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Interview with Benjamin Jenks: Passionate traveller extraordinaire

Have you guys seen this sick video? Watch it, it’s ultra worth it.

And guess what? I got an interview lined up with him.

Check this space soon!

Update:

Hope you guys managed to watch the video, cause here’s the interview!

The video alone speaks volumes for Benjamin Jenks, but here’s a little bit more of him.

Benjamin Jenks, from Adventure Sauce  is both a passionate dude of life and an expert in making viral videos.

I’ve Skyped with him a couple of times before and I must say, he’s no ordinary guy who just happens to love going on holidays.

Nah man. Benjamin is deep.

He travels and absorbs life!

If you love travelling, want to start travelling, then check out this interview. Or hell, even if you don’t care for travelling, find out what it’s really like to go to different places. It ain’t just going on holidays.

Benjamin Jenks has it all when it comes to understanding life outside and also how to make the most of it.

Want to know how to travel many places at a cheap rate? Read on.

Hey Benjamin! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. First off, tell us a little about yourself and Adventure Sauce.

Yo! I’m Benjamin Jenks… and I create inspirational films to help young adults live a life that will blow their grand children’s minds.

Your video which went viral is frigging amazing! Which parts of the world have you been to? What is it about travel you love most?

Thanks! I’ve been to almost all of the states in the USA, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, the Netherlands, and The Dominican Republic… but I will visit a bunch more in the coming years.

I love the feeling of coming into a new place and seeing everything for the first time. Exploring… meeting people… and appreciating the little differences.

Do you think traveling is for everyone?

Yes. Everyone can get something out of travel.

In one of your articles, you stated that anyone can travel the world regardless of how much money you have in your bank account. How do you do that?

Well… money is an important factor, but many people think you need a monster trust fund to make it happen… this is not the case. In a lot of cases (especially in the USA), you can spend less traveling the world, than you would kickin’ it in your hometown.

I use Couchsurfing and spend a fair amount of time in countries that are extremely cheap to live in (like parts of Southeast Asia and South America).

There are also a number of ways you can make money online to supplement your income as you travel.

Freelance writing, being a personal assistant, computer programming, or blogging are just a few of the ways, but there are many ways you can make money as you travel. I’ve created a list of ways at my own blog. Input your email address there for 142 ways you could make money as you travel.

You stated that traveling the world would help you see our current world situation better. Tell us a little bit more on that.

What do you think people in general are missing out on when they are holed up at home?

You learn much better, when something is in your face.

You learn about different people, when you meet them. You learn about different countries, when you go there. You learn about different foods, when you eat it.

You learn more about yourself too, when your cultural environment is removed and only you are left.

A dude living in Small Town Kansas that meets the same 15 people throughout his life, will never feel much pressure to learn about the crazy shit happening in Africa.

I am sure you met a lot of people in your travels. What is your takeaway from interacting with others of different cultures and what do you think others can learn from it?

We are all pretty similar.

We want to eat, have sex, sleep, love, and feel important.
We want to engage in activities we enjoy and we want to be happy.

If something attacks us, we will defend what is ours.

The more I talk to people from all walks of life, the less angry I get at other people for their beliefs.

People who surround themselves with those who are similar to themselves, could miss out on seeing the common, deeper motives their ‘enemy’ has.

Unfortunately, a lot of us are unable to travel much. What then, would you suggest to us to be adventurous without traveling?

Travel around your hometown or the next town. There are always new places to go, even if that place is a 10 minute drive away. Explore the next city… be curious and ask questions, just like you had entered the city of Tibet.

Many people’d think that traveling is totally awesome and fun. Is it always so? What were some of the challenges you faced in your travels?

Traveling can suck at times… just like any adventure.

It can be lonely to be away from your support network. It can be embarrassing to fuck up little details that everyone around you gets. I’ve lost friends, who thought I was selfish for doing what I wanted to do. I don’t have a crew of life-long friends, who know everything about me.

Plus the challenge of traveling can completely change how you view the world… which is terrifying at first. Everything you think you know will shift and you will wonder, if you will ever feel stable again.

But once you get through these challenges a few times, you will build a sense of confidence and faith that all those wise dudes and dudettes are writing masterpieces about.

