Meet the Nomads – Jeremy Albelda of The World or Bust

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The World or Bust is an enjoyable blog to read and get helpful tips about various places the Jeremy has been to. This is one of the newest blogs that I have been reading lately since it features a lot of travelogues and helpful posts about places that I’ve never been to yet.

Jeremy also writes a lot about his hometown, Miami, Florida proving that sometimes, you really need not go that far to have a great time travelling.

Get to know more about Jeremy and follow his adventures at The World or Bust.

Here’s my short interview with Jeremy.

Meet the Nomads - Jeremy Albelda of The World or Bust

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I’d have to say my real “a ha” moment would have had been on a trip to Israel in 2007. I had the whole trip paid for by “Birth Right” which is basically a program between Israel and some wealthy Jewish people to send young Jewish people to the country for a 10 day, all-expenses paid trip. I had an amazing time and it really turned me on to traveling, and I have been semi-nomadic ever since!”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“Probably being robbed at a strip club in Budapest. I was with some friends and we decide to pop into the place for a quick beer and a “gander”. When we asked for the bill after our drinks (should have been a few bucks) they insisted we pay $150 USD each, and threatened to beat us up if we didn’t pay, so they escorted us to an ATM machine two at a time to take out the money. At the time we were all furious, but I guess it makes for a pretty funny story… sort of haha.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“I lived in Queretaro, Mexico for the winter of 2009/2010 and had an amazing time. Queretaro is a medium sized city and is sports a large, beautiful colonial center as well as many modern developments and feels more like Spain than Mexico. The city is not a huge tourist destination, but the people keep the city immaculately clean and well-kept because they take pride in where they live. I met some amazing people and truly felt immersed in the culture and city.”

Jeremy Albelda

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“That I am the master of my own universe. When I travel, I feel like I have complete control of every minute of my life (most of the time) and I love the freedom to do, see and experience whatever I want to, when I want to. I feel like that sentiment gets muted a little bit when I’m back home in the states.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“The Experience. At the end of the day, all you have are your memories and the skin on your back. If you ever do something that “society” seems is not in the “atypical”, like traveling all the time, you will have people that just don’t understand. You are never guaranteed tomorrow, and I try and wake up every day and pretend like I might not get another chance to do anything I want to, that’s what keeps me motivated.”

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?

“Anthony Bourdain. At first I hated him, but I have really come to love his style of traveling and ruthless sense of humor. He’s all about indulgence, living in the moment and connecting with people and places and that’s what I think traveling is all about as well.”

Jeremy Albelda

Where’s your favorite place in this planet and why?

“Mexico. Beautiful cities and landscapes, so much history, amazing people, cheap beer and great food!”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?

“Go somewhere that has all the comforts you are used to, i.e. hot water, ubiquitous Wi-Fi as to not feel too disconnected. Try an English speaking country as well, because if you don’t speak another language or know how to go about communicating other ways, you’ll feel overwhelmed.

Also, you don’t have to travel oversees to be “traveling” try exploring close to home, I’m sure there are great places to visit for a day or two within a couple hours at most of where you live.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“In Mexico, I got hired to do an English voice over for a Mexican radio station, wish I had a recording of it, but I sounded ridiculous!”

What do you think about yourself?

“Haha ummm. Don’t know quite how to answer this one.”

The World or Bust

“I started my blog after having speaking with some friends who also travel frequently and had blogs of their own, primarily Jason from Locationless Living who I actually grew up with outside of Philadelphia.

I like to think my blog is more of a conversation and community then just personal rants. I love guest posts from other travelers and my blog being used as a resource for people looking for tips and cool destinations to visit. I also try and keep things light and breezy and with a sense of humor.” – Jeremy Albelda

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Jeremy.

Next: john of Travel Rinse Repeat. Previously: Barbara of The Dropout Diaries. For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. Jeremy, if Mexico is your fave place on the earth, than u r my boy! I so love it! And yes, Queretaro is amazing!

  2. Nice interview. The experience at Budapest is really a horrible one. I would have shrieked! :)

  3. “…master of my own universe.” – I totally agree. It’s empowering if you travel because you feel you have control over everything.

    Nice interview with Jeremy, Flip!

  4. Nice interview Flip..I like this part: “you don’t have to travel oversees to be “traveling” try exploring close to home, I’m sure there are great places to visit for a day or two within a couple hours at most of where you live.”
    I certainly agree with this guy…

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