Today, we continue our series where we sit down to interview fellow Travel Bloggers and get them to give up some of their best travel tips for you, dear reader. Next up, we get to discuss the wonders of travel with Jay Jackson whose tagline is one of my favorite quotes “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain. Jay is on a mission to see as much of this old planet that he can and he shares his exploits in his popular travel blog Jay Travel.
1) What is it about traveling that makes you smile?
Learning new things, meeting new people and crossing something off of my Bucket List.
2) What is your favorite place in the world?
Not sure I have a favorite place, the experiences I’ve enjoyed the most have been the most diverse. The one that comes to mind was my trip to South Africa. The big city-concrete jungle feel of Johannesburg felt drastically different than the safari environment of Kruger National Park which also felt a world apart from Cape Town’s laid back nature and extremely beautiful vistas.
3) What place would have to pay you to come back and even then you’d have to think about it?
None really, every experience is valuable and gives you something – no trip is completely awful. That said, my least enjoyable trip was to Rome, Italy. Overall, I was fairly underwhelmed by the city due to the general filth and the so-so attractions.
4) What is the best piece of advice that you’ve been given about traveling?
Open your mind. If the locals do something differently – it doesn’t make it wrong – it’s just different. How many times have you heard Americans say the British drive on the wrong side of the road?
5) How has traveling changed you as a person?
The world is a beautiful, ugly, exciting, relaxing, sensual, dangerous and wonderful place! Experiencing other environments, cultures and customs has enhanced my life with the memories of each amazing location, experiencing new cultures and becoming more knowledgeable about the world in general.
6) Have you ever volunteered during your travels? If so, what did you do? If not, will you ever?
I have not yet, but it is certainly something I am open to.
7) What is the best piece of advice that you can give our readers?
Put together an itinerary. Doesn’t have to map out every 10 minutes of your travels, but having an idea of the things you want to do, account for the timing (opening/closing times, hours needed to complete, etc.) and the overall cost. It’s the best advice I can give to ensure you get the most out of your travels.
8 ) Since this is a budget travel blog, what is your best budget tip, bar none?
Eat where the locals eat. Tourist locations are money pits; eating where the locals eat will almost always be cheaper and usually taste better (at least be more authentic).
9) Where do you plan to travel this year?
Domestically: New York, Tampa, climb Mt. Rainier near Seattle and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Internationally, Antarctica and hopefully India in September.
10) What are the three things that you could never do without during your travels?
MP3 player, Netbook and video camera.
About our Traveler
Jay Jackson is from my hometown of Atlanta and shares that while he hasn’t been everywhere, it’s on his list! Check out his website, Jay Travel and be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook and enjoy his fantastic travel videos on YouTube.