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I took a 7 week coast to coast road trip after being laid off from Boeing. I didn’t have a camper but realized that being able to pull off the road at a rest or truck stop was the way to go to make the trip affordable. With a few sheets of 1/2” plywood and misc. hardware this is what I came up with. The effort was well worth the time and materials.
Interview with Jess Hay, Australian Photographer and Traveller
She talks to us about her adventures overseas, her thoughts on volunteering and her life spent through the eyes of a camera lens.
When did you first discover your passion for travelling?
I spent most of my childhood in a little shack without electricity right on the sea. I spent most of my days exploring, making jewellery from shells to sell at local markets and meeting other children on adventures along the beaches. I always knew when I finished school I wanted to spend my days exploring the world so when I graduated it became a reality.
Where has been the most interesting/your favorite place to travel to so far?
In winter this year I spent a few months living in a little cabin in the Austrian Alps with other travellers from around the world. We were all volunteers for a gracious young host; the cabin was used as a little cafe in the mountains for hikers. We would spend our days baking cakes and bread, greeting explorers, cooking beautiful meals and reading by the fire. I designed a permaculture garden and when spring finally came and the snow melted I was able to sow the garden. It was such a unique experience to live with people from extremely different cultures in a little attic in the snow.
Do you prefer travelling through the mountains, deserts or coastal areas?
I honestly prefer to just travel amongst nature. But because I grew by the sea I will always have a deep love for the ocean. I prefer going to the smaller regional towns in countries where the life-style is real and not driven by tourism.
When organizing your adventures overseas do you prefer to be spontaneous? Or do you do everything by plan?
I am quite spontaneous. I can be a planner too but I like to be quite relaxed and it’s so warming to keep your options open because a lot of the time travelling opportunities presents themselves when you least expect them.
Has there been anyone that you met whilst travelling that made an impression on you?
Everyone I meet alters my world perspective in some way, big or small and touches me in some way. This last year travelling I spent mainly volunteering and I made a lot of close connections with people after living with them for months on end in small villages.
Has your photography style changed at all from when you just started travelling?
I first started photographing when I was 8 with film. I think my style will always be similar to that of when I was a child but the subjects are constantly changing the more I explore.
When you take photos do you focus on the people, the landscape or the culture surrounding you?
There is always a main focus in my photography. I used to only take portraits but travelling has taught me to focus on beauty in different areas, whether that is an old rusty door of an elderly woman living alone, the first flower of spring, a lone moth finding warmth in a lantern. Photography is always such a personal avenue to me, a way for me to document the small things throughout my life.
How did you become involved in volunteering?
I have volunteered a lot through my life it has always left me feeling far satisfied in comparison to working for money. It’s an exchange based on passion and skill. This last year I volunteered for so many incredible projects and got to live in so many unique places and explore areas I otherwise would not have afforded or had the opportunity to.
What are the sorts of things you do when you volunteer overseas?
This last year I volunteered in many places. I taught English to a lovely family in Paris, picked olives in an Organic Olive Mill in Crete, Greece, I sewed and cared for children in a 500-year-old Castle in Scotland and designed gardens and baked in the Austrian Alps. All of these experiences were very unique and allowed me to live in countries for long periods of time. I met so many incredible people and lived in so many unique places. I usually volunteer while travelling using this website: www.helpx.net
What have you gained personally from your time volunteering?
The ability to realise that life is there for us to enjoy and to take with both hands, appreciate and follow what makes us happy. I love learning through travel, it’s such a natural and well-rounded way to learn through life. It has also taught me those possessions although at times feel so necessary really aren’t. I am happiest when I am on the road with my backpack, camera and a good book in my hand.
Tell us some reasons as to why you would recommend volunteering?
I feel volunteering gives you an entirely different view of the world. To be able to live with families from all over the world in smaller villages and live amongst different cultures in such an honest way, a way where the exchange is not through money but pure passion and love is such a special way to explore the world and immerse yourself in different cultures.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young traveler, what would it be?
All you need to travel is inspiration, a few dollars in your pocket and an open mind. I first left home and travelled a year mostly on my own when I was 19 and it taught me far more about myself than I could have imagined and gave me such a beautiful perspective and insight to the world around me at an age where I was still quite impressionable.
What is your fondest memory/moment/story from your travels?
I have travelled lands that have taught me more about the world and myself than I ever could have imagined. I have lived in more countries than I can count on both hands. Yet the most important thing I have learnt from being a part of so many cultures is that at the core we as humans are the same, we all thrive for love, to be accepted and to be happy. What is it you dream of doing in life? Working in an Orphanage? Owning acreage? Travelling to India? Becoming a Shoemaker? A Poet? Grasp it with both hands, as we are lucky enough to have the freedom to do so why not give it a chance?
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*Females of the World thanks Jess for taking the time to do this interview. We wish her all the best on her future travels around the globe. *
this gal is amazing <3.
us <3. at pantai purnama in bali. I want so badly to be back in that beautiful place with my beautiful boy.