THE NOMAD: Lindsay
WHY WE INTERVIEWED HIM: Because of this profile pic, really… but also because he’s been to 9,000 different places (give or take), and unlike most people, doesn’t have a specific city or town he calls “home”. When we were introduced, he told us, “I cant really say that I’m a local to anywhere but I do see a lot of places and “live” in them for as long as I am around.” And thus began a looong list of questions. Read on to hear more about his unique lifestyle and for tips on how to travel the world like Lindsay!
TTL: When did you start traveling? Have you always loved traveling, or did that love develop over time?
Lindsay: For as far back as I can remember, there are memories of traveling with my parents. My dad is in commercial real estate so we moved a lot. In fact, we moved away from my birth town before I was even a year old. I feel like that constant moving instilled in me a love for travel and seeing new things. After my first trip abroad I knew that traveling was something I had do regularly. I feel most comfortable on the move.
TTL: How (if at all) do you plan for your travels to new cities/towns/places? Are there any websites you trust for planning purposes or as guides when you arrive a new place?
Lindsay: I plan the entry and departure to a place. Everything else falls in line as I go. I will search various websites like Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor, travel blogs, Fodor’s, government ran country and city sites, etc. After looking at those, I will have an idea of things going on. If there are any sites or events that are on multiple sources, then I’ll put it on a list. I’ll end up with a list of things that might interest me but I may not even see or do any of those things. Speaking to other travelers or locals that I meet upon my arrival could (and sometimes does) change my whole trip.
TTL: Where are you now, and where are you going next?
Lindsay: I am currently in Juneau, Alaska on a charter boat giving clients the “Alaskan experience.” Our boat will head south in the beginning of September and eventually land in San Diego. I am not sure how long I will be there. I need a vacation.
TTL: We’re intrigued by your “random runs”. Do you remember when you started this tradition?
Lindsay: I started doing those in high school. I played a lot of sports so exercise has always been important to me. Running is an easy way to get that exercise when traveling. I remember running at my Grandmother’s house in Georgia, out in the country where roads go on forever. I kept turning down whatever dirt road came next and I ended up at this huge abandoned salt mine. It was crazy, randomly coming up to this giant hole in the ground in the middle of nowhere. That’s when I decided random runs were awesome.
“Stop being scared. It’s terrifying to say goodbye to the life that has become comfortable, but luckily with the technology we have these days, traveling doesn’t have to make you feel removed “
TTL: Any essential items that you won’t travel without?
Lindsay: A knife, a bandana, a camera, a headlamp, 10′ of nylon rope and maybe a flask of bourbon. (P.S. Much lighter than our recommended travel essentials!)
TTL: Favorite place in the world?
Lindsay: A trail in a deciduous forest, preferably with a creek. Besides that, the whole country of Guatemala has been my favorite travel location. Great people, great food, every type of climate, awe inspiring locales.
TTL: It’s 5pm on Thursday. You’re in a new city. You don’t know anyone there. You’ve finished all work/errands you have to do. What’s your plan for the night?
Lindsay: I would go for a run through the busiest area of town and take some mental notes of fun looking bars, crowded restaurants, street scenes. That would give me a more comfortable feeling of the place I am in. Then I would go out to one of those spots and try to get in on some games like darts or pool. I also find it easy to meet locals when I ask about whatever sport is on tv. I learned the ins and outs of cricket when I was in New Zealand from a taxi driver and that allowed me to connect with people for the rest of my time there.
TTL: Best restaurant you’ve ever been to, or best meal you’ve ever had?
Lindsay: Toughest question ever. I am a huge fan of food and restaurants. I could go fancy and mention a super legit place in San Francisco called Rich Table where I ate porcini mushroom doughnuts followed by some of the best sea scallops I’ve ever had. Or I could go street food from a vendor in Utila, Honduras that made delicious Baleadas, a traditional Honduran filled tortilla dish. I ate one every day for five days!
TTL: Advice you would give to someone who wants to live like you do?
Lindsay: Stop being scared. It’s terrifying to say goodbye to the life that has become comfortable. I even struggle with it after being stationary for too long. Luckily with the technology we have these days, traveling doesn’t have to make you feel so far removed… unless you want it to be! Most places I go I can call home, post pictures online or send emails to people (eventually). The people I know that share this lifestyle started by taking a chance at some point, got on a plane and had an adventure. Even if you don’t want to (or can’t) make it a lifestyle, taking a week or two to see something new is a wonderful experience that everyone should give themselves!
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