This week’s guest post comes from Dominic from Everyday’s an Adventure. Dom explains ‘To me, life is an adventure. While travelling in 2014/15, I was very lucky to see and do new things every single day. One travel buddy said, “you don’t need to travel to travel, it’s all in the mind” and so while at home, London living (in-between travels), every day continues to be an adventure! I started writing in South Africa, it’s something I love doing so why should I stop? Into the unknown, whether it be meeting humans or animals who can often seem so distant has fascinated me. The fact that their ways of living can be much greater and more fulfilling is something I am constantly attempting to experience and pick up and learn from’. Why not check out his site to see if he can help spur on your adventures?!
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
Hey I’m Dom, currently running Everyday’s An Adventure from West London. In and out of travels I’ve always been based here, but we do have Scottish Heritage.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time/part time/business/backpacker?
In September 2014 I went backpacking in South Africa and within the first day I met Christian from Germany who immediately became a life-long friend. He was in a similar boat and I figured out, from that day onwards, that travel is one of the most worthwhile aspects of life! I also gathered, within the first two weeks that I loved writing and sharing experiences so I guess very quickly I became a backpacker with a vision of running a business on the road i.e. a ‘digital nomad’!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I knew from a young age I wanted to explore the world independently. I’ve experienced many industries of work within the UK . Throughout my time at University I was tennis Coaching, working as the social media manager at a local pizza restaurant and being a barman at corporate events in the hospitality sector. Also part of the security team at many festivals and corporate events. Through these jobs and other odd jobs such as leafleting or selling cakes back in school etc, with careful budgeting I was able to save up over the years for the big trips.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Hey that’s forever going to be the toughest question to answer. Such great friends, experiences and sights in every single country.
Zambia provided an incredible variety:
- From the peaceful (and booze fuelled!) river cruises, getting to know the friendly locals while spotting animals such as elephants, hippos, monkeys and water buffalos
- To wild nights celebrating Halloween in Livingstone
- To the adrenaline pumping white water rafting which resulted in a canoeist coming rescue me from the rocks…I can say Zambia really was special.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I love difficulties, taking risks and overcoming the challenges so I can’t say I’ve got a ‘worst place’.
Rio was a city that was just bananas. I loved it and cannot wait to return. However, by being unlucky and personal life challenges at the time, I found myself in a few predicaments. Trekking through town, during the biggest carnival of the year with all my belongings, attempting to find my hostel by following directions from locals who sent me round in circles…and more circles, with a major lack of sleep having partied for 7 days straight… that was a trial. Exhaustion hit me physically,mentally and emotionally, it wasn’t easy. But hey, in the scheme of things it was no big deal? I was constantly learning!! 🙂
6. Do you have a bucket list? If so, where are the top 3 places on it?
Bucket list? “No” is the short answer. If tomorrow’s my last day, I couldn’t be more grateful for all the places I’ve experienced already! But hey, don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a few potential places in mind for the next few years of travel.
Ecuador → Venezuela → Colombia OR Cambodia OR go and explore more of Africa.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Hey very good question. That’s tough, but I am well known (and laughed at) to always having a few personal essentials. Juggling balls are up on the list. It gives me a huge buzz to teach others and there’s constantly new tricks to learn. [If I have to leave them behind for one reason or another, there’s always the surroundings to play about with!]
But there’s one thing I love even more, teaching others to juggle has been a lot of fun along my trips. It’s a fantastic form of ‘physical meditation’ that gives one an awesome inner feeling once you conquer the basic three ball throw. The inner belief etc.
A Compass is a recent must for me. My buddy Forris from Florida inspired me when he said whenever he ventures: North/South/East or West he knows the rough direction to head home when you finally make the return after an adventure.
And one of my favourite gifts I’ve ever received would be my first travel journal. Travel adventures,friends I met, how I was feeling, business ideas,pen-paper games, whatever it be, my life is in my journals and it’s a lot of fun flicking back once in a while.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Wow, that’s not an easy question to answer. I’ve been fortunate to have great mentors and role models around me (and virtually) who’ve put me in the mindset of being grateful for everything which makes life a lot easier and allows ‘happiness’ in every aspect of life… I could answer your question in so many different ways but I suppose ‘happiest’ when:
- Supporting others whether it be teaching or coaching in any form.
- The outdoors, anywhere in the world – the jungle is my new favourite (posts up shortly about my experiences in the Malaysian Jungle).
- Learning from inspiring people or totally different aspects of life that I haven’t been exposed to yet
- And when I’m around friends and family.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
In theory I’ve been blogging for just over a year now! I went to South Africa in September 2014 and there was no way I’d be calling up family and friends regularly so I thought a blog would be the best way to share stories and reassure everyone I was O.K. I started with google blogspot without a clue what I was doing to be honest. Other than one Facebook post and a few (10 tops) tweets, +2000 hits came up on the site which gave me both a shock but also confidence to think, “yeah let’s crack on….”
After many headaches regarding the whole front end of the website which included a number of theme changes, finally very recently I’m generally feeling good with the general look. I’m excited about re-uploading all the previous articles as well as all the new adventures, in time.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Hey, I’m looking to share FUN,interesting insights into as many different aspects of life as possible, across the world! After testing the waters in the next few months,I’ll be looking to have themed interviews with inspirational thought provoking individuals or groups. One thing for sure is that they will come from all walks of life including some very high performing individuals so we can all learn from the best!I have great belief in making this reach as many people as possible. You can count on me to be consistent with sharing quality content. Everyday’s An Adventure guys.
From ESLT – I love Dom’s zest for life and his belief that ‘Everyday’s An Adventure’. I think I often lose site of that and think I must be travelling or doing something out of the ordinary for it to be considered an adventure. Dom has reminded me that you can have adventure whenever and wherever and hopefully he can remind you too especially if like me you work full time. Seeing juggling balls on the your list of ‘What 3 things do you travel with?’ is awesome. What a great way of meeting people, I know for a fact I would be drawn to someone I saw juggling – what an icebreaker especially if travelling solo. So please let me take this opportunity to thank you once again Dom for taking the time to answer my questions and I do hope that everyday does continue to be an adventure for you.