The greatest thing one can do is expand the mind and see the world. Experiencing different lives and cultures are some of the best ways to learn about yourself. Often times the biggest challenge with travelling the world is the price tag. Well, if that is your excuse, you may want to read this post contributed but our friend Andy.
What’s your blog?
StoutABOUT is a travel blog linked to some of my favorite recommendations for restaurants, hostels, national parks, around the world and other travel sites I enjoy. I originally created the blog to help find employment in the travel sector, but the project has turned into a great way to share stories and photos with friends and family. It’s linked with Google maps to show where I have traveled over the past 18 years.
What is your job?
For the past two years, I have been working at Backroads. It’s the World’s #1 Active Travel Company. We take our guests on biking, hiking, culinary, and multi-sport adventures all over the globe. I primary work in Europe as a leader for the trips that run between the Czech Republic and Austria. My role as a trip leader is more of many jobs all in one: bike mechanic, translator, professional driver, public speaker, chef, concierge, biker, hiker, and sometimes a medic.
How did you know that this is what you wanted to do?
I bartended for the better part of 5 years in the US and Australia. After completing my Masters, I vowed to no longer step foot behind a bar. I was looking for something more, which lead to the development of StoutABOUT.com, and many months of searching for a desirable job. This search for something more led me to where I am now at Backroads. The funny thing is, I did not know a lot about the job before I was brought on to the team. It all started with a message on LinkedIn to a family friend. He told me how much he loved the job and how he thought I would be a great fit. I have never worked a traditional 9-5 job, so this was the clear choice for me.
Who was a big inspiration to you for traveling?
Both of my parents are big travelers. My first trip abroad was when I was 14, and over the past 18 years I have been to close to 50 countries. I grew up being told to follow my passion, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the flexibility, and empowerment Backroads gives to its employees. There are never two days alike because you are always working with new co-leaders, new guests, plus you are constantly faced with new challenges. The company always has an open ear to all of its employees on ways to change, improve, or modify the ways things are done at the company.
What has been your favorite places to travel to?
Such a hard question because I enjoy so many different places for so many different reasons.
If I had to choose, they would be:
- Mauritius for its Beaches.
- Morocco for its Culture.
- Ecuador & Peru for its wide range of natural ecosystems and Hiking.
- Australia for the friendliest people, amazing animals, and its ability to constantly surprise you.
- The US National Parks for endless adventures.
What have you learned about yourself along the way?
I have discovered that anything is possible if you really want it. Also, embrace change and remain flexible. Attitude is everything. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world; if you treat others how you want to be treated then things always seem to work out in a positive way. It’s amazing how far a smile can take you.
What are some of your travel essentials you can’t travel without?
I love to travel light, so less is more! A few things I always bring me are: travel insurance, smart-phone, ultra light sleeping bag, backup credit cards, spare USD/EUROS, and warm jacket for those long travel days.
What advice do you have for people that would love to have a career like you have?
Realize that spending the time you doing something you love, is much more important than any possession you can ever own or buy.
Take care of yourself, stay optimistic, be patient, and remember to stop and enjoy the moment you are in.
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