Traveler Tuesday – James of Nomadic Notes

Traveler-Tuesday
I deeply admire long term travelers. They are the adventurer, the gypsy that  I long to be. If I started my life over I would be a digital nomad, just like travel blogger James Clark of Nomadic Notes. James is kind of based in Vietnam and travels the world leveraging his online media business to bring in income and create opportunities for the next travel destination.

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He is smart, a talented photographer and knows how to maximize his travel. Even if it is taking advantage of a single day in my favorite city, Paris!

Let’s meet James!

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[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

My first trip outside of Australia was to Hawaii in 1995. I was instantly hooked to the travel lifestyle and I started planning my next trip when I got home. Each trip away got a little longer, and when I ran out of holiday time at work I applied for work visas in the UK and Ireland to continue my travel addiction.

[2] What is travel to you in 10 words or less?

The pleasure of the journey and the destination.

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[3] What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

Plane or train, depending on the circumstances. If I can avoid spending a whole day in a bus by flying, then great. In Europe I like getting the train as I can work in comfort and arrive in the centre of a city.

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[4] What do you typically do while traveling by plane?

For short flights I read a book and for long haul flights I usually do a movie marathon.

[5] What is your favorite travel memory involving food?

One time that stands out was when I arrived in China for a 2 month trip. I arrived in Hangzhou and there wasn’t anything in English and nothing that indicated what I might be able to eat. I ended up having the instant noodles that is available everywhere. Not a good start to my China trip.

The next day I met a business contact of a friend of mine and he took me out to a famous restaurant. He ordered a huge selection of delicious dishes and in typical Chinese business man fashion would not let me pay. It was a memorable introduction to Chinese food.

Hangzhou-Food
Photo credit: Lim Ashley

[6] What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?

Be yourself and write from your own perspective. We already have Wikitravel so the world doesn’t need more “thing to do” type lists. Instead just write about what you saw in a place and how it relates to you.

[7] Where to next?

I was recently in Buenos Aires and Uruguay. Then I headed to London where I attended World Travel Market, and now I’m back in my current home base of Ho Chi Minh City.

Thanks James!

You can keep up with James on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram as well as his blog. Wherever you catch him, I am sure you will enjoy him adventures!

How about you? What would you like to know about James?

58 Comments

  1. Kyla Currier
    February 3, 2015

    If I could change career paths, I would love to be a travel blogger!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Kyla, you and me both!

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  2. Wow, how much I admire James! I can relate to his problem with ordering noodles in China. We had this happen in Germany once, where no one spoke English and the menu was entirely German. I can’t complain as I’ve definitely travelled more than the average person, but I always long for more. I also have continued to travel mostly in Europe and would love to go to other places like Australia/New Zealand and South America. Thanks for introducing us to James, Andi!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Christina, my pleasure. I definitely love bring travel bloggers to people’s attention, everyone has a different style or story, it is fun!

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    2. James Clark
      February 5, 2015

      Thanks Christina!

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  3. Jeanine
    February 3, 2015

    I have always wanted to travel! Sadly, I don’t get to ever! Would love to someday what an adventure it would be to travel the world!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Jeanine, in the meantime while you are waiting for your “big” trip go out and explore your own backyard, there are so many hidden gems no matter where you are!

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  4. Local Adventurer
    February 3, 2015

    what is this famous restaurant in china? i must know! we went to a place called Lei Garden and out of all the food I had in Shanghai, that was probably the best. Beijing is known for their peking duck, but i didn’t really enjoy the food there. I also found a larvae in my food one day. -_-

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  5. laurie damrose
    February 3, 2015

    It sounds like he has some fabulous adventures.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Laurie, he certainly has!

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  6. Chelsie
    February 3, 2015

    *sigh* I lived in China for five months and love hearing about others’ experiences while in China. I had the best time there! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Chelsie, I spent nine weeks there and did several 2-week trips after that and loved it as well!

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  7. Cara (@StylishGeek)
    February 3, 2015

    This is a wonderful feature on James. I’m with him on his blogging advice…be yourself. Because that is what really makes our blog unique. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Cara, it is great advice. In the end you are “selling” yourself.

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  8. Taralyn
    February 3, 2015

    Love this interview! Definitely great advice!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Taralyn, so glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. jen
    February 3, 2015

    I can’t remember many men being featured in this feature, Andi. It’s nice to learn about James and Nomadic Notes. I really like that profile pic of him on his blog – the one with the Vietnamese street/alley in the background.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Jen, me too, I love that photo! And it is weird because most digital nomads are men, but I haven’t been able to get their attention to be interviewed!

