Latest in my line of world travellers is Joe Jamieson. Joe loves travel and is also a hardcore writer as well as being a travel copywriter and marketing agent, he also blogs on his own site Jetsetter Joe.
Who are you?
I’m Joe — a travel copywriter, blogger and travel marketing generalist.
Where are you from?
The Beautiful Blue Planet Earth! But I was born in London, England.
Where have you been?
Morocco, Spain, Thailand, Crete, Malta, Cambodia, USA, Croatia, Canada, Italy and France to name a few.
Where are you now?
I’m in Brighton, England. It’s a fun-loving, liberal city on the south coast of England. It’s my base and my home — I love it here. If you’re ever in town, let me know and we’ll go get drunk somewhere hip.
What are the top 3 places you’ve visited?
That’s a hard question. For me, different places have different draws for different reasons. If I had a gun to my head I’d have to say, in no particular order:
– Tokyo, Japan: It’s familiar, yet alien. There’s something about it that I can’t quite put my finger on. There is such a wealth of diversity there that it’s impossible to be bored. There’s never a dull moment in that city. It has its problems, but its allure overwhelms me.
– Chiang Mai, Thailand: The city is a tourist trap, no doubt. But I’m not a travel elitist. If tourism is now part of what Chiang Mai is, so what? In fact the times I’ve been there have been made by travellers and tourists. Just don’t go when there are jungle fires — you’ll get asthma real quick.
– Plitvice National Park, Croatia: It’s a place of incredible natural beauty. The Earth has some really amazing geographical features, but none quite like the Plitvice lakes. They defy words, so I won’t bother trying to describe them.
What is the best travel experience you’ve had?
Yikes — another difficult one. I suppose it would have to be the first time I went to Tokyo. I’d been wanting to travel there for years, but didn’t get the opportunity until 2006. I was 18 at the time and it was one of my first long-distance travel experiences.
I only went for 2 weeks, but for a short time I experienced complete freedom. It was like being an astronaut and going on a recon mission to another planet.
I’ve been back 5 times since and the magic never fades.
What is the worst travel experience you’ve had?
I wouldn’t say worst, but the most challenging was on a visit to Marrakech. I was spat at by someone to whom I refused to give money. The guy then followed my girlfriend and I around the city as he continuously tried to grope her.
I did what I could to stop him nonviolently, but no one wanted to help. I learned a lot from it.
What is the funniest travel experience you’ve had?
I went on a trip with 5 friends to Ireland a few years ago. One of the guys had family in a place near Cork called Clonmel (where Bulmers cider is made). We were there for a week and we were having a great time eating Full-English (Irish?) breakfasts everyday, and hiking through the mountains.
We had a few too many beers one night in some local pubs. And one of my buddies, who doesn’t usually drink, had a few too many with us.
My usually sober pal got in the cab before me (we split into two cars), and when I got back to the house I found him standing legs astride the downstairs toilet. He was spewing a colour I’d never seen that was somewhere in between turquoise and beige.
But it was the words he spoke that I’ll never forget:
“John.” (none of us is named John, so I’ve no idea who he was addressing), “I can’t remember any of my family’s names or faces. And I’m pretty sure this came to me from the future.” He held up his left hand — it was stuck in a jar of gravy granules.
What is the scariest travel experience you’ve had?
I’ve never come closer to death so many times in such a short space of time as I did on the roads in Thailand.
What is the most random job you have had on your travels?
I run a freelance travel copywriting and marketing business, so I haven’t had any random paid jobs. But after rescuing a football from some seaweed for two guys in Lanzarote, they offered me the chance to drive people around in their speedboat for an afternoon.
Does that count?
How do you fund your travels?
Writing thousands upon thousands of words. All the time.
What 3 tips would you give a new traveller before they set off on their adventure?
This largely depends on where they’re going, but in general:
1. Have no expectations. Ever. You’ll enjoy everything so much more.
2. If possible, spend a month or more in any one place. Try and live there for a while rather than just experiencing it as a tourist.
3. Go to Japan.
What are your future travel plans?
Once I’m in a position to be able to drop everything for a few years and really concentrate on travelling, I want to circumnavigate the planet in a spiral.
I’ll start from the top and go right down to the bottom hitting as many places as I can.
I’ve been wanting to do this since forever, but the time and money needed are both things I don’t have right now.
I might try and sign up a few companions for the trip, so watch this space.
Other than that I’m desperate to go to Yosemite National Park, in the USA.
Joe is a travel copywriter, business blogger and content marketing Swiss Army Knife. He works with brands via JetsetterJoe.com to turn indecisive browsers into passionate brand advocates. Joe also comments on industry topics through his social media channels. Check him out on Google+ for more.
Blog: http://www.jetsetterjoe.com and www.jetsetterjoe.com/blog for the blog.