This week’s guest post comes from Jordan at Global Debauchery. She explains about her life growing up as a child of the military ‘I don’t ever remember disliking my nomadic lifestyle and think I was always mesmerized by new places, new people, and new adventures. As an adult, I continue to feed my insatiable appetite for travel. A full-time Web and graphic design director, I’m admittedly not brave enough to quit my day job and pursue my travel fantasies as a way of life, but I have managed to land a gig with ample time off and am constantly planning my next big trip. I’ve also landed a husband who’s crazy enough to join me in my hair-brained pursuits. With a craving for the road less traveled, a healthy sense of adventure, and a lot of laughs, we’ve dubbed ourselves “Adventure Partners for Life.”’
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Jordan Campbell and, while I presently live in Washington, DC, I’m not actually from anywhere. Raised a military brat, I spent most of my life moving every few years, a lifestyle that undoubtedly shaped who I am today. I had the amazing opportunity to live in three different European countries and in five different US states, all by the age of 18. I’ve moved twice since then and have accumulated a number of additional countries on my roster, from Ecuador to Iceland to New Zealand.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Part-time all the way until [early?] retirement. I’m admittedly not brave enough to travel full-time, though I have the utmost admiration for folks who do. I do like to come home to my kitties, Ophelia and Esmeralda. (Sadly, they’re not packable.) I’m committed to completing the 40×40 Challenge, 40 countries by age 40, and this definitely lends itself to backpacking. My husband and I usually travel to more than one country on any given trip. Five more to go in four more years. I think we’ve got this!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
I’ve been fortunate enough to land a full-time job as a design director that offers ample time off and funds my insatiable wanderlust. While I’m very much focused on making sure I can continue traveling past retirement (and that I might retire early to do so), I’m also focused on not letting life pass me by in the meantime! I don’t think I’d be happy at a standard American job that only offers me two weeks’ leave per year.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Oh, man. So many options to choose from! The country that always seems to come to mind for me when asked this question is Iceland. We traveled the Ring Road. The scenery is truly other-worldly and the people were so incredibly friendly. We went out on the town one night with some new found friends and got to see an elusive arctic fox on the road! It was just an all-around memorable trip. Rome might come second for me. I think it was the food…
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I honestly don’t think there’s ever been a “worst place.” We’ve had kinks in our travel plans before that made some parts of some trips a little stressful, but that really had no bearing on the places we were visiting. My husband and I are always just so happy to see anything new and to meet great people along the way. Every place has its goods and bads. This is something I learned very early on moving from place to place.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
My Bucket List choices used to be New Zealand, Iceland, and the Galapagos Islands. But I’ve completed those now and other destinations have cropped up in their places. I have no idea how to rank them, but other dream journeys for me would be Chile (Atacama and Patagonia), Cambodia, Nepal, Namibia, and Antarctica. I guess I’m too greedy to just pick three! Shameless…
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My husband, my camera, and my favorite thermal Nike zip-up. I’d like to test out solo travel at one point in my life, but I love sharing memories with my #AdventurePartnerForLife. I love photography, but as a designer, I often spend more time editing photos in my design programs than taking the perfect shot the first time around (full confession, don’t judge me). I also have this heat-retaining sports zip. I’m always cold and it’s great for layering. I have to be careful what I eat, though; the scent of goulash has been known to emanate from its fabric days after the meal. …It’s still my favorite.
8. What makes you happy and why?
My husband, my furbies, new places, and new people. The first three are probably for fairly obvious reasons, but meeting new people on the road is what really makes traveling extra special. I’ve met so many amazing people with such interesting stories, it really puts life into perspective and confirms that good people exist everywhere. I met a female solo traveler in Galapagos who just came from Antarctica; she decided she was going to travel around the world at the age of 40, and she was doing just that. I met a kid in Fiji who’d just come from a UN internship in Myanmar and was making the most of his gap year. I met a group of doctors doing charity surgeries for third-world children once. Inspiration can truly be found in all corners of the world.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Global Debauchery was actually started several years ago, but has recently been revitalized. I’m testing it out on a new platform with a new design, and am adding some fresh material. I started blogging because I enjoy writing, I enjoy travel, and I was desperately seeking something travel-related to do in between trips. I was also always being asked how I managed to find such great travel deals. That was the initial purpose of Global Debauchery, to share discount tips. Then, I started posting daily journal updates while on my trips and they received a lot of great feedback, so that’s been incorporated to the blog you see today as well.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Global Debauchery covers a wide array of travel-related topics—from discount tips to tech recommendations to inspiration. It has periodic features from guest bloggers and includes some of my own crazy mishaps. It also has a lot of ideas on how to create adventures in your everyday surroundings, something all travelers need and something that also appeals to a wider audience. I think what makes my blog unique is its diversity and overall perspective. I hold nothing back in my writing, and I often find entertainment in otherwise un-entertaining scenarios. I truly appreciate any and all support. Please take a moment to check it out and subscribe!
From ESLT – thank you Jordan for taking the time to complete my questionnaire. I love that you set yourself the challenge of 40 countries by the age of 40 especially as you are based in the USA. I’m 32 and (I think) at 34 countries but it’s easy for us over in Europe, especially on the mainland, sometimes you simply need to drive an hour and you are in another country. I have no doubt you will hit your target and I can’t wait to find out what further challenge(s) you set yourself. Your list of things that make you happy are the exact same things that make me happy – my husband (Mr ESLT) who I travel with 99.9% of the time and my furbies, Max and Leia and like you I could never leave them to travel full time. And may I add – food in Rome – YES!!!!