Meet the Travel Bloggers: Escaping Abroad

Meet travel blogger, James Kelley or of Escaping Abroad.

When, why and how did you start your blog, Escaping Abroad?
A culmination of things in my life led me to start the blog. I’ve been involved in making websites since I was 13 years old. After my first trip abroad to Belize I started following and reading a lot of other bloggers such as Nomadic Matt and Johnny Vagabond. I decided if they could do it, why couldn’t I?

Snorkeling with Nurse Sharks in Belize, courtesy Escaping Abroad

Snorkeling with Nurse Sharks in Belize, photo/courtesy Escaping Abroad

How did you get that name and what does it mean to you?
Well as anyone who’s searched for a name knows the first ideas were all taken and that was actually one of my last choices. It ended up being the perfect name because it represents what I really feel like I’m doing. I’m escaping the normal American lifestyle for something different abroad.

You recently ditched your job to travel full-time. How do you finance this?
I did ditch the full time job, but with my background I was able to continue working while I traveled. We’re very lucky to live in this age of technology where simply having an internet connection not only means staying in contact with friends or family, but you can also use it for work. I make enough working two to three hours a day to fund all the traveling I’m doing.

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, courtesy Escaping Abroad

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica,  photo/ourtesy Escaping Abroad

Where’s home?
To me “home” is wherever I happen to be sleeping today. Before I left, home had been Phoenix, Arizona for the last 12 years. I actually grew up in the Midwest.

Where you now and where are you off to next?
I’ve just returned to Phoenix to enjoy the holidays with family. Now that I have the experience of traveling through Central America down I’m dying to head to Asia and explore all of it!

What is your traveling style?
I wouldn’t really say I fit into any of the traveler stereotypes. I traveled both alone and with others. I’m happy camping, in a hostel or a luxury resort. I do prefer to stay in one place for a few weeks at a time when I can, rather than constantly moving all the time.

I have stayed in hostels but prefer the privacy of my own room and ‘luxuries’ like hot water. The problem when traveling alone is that hostels double charge you for a room so I generally find it cheaper to stay in budget hotels – or even cheaper is to rent a place for a month at a time.

Antigua, Guatemala, courtesy Escaping Abroad

Antigua, Guatemala, photo/courtesy Escaping Abroad

What excites you most about travel?
The unknown. Before I started traveling every day began to feel the same – repeating one after another. During travel I get to experience new cultures, new foods, beautiful landscapes and I never know what to expect. It brings out an entire range of emotions on a daily basis that I rarely ever felt back home. I feel alive.

Are you an adventurous traveler?
I like to think so! In the last few months I’ve hiked active volcanoes, scuba dived with whale sharks, and traveled through ‘dangerous’ countries alone. Being out of your typical ‘comfort zone’ is the best thing you can do. Many will find it funny, but the biggest fear I have during travels is flying. But you can’t let fear stop you from following your dreams. I’ve flown more than 20 times since and although I still get nervous before takeoff I’ve overcome that fear and made all kinds of unforgettable memories by doing so.

Munching down at the annual Lobsterfest in Belize, courtesy Escaping Abroad

James munching down at the annual Lobsterfest in Belize, photo/courtesy Escaping Abroad

What’s your most memorable travel experience?
Snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico. I love seeing wild creatures whether it’s on land or in the water. During the right season you can hop in the water with dozens, or even hundreds of whale sharks and they constantly swim all around you. The rush from being next to something so large and in its own habitat is just indescribable.

What excites you most about travel?
The unknown. Before I started traveling every day began to feel the same – repeating one after another. During travel I get to experience new cultures, new foods, beautiful landscapes and I never know what to expect. It brings out an entire range of emotions on a daily basis that I rarely ever felt back home. I feel alive.

Chichen Itza, Mexico, courtesy Escaping Abroad

Chichen Itza, Mexico, photo/courtesy Escaping Abroad

What’s your favorite place you’ve been to so far?
How do you choose just one!? Every place offers something unique and different But, I think if I have to narrow it down I’m just in love with Belize. Scuba diving for me is the best part of traveling and the underwater experiences there are unforgettable. Every time I hop in the water there I see something new. Unlike hiking through forests and jungles where you can go hours without finding any wildlife, being underwater in Belize guarantees an up close and personal encounter with wild creatures!

What’s the biggest fantasy on your bucket list?
I’m dying to see Southeast Asia. It has the allure of being very affordable with an unlimited amount of outdoor adventures and cultural opportunities that you can’t help but want to experience firsthand.

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, courtesy Escaping Abroad

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, photo/courtesy Escaping Abroad

James Kelley, a U.S. born and raised 20-something worked in an office his entire life. The average “American dream” was his nightmare until he quit it all to escape abroad. He’s now living a life of adventure and excitement without boundaries or borders. His blog, Escaping Abroad is about his journey traveling across the globe and his experiences along the way. You can follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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4 Responses to “Meet the Travel Bloggers: Escaping Abroad”

  1. Agness
    November 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Me and Cez are big fans of James and follow his blog on a regular basis. He is so flexible with his travels. As he said he’s always happy camping and hiking and does not mind sleeping in a hostel or a luxury resort. Our boy!

  2. Ian Smith
    November 24, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    get yourself to SE Asia, and don’t wait. I have visited over 40 countries yet don’t really consider myself that well travelled. The sights, colours, and food are just exceptional, but best of all is the wonderful hospitality and the sheer quality of their hotels.

    I’d be interested to hear what other readers think.
    Enjoyed the article thank you very much, and have bookmarked it

    • Billie Frank
      November 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks for bookmarking. He seems to be headed to SE Asia and lots of other places.

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