What is Global Gringo Travel About?

The word 'backpacking' carries with it a certain social stigma.   Close your eyes and think of the word 'backpacker.'  Dollars-to-donuts, you're probably seeing images of some young, probably from either Europe or North America, with an over-sized camping rig on their back, walking through some foreign land, with a copy of lonely planet in one hand.   They're probably either fresh out of college or even high school.  With little money in their pockets (or at least of their own), they're in their early-to-mid twenties.   They stay at youth hostels.    If you pictured this, you're probably not too far off from the truth.  

This isn't what we're going for here...
But world travel isn't limited to just freshly-minted adults with no budget or no taste of the realities of working an 9-5 job for years on end.   As the millennial generation comes to age, we're realizing more and more that life is too short to be held by the norms set by the generations before us.  As we face the reality that retirement will not come early, nor even at the time our parents expect to, we're constantly redefining our goals and what we consider to be a fulfilled life.

Not content to have just one unsatisfying albeit stable job for 40 years, our generation wants to take the risk to see the world, and while we're young and are in peak physical condition to do so.  

But traveling the world takes money.   It takes strength.  It takes know-how.  And most importantly, the right mindset.  

Go Go Global Gringo! isn't just an outlet for my traveling experiences (although it is one of the main parts).  It's also my gift back to a world that's teaching me so much so that others, in my same situation can experience the beauties of the planet we live on even if they have already started down the trap of lifetime employment.  

If you're in your early twenties and have just finished your studies and want to travel, that's great! You're more than likely on a tight budget, have never held a long-term professional job, and traveling either solo or in a group (i.e. you're not in a serious relationship and are traveling with your partner).   I respect you for not giving into the pressure to go out and immediately start working and instead travel.  Everyone should see the world, and you're doing it.  But the advice in this blog isn't ideally geared towards you.  

Go Go Global Gringo! is for all of those who meets any one of the following criteria: 
  • Has worked long enough to not only know what it's like to spend a lifetime in an office environment but has also grown accustomed to the comforts that come with it (good salary, good benefits, a cushy lifestyle).
  • Are in your late twenties/early thirties and have not yet committed to having kids and/or buying a house
  • Likes to travel but doesn't like the prospect of sleeping in dingy youth hostels
  • Loves to eat but doesn't want to spend months at a time eating just street food
  • Wants to know how to not completely stick out while in foreign lands
  • Is traveling with a wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Wants to get the most value out of your hard-earned money
  • Looking for travel 'pro-tips' that will make traveling much easier and by extension, more pleasurable
  • Enjoys reading about my travels, regardless of your background

If any of these appeal to you, then this blog should be right up your alley.  And if not, feel free to read about my adventures, I'm sure you'll enjoy them!

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