The Quick 6
with Gary Arndt of everything-everywhere.com

Gary Arndt from everything-everywhere.com

When it comes to the big names in the online travel universe there are few, if any, bigger than Gary Arndt, so it was an easy decision to ask him to be our first interview. Not only was he one of the original travel bloggers (so long ago that the word “blog” did not even exist!) but become so good at sharing his adventures online that in 2010 he was named as one of the top 25 blogs by Time Magazine.

He currently has over 2 million followers across social media and is also recognised as one of the world’s top travel photographers. Gary has been on the road for several years now with no permanent residence, and his desire to explore shows no signs of fading.

We are thrilled that Gary generously gave up some of his time to answer our Quick 6.

What experience made you fall in love with travel?

In 1999 I was sent on a 3-week, around the world trip for business. I visited Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, Belgium, and England. That was my first real experience traveling internationally and it got me hooked.

What made you decide to share your adventures online?

I had been running a personal website since well before they were called blogs. When I did my 1999 trip I created a small website to share my travels with everyone in my office. Given that I’ve spent most of my adult life online, it was a natural thing for me to start a website.

Where did you go furthest outside your comfort zone and what happened?

It would probably be bungee jumping in New Zealand, which I’ve done twice. Both times I was scared as hell before I did it, and I don’t even remember the first few seconds of it.

What advice would you give someone that is worried about expanding their own travel comfort zone?

Odds are, whatever they are worried about, millions of people have done before them. Whether it is engaging in an activity or visiting a place, they aren’t the first person to have done it. I just think my way out it and realize that whatever I’m worried about is in my own head.

What is the first thing you want to do when you visit somewhere new?

The first thing I usually do when I go somewhere new I just walk around the neighborhood. I find out what is around me and try to get the lay of the land.

If you were given an open ticket to travel, what would be your destination?

I’d go to the South Pole because it is a very expensive trip 🙂

The final question was originally “If you could only go to one place for the rest of your life where would you go?” but it was reworded after a surprising answer from Gary.
“No matter what you pick, what you’ve just defined as a prison. I don’t want to go to prison.”
At first I thought this answer was a little extreme but the more I thought about it the more he was right. To have to spend your life in one place, no matter how idyllic, would become to feel like being trapped in a prison.
After all, the world is too amazing not to want to keep searching for new adventures.

You can find out more about Gary by following the links below.

All photographs courtesy of everything-everywhere.com