Living Out Of A Suitcase – Spencer Spellman

SpencerSpellmanFlying for the first time when he was five (and by himself for the first time at age seven), Spencer just can’t kick his travel habit, nor his southern drawl, no matter how much he travels.  After putting in his time in the South for 27 years, he packed his bags for the open road, quitting the rat race to become a digital nomad to travel around North America for a year.  While he now calls the US West Coast home, it’s more of a place to keep his stuff, have a cold one, and lay his head down between trips, because it’s the open road that feels the most like home, making him come alive like nothing else in life.  He talks about his travels, love, and the meaning of life at The Traveling Philosopher.

I met Spencer at a Meet, Plan, Go event in 2011.  His enthusiasm for travel and genuine nature kept me following him even while I was on my own journey.  I was pleased to catch up with Spencer for this interview about his travel gear & services.

WHAT GEAR DON’T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT?

You’ll rarely find me without a small notepad and pen in hand.  While the world continues to progress and innovate at an astronomical pace, there’s something to be said for the simplicity of a notepad and pen.  It doubles as good reading material on a long flight.
 

WHAT TECH GEAR DO YOU TRAVEL WITH?

iPhone packed full of travel tunes.  I’ll often load it up with tunes that are about the destination I’m visiting.  I like to think that music is the window to the soul.  It often also empowers the creative process.  I like to think that my best thinking comes while in transit and listening to music.
 

WHAT GEAR HAS SAVED YOU IN THE PAST?

Travel apps have saved the day more then just a time or two.  On a recent trip to Spain, I got a trip alert just hours before I was supposed to take a three-hour train ride to the airport, telling me that my flight was delays and that it would be another day before I could fly out.  Turns out that the airline had tried to contact me, but being in another country, didn’t have international service.  I can’t imagine my disappointment if I had arrived to the airport to find out this information and had been spending the night in a terminal.  What was another day on the Spanish coastline eating tapas and drinking wine?!
 

WHAT GEAR HAVE YOU PACKED THAT YOU DON’T USE?

Books and magazines.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the feel of a new book and travel magazine, but they often don’t get used and just weight my bag down.  I do so much on my tablet that it’s just become easier and more lightweight to load several books and magazines on there before a trip.
 

WHAT ONLINE SERVICES HAVE MADE YOUR TRAVELS EASIER?

Well I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Expedia, which just happens to be one of my clients.  With their new itinerary functionality, it’s become my go-to travel app.  Cliche as it may be, Twitter has been one of the greatest conveniences.  Having been on Twitter for nearly five years, I’m what techies call an “early adopter”.  I can often ask for recommendations or tips about a specific destination and get better, more targeted advice then if I spent an entire evening on Google and with my nose in guidebooks.
 

WHAT GEAR / SERVICE IS ON YOUR ‘WISH LIST’?

A teleporting machine?  There’s an app for that, right?
 

WHERE ARE YOU NOW AND WHAT ARE YOUR UP-COMING PLANS?

I’m currently in Seattle, which I’ve called home the last few months, traveling about once per month, with some bigger trips planned toward the end of the year.  I recently started a “30 at 30″ List and am 1/3 of the way through it!  That’s the focus of a lot of my trips and experiences this year.

 

_______________________________________

Spencer Spellman Can Be Found Online Here:

Blog: http://thetravelingphilosopher.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/spencerspellman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetravelingphilosopher