Interview with Gustav Andersson (The Modern Nomad)

Today's interview features Gustav or The Modern Nomad – his site is easily one of the most user friendly ever.

I also love Gustav's point blank advice – "Don't do miles. Find yourself a nice airline patron and fly stand-by!"

Read more of Gustav's 'life hacks' below.

How, why and when did you get started to blog your thoughts on travel?

I review my life every New Year's Day. In 2011, I suddenly realized that I had accomplished most of my goals as an investment bank programmer in London, and that my personal growth had plateaued. It was time to change my life, and my gut told me to do it big, and become a nomad.
I started the blog partly to write about this different lifestyle, but also to write more generally about the importance of actively choosing how to life one's life, and when making that choice, to do so with passion and bravery.

Are you a full-time blogger? If so, do you live a rich lifestyle? 🙂

No. I did try to make some money through the blog, mostly through donations, but I can count on two hands the number of donations I've received. The blog has actually cost me more than it has earned, easily.

What has been your most popular post so far?

Friendship Observations. In it, I describe the emotional journey with regards to the fact that most friendships do not remain active when you move away, from anger to acceptance. It really touched people, and I got so many comments from people who have had identical experiences, not perhaps from beginning a nomadic life but the more common journey of relocating to a new city. No matter the reason for moving, one can not count on those old friends staying in touch. But, the post ends on a positive note, but I'll leave it to you to find out what that is.

What's your favorite country/place you have traveled to and why?

Burning Man in Black Rock City, without a doubt. It is a place like nothing else, where 60'000 individuals build a community based on art, creativity, self-expression, sex and gifts. It has become my emotional and spiritual home, and I go back every year.

Where would you want to live if you'd have to settle on one place?

Sydney. It has amazing weather, amazing people, amazing nightlife and plain simply works for me!

If I would be looking for beaches, mountains, city life, nightlife – where would you send me?

All of that? Sydney. The mountains are a two hour train ride away, and they aren't really mountains. I am soon going to Vancouver though, and that sounds like the perfect fit for all of the above, but, I don't really know yet.

What was the most embarrassing travel situation you ever faced?

Being stopped at the border of Australia and had my phones, passport etc taken away from me, kept in a bare room for 20 minutes and then grilled for another 20 before being let in. I had done nothing apart from taking the on-flight cheese and crackers across the border…

What was the most complicated flight itinerary you have ever booked?
I fly stand-by mostly, so although the itineraries are not that complicated, they quickly can become so if you don't get on your intended flight and then have to draw up an alternative route on the back of a napkin and hope you will arrive where you intended to go before nightfall.

Worst/Best pickup line you heard (/used if you are a guy!)?
"I'll host you. "

What is your favorite hotel you stayed at?

I stay at people's houses quite a lot, or short term rentals. My strangest one amongst those though must have been the Hawaiian hoarder who lived in a farm house that was stacked with useless stuff with only a small path in between the debris leading from room to room.

What gadgets help you out on your travels?

I live out of my bag, so most of it is taken up by the bare essentials like clothes, laptop, camera.

Check out The Modern Nomad at www.themodernnomad.com