The Young Traveler’s Network series showcases candid interviews of young people worldwide and the inspiring stories of how they navigate their lives and travels. From studying abroad to becoming an expat in some of the most remote corners of the world, these young travelers share their stories to educate, inspire, and empower others to take a travel risk or two.
I’m excited to share my interview with Young Traveler, Jackson Groves, who moved to Hawaii with his girlfriend to travel and work remotely.
Having studied journalism Jackson loves writing, and his stories are often of people with an inspirational mission or cause. He also recently became interested in photojournalism—as you can tell by the stunning photos.
Jackson moved to Oahu, Hawaii over a year ago from his home in Australia. This summer he plans to go back to Australia to travel around the continent and then head on to South East Asia with no specific dates or bookings.
Having grown his social media platforms from the ground up in the last 7 months he’s seen the good and bad and now wants to pass these first-hand skills onto his clients to help them succeed as well. Jackson enjoys freelance journalism and photography jobs on the side as well.
In his free time, he spends his days on full-out adventures, on amazing hikes, and exploring the island.
He shares his adventurous lifestyle with his equally adventurous girlfriend, Jessie.
They’ve recently created a travel blog called Journey Era which chronicles their world tour. Their niche is, of course, adventure and they share the most adrenaline-pumping, eye-widening places they visit, along with their personal experiences.
Being a young traveler at 24, Jackson acknowledges that he’s had to make some sacrifices that the friends he grew up with haven’t had to.
Seeing many of his friends in his hometown who own apartments, nice cars, and have steady careers sometimes shows the real contrast of the lifestyle he’s chosen for himself. He also misses his family and friends and doesn’t like having to leave them all behind with each new trip.
At the end of the day, he has no room for regret, as these are the choices that afford him his adventurous lifestyle and they’ve taught him to appreciate those things all the more. What keeps him going is his curiosity and adventurous spirit.
Jackson believes the important thing is to make every decision for yourself. That doesn’t mean you made the decision without asking anyone for advice—it means you made the decision. He tries his best to make every decision without wondering how he will be judged by his peers, by society, or by the world.
He says this:
“Sometimes think it would be great to stay in Hawaii, as we’re creating amazing opportunities and networks here… But my insatiable desire to feel out-of-place in a beautiful, new location that makes me leave.
I need to wander through new streets and figure out how a society works, admiring the beauty of each new country. When that desire fades, will be the time that we decide to find a home base.”
What is the purpose of this series?
This initiative is driven by my desire to inspire other people in my age range and show them that travel for us is not only invaluable but very possible—sometimes you just need to see someone else jump before you do!
If you’re interested in being featured and you are younger than 26-years-old, apply here.