03 Jun Travel Bloggers that Rock! Interview with Rob from Stop Having a Boring Life
The internet is full of kick-ass travel bloggers, so this interview series is a chance to get to know what makes them tick.
[quote]Life is short. Do what you want, when you want. [/quote]
Stop Having a Boring Life. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. If you feel like life is boring, then traveling the world is certainly one way to do something about it. Rob’s blog is a daily account of his time on the road since he quit his job to travel the world in 2009, and it’s anything but boring. Now usually I’d say, “I don’t want to read about what someone has for breakfast” on their travel blog, but when it comes to Stop Having a Boring Life, funnily I want all the details.
If you’re looking for a blog with top 10 lists and tips on what to pack, then you won’t find that on SHABL. It’s an incredibly funny, real, no-holds-barred account of one guy’s life on the road. It’s written pretty much how Rob talks in real life, and when you read it you get the feeling that he literally wrote everything that was in his mind at the time. As a result, you get a lot of honesty and sense from what he is saying. You also go off on a lot of tangents, but they’ll get you thinking about life, travel and what it all means.
What will you get out of reading it? A lot of laughs, an insight into what travelling the world is like if you go with the flow, and perhaps some inspiration to quit your job and sell everything you own.
Rob, what were you doing before you decided to leave Canada to travel the world in 2009?
I worked as an executive in a bureaucratic lobby group aka government relations for a specific industry. Did that for 5 years and enjoyed the groundhog day for the first few.
Can you identify a particular moment or reason that inspired you to quit your job, sell everything you own and travel the world?
Always wanted to go, the decision was like a stock that was in a VERY LONG consolidation phase and range bound. I wanted to go but I’d oscillate between I’m going to do this and I can’t give up what I have. It would bounce between those two extreme ranges for about 4 years. I knew eventually the quest would break out of such said range to the forget it or let’s do it now. One day it just broke through the roof of the consolidation zone and BTFO, so to speak. From there it was no turning back. Ditched the house first and then about 1 month later as the weather was turning, I went into my bosses office and said “we need to talk”. “It’s not you, it’s me” type thing.
How did the blog come about and what did you want to achieve from it?
Started it the day I left. Noting that I wanted to achieve except to document a trip around the world. I looked for travel blogs before I left and they were all boring crap like how to pack, where to go. I didn’t even know where I was going to go when I left, still never know, isn’t that part of the fun? Anyways, I wanted a blog that showed photos of where people went and what they got up to on a micro sale, couldn’t find it so I made it myself.
No it’s not but it gets boring. Almost 21 months on the road now so it’s getting repetitive. Looking forward to maybe going home part of summer or renting cribs and getting a life going. Being on the road makes you kinda fat and lethargic, I’d prefer to be jacked and cranked full of energy again. The problem is finding the right mix of “what’s best for you”. If not, you can get pretty isolated in a city if you don’t speak the language or know anyone. Some people do fine but I’m a people person so need to pick wisely. As an example, Bangkok = Awesome. Chiang Mai = Boredom.
Your blog is written in a very informal style as a day-by-day account of your travels. When do you find the time to write your posts whilst constantly travelling?
You make time for what matters most to you. I like updating it, hence it is a hobby. Everything is habits too, if you get in the habit of cranking one out daily, it’s just part of your day, we all make time for things we like and habits are powerful things.
What have been your highest and lowest points on the road?
Lowest was the hospital stay in Hoi An, Vietnam for the compound fracture to my frontal lobe in an inane bicycle accident. Highest was probably at some point in Amsterdam. That or living in the bush on the coast of Africa for 5 weeks. Maybe it was a 2 week birthday party in Lagos, Portugal or New Years Eve sleeping in a train station in Yogykarta because I forgot to book accommodations? I’m not sure.
You’ve been travelling since September 2009 and haven’t stopped, do you see an end in sight?
Temporary, I’d like to take a break, getting kinda routine now. Didn’t realize it until I started traveling with a friend who is still all open eyed about everything.
What’s your #1 piece of advice for newbie travel bloggers?
Figure what you want from the blog when you start and write accordingly. Very different roads you can go down.
What pearls of wisdom have you learnt since beginning your trip?
Life is short, do what you want when you want. The only person whose opinion matters is yours. Happiness is worth the price and we may be in the same marching band but we all march to a different beat.
What are your hopes and goals for you and your blog?
To keep doing it and for people to get an idea of what goes down on a trip around the world if their gregarious.