Perlin Earth is a triple threat. At once a photographer, vlogger, and YouTuber, he’s made it his mission to not only get out and experience all walks of life, but to document it for the enjoyment of his fans. And for those who get really inspired, he offers coaching on how to start incorporating more travel into your life now. Check it out here.
*All featured photos are taken by Perlin Earth.
I want to get started by learning about you and your background. Can you tell us a bit about your upbringing?
I grew up on the East coast of Australia. I was lucky enough to live on the beach for half my childhood where I got really into the surfing lifestyle.
My parents both traveled overseas and I saw the benefits they got from this. When I was about 13, we traveled around Australia by bus for over 6 months, during which time I got to experience the many different sights provided by this continent.
What was it that inspired you to lead this unorthodox, globetrotting lifestyle?
The surf trip I took with a friend to Bali, Indonesia. It was my first time traveling outside of Australia and it was then that I got bit by the travel bug; ever since, I’ve wanted to travel the world to experience what other countries have to offer.
So far, you’ve been to 90 cities, 24 countries, and 5 continents. What’s been your most fruitful, life changing trip?
There are so many great ones to choose from, but the most impactful trip I embarked on was 6 years ago when I traveled around the world. I had just finished a 4 year apprenticeship to become a chef and I had not traveled much. The trip took me to New Zealand, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Columbia, Spain, France, Austria, Lichtenstein, Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and England. I discovered so much and had so many new experiences; it definitely changed my outlook on life.
Where’s one place you’d most recommend going?
Budapest. It’s an amazing city; I lived there for a few months last year and it’s a great place to experience. It has a lot of history—castles are littered throughout the city, and it has a strong European vibe, with cafés everywhere and the quintessential cobbled streets. Plus, there’s a young and happening nightlife; the people are friendly, and it’s cheap to live.
Is there a particular place you’ve been that really shocked you, culturally?
Cuba. I traveled there 6 years ago, before it was open to America, back when there were very few tourists.
The place was locked in time, old crumbling buildings, classic old cars, very poor.
It had none of the conveniences enjoyed by more developed countries such as supermarkets, cafes, corner stores, usable internet, or public transport. It was a challenge for me as there was no hostels (only guest-houses) and I did not speak Spanish, so it was difficult traveling through the county by myself. But it was an experience I will never forget.
What have you learned about people as a global collective?
People are very friendly in every country I have been to. Very rarely will someone not respond to a smile and a wave with anything less then the same in return, regardless of their country, religion or difference in income.
What are the biggest myths you find people believe when it comes to travel?
The biggest one is that they can’t travel as much as they would like to, that their circumstances prevent them from traveling and there is nothing that they can do to change that.
You coach people on how to incorporate more travel into their lives. Can you share one of your top tips that anyone can implement?
Look up the exact cost of traveling to the place you would like to go, then make the decision that you will travel there within 6 months. Set up a “travel savings” account and put every spare bit of money in that account and watch it grow!
What’s most important to you in life?
I’m still working that one out, but freedom is definitely up there. Not being stuck in a dead-end job that I hate, and being free to live a life of adventure and possibility.
Do you have any favourite quotes or mantras that you live by?
Gandhi has two quotes that resonate with me a lot.
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
“Actions express priorities”
Both quotes centre around taking action towards change in your life, instead of just talking about it.
What advice would you give to someone trying to craft a life they’re really passionate about?
Surround yourself with influences that you aspire to—find friends that share your values and read books by people you admire.
Finally, in wrapping up, where are you off to next & how can we follow your adventures?