Perpetual journeyer Kyle Johnson craved freedom and adventure over material possessions and left the ordinary life to explore the world…
A lot of us are bitten by wanderlust and often daydream of quitting the rat race and opting for a life of full-time travel. But it isn’t easy after all. It does take a lot of courage to leave your home and set out to explore the world without a planned itinerary for life. Known as a global nomad, Kyle Johnson, fondly known as Gu Yue, is one person who has travelled from the fjords of Patagonia to the streets of the Mediterranean. Having left his job at General Electric to pursue a career as a professional backpacker, Kyle has documented his experiences in two bestselling books along with a couple of well-received television programmes. One of his most popular projects is a series called To Berlin By Thumb that talks about Kyle’s 100-day hitchhiking journey from Beijing to Berlin, only to visit his girlfriend.
Excerpts from our chat: (PS: Hope it inspires you to chase your dream!)
Q: Tell us something about yourself and your unrelenting passion for travelling the world.
I was born in Beijing and moved to the U.S. at the age of 11. Since childhood, I’ve always had a sense for adventure and exploration. After university, I worked for two years at GE Capital pursuing finance. But very soon, I realised that was not the kind of life I wanted to live. For the past twelve years, I have been spending majority of my time travelling around the world, living a lifestyle that emphasizes on personal freedom and growth than stability and material wealth. I think traveling is a great way to understand this world and ourselves. Read more