Travel Bliss Interview Series:
As part of my ongoing Monthly Interview Series wherein each month, I feature two interviews with people from around the world – who may be a home-maker, a traveler, a blogger, or a biker or a painter or a potter or an entrepreneur or a writer or just about anyone who have chosen to follow their bliss against all odds, let me introduce you to Adam Cheshier who runs his Blog website: Wanderway.
Adam has been traveling solo since his final year of University. The trip turned him into an experience-seeker. He grew as a person more than he ever had, and it left him thirsty for bigger risks to go travel.
During those years, he took several backpacking trips all around Europe, North Africa, and Southern Africa but continued going home to Malta because he had made friends from all over the world there and loved his life there.
In May of last year, Adam was banned from 26 countries in Europe for overstaying his visa by ten days, including Malta!
In Adam’s own words: “I’m highly interested in creative and inspiring people and my entire reason for traveling is to find and be near those people.”
Adam’s aim is to inspire people like him to make decisions that will change their lives, too!
Over to you Adam 🙂
1.Tell us about yourself.
Hello, Maria. Thanks for the introduction. It definitely makes me sound a lot more exciting than I am.
I am inspired by people I meet every day. They have taken me on the craziest ride of my life. Through them, I’ve been able to accumulate quite a wide landscape of stories which I like to tell through writing.
As of last November, I am a published novelist which is my proudest accomplishment to date. You can check out my fiction travel novel on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Summer-92-Romantic-Generation-Drifters-ebook/dp/B07HVW4RZK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1556850384&sr=8-1 )
2.You are the founder of Wanderway Travel. Please tell us more about it. How did you conceptualize it into being? What was your thought process behind it?
Wanderway has taken many turns throughout the course of its four-year existence. It is a reflection of my own personal inspirations which are ever-changing and plentiful.
As of now, the blog is used to tell my own stories, however, I feel it taking on a humanitarian voice very soon as my inspiration reflect my travels in Asia so far.
3.You mentioned in your blog that you rejected the typical path taken by most people of your parent’s generation, which led you to a life of nomadism. Tell us more about it.
For the past years, I’ve not been in one place longer than a few months at a time. I’ve grown some roots and relationships in cities and countries around the world, but I can’t consider any of them permanent living situations. I’ve always got to have an escape route wherever I go.
4.Did you face any challenges / difficulties during the course of your journey? Please elaborate.
Oh, yes. Where do I begin? – it’d be easier to list the eases of the journey. The style of travel I’ve adapted to is no cake walk. I can’t stand when travel is too easy or routine.
5.Any one lesson learnt or travel moment you will not forget?
Too many to count. You can re-call some of my best memories on my blog in the Top 100 section which I’ve started to document my favorite 100 travel stories.
6.Apart from traveling, you are also very passionate about writing. In fact, you are quite a storyteller and have many published works which you have collaborated on or written around the internet and offline and also a published fiction novel! The tagline for your website very aptly states: A Traveler’s Open Storybook Wow!! How do you do this?
The key to finding unique stories to tell, is to leave yourself open to the situations. Throughout my travel, I’ve found the best attitude to take in any given situation is the “Yes” approach.
Say “yes” to 95% of the opportunities that come your way and you are guaranteed to be living new experiences and stories. You will find most people you encounter are beyond hospitable and are willing to go out of their way to help you out. These always make for the best stories.
In addition, hardships and bad times also make for some of my most memorable stories because there is always underlying silver-linings in each.
7.What is your idea of Bliss? Are you following your Bliss?
Bliss is when I’m surrounded by like-minded people in an environment which allows me to be myself in whichever capacity I require. I’m always chasing my bliss, but it is not always easy to find. Recently, there are many more responsibilities getting in the way as well.
8.Please tell us about your vision/dream about starting a humanitarian organization.
After being the first western volunteer in the small village of Turkeyfontein, I realized just how unbelievable and inspiring the children there are.
This led to my desire to give them the resources they need to succeed which level-out the playing field. There’s only so much I can do as an individual so baby steps will be taken at the beginning.
To begin, I want to be able to provide the funds for high school graduates of rural communities in developing countries to afford college application fees (especially when pertaining to universities abroad). I believe giving them this chance is the first step to letting them prove what they are capable of.
9. That is truly a very noble vision towards a very noble cause. Any words of wisdom / advice to all the people out there? There are so many of us who have certain dreams or passions that we want to pursue, but are struggling within ourselves, are not sure or are second guessing and having doubts about it. We could all do with some inspiration!
I’m no one to give advice, but I do love to see people putting themselves out there. If there is one thing I could say, I would remind readers to remember life should be lived in seasons. Just because you are interested in something today doesn’t mean you have to be deeply interested your whole life. Branch out, find new interests, follow inspirations, and don’t get stuck pursuing a former passion.
10.Wow! I really liked your thought: “Life should be lived in seasons!” What next Adam? You are constantly learning, traveling, exploring, writing, telling stories, publishing books, being creative, inspiring others and reinventing yourself. What more do you have up your sleeve that we can look forward to?
Stay tuned on Wanderway as I am soon going to update the blog with stories from my last six months in Borneo. I’m also moving to Bali, Indonesia at the end of the year. From there, I will be planning a cross-country walk – which country has yet to be determined.
Thank you Adam for doing this interview with me! Your journey and all that you are doing is truly an inspiration for me and all those reading this blog.
I wish you all the very best in everything that you do and sincerely hope that you continue to follow your bliss.
Finally everyone, I have to say this, you have to read Adam’s Blog Wanderway in detail, especially his travel stories in My Top 100 . It will blow your mind off 🙂 I have read a few and I am already hooked to it and bookmarked his page to read every single day, till I know every single of his travel story! My admiration for Adam has grown in leaps and bounds. No wonder, he is interested in creative and inspiring people, because he himself is an absolute treasure trove of knowledge, wit, creativity and so much inspiration! No one after reading his blog will turn away uninspired, this I guarantee you 🙂 as I am one of them.
Stay tuned for this space, as I come out with another smashing interview very soon
Till then, keep traveling and keep sharing your stories of inspiration here.