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  10. Chelley @ AisForAdelaide
    February 3, 2015

    I would both love and hate to be a travel blogger. I want to see more places, but to be away from my family would break me!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Chelley, thankfully you can have both. Your trips can be as long as you want with plenty of family time in between.

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      1. Chelley @ AisForAdelaide
        February 3, 2015

        I wouldn’t know where to get started,,, but now you’ve got me dreaming!

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    2. James Clark
      February 5, 2015

      Good point, Chelley. I do know some digital nomad families that manage to travel with children and apparently the kids love it.

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  11. Heather
    February 3, 2015

    This.. this is the life right here. I would love to be a travel blogger!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Heather, it certainly is exciting. Lots of work, but you are your own boss and James has some amazing offices!

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  12. Karissa
    February 3, 2015

    I’d love to be able to do more traveling.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 3, 2015

      @Karissa, when you can’t get out and about in the world, explore your own backyard! And you just went on a cruise so that’s fun!

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  13. John Thuku
    February 4, 2015

    What a great interview with wonderful advice. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Mai T.
    February 4, 2015

    Nice to meet another wanderlust soul! And I always look for the unforgettable food they offer.

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  15. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    February 4, 2015

    I love this series! James’ definition of traveling is awesome!

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  16. Myrabev
    February 4, 2015

    Such an inspiration, i hope one day to be able to travel and like you if i had to try my life again i would try traveling a lot more

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  17. Brenda
    February 4, 2015

    Aw, this interview really gives me that itch to travel!

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  18. Rebekah
    February 4, 2015

    What an amazing way to spend life – traveling all over the world and experiencing different cultures… and the wonderful food that comes with it!

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  19. Debi @ Life Currents
    February 4, 2015

    I love to travel, but with great company. What a fun job if you can take a long your loved ones too. Thanks for this post, it was fun!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 4, 2015

      @Debi, there are many couples and family that are digital nomads, most with really fantastic blogs!

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  20. Katie
    February 5, 2015

    I have to agree, travelling by train is my favourite method of transport. I love to see incredible parts of a country and be able to walk around!

    Katie <3

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Katie, the train is fun and I enjoy it too!

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  21. Rosie
    February 5, 2015

    What a lovely interview, I loved the tips on being a blogger. Its so true that there is always wikipedia & wikihow to tell you it all. Great post. Love your blog
    Rosie
    http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Rosie, thanks, I am so glad you enjoyed it. I love learning about other travelers.

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  22. Charlotte's Little Web
    February 5, 2015

    Thank you for introducing us all to James! What an exciting way to celebrate life. Makes me want to start planning my next trip! Thank you again for sharing!

    -Charlotte’s Little Web

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Charlotte, so glad he could inspire you!

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  23. Laurie
    February 5, 2015

    Travel is the pleasure of the journey and the destination. Love that quote!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Laurie, me too!

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  24. Carrie Chance
    February 6, 2015

    great interview! I wish I could travel.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Carrie, maybe the traveling spirit will lift you out of your house to explore the area around you. We may not be able to gt across the country or the world, but there is always something interesting going on in our own backyard!

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  25. susan quackenbush
    February 6, 2015

    I enjoyed this article and the pictures are awesome. Thank you.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Susan, thank you! And thanks for all your comments and support of Google+!

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  26. Deidre
    February 6, 2015

    Love this all. I just want to be a traveler! SO badly.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 7, 2015

      @Deidre, there is a little traveler in all of us dying to get out!

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  27. Shipra
    February 7, 2015

    Being a travel blogger sounds so glam! Thanks for sharing! <3

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  28. Lindsay
    February 8, 2015

    Some days all I want to do is just to pack up and travel the world! I admire these travelers!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Lindsay, I hear you! As soon as I win the lottery I am gone for good!

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  29. Corina Ramos
    February 9, 2015

    I think travel bloggers are facinating. Great interview Andi!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Corina, my pleasure so glad you enjoyed it!

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  30. Emily Augustine
    February 9, 2015

    I am jealous! He looks like he has a great time! I would love to travel more…

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Emily, if you can’t go across the country or the world, you can still explore your own backyard.

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  31. Winter White
    February 16, 2015

    This series is giving me some major wanderlust. Checking out Jame’s blog now.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      February 16, 2015

      @Winter, I don’t apologize for any winter wanderings 😉

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  32. Ale @ Cheap Flights with iFly
    April 29, 2015

    I love being a travel blogger. Every time I write a piece, as if I am also taking a trip to the place in my topic. So cool!

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