Traveler Tuesday – Patrick of Adventographer
I love Patrick of Adventographer description of himself: “a 30 something, unadmitted millennial traveler from Canada. I’m also the adventure-loving, coffee-drinking, culture-seeking photographer and writer…” I'm sure with the adventures that he has had that he has had a lot of opportunity for some damn good cups of coffee!
Let’s meet Patrick!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I’ve always had an appreciation for travel. I was lucky enough to grow up on the west coast of Canada where exploring is part of the culture and day-to-day life. But I really became a traveller about ten years ago when after some turmoil in my life I decided to buy a motorcycle and ride south from my home to the end of the Pan-American Highway in Panama. Not speaking any Spanish or having any overland travel experience this turned out to be quite the undertaking, but 35,000KM and 10 countries later I’d had a life-changing experience.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I’m getting to the point where I can’t quite consider myself a backpacker but I’m not someone that seeks out all the luxuries when I travel either. I’m a ‘flashpacker’. I don’t mind treating myself but I’m very deliberate about how I spend my cash while travelling.
 What do you love most about traveling?
What I love about traveling is the discovery, pure and simple. That feeling of being somewhere new, somewhere unknown—even if only to you—where with every corner you turn or stop you make you uncover another part of the place or culture. Nothing I know can replicate that feeling aside from travel.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
How can one dislike traveling? Sure there can be annoyances and difficult situations but it all comes down to your perspective. If you find your disliking something try adjusting your perspective! If I had to choose one thing that I disliked about travel it would have to be poorly behaved tourists! Be respectful of the places, cultures, and people you’re visiting!
 Why should people travel?
I believe that people should travel if for no other reason than to open their eyes to the world beyond their norm. The people, places, and cultures you experience while travelling change you for the better. Compassion, tolerance and
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
I would love to have been able to travel with the man who inspired the idea of national parks in America. The one and only Ansel Adams, a famous conversationalist, traveller, and photographer.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
My three travel essentials aren’t anything out of this world. They depend a lot on the fact that I’m a blogger and photographer. In the end, I don’t leave home without 1) My camera bag. As a landscape and travel photographer, I don’t feel whole until I have 20lb of cameras hanging off my back. 2) A Smartphone. Phones these days are so useful for travel. A simple SIM card purchase when you land in a new country gives you access to maps, information, and even translations right at your fingertips! And 3) My Journal. I started journaling early on in my travels and find that it really helps me reflect and even recall my trips at a later time. As a blogger, this is doubly important because sometimes I don’t get to write about my travels for months afterward I would forget a lot of the small details without the help of my journal.
 If you’re a foodie, what's your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
I’m not sure I’d consider myself a foodie but I do really enjoy awesome food. So far one of the best cities I've found for food has been Athens, Greece. The Orizontes restaurant atop Mount Lycabettus, overlooking the whole of Athens has not only a stunning view but culinary delights to die for!
 What's one location on your bucket list?
What location isn’t on my bucket list? As a photographer and a traveller I’d love to explore the Patagonia region of southern Argentina and Chile. Torres Del Paine, Los Glaciers National Park, etc all get me really excited! While I’m there we might as well toss in a trip to Antarctica!
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Write what you know! So many people will tell you to fake it until you make it but I’d offer the other side of the coin. Blog what you know about, there will always be an audience that wants to hear your take on something IF you’re the expert in the field!
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
Brendan's Adventures – Brendan is another Canadian living the dream, building a great blog, and travelling the world full time. He doesn’t sugarcoat things and shows both the ups and downs to travel.
The Savvy Backpacker – James and Susan do a great job blogging their travels and featuring stunning locations along the way. Their city guides are some of the best ones out there!
Mr. Money Mustache – Not exactly travel but Pete is the man when it comes to making your money work for you… If you want to travel a lot you need to be smart with your money, Pete’s self-proclaimed “badassery” has helped me travel more, buy a house and invest.
Patrick's Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: YVR – My home airport, voted best in the world many times over
Mode of Transportation: Motorcycle
City or Country: Istanbul, Turkey
Travel Gear: Noise Cancelling Headphones
Travel snack: Just feed me and I’ll be happy!
Book: Skeletons on the Zahara
Movie: One Week
Song: On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
Quote: “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it” – John Mayer
You can keep up with Patrick on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and of course on his blog. Wherever you catch him, I am sure you will enjoy his travel adventures!
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Patrick’s story is pretty awesome! A solo motorcycle adventure to Panama – Amazing! I’ve only been to a few countries so going to ten sounds awesome. Experiencing new cultures and places is on the majority of peoples bucket list.
So cool! Love learning about travel!
What a great interview. Patrick’s comment about Ansel Adams made me suddenly think of what a great duo Adams and TRoosevelt might have been!
I love the bravery of not knowing Spanish, but not letting that stop you from traveling all the way south to Panama. Bravo Patrick!
Patrick has such a great attitude! I totally agree with his pet peeve of tourists who act terribly while on vacation. Just because you’re on a trip doesn’t mean the world revolves around you! And many people act so disrespectfully to locals.
This is awesome! Patrick, your pictures are stunning and it looks like you have gotten to visit some amazing places. I love that you are just off on your motorcycle, seeing the world.
How amazing that at such a young age he decided to just take off. I actually wish I would have. I travel a lot now but probably would have enjoyed the learning experiences so much more when I was younger. I am like him I take my camera case everywhere. You never want to miss that amazing moment! Loved reading about Patrick! Keep on moving!
Well hello, fellow Canadian! What an adventurous life you live Patrick. I am so you have had many great (and prob not so great) cups of coffee. In my opinion, a trip with a view and a cup of coffee is all one needs.
Loved reading about Patrick and his perspectives on Travel.. And his photos are super stunning! I also love that he loves Ansel Adams, one of my fav photographers too!
Oh this is an awesome profile and that picture with the silverback gorillas is absolutely bonkers!! So cool.
My goodness those travel photos are AMAZING. I could definitely learn a thing or two from Patrick!
Stunning photos! I love that instead of listing dislikes, he focused on changing perspective. That’s a great attitude to have!
Loved reading this – Patrick’s photography is INCREDIBLE!
Loved reading this – Patrick’s photography is INCREDIBLE and I loved reading his tips.