You will feel like you can do anything.

You will feel a stable support network within yourself, wherever you go, and this will give you a sense of true freedom that most will only wonder about.

Lastly, what tips do you have for budding travelers out there?

If you must travel, then take one action right now towards your goal of travel. Don’t wait until tomorrow.

You can start with simple steps like:

Put 1$ into a travel fund that you just created.

Google the place you have always wanted to go and check it out.

Email a travel blogger about your dream destination and ask them a question.

Sign up for my 5 free travel lessons and check out how you can get started on your own adventure now.

Thanks and I’d be happy to answer any questions by email

Rock the world,

Benjamin

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6 comments

  1. Paul - May 21, 2012 5:24 pm

    Benjamin mentions: “I create inspirational films to help young adults live a life that will blow their grand children’s minds.”

    I have to say that what both you (Alden) and Benjamin bring is ageless. I am 43 y/o, I spend all my younger years carefree and wondering the world and the USA (sometimes too carefree and got my self in deep trouble from time to time). For example, my parents dumped (yes abandon me during a trip) in Bangkok Thailand at the age of 16, where i stayed on my own for 8 months. Prior to that i spend my high-school years in POM PNG. I traveled a lot of Asia and a good part of Europe still being a minor (under 17 y/o).

    Then i finally bought into the Grow Up, Get Responsible, Get a Career, then Build a Business or tow or three…etc! Then the world and life went flying by.

    Now i arrive at 42+ and reflect. Great WebSited – To both of you! I am finding my second wind and with your inspiration, i am putting things in motion (just started building a new site and business http://www.ePreneurial.com (Business solutions for the new business owner and all entrepreneurs)

    Thanks again guys! keep up the great work!

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    • alden - May 21, 2012 6:41 pm

      That’s awesome Paul!

      Man being dumped must feel like hell. I can’t imagine being dumped by my own parents.

      What was it exactly which spurred you on to buy into the whole grow up stuff?

      Nice website btw.Keep rocking it man.

      P.S. I love Bangkok. I really frigging do.

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  2. Denise - May 22, 2012 4:35 am

    Awesome interview. I LOVED his answer for what to do when you can’t travel much. I need to follow that advice. As it is, I don’t travel like… at all. But, I should at least start local, and work my out further.

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    • alden - May 22, 2012 6:45 am

      Go for it Denise!

      Sometimes I intentionally take a different route to some place just for kicks.

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  3. Izzy - May 22, 2012 6:15 am

    Alden and Benjamin,

    Fun and very different interview. There were two quotes that really resonated with me.

    “The more I talk to people from all walks of life, the less angry I get at other people for their beliefs.”

    This is so true, yet I never even realized it until I read it. I do a lot of travelling. I am from America, but I currently live in Japan. I have a lot of friends back in America that are just so angry and fired up about every little political situation. Yet, they never take the time to understand the other side.

    When I was younger I used to get really fired up about these things too. Hands down no doubt, travelling has made me way more understanding of different perspectives on the same issue. Now rather than trying to prove my point, I enjoy understanding the other side.

    The next line that really resonated with me is: “Traveling can suck at times… just like any adventure.”

    I love hearing this because it is the truth! Sometimes travel is wearing and draining. I have a hard time listening to my friends who went to Europe one time, for one week, and then claimed it changed their entire life… Yet they have the same job, get mad about the same crap, and still don’t care about other people. They glorify travelling but don’t actually get anything out of it.

    One of the greatest things about travel is that it does sometimes suck! It makes me appreciate the little things in the world like a warm bed, a nice meal, a loving family, and being able to communicate just to name a few.

    I also, think that if someone wants to truly enjoy and experience the awesomeness that travel can give, they must accept the bad that can come with it.

    Great interview on both ends.

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    • alden - May 22, 2012 6:52 am

      Thanks Izzy!

      For real, this is what real travelling is all about and that was what I was hoping to get out of Benjamin.

      Benjamin is an awesome dude who sees things for what they are.

      I’m glad you got something out of the interview. I think it’s important to realize the world is huge, with seven billion people out there. From there, we should realize wherever we’re located at, there’s always more to life.

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