In interviewing Gary of Everything Everywhere, he sees himself traveling for the rest of his life.
1) What was the deciding factor in selling your house in 2007 to travel the world?
I enjoyed traveling and had reached a point where I didn’t know what to do with my life, so I decided to travel around the world.
2) Was the idea of going to graduate school that deciding factor for you?
Prior to traveling I went back to school and studied geology. Having returned to school in my 30s I was much older than the rest of the students. Having seen how long it takes to get a PhD, and how long many projects can take to develop in Planetary Science, I just didn’t think it would be worth it. I decided to travel instead.
3) Would you do it all over again or would you do things differently?
I have no regrets having decided to travel. I’d do it all over again.
4) You mentioned in your blog that you have bungee jumped in New Zealand. Is there anything you haven’t done yet that you would like to do?
Many things. The world is an enormous place and I have still yet to see most of it.
5) Anything you still haven’t seen yet that you still want to see?
Sure. I still haven’t been to Russia, China or Peru.
6) How long do you think you will continue traveling?
As long as I am able.
7) Do you see yourself traveling for the rest of your life?
8 ) Do you see yourself settling down in one of the many places you have visited during your travels?
Maybe for a few months. After that I get itch and need to start moving again.
9) How important do you feel it is to know certain words in another language such as ‘good morning’ and ‘good evening’ when traveling?
It is very important. You should always try to learn the basic phrases in any language.
10) Do you feel it is important to know these words in more than one language depending on how many countries you plan to visit?
11) Any advice you can give to someone who would like to travel long term but they are letting their fear stop them from taking that last step from cubicle life to world traveler?
Go on a trip of intermediate length, like a month or two. That should give you the courage to do more and you will figure out if it is something you want to do long term.