I am a break dancing Marine Biologist turned Adventure Travel YouTuber. On Fearless and Far, I uncover the weird and wonderful parts of our world that only a few have heard of.
This incredible journey started off with the worst souvenir I’ve ever had, and led to somewhere I couldn’t have dreamed of.
In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and a desire to meet all the animal celebrities I had spent my life obsessing over. Panther Chameleons were my Jay Z, Red Pandas were my Johnny Depp. This idea led to an epic 2 month volunteer project on a deserted Indonesian island called Hoga studying coral reefs. There was no running water, no mirrors, and SCUBA diving 3 times a day.
We were dirty, we were humans, we were cracked open. It changed my life. It was the most alive I had ever felt.
This led to a travel addiction, and eventually (get ready for this), a terrible toe infection after spending 2 months barefoot in Honduras. I would have never thought that spending 4 months in pain on a couch in Canada would be a blessing in disguise. At this point my life took a prominent fork in an unexpected direction.
As someone who was always on to the next thing… this was a prison. Restless energy crackled inside of me, I wanted to do something other than be on a couch… Anything.
While on the road to recovery, I was dared by a friend to do something that terrified me… to speak on camera for the first time, and create an application video for a travel video blogging competition. This was not my idea, very far from it actually. I was the kid who hid behind the book, praying to whatever deity that would listen when the teacher was picking someone to speak in class.
Through patience, persistence, and practice… take after take after take… I found my groove, and I ended up winning several travel video blogging competitions. These opportunities kickstarted my career as an adventure travel YouTuber. Flight Centre’s “Best Travel Job Ever”, Cathay Pacific Airways “Travel the World in 80 Days”, and Amble Resort’s “Island Intern” were a few of my gold medals. it gave me the skillset, the contacts, and the content to be where I am today. It’s been a wild ride.
Over the past few years I’ve appeared on many television shows with my work, Hosting BBC World’s “The Travel Show”, Discovery Channel’s “Fun Taiwan Adventures”, and well I’ve played large roles in travel web series with Skype and Malibu Rum.
When I’m not hosting, I am working as a Travel Filmmaker for travel brands, or as an Adventure Travel YouTuber on the channel Fearless and Far.
1) Did you go to school for making videos?
I did not, and while I don’t discourage that career path, I’m also happy I didn’t. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and during those 4 years I learned how the world works. I’m very happy with my science degree. For video, (or anything creative) I think it’s best to carve your own path. Finding your own influences and following your muse fosters a particular kind of creativity; one is that is your own. Isn’t that what being creative is all about?
2) Why do you film the weird things you do?
My parents taught me at a very young age that being curious is one of the best qualities a guy can have. Asking questions and trying everything once is an extremely powerful way to live your life. Now, I’m still very curious, and I love learning about people, places, and events that seem unreal. The world is filled with these interesting things, but you have to dig a bit deeper to find them.
Some of what I experience might seem strange (especially to new viewers on my channel), and trust me, they’re very strange for me too. I’ve fallen in love with the experiences that are shocking for me, but so normal for the locals of that culture. Eating Pickled Pigs Feet, or the Island of the Hanging Dolls, are pretty normal for the locals, but extremely strange for anyone else. For half the world eating a burger is disgusting. Who is to say which culture is right?
3) How do you travel around the world for free all the time?!
This is the number one question.
The beautiful thing about our world today, is you can literally get paid to do anything. It REALLY doesn’t matter what your passion is, as long as you embody it completely. You have to ignore the criticism and failures. You have to smile at the negativity that inevitably tries to stop you.
You have to remember that the stairs to success are built with the people who gave up.
The question is, do you want to forever be one those people who gave up? Or one who succeeded? Will you be happy with your decision for the rest of your life? It all boils down to willpower. How bad do you want it? Would you give up your everyday comforts to be able to get it? Are you going to to turn tail at the first pang of fear… of difficult times… or clench your fist and smash through? It’s your responsibility, and only yours. This concept can be either frightening or enlightening. It’s up to you to decide how you spend every minute of your life. The key is stop wishing, and start doing. There is no perfect time to start. You make your first video today. That’s how you travel the world for free.
4) What Gear and Software do you Use?
Checkout This Video if you want to see me explain everything in my backpack, or This Page where I’ve linked the items so you can see exactly what I use to create my videos. For software, I use a Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) for video editing on my MacBook Pro. For photography, I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to create my photos.
5) How did you start Vlogging?
I graduated university in Canada, and while I loved what I had studied, I didn’t feel like it was the correct path for me. I decided to start traveling with a camera instead. Vlogging was not easy in the beginning for me. I always laughed when people called me a natural… If you do 50 takes of anything, one is bound to be decent. That was my strategy in the beginning. The only natural talent I had for vlogging was patience.
After a few years of practice, I transitioned into Travel Filmmaking. I spend 3 years creating beautiful cinematic work for destinations and travel brands around the world. Most notably, a 25 Video Series about reunification of Germany for GermanyTourism with my friend Caspar of Story Travelers,
I returned back to my calling as an Adventure Travel YouTuber in 2016, and that’s probably how you found me now.
6) What are your favorite countries?
In over 50 countries, I would have to say Mexico and Indonesia are my absolute favorites. In no other countries have I experienced such a high density of amazing, and unbelievable things to see and do. I feel in either of these places you can head 10km in any direction and find something that’s extraordinary.
Have you heard of the Exploding Hammer Festival in Guanajuato? Or the Trunyan Cemetery in Bali? Two examples of the many wonderful things you can see in these places, and great examples on why I love these countries.