Meet the Nomads – Justin Carmack of True Nomads

True Nomads is one of the latest travel blogs that I’ve been following lately. It’s written by Justin and his friend Ron who have been traveling for some time now. Their blog is full of helpful travel tips about the destinations that they’ve been to. There are also some very entertaining travel stories that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Justin is originally from Colorado and left everything behind to pursue his passion to see the world. Learn more about him and visit his blog at True Nomads.

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

Meet the Nomads - Justin Carmack of True Nomads

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I think I was born with it. I was always fascinated and jealous of other people’s travel stories from crazy, unheard of places when I was young. That said, the passion was greatly intensified when my friend’s parents took me out of The States for the first time, to Costa Rica. I loved every minute of it. Even when It was raining and everyone else was pissed off, I was still just excited and happy to be there. I was planning the next trip on the flight home I think. I haven’t stopped since.”

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

“I’ve actually been really lucky, my friends would even say notoriously so. Things always happen to people around me, like getting jumped in Dar es Salaam, robbed in Brazil, and what ever else, but never me. I knew one guy in Africa that got malaria 6 times in 18 months, despite constantly taking his malaria meds. I never got it once and never took as much as a vitamin C pill. He didn’t think it was too funny. Or been in uncomfortable situations though. I just wrote a post about a horrible mini-bus ride through Mozambique, where there were 30 people in the 11 passenger van.” That was no fun.

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

“There are so many I can’t count them all. One that stands out in my mind was NYE in Rio De Janeiro. It was the best fireworks display I’ve ever seen. We were on Copacobana beach with 2 million people and they were shooting the fireworks off of three barges, that were spread out off shore. It was a magical moment. After that David Guetta performed on a giant stage on the beach.”

Meet the Nomads - Justin Carmack of True Nomads

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

“I guess the biggest thing I’ve realized is that, contrary to the typical American belief, travel can be a lifestyle and not just a once-a-year vacation. Once I figured that out, I started figuring out HOW to do it. then there was no stopping me.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“I don’t think in those terms anymore. I don’t see travel as a hobby or a short break or vacation from “real” life. I more see it as a life style, and when ever I go home, THAT’S a vacation from traveling. Keeping motivated is easy. All I have to do is stop traveling for a short time and my addiction kicks in and makes me go again.”

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?

“Maybe captain Cook or some famous sailor. I like pushing myself and trying new things, and I’ve never got to sail around the seas and find tiny islands and unknown fish and animals. That’s my dream. I love diving also, so maybe I would choose Captain Nemo and his Nautilus. Ya he’s the one.”

Meet the Nomads - Justin Carmack of True Nomads

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

“That’s a hard one. People ask me all the time. I think it’s the experiences that make a place, because I’ve been places people hate and I loved and vise-versa. I can say this though, I tend to stick to the tropics. I love places where I can scuba dive, walk around in flip-flops, and be warm. If I was ever going to settle down somewhere and open a hostel or something, it would probably be in eastern Indonesia on a remote island where only hardcore travelers go. Those kind of places are my favorite.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?

“Hmm. Bring toilet paper. In at least 3 out of 7 continents, I’d rather have toilet paper than extra clothes. In fact, this question could probably be linked to the bad experiences question.”

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

“In Cambodia me and this girl I had just met were forced to either take a later bus or to ride in the underneath luggage compartment. We chose the compartment. It was really close and cozy for 6 hours. We ended up getting to know one another and traveling another month through Vietnam together. It’s probably one of those experiences that’s more fun to talk about later, than to do.”

What do you think about yourself?

“I think “myself” is a constantly changing thing. I had a thirst for knowledge and adventure and exploring and the unknown, so I’m constantly changing. I think to evolve and improve you have to change things up a lot. There is no room to broaden your horizons within a bubble. I think travel is the best education there is, and I’m in the best classroom known to man. My main two passions are traveling and scuba diving. And luckily the two go hand in hand.”

True Nomads

“Me and my Guatemalan friend started our travel blog together, hoping that we could someday have it sustaining our addictions, (travel). I have been to 45 countries, and him 35, so we have tons of stories and advice. Right now we are backpacking Europe, and we met here in Tallinn, Estonia. This weekend we leave here to hitchhike around Europe and then end up in Dublin for St. Paddies day. From there, our goal is to get around the world with as little money as possible. (since we have none). It means we have to stop and work here and there, hitchhike, couchsurf, and do whatever it takes to get around. The website is our means to share our stories ad to prove you don’t have to be rich to travel the world.”-Justin Carmack

Photo Credits: All pictures are provided by Justin.

Next: Emma Spires of Backpacking Spirit Previously: Stephen Bugno of Bohemian Traveler For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.


  1. malaria 6 times in 18 months? That’s insane!


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