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!
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