Who is The Transglobalist?


Nepali RhinoplastyMy 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 a restless spirit, easily bored. In the past few years I’ve spent countless hours as a skydiver (~3000 jumps), paraglider pilot, long distance cyclist (25K miles), blogger, and dance enthusiast (Argentine tango & salsa). All in addition to a successful 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 is the chance taken 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 face peeking over Sarangkot’s distant ridge. On clear days, her summit gleams blindingly down from its 7000 meter perch, crisply white in morning’s first light. And me? Awestruck.

These days, that’s me in a nutshell, I suppose: awestruck. At everything, everywhere, all the time.

Please pull up a chair and join me on this journey of mine. If you want to ride or fly or trek along with me in person, I’m happy to make that happen. Send me an email! It’s a big beautiful world out here–vastly different from what the Powers That Be want us to believe–with infinite room for old friends and new. So step off of your own Hamster Wheel for a moment–whatever form that wheel may take–and join me. In person, or in spirit, come laugh at my never-ending foibles, add them to your own, and let’s see what happens.

To each of you, on whatever journey you find yourself, I wish you bon courage.

Your Quixotic Wanderer,
The Transglobalist

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