Interview With Chris From Aussie On The Road!

Today we interview Chris, check it out below!

1. What is your name, where are you from and where have you been in this world?

G’day! My name is Chris and I’m a 28 year old Aussie teacher and travel blogger. I got my first taste of travel heading to South Korea to teach back in 2007, and have since added the US, Fiji, China, Japan, and New Zealand to the list while doing the expat thing abroad.

2. What is your blog address? How long have you been blogging and what is the main focus of it?

I write over at Aussie on the Road where I’ve been pottering away since October of 2010. I only really started taking the blogging thing seriously back in mid 2011 though, so it’s come along in leaps and bounds since then.

Aussie on the Road follows my own travels around the world, but also focuses on self improvement and self discovery. While I do venture off the beaten track quite often, I also try to hit mainstream tourist spots and also keep things a little bit irreverent and inappropriate. A good dash of sex and romance in there too.

3. Besides the basic essentials, what is something you simply could not live without on the road?

I’m one of those terrible people who likes to be connected at all times. My iPhone and/or iPad come with me most places, much to the frustration of whichever unfortunate girl I’m traveling with.

I’m also a sucker for the company of my Kindle. That thing keeps me sane on even the most dire of long haul flights.

4. How has travel enriched your life?

I can’t begin to explain just how completely traveling has transformed me. I left Australia in late 2007 as a shy, naive, and completely unhappy person. Five years on I’ve loved and lost, I’ve grown immensely as a person (although thankfully not physically), and I’ve found the things that make me happy – teaching, traveling, and blogging. I’ve made countless great friends along the way as well.

5. Of all the cities you have ever visited, which 3 left the largest impression on you and why?

Ooh, tough one!

I lived in Gwangju, South Korea for two years and found it to be a wonderful temporary home. My article, 5 Things You Must do in Gwangju perhaps sums it up best.

Another city that left a resounding impact on me has been Sydney, a city I called home for two years between jaunts abroad. I have written countless articles about it and couldn’t possibly nominate just one.

Finally, I was quite smitten with quaint Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho. I loved it so much, I wrote a poem about it!

6. If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be?

I don’t know that I’d trade my life for anybody’s. I have a job I love, a pretty girl, my site is making me some money on the side, I live in China, and I’m surrounded by fantastic people.

7. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?

As it is, the blog is bringing me in a decent little pay packet each month – but the long term dream is to be able to quit working and do this as a job. There’s a lot of the world I’d like to see and a lot of stories I’d like to tell along the way. I feel like I’m definitely on the right track.

8. If you had 1 travel tip to share with the world, what would it be?

Try anything once. Twice if it doesn’t hurt the first time.

9. What stands out as your best and worst travel memory?

My best travel memory? I don’t know that I could narrow it down to just one, but I’ll try and pick one out.

It was my first year in South Korea and I was coming out of my first adult break-up. While in hindsight it doesn’t seem like it was a big deal, I was most definitely going through a bit of an emo phase when my friends convinced me to go to the Mud Festival.

It was night time and I was out in the Yellow Sea with one of my many new friends. Fireworks were exploding overhead, a pretty American cheerleader had just been throwing herself at me, and I had found my niche as a teacher in South Korea. It was just a moment of absolute clarity that told me I was going to be alright.

My worst came much more recently. I was traveling in the isolated Xinjiang province of China and got a nasty case of food poisoning (or possibly altitude sickness) that laid me low for two days with intense vomiting, diarrhea, and dizzy spells. We were driving for 24 hours on winding mountain roads without a real bathroom within hundreds of kilometers and it alternated between intense heat and bitter cold. I thought I was going to die!

10. Please list 3 of your most popular blog posts?

Travel with the Black Dog: My Battle with Depression

10 Tips for ESL Teachers

Hot Sexy Sex in South Korea

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