Louis went on his first big trip in 2013, since then he has been travelling the globe and accumulated over 30,000 followers on Instagram. He is currently in Canada and will soon be travelling Asia.
He takes some seriously cool shots in dope destinations so be sure to follow his adventures over on Instagram, One Globe Travels.
1. When did you decide to turn your life to travel?
I first travelled overseas in 2013 with my girlfriend of the time to New Zealand. I fell in love with the freedom of travelling, the experiences, the people we met along the way and the new cultures of a foreign country. Although there wasn’t a huge culture shock coming from Australia, it opened my eyes to a new world outside of home. My next adventure took me to Cambodia, also in 2013. This was truly something spectacular. It was such an amazing experience, and I loved learning about the different cultures and ways of life. Cambodia was quite confronting, as the country is extremely poverty stricken, and Cambodia has one of the highest rates of children working in the sex slave industry. Although this was quite upsetting, and unlike anything I had ever seen before, it made me want to experience everywhere in the world, become informed and learn about different cultures and try and change the way I was living my own life.
2. What does travel give you that everyday life doesn’t?
I think travel provides you with so much that everyday life doesn’t provide you, and the number one thing is comfort. When you’re living on the road and living out of a backpack there are stresses involved. You are constantly worried about money, food and where you are going to be sleeping. Comfort and easy are two things people love to settle for, not that there is anything wrong with that! But for me, I love to be challenged and find new and exciting things. Whether it be eating tarantulas in Cambodia, sleeping on a beach in Europe (because I didn’t have any accommodation) or getting lost in a foreign city, it is all part of the adventure. Travelling also allows you to experience another way of life or different cultures. I was backpacking around South America for 6 months and absolutely loved being immersed in a different language, different foods and a completely different continent to back home.
3. What is your best tip for someone wanting to pack in their 9-5 and turn their life to travel?
I guess the best bit of advice would be to have a little bit of money behind you. You don’t need much, but enough not to panic. The second thing I think you need is flexibility. When I travel I like to have a rough plan, but that’s as far as it goes. Because in reality you never know what might happen, where you might love and where you might hate. I have known people that have booked 2-week trips in the one city, only to find out a day into the trip that they don’t actually like that city. Flexibility is the key, as you might be staying at a hostel and meet a group of other like-minded travellers who are going on a slight detour to the route you are taking, but they know of a little village or town you hadn’t even thought of. It might end up being the highlight of your trip and you might create friendships. Flexibility is my best advice for anyone looking to break the standard 9-5 routine.
4. What do you wish you knew at the start of your travels that you know now?
This is a tricky one to answer because I love to live and learn as I go. Part of the travel experience is finding out what works for you, and what doesn’t. Trial and error. That being said, I would have loved to have known more about photography and had a stronger interest in it. I have a little hobby in photography and I love documenting my travels, and love looking back on my adventures and reflecting. The first few times I went overseas I wasn’t overly keen on photography, and it is something I regret not doing. But, again it’s something you learn while you’re travelling.
5. How do you build a social life outside of work when in a foreign country?
By talking to people! If you’re a solo traveller ditch the comfort of a hotel to stay in a hostel with other travellers. You’re bound to meet people and be able to discuss all things and meet people from all over the world. Most cities in the world have amazing hostels, and there are many apps and websites around which can provide you with reviews of where to and where not to stay. The other great thing about travelling now in 2017 is technology. Most parts of the world are gaining access to Wifi and internet services, meaning you can keep in contact with friends and family, even when you’re in a foreign part of the world.