Have you heard of Justin Alexander? He’s written some beautiful and inspiring articles for HighExistence such as:
- I’m 32, and Last Week I Retired: Musings on Money, Monotony and Madness
- Trekking into the Medieval Tibetan Kingdom of Lo
- Going Tribal with the Mentawai of Indonesia
Justin’s story is epic.
He dropped out of school when he was sixteen, moved to the woods and took up the study of naturalism, wilderness survival, and ninja skills.
Fast-forward some years and Justin joins a tech startup. He works super hard, becomes rich and lives a life of luxury, making $40,000 watches, first-class flights, and Michelin star meals part of the scenery. Problem was, he didn’t like the view. So he quits and decides to travel the world indefinitely.
The Adventures of Justin begin.
Justin’s style of nomadism does not resemble sight-seeing tourism marketed for the middle-aged. I don’t say this lightly: his travel style it’s pretty hardcore, in the best possible way.
Take his most recent adventure: he travelled 18,000 miles on a motorcycle through the feral wilderness of the USA, camped in wolf-inhabited forests, scavenged roadkill for dinner, climbed national monuments and bridges like a ninja, and endured weeks of semi-starvation, freezing temperatures, and sleepless nights all in the name of adventure.
Anyway. What’s this all about?
I really want to do more traveling and I was going to pick Justin’s nomad-savant brain for tips and tricks, but then I realized that I could turn it into a HighExistence Q&A.
So, if you’d like to know anything about traveling or nomadism from a true expert, submit your questions below and I’ll pass them along to him!
Extra points for really unusual, interesting questions.
– What is your response to people who ask you, “is nomadism safe?”
– What are you afraid of?
– What was the most difficult thing about traveling when you first started, and what is the most difficult thing for you now?
– What books and blogs would you recommend to aspiring nomads?
– What do you think about the quote, “you can’t run away from your own feet?” and the idea that travel is a superficial means for acquiring happiness?