they set off again to see more? Find out by following them at One Giant Step.
Here’s Flip’s short interview with Gillian.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“Jason and I went on a three week trip to Greece in 2004 and loved the freedom of independent travel. We planned on taking a big trip every couple of years after that…but it never worked out. Finally in 2008 we decided that we wanted to take the mother of all trips….a one year around-the-world trip. There is no going back after a trip like that and we are still planning and scheming on how to keep travel as a big part of our lives.
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“For me it was in that 2004 Greece trip. We were on a sailboat and a storm cell whipped up and tossed the boat around like crazy. I didn’t know anything about boats, or sailing, and was convinced we were going to die. I don’t think I have ever been so terrified. I learned later that we weren’t actually in that much danger but it doesn’t change the memory of how that felt.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“The first month of our year away we were in Peru. We hiked the Inca Trail for four days to get to Machu Piccu. I will never forget the feeling of having just left home for a year and finding myself in the middle of the Andes; pure, unabashed joy. It’s like a drug and I will forever be chasing that high.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“Cliché, but that people around the world are the same. We all just want to be happy, have good relationships, pay the bills and be with our family. People everywhere just want to help; they want to help you find a room, or the bus, or meal or…anything. People just want to help.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“See #3 above. I chase that feeling; of being ‘out there’, experiencing, trying new things, being uncomfortable, pushing myself. Motivation is thinking of those that are just ‘waiting for retirement’, and those that passed away before realizing their dream. I want to cash in now and live my experiences. I don’t want to regret.”
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 like the way Michael Palin has depicted his travels, and the boys from Departures seem pretty cool.”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“Well, that’s a pretty hard question!! I, of course, love my own country (Canada). It is so big and diverse and there are a bazillion places to explore. But, I adore being in other cultures where I don’t understand how it all works; spending time figuring it out, learning new things, and seeing how other people manage the same things we do, but differently. For this reason, I loved traveling in Asia. It’s just so different and challenging and yet, in the end, the goals are the same; be happy, be close to family, pay the bills.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Relax. It doesn’t all have to be planned out, and might be better if it’s not. People genuinely want to help other people so finding a hotel/bus/restaurant won’t be that hard. Just enjoy it. ”
What do you think about yourself?
“I think I’m just a normal person who has managed to find a way to live life rather than having life live me. I used to think that it took a special person to step out and be uncomfortable and what I would have called brave, but now I realize that it just takes a regular person to try just a little bit harder. I really do believe that we are all OneGiantStep away from realizing our dreams…it’s not that far. ”
One-Giant-Step.com I write about our RTW travels; about the preparation, the travelling, and the coming home. I try to motivate others that want to do a trip like this by showing them the small steps that led up to our OneGiantStep; when you break it down it’s really not that hard. I also write about continuing to challenge myself and my goal to live an uncomfortable, rewarding life. – Gillian