This âEscape Artistâ section is a series In regards to people who escaped. Most importantly, this bimonthly column is for those who plan to trade their 9-to-5 lives with their legs hampered at the desk, to forge their own path. The outliers featured in this collection of interviews are the digital nomads, online entrepreneurs, and lifestyle trendsetters who decided it was time to tell the heck about it and grab life by. roots.
Marc Wiens runs Migrationology and Eating Thai Food, blogs that focus on travel and culture through food. After graduating with a degree in Global Studies from Arizona State University in 2008, Wiens traveled across South America on a solo trip, taught English, and hiked the mountains of Patagonia. He started blogging, photographing, and creating food travel guides, which turned into a full-time career. In 2016, he focused on cooking videos.
The âescape the 9 to 5â mentality seems to be popular now. What are your impressions ?
Marc Wiens Being able to use the Internet to communicate and disseminate information (in all formats) has completely changed the world. I think a lot of people have the bad impression of escaping the 9 to 5 and dream of a permanent vacation. But really, escaping the 9 to 5 is working harder, probably over 40 hours a week, while doing something you are passionate about while still having flexibility and freedom.
What was the âahaâ moment that sparked an ongoing journey for you?
MW I grew up traveling and living in several different countries with my family. It wasn’t an “aha” moment, but a state of mind I had when I was in college in the United States and was going to travel as soon as I graduated. With this goal in mind, I intentionally lived by working and saving throughout school.
How does a travel life compare to your life in Arizona before you hit the road?
MW When you are truly passionate about something, you create experiences that revolve around what you love. At Arizona State, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel often, but I had a group of friends from all over the world. When some of my friends learned how much I loved trying new foods, they invited me to their place or their dorm to cook. Now my life is a little different because I can travel with more freedom, but the experience of eating and connecting with people is available all over the world.
What inspired you to start Migrationology, and how did it first develop?
MW When I started to travel permanently, I started taking photos of every meal I ate and accumulated tons of food photos. I created a blog to share these photos and let my family and friends know about my travels. Initially, my blog was only intended for people I knew. As I continued to post, I noticed that my blog was growing and people were finding it through search engines, so I decided to provide some useful travel and food information to people. others. My blog has grown through a combination of search engine optimization, guest posts, and features on other websites and blogs.
Do you have a favorite travel story you’d like to share with Paste readers?
MW A few years ago I took a trip to Sri Lanka. Through a series of contacts, a friend and I ended up in the tea fields of central Sri Lanka and stayed with an amazing grandmother who was as excited to cook for me as I was excited to eat. One day I went to the market and bought a chicken and prepared everything by hand. We roasted and ground spices and squeezed coconut milk to make coconut oil for a Sri Lankan chicken curry. It was the best chicken curry I have ever eaten in my life because she put love in her cooking. Such experiences make food trips so special.
The âdream jobâ and âtravel blogâ mentality is also increasingly popular. Does the market seem saturated and how do you stay connected with your followers?
MW First of all, travel blogging is hard work, and if you’re not engaged and passionate about what you’re blogging about, chances are your blog will be just a hobby rather than a business. . However, I don’t think the market is saturated, and I think there are even more opportunities now than before. You have the ability to create better content than ever before, and there’s a world of marketing information right at your fingertips as long as you’re ready to learn. Then you achieve success by developing a unique angle, delivering useful content, promoting your content, and staying engaged. I stay connected with my readers through social media, especially YouTube and email.
What advice would you give to readers who wish to live a life like yours?
MW From a business standpoint, make it your goal to provide something useful to others. When you discover the intersection between your passion and how you can help solve problems and benefit others, this is when you can live your life with more freedom.
What are you most looking forward to focusing on in 2016?
MW Along with blogging, I focus on creating videos. It’s a format that I love to consume, and I think a lot of others around the world are doing it too. In 2016, I plan to create more food and travel videos on YouTube that both inspire and provide useful food and travel advice.
Carolyn Crist is a freelance journalist based in Georgia. She writes on travel, health and business for regional and national publications.