May 02, 2018 3 min read
The life of a travel blogger is something a lot of people aspire to. Jackson Groves is one of the hottest travel bloggers/Instagrammers online right now. His adventurous spirit, straight-talking posts and incredible photographs have earned him a cult fan base that is now edging over a quarter-of-a-million followers.We caught up with Jackson recently to get some insight into the life of travel a blogger. He travels the globe, seeking out unique experiences and soaking up different cultures. Here is the interview for your reading (and viewing) pleasure.
I’m born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. I left when I was 20 to play college soccer and study journalism in the U.S.A. I spent 2 years in Oregon and 2 years in Hawaii. Since I graduated in 2016, I’ve been a nomad. I live out of a backpack and in fact, I don’t own anything that doesn’t fit in my backpack.
My favorite country in the world is The Philippines!
India was, of course, tough emotionally. You are confronted with some pretty full-on scenarios and have to manage your thoughts and emotions as you are met with beggars of all ages on a daily basis. India had some amazing moments too and it’s in my top 5 countries I have traveled too. However, there were many moments I felt pretty down about the world in general while traveling through India. How can we let others struggle as long as we are thriving ourselves?
I shoot with a Sony a7ii, GoPro 6 and Dji Mavic Pro. It’s all chosen as it is small, lightweight but still pretty high quality compared to its bulkier competitors.
My favorite image is a shot at Tiu Kelep Falls in Lombok. Its an epic amphitheater and has a magical atmosphere, almost like a secret garden.
I once hung out of a moving train holding on with just one hand and with just my toes on the doorstep to get this shot.
There wasn’t a key moment per say. I just saved up $5,000 and when I left in June, I knew that if it didn’t work out I would go and get a regular job. My aim was only ever to make $800 per month so I could survive as a backpacker without degrading my bank balance.
Don’t do sponsored hotels or at least do them rarely. Visit places bloggers don’t flock to already. Provide us with something unique, give us a reason to want you and not the next blogger, because believe me there is always a next blogger.
I travel with the Venturesafe EXP65 anti-theft backpack.
I’m heading to Israel next and am stoked for my first visit to this country and to check out the coastline!
To follow Jackson’s adventures, follow him on Instagram here, or check out his website.
Tim Hawken is an Australian writer who enjoys surfing, Indian food and romantic midnight strolls to the beer fridge. He has clocked up visits to 23 countries on 5 continents (and counting). Find out more about his weird world by heading to his website, or following him on Instagram and Twitter.
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