Who is The Transglobalist?
My name is Jim Bennett, aka The Transglobalist. Since October of 2012, I’ve been a full-time adventure traveler. That’s when I abandoned the cubicle-based lifestyle of corporate America, relocated to Nepal, and began a process of direct, personal engagement with the world which I hope will last for the rest of my life.
Truth be told, I’ve always been something of a restless spirit, easily bored. In just the past few years I’ve spent countless hours as a skydiver, paraglider pilot, long distance cyclist, daily blogger, and even amateur dancer (Argentine tango & salsa). All this in addition to my ongoing career as a software engineer. Before that, I spent eleven years becoming the best musician I could be—studying at the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and (with the help of two Fulbright Scholarships) at the Music Conservatory and University in Cologne, Germany.
Not that any of that matters. What matters to me is the chance I took on a different kind of life, and on that front, so far, so good.
I roll out of bed each morning, bright and early, in Pokhara, Nepal. Nepal! Do I have a job? No. But every single day I climb a short flight of steps to my rooftop balcony and gaze upon the sleepy tranquility of idyllic Phewa Tal. Still rubbing sleep from groggy eyes I look upwards at the Himalayas (the Himalayas!), at Machhapuchhre’s austere, triangular summit peeking over Sarangkot’s distant ridge. On clear days, her peak gleams blindingly down from its 7000 meter perch, crisply white in the morning’s first light. And me? I’m awestruck.
And that’s me in a nutshell, I suppose: awestruck. At everything, everywhere, all the time.
I hope you will join me on this journey of mine. If you want to ride or fly or trek along with me in person, please do! It’s a big beautiful world and there’s always room in it for friends old and new. If you can’t step off of your own Hamster Wheel long enough for that option, at least join me in spirit, via this blog. Live vicariously through me, or laugh at me and my foibles, and let’s see what happens.
To each of you, on whatever journey you find yourself, I wish you bon courage.
Your Quixotic Wanderer,