Meet the Nomads – Carlo Cretaro of Next Stop Who Knows

If you’re looking for a travel inspiration or for ways on how to become location independent then you should check this blog out. Carlo Cretaro together with Florence write about their experiences in traveling the world and also their journey towards a location independent lifestyle.

Carlo discovered his passion to travel when he went to Las Vegas a few years ago. On the succeeding years, he also volunteered in East Africa for three months and the rest is history. He is still traveling the world with his girlfriend Florence while working on their online businesses and they are currently in Brazil for the World Cup games.

Get to know more about Carlo and visit his blog at Next Stop Who Knows.

But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Carlo.

Meet the Nomads - Carlo Cretaro of Next Stop Who Knows

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“Everyone has an “ah ha” moment at some point in their life. For me it was when I went to Las Vegas alone back in 2005. Up until that point, I never really wanted to travel or liked the idea of travelling around the world.
While Vegas wouldn’t be too high on a lot of peoples list for places to go on a two week holiday (especially alone), for me it gave me my first taste of what it would could be like to do some frequent travel.”

“I distinctly remember one day while I was there; walking along the strip towards downtown (the old part of Vegas) and thinking to myself that I could like this whole travel thing. Right there and then, in the searing desert heat of Las Vegas, my passion for travel was born.”

“Since then I’ve traveled to 30 countries. Currently we are in Rio, Brazil living my world cup dream.”

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

“I’ve had a few over the years, but one that sticks out is back in 2011 when we were on a 7 month backpacking trip through S.E Asia and the East Coast of Australia.”

One day I woke up with a really sore pain in my lower back. Long story cut short – I could hardly walk and went to the hospital in Chiang Mai to get an MRI done. It showed that I’m a bad rupture on a disc while was causing the sciatic pain. I was given the choice to go home or take an epidural injection, which may or may not work.”

“I choose the hard, but correct option and ended the trip with 4 months left. It was a tough pill to swallow, but we made amends last year and headed back for 10 months last year to cover those places we missed out on in 2011.”

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

“Way too many to try and narrow down to just one. However, just yesterday we were at the FIFA fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio for the World Cup opening game between Brazil Vs Croatia.”

“The atmosphere was electric with easily thirty to forty thousand people there. Everyone was in party mood and the buzz was just immense. It was one hell of an experience to be part of, especially since Brazil are hosts. Brazilians know how to celebrate and each time Brazil scored; it was like an explosion went off complete with fireworks.”

Meet the Nomads - Carlo Cretaro of Next Stop Who Knows

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

“I’ve learned an awful lot about myself while travelling. It gives you so much time to think about life and what you value most. I also realized that I could have spent a lot time travelling and learning about different cultures before 2005 if I had the interest; but I didn’t back then.”

“Travel makes us appreciate how lucky we are. Whether it’s to a remote town in East Africa for a few months or a week in the sun in Lanzarote – it’s still possible. How many people around the world can’t do that for one reason or another?”

“That’s why I count myself fortunate to be able to do what I do and visit all these spectacular places around the world.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“I agree that long-term travel can be very tiresome – especially as the years start to tick by. My friends and family all understand the choices I’ve made in life and have never questioned my motives. At this stage, they don’t view it as a total leisure activity as we do work on our online businesses while on the road.”

“Our passion to visit all the countries that we want to go travel to is what keeps us going really. We don’t see the point in going to a country unless it’s somewhere that we both would like to visit. For this reason, I think I’ll have to make India a little more appealing to my girlfriend Florence at some stage, as it’s somewhere I definitely have to visit down the line.”

“These days, we keep motivated by the fact that we can now travel and earn a living from pretty much anywhere – as long as we’ve our laptops and an internet connection!”

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 would probably like the chance to travel with someone like Derren Brown. He’s a pretty cool guy that could teach you a thing or two about the power of suggestion and persuasion.”

Meet the Nomads - Carlo Cretaro of Next Stop Who Knows

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

“Straight off – Las Vegas.”

“For anyone that hasn’t been there; it’s just a mecca! You don’t need to gamble if you don’t want to. For me it symbolizes the place where I discovered my passion for travel. It also has that arid desert heat, which I’m addicted to. Death Valley, about 100 miles away from Vegas is also a pretty epic location for me. Extreme isolation combined with extreme heat is something I love experiencing.”

“When I say isolation, I mean from people – not cut off from all existence. I need my Wifi’s!!”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“I would say to just do things your way. Don’t do or go somewhere just because you may think other’s will laugh at you or stereotype you.”

“This happens a lot in the travel world in my opinion. Those that have “been there” and “done that” turn around and tell those that haven’t done it yet to not do it! “It’s a tourist trap” you’ll often hear.”

“Pay no attention to anyone else, and travel where you want and do what you want. After all, travel is a relative concept and therefore differs for each individual.”

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

“Last year while we were in Asia, we visited Vietnam for a month. I always wanted to do the top gear thing and buy a motorbike and travel the whole length of the country.”

“So we bought a fully manual 125gn Suzuki in Hanoi and proceeded to drive the whole way down to Saigon in the South over a couple of weeks.”

“It was without doubt the craziest thing we’ve ever done that’s for certain. The roads and traffic was horrendous to put it mildly. We came across accidents every day, one day in particular we arrived at a scene with a local guy smashed to bits in the middle of the road where he was hit by a truck on his scooter.”

“We even had our own crash where we came off the bike at 40 km/ph coming around a corner. There was loose chippings on the road and my instincts had me squeezing the front brakes which flipped us off.”

“Luckily it wasn’t too bad, just some cuts and cruises, but it did scare the hell out of us for the remainder of the journey.”

“Vietnam is raw and wild. I couldn’t recommend doing what we did on those highways. Driving in the cities was fine. I reckon the AC/DC song “Highway to Hell” was penned after one of them drove around Nam!”

Meet the Nomads - Carlo Cretaro of Next Stop Who Knows

How do you fund your travels?

“We’ve three small online businesses which we’ve worked on over the past 2 years consistently. We’ve been fully location independent for a year now, earning a living online. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that we can go pretty much anywhere we want – within reason of course.

“However, people may think that the online grind is all plain sailing. It’s not. Just like anything else in life, you need to work hard at it in order for it to succeed. We work hard at it and are always looking out for new businesses to try our hand at.”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“We try and be sensible about things (I say this after buying a motorbike and driving around Vietnam)! But seriously, I think what happens to most people who have horror stories while travelling is that they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. This can be hard to know, especially in a new city or country. Things happen, but if you use good judgment and trust your gut for the most part, then I think you can avoid a lot of potential dangers.”

What do you think about yourself?

“I view myself as someone who likes to live life by my own rules. I’ve never been interested in climbing the corporate ladder or doing what society expects me to do – work 9-5, get a house, get married, have kids and retire at 65 etc. When those things happen, they will be when the time is right for me. I also view myself as easy-going and someone who people can trust and rely on.”

Meet the Nomads - Carlo Cretaro of Next Stop Who Knows

“NextStopWhoKnows.com is a travel and lifestyle blog which Carlo and Florence manage. They use it to document their journey as they travel around the world.

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Carlo Cretaro.

Comments

  1. Thanks very much for featuring us on your blog Flip. We appreciate the opportunity 🙂

  2. Great post, Carlo is the man!

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