Jonathan Look has done something I can only be envious of. After selling all of his worldly possessions in 2011 he is spending 10 years travelling the world and exploring everything he possibly can! Read an interview with him below. Enjoy his story, views on age and helpful travelling tips! Also have a look through some of his incredible photos – WARNING jealousy is inevitable.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself (a mini bio!)
In 2011 I took early retirement and sold all of my possessions so I could travel the world. I write, I take photographs and I try a lot of food. My goal is to continue traveling indefinitely. I have many friends that ask me, “When are you coming home?” Well, I am a global citizen now and feel happier and more at home than ever.
2. Why is seeing and experiencing the world important to you?
I think that in order to be good citizens of the world we need to know our neighbors. I think Mark Twain said it best, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
3. Do you believe that sharing your journey online is an important part of this process?
I enjoy photography and writing. My blog gives me a creative outlet. I hope that I can inspire some people to expand their horizons and have some adventures of their own.
4. How strongly would you recommend an over-50 following in your footsteps? What advice would you give them?
I highly recommend the maximum adventure, minimum possession lifestyle. I would however not recommend, “following in my footsteps”. The path is wide. Walk beside me if you like, but make your life and do what moves you. Just do something. The ultimate destination is the same for all of us. It is best that we have fun along the way.
5. What would you say to those who think life may decline past 50?
I think they are crazy! I am in better shape and happier than I was when I was in my 30’s. It may be trite to say but age really is just a number. I have a good friend that just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to celebrate her 70th birthday!
6. Top five tips for travelling?
Travel light. Unless I am going to a cold climate, I rarely ever check luggage.
Plan but leave room for flexibility.
The purpose of travel is to learn about new places and have new experiences. Don’t isolate yourself from the experience by moving with a familiar herd.
Learn to say “please” and “thank you” in the language of the country you are visiting. It is amazing how far these few words will get you. And, don’t forget to smile.
Don’t give into fear. Most places in the world are relatively safe if you use common sense and follow the same precautions you would back home. It is entirely possible that where you will be visiting is safer than where you are departing from.
In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to take early retirement and pursue a life of adventure instead of comfort and possessions. His philosophy is, “Why sip life from a straw when you can drink it from a fire hose?” When he is not traveling, he lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. You can sign up for his newsletter here, visit his website at LifePart2.com or visit him on Facebook.