Meet Gary Arndt, he’s been traveling since March 2007 after leaving his online business in the USA. He has traveled to 75 countries, exploring different reqions, soaking up different cultures, trying out unique dishes, meeting great people and most importantly living his life that way he wants it to be.
If you want to know more about him and his journey, visit him at www.everythingeverywhere.com
Below is Flip’s short interview with Gary Arndt.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“I took a three week trip around the world for business back in 1999. I felt more alive doing that than I did at any time in my life.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
What’s the most outstanding travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“It is hard to pick just one. I’ve had many which all rank up there. Picking one is like picking a favorite child. The reason I keep traveling is because I keep having great experiences.”
What’s the biggest realization that you got out of travelling?
“The biggest realization is that the world is more complicated than it seems. Whatever you think you know about a place is probably only part of the story.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“I enjoy learning about new places and experiencing new things. That is what keeps me 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 don’t worship at the feet of celebrities. I think traveling with a celebrity would be a horrible experience. I’d rather travel with someone anonymous with a good disposition.”
What could stop you from travelling?
“I suppose I could stop if I had some injury or illness.”
Among the places that you’ve been to, which one fascinated you the most?
“Again, any sort of “most” or “best” question is impossible to answer. Different places can be fascinating for totally different reasons. If a place isn’t fascinating, that can be fascinating in and of itself.”
What’s the best travel advice that you could give for a novice traveler like me?
“Don’t worry about planning your trip. You can over think things. Have a general plan and just prepare to go with the flow once you get on the road.
What do you think about yourself?
“I’m not sure how to answer that question. I suppose for anyone, if you want an opinion of them you are best to ask other people.”
“My blog is a travelogue which features my photography and opinions from my three years on the road.” – Gary