Discover Weekly: Q + A with My Favorite Wanderers

September 27, 2016

As  I have said on my previous post, I have been in awe with travel photographers so much that it's the thing that keeps me motivated and focused lately, which is definitely good for me. In my 23 years of existence, I have finally found out what I'm passionate about; I want to roam around the earth and see the world! I just have to take one step at a time.

Meanwhile, as I am still "working", I have to constantly take a doze of inspiration. I've sent out random questions to my favorite wanderers on Instagram. I was dead curious of their opinions on certain topics and ideas. I'm really flattered thankful and honored that they could squeeze this in on their busy on-the-road schedule. They've been really cool about it - you guys are awesome!

From Kimi Juan

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1. What inspired you to travel? Like, when did you realize that you need to get out there and see the world from your own perspective?
Traveling happened on a whim for me, so it was just something I decided out of the blue. I quit everything I was doing at the time and dedicated my time to traveling. My decision was mostly inspired by the need to escape, and just wanted to keep doing it for my whole life. Now, its my job to travel the world and take photos.

2. Whether it's a good or bad experience, what was your most memorable trip?
 I'd like to think every trip is memorable. I always told myself I didn't have a favorite location because every place has its own certain charm. 

3. What is your dream traveling experience?
I'd really love to visit Africa, Jordan and Morocco. I really want a non-beach experience and visit the desert, go on an epic safari and visit different colorful cities. Iceland too has always been on the list for me, a change of scenery would definitely be the next step for me.



4. What's the best advice you have received and value most?
Be proactive, not reactive.

5. If you could settle anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I don't think I'm at a point in my life where I could settle in one place for an extended period of time, though if I were to choose one I'd say I'm quite content here in New Zealand

6. What's the best foreign food you have ever tasted?
Without a doubt the food I had in the Greek islands is the best I've ever had. The climate there is too warm for me but their food is top notch.



From Dylan Furst


1. What's your most embarrassing moment while traveling?
I think the most embarrassing moment while traveling for me was falling asleep on a beach in Australia, then waking up early the next day with people walking all around me. This was about 6 years ago when I solo traveled Australia after high school.

2. Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion?
I love traveling alone. There's something about the freedom and unknowns that is so appealing to me. When I went to Australia when I was 18, I bought a one way ticket. Once I arrived I had no plans, I literally just got on a train at the airport and started my trip. I think going into a trip with minimal plans and no expectations is always the best, you aren't ruled by time constraints or schedules. You can just do whatever you want, and if something comes up you don;'t have to change your plans for it.

3. Who is the most interesting person you've met so far?
I've met a lot of interesting people, but the one that stood out to me the most would be a fisherman in Norway. I was in Norway shooting for a company and I only had a few days to complete the shoot. I was getting stressed out and unsure if I could meet the expectations. I got up for sunrise on one of the last days I was there and drove around looking for a good place to shoot. I saw a fisherman in front of his house paddling his boat around. He came into shore, and I made conversation because I thought the boat would make a great prop for my shoot. Unsure if he would let me, he turned out to be the nicest man I have ever met. He was born and raised in the small town of Olden, Norway with a population of 498. Every morning he goes in front of his house and catches fish for the neighborhood, just because he loves it. He seemed like the happiest guy on earth, and he really didn't have much. It really put things into perspective for me, and he was more than excited for me to use his boat for the photos. The photos I took from his boat ended up being used by the brand and made almost all of the national magazines. It was definitely my biggest accomplishment in photography, and was honestly one of the best moments of my life. I'll never forget how kind and happy he was, it made a huge impact on my life. 


So those are the few firsts, I'm definitely posting more Q+As! They really take a while to reply but then when I get an email from them, my heart just skips a beat lol! I'm currently waiting for a few more replies, I got really excited so I posted this out!

I hope you guys had fun as much as I had. Feel free to drop some questions on the comment box below that I'll try to ask them for future posts. :) x

2 comments

  1. Love this post!!! I love Dylan's posts too. I've also been following Kimi for a while now. :)

    How I wish I could also ask for a quick Q&A with the people that I look up to! Hehe

    xx jhanzey.net

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  2. Dylan's last answer hit me. It showed that the best experiences in life or the best lessons in life is when you experienced it with a person, may it be a stranger, friend or an enemy. No matter how small, big, poor or rich they are. We all have lessons to carry and to spread the word even though we many not directly say it but pure actions could already be the way.

    This is a very nice read, Ate Nikaia. I can't wait for more. :)

    Augustin Ra / Indie Spirit

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