Today we’d like to introduce you to Gareth Leonard.
Hi Gareth, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story begins with a blind leap of faith into the unknown. Back in 2009, I was working for a job I didn’t love and living a life that wasn’t fulfilling.
I decided to make a major change and buy a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I had no set plan, zero contacts, and very limited Spanish knowledge. My goal was to live abroad for one year and try to immerse myself in a foreign place.
It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and remains to be the experience I am most proud of in my life.
Fast forward 13 years, and I have been traveling and documenting my adventures on my popular YouTube Channel “Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard.”
Two years ago, I decided to make San Diego my home base in between trips, and now I showcase this beautiful city any chance I get!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The first night I arrived to my hostel in Buenos Aires, I sat down on the bed and started crying. I thought; “this was the dumbest decision of my life.”
It was a struggle learning the language and communicating with local people.
I also struggled with developing my online business to fund all of my travel adventures.
Slowly but surely, through patience and persistence, I learned to speak like a local while at the same time, figured out new revenue streams to keep my dream alive!
As you know, we’re big fans of Travel Deeper LLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
My goal is to inspire and educate people on how to chase their travel dreams.
I want to prove that the world isn’t as scary of a place as the news makes it out to be.
My mantra “Travel Deeper” comes from the idea of immersing yourself in a foreign place, moving slower, and connecting with local people. I have found that this is the absolute best way to maximize your life experiences and broaden your worldly perspectives.
With this in mind, my proudest accomplishment has been the creation of the Travel Deeper Bootcamp course to teach people how to travel and live abroad long-term. I have included everything I learned from 13 years of travel into one engaging course.
I teach everything from how to meet people and find cheap places to live to language learning tips and point hacking techniques. You also get to hear from like-minded people who have made travel their life and make very good money in the process!
I want the world to embrace the “travel deeper” spirit by breaking out of their comfort zones and seeing the world (and their neighbors) with curiosity, empathy, and respect.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Check out my YouTube Channel, “Travel Deeper with Gareth Leonard’ for weekly videos!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://tourist2townie.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traveldeeper/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/garethleonard