My name is Grant and I have a problem. I can´t stop traveling.
No matter where I go, what I see, who I meet or what I do, the longing for more is there. The undying thirst to go further lingers and strengthens by the day and at times I feel my desires are unquenchable. The more I see the more I want. The more places I go the less it seems I have seen. The more people I meet the lonelier I feel. It is a vicious cycle but I love it and wouldn´t change my ways for anything in the world.
I have lived in Mexico. Guatemala. Tanzania. New York City. Northern California. And now I live in Brazil.
I have backpacked around East and Southern Africa. Western Europe. The Middle East. Central America, Canada and the USA. Now I am about to embark upon a trip around South America.
There are days when I ask myself if this will ever stop. There are days where I pine to be home close to friends and family. There are days where I think I am crazy for becoming addicted to something as powerful as travel. The travel bug bit me hard and refused to let go. Now we live together in sweet harmony.
But the spontaneity and excitement of long-term world travel mixed with the satisfaction of meeting open and interesting people from around the globe surely outweighs the occasional bout of homesickness.
I travel not only because of the places I will see. I travel not only because of the lessons I will take with me or the languages I will learn. I travel not only to witness other cultures and different ways of life.
I travel because of the people.
This is how my love affair with hostels came about. To me there is no better place than a hostel to meet like-minded, curious and loving folks from all walks of life and because of this I have made it my goal in life to open a hostel. This will happen in Brazil and the process I am happy to report is already underway.
First things first…
After almost 5 months in Brazil I am about to set off on my first real jaunt in South America. I will travel around Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina and visit approximately 250 hostels along the way. As a traveling ambassador for inBed.me, my mission is to spread the word around South America. I can´t begin to describe how excited and happy I am to have such a wonderful opportunity. It would be like giving Michelangelo from the Ninja Turtles the chance to visit every pizza shop in New York City.
I am pleased to announce that starting next week I will be sharing articles, photos and videos from the road here on inBed.me. If our paths cross along this journey we will be able to share a lot more. I feel honored to be part of such an awesome team at inBed.me and I will do my best to bring you the best South America has to offer.
Peace, love and happy travels.