Meet the Nomads – Ian Yacobucci of Borderless Travels

Ian is the blogger behind one of the newest travel blogs I’ve been following, BorderlessTravels.com. His blog is full of helpful information about adventure travel and some insights about his Trans-Siberian journey.

Ian is a Canadian who used to work as a Tour Guide taking groupf of kids to various tourists spots in his home country such as Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, and Quebec City. he also worked as a teacher in a summer camp in Switzerland. Since then, he has been traveling around the world thru short term job contracts in different countries.

Learn more about Ian and follow his adventure. Visit his blog at Borderless Travels

But before you click away, check out my short interview with Ian.

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How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“It wasn’t until university that I had the opportunity to travel on my own, and my ticked to discover the world came in the form of a teaching job in Europe. It was while working in Switzerland that I learned the joys of travel and how valuable it is for learning about people and places. Traveling is an education in itself, and being passionate about life long learning, exploring the world around me became my passion.”

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

“I guess it was my the gut wrenching food poisoning I got in the Philippines. I don’t know a traveler who hasn’t had it bad but when you poop your pants while walking to the toilet you know you’re in trouble. I spent two days sicker than I’ve ever been in a wood box of a room throwing up into a plastic bag the size of my palm and periodically running to the bathroom. Lying alone on the floor in the fetal position wondering if it’d ever stop, completely fatigued, and with no one to help was not fun.”

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

“As a traveler I’ve been pretty lucky and the good experiences far outweigh the bad. Hands down the best travel experience I had was spending a month traveling on the Trans-Siberian through China, Mongolia, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

To be honest, it wasn’t just the places that made this experience the best, it was the journey and the company. While working in S.Korea I met two travelers who decided to take the leap of faith and do the trip. A couple days before the end of our work contract I made the commitment too, changed my return flight, and joined up with them two months later.

The combination of friendship, adventure, and travel made this one of the best travel experiences I could ever have. And to be honest, I don’t think something like that will ever happen again. We were all at the right place at the right time. Oh, and we even threw in a road trip to the Arctic Circle in Finland to see Santa. It’s experiences like this that make travelling the best thing in the world!”

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What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“I think for me the biggest realization I’ve got out of traveling is that people and places are more similar than we think. I’ve also learned the importance of family and how in this world, if you’re lucky enough to be part of one, its the most important thing in life. To be honest, people can travel anywhere in the world if they really want to but love, family, and friends are special things that you can’t fly to or buy. No matter where I’ve been I always seem find that the happiest people are the ones who are part of a community.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“I’m not stranger to this one and for me the biggest obstacle to traveling is how my relatives sometimes perceive my lifestyle choices. Its hard to overcome societal and family expectations of marriage, careers, children and a sedentary life. Traveling is a relatively new phenomena, although I like to compare it to being an early explorer. Even if we’re discovering places others have been to its new to us, our family, friends, and for me, some of the Borderless Travels community.

What keeps me going is the optimism that people will be able to see and learn about the world they might not otherwise get to know. Through my stories, adventures, and perspectives I hope the challenge the typical view of success while teaching those around me that its okay live differently and do what you want to not what others want you to.

I also love learning. From the people I meet and places I visit, to the food I eat and the experiences I live, I’m always learning. To be able to see the world from someone else’s perspective means that we can understand the people and places around us better and through that become better people. You never know what’s going to be behind the next door and taking that risk of opening it and stepping through might open many more…so why not?”

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?

“Hmmm, this is a tough one. I guess I’d pick Mark Jenkins, a National Geographic writer and world traveler. I think I’d be able to learn a lot from him and hearing about his experiences. Before I started blogging I sent him an email after reading an amazing article about the tea porters of Nepal. He responded immediately with an outline of how to begin travel writing in a list of maxims. Things have certainly changed since he first started writing but his experience is something I think I could learn from.”

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

“It’s funny, I’m sure most people have a far off place they can think of, but after years of travel and working abroad my favorite place on this planet is Ontario, Canada; home. I haven’t found a place I’d rather spend long periods of time than at home and for me livability is the most important factor when I think about my favorite place. It’s here in Canada where I have family, friends, nature, and the opportunity to try anything and learn everything. Where else in the world can you learn how to play hockey at the age of 24, spend lazy summer days at the cottage, or have a few drinks with some good friends?

I’m a travel blogger and I love to travel but for me, spending time at home is just as important and makes Canada my favorite place on the planet!”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“I think the best place for a newbie traveler is to go somewhere they’ve always wanted to go. No matter where someone travels things are going to be different, and sure some countries are more comfortable/familiar than others, but experiencing the unknown is what makes for life changing experiences, good stories, and real travel.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“While working in Switzerland I won a best Shakira look alike contest, full costume and all 😉 Can you see the resemblance…Lol!”

What do you think about yourself?

“I think of myself as a funny and friendly person who’s goal in life is to never be boring and always ready to try/learn new things.”

Meet the Nomads - Ian Yacobucci of Borderless Travels

“Tired of the status quo? Teaching in Tokyo, mountaineering the Himalayas, surfing in Indonesia or traveling the Trans-Siberian Ian is always looking for adventure. He has been to over 30 countries around the world to work, study, volunteer, and travel. Join him at www.borderlesstravels.com were he shares his experiences, inspires, and teaches you how to start your own borderless travels.” – Ian Yacobucci

Photo Credits: All pictures are provided by Ian.

Next: Valerie Dawson of This Way to Paradise Previously: Emma Spires of Backpacking Spirit For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. This was a interesting interview. Mainly I was interested to hear about the Tran Siberian – its something that I have wanted to do especially as I hate flying!

  2. I agree with this guy…there’s no place like home, sweet home.

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