Featured Blogger: Jerry Nelson from Journey America

This week we’re speaking with Jerry!

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1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

JourneyAmerica.org (website)

JourneyAmerica.us (blog)

Twitter: @Journey_America

Facebook: http://facebook.com/Meesoon

LinkedIn: ar.linkedin.com/in/journeyamerica/

2. How did you come up with your website name?

An old American-Indian I was visiting with during a gig in Missouri and I were talking one night about life and about travel. He said, “You’ve had a long journey. America is a big country. Go see everything.”  The way he said the two words “journey america” struck me.

3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

One writer in New England called my blog the place where my “…passion for photography meets passion for social justice.” I think that sums it up best.

4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

I was in Georgia, USA about 5 years ago when the annual demonstration outside of Fort Benning took place. The protest, an effort to shut down the School of the Americas, drew about 20,000 people from all over the globe. The military school has been instrumental over the years in training foreign governments in the “art” and skill of torturing political prisoners — a role America played in the 1976-1983 Dirty War in Argentina.

This image is from that protest and I think is one of many that represent what I’m about. I want to capture social justice issues that “fly under the radar” of mainstream media and bring the issues to people’s attention.

5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

Favorite? It sounds cliched, but every city I’ve been to has been my favorite. There’s something good to be found everywhere. I have no “least favorite.” Or, maybe I do, and I just haven’t been there yet.

6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

Define “strange.” Strange food to Americans is high cuisine to other cultures, just as some American food is “strange” to other nationalities. There’s not much I haven’t eaten and, actually, I will eat just about anything that doesn’t eat me first.  Well, except for liver. I can’t stand liver.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Gary Arndt

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Pack light. You can tell the nationality of a person, 95% of the time, by looking at what they pack. Americans tend to find security in possessions, so an American will tend to pack way too much. Most foreigners prefer freedom, so they will pack light.

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?

I really don’t have a favorite. After 155 counties and thousands of posts, they’re all kind of special.

10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

Take me with you in your blog. Leave out the boring, “I did this. I went there. And then I did this,” sort of crap. Paint a picture of what you see, hear and smell. Take me with you in your blog.

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