Texas native James Meeker traded his jeans & boots for flip flops and board shorts when he sold everything he owned, packed two bags, and set off to Australia as part of his world tour. Since 2019, he’s been documenting his journeys around the world on social media. While he has big travel plans in his future, he’s currently staying in Cairns, Australia.
What’s your favorite part about travel?
My motto is, I’ve no strangers, just friends I’ve not met. Getting to meet new people and hear their stories is such an important part of this experience for me. It’s incredible what you can learn from people when you take the time to listen.
What would be your advice for someone else who wants to do what you’re doing?
See if you have the passion for it. Decide where you want to go and the best time of year. Then, give yourself a year to put the money together. As soon as you’ve saved enough for your plane ticket and hotel, book them. Don’t hold onto that money. If you do, you’ll spend it on something else. Make that commitment as soon as possible.
If you had to start this journey from scratch, what would you do differently?
Everything’s worked out well. I’m not unhappy with any of the choices I’ve made. Sure, there are little things I might change, but overall its been great.
Be sure to follow James on Instagram.