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Traveler Tuesday – James of Nomadic Notes

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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.

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!


[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.


[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.


[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.


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?

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