34. The one with the interviews

Name: Glenn, my Dad

Age: also a hard question

Dream occupation: do you have to be paid for it? I would say fatherhood.

Current occupation: Public servant

What have you learned/what do you know about keeping in touch with family abroad? How amazingly convenient it is compared to what is used to be. When I was younger (ugh) it was a big deal, you know, it cost money and letters, and time, it was a hassle. Unbelievable how convenient it is today. Because it’s all about communication when people are abroad.

What are some of your travel goals for this year? New Zealand and Australia. I’m looking forward to the cruise.

Recent song you listened to: Something on the radio, probably Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself over the course of this last year? (Doesn’t have to be travel related) Not travel related, but how easy tiling is. I did the kitchen and it’s a lot of work but it’s not hard.

Do you feel there’s stigma about traveling abroad and taking time to travel? No. Go places that are interesting for personal growth and development. If you’re going on a trip to lie on a beach for year, that’s not growth. Meeting people, creating networks, that’s what it’s about. In terms of whether or not it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous to walk down the street in your own town, that can’t stop you. There’s risk in traveling when you aren’t aware of your surroundings or doing things you wouldn’t normally do.

Last words and thoughts: Go swimming. Have fun. You’ve got to have fun, otherwise don’t do it. Most people can’t afford to travel when the cost of education and being swamped by billls and the cost of living. If you can afford it, do it. Do things that push you. Go see a marsupial that smiles at you. Learn to surf.

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