Twipper of the Week: James Kelley from Escaping Abroad.


Current city: Bangkok

Age: 30

Total countries visited: 21

What makes you interesting: I’m just an average guy following his dreams.

What brands do you love: Sony Mirrorless Cameras, Osprey Backpacks and LA Sportiva Shoes.

Describe what YOU bring to the table on a group trip: A positive attitude, an adventurous spirit, and I love sharing and socializing about new experiences with like-minded people.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Although I’m a picky eater, I find myself trying new dishes every week as I live in Bangkok. I don’t like a lot of them, but I have found some new favorite foods.

If you were given a free trip tomorrow, where would you go: I haven’t been anywhere cold in a long, long time. I’d probably head off to hike in Patagonia!

What does “Travel” mean to you: It means many things, but most of all travel is to live. Traveling brings out so many emotions and unexpected experiences that you rarely, if ever, have in your normal, everyday life.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: On my first trip outside of the country to Belize. The way of life and the attitude of the people was very different from anything I’d experienced before. After the first couple countries, there wasn’t really a culture ‘shock’ anymore, as I never assume I know what to expect from a new place.

What was your best and worst travel experience: I’ve had so many wonderful and amazing experiences over the last 4 years that choosing only one is incredibly hard.  Swimming with whale sharks in Belize was definitely one of the best! The worst experience was rushing to the toilet to vomit every 10 minutes after consuming large amounts of lobster at the Belize Lobsterfest; while staying in a very hot and humid, moldy shack on the beach with no A/C. That’s one night I’d like to take back!

Next travel destination: No idea!