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Globetrotters Writers Spotlight — Jameson Showers

Chasing worldly experiences, one country at a time

Personality picture of me at Machu Picchu

Hi Globetrotters, My name is Jameson Showers. I hail from a small town in the misty area that surrounds Seattle, Washington, United States. I later moved to Southern California in high school and would be remiss if I didn’t mention it as that period of my life had a significant impact on who I am now. I have been called many names throughout my twenty-six years of life, such as Jamie, James, Jay, Jamerson, and least of all (ironically enough), Jameson. I have no preference for any of them so take your pick!

I work as a Human Resources Manager. If you work in this field then you know the work is…everything, everywhere, all at once. I don’t expect to be doing this job for much longer as I am planning on doing a career switch.

I love to travel because I am a curious soul and I live to experience and learn new things. Ever since I was young, I would imagine what it would be like to traverse the Sahara Desert or trek along the Inca Trail in Perú. Meeting new people, trying a country’s most popular dish, and immersing in a new culture all combine to create the perfect travel formula.

My number one travel activity is speaking with a local and get their take on their country. You could have thousands of ideas about how a country is but I truly feel like the best opinions come from an expert, which in most cases, is a true-and-tried local. Also, getting their opinion on your home country can be quite eye-opening!

The best place I’ve been is… This is such a hard question. Every place I have been to had something special with it. If I had to choose one, it would be Perú. This was, by far, the most authentic trip I have been on as I traveled with my girlfriend to visit her family. We were able to swing by Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, and Rainbow Mountain.

In my spare time, I like to collect music records, write film reviews, play guitar, and read. I also enjoy playing sports and video games when I have the time.

My top travel tip is to be open and leave your comfort zone! You are doing yourself a disservice if you are closed off to trying new things while traveling. To travel is to learn and to learn is to grow. The knowledge I have attained from traveling could not have been found in any textbook from my school days.

If I could live somewhere else, I’d live in France or Spain. I adore the languages and cuisine of both countries. Being from America, I am accustomed to a fast-paced culture that prioritizes the consumer at all costs. Generally, through my travels in Europe, I have noticed that life moves slower with the stressed importance of leisure and family. As I age, I realize that the Europeans have it right. By the way, I recently typed an article about traveling to Europe this summer. Please see here:

My favorite way to travel is by airplane, by far. Since I was a boy, aviation has been an interest for me and this interest has now progressed into a desire to fly. I like airports and pilots but I could certainly do without pricey airport food.

Three lessons I’ve learned from traveling are:

  1. Quality over Quantity: It’s cool to say that you have been to 50 different countries but you don’t have to visit the biggest city in every country to feel the culture. Sometimes, going to a smaller town can teach you twice as much.
  2. Slow Down!: Trips don’t have to go at 100 miles-per-hour (Kilometers for you metric system folks). You will often find yourself worn out and more irritable if you do not take the time to relax. Furthermore, you will miss out on the “enjoy” part of the holiday and it will regress into a tedious task.
  3. Not Every Second Has to be Planned: I encourage everyone to have a day or two with nothing planned, at all. Take the time to just get lost in the city/town/village that you are in. Let the culture come to you, don’t force it.

Be a Student of Life

There is a diverse and beautiful world out there for you to explore. With every person, place, or thing you run into, there is something to learn and internalize. Never stop striving to improve yourself through original experiences, they will make you better!

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Jameson

A forever student of life. I write to share my experiences and passions with you.

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