Jim O’Donnell

Food, archaeology and beer are a few of the driving factors behind author and photographer Jim O’Donnell’s twenty-five years of travel. Those addictive factors have taken him to over forty countries on five continents and are at least partially to blame for the five languages he is sure he can stumble through.

Jim is the author of “Notes for the Aurora Society: 1500 Miles on Foot Across Finland”, “Rise and Go” a collection of over 200 photographs and short stories from years on the road as well as numerous other sordid tales, articles, half-finished novels, works in progress, essays and other scribbling.

A single-father to two adventurous young-ins, Jim blogs at Around the World in Eighty Years and is currently working on a book about the relationship between the Viking and Islamic worlds in the Middle Ages. He is forever on the lookout for new writing and photography opportunities.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

I work best on the road. I need some time off every day from people and places while travelling. Blogging is a good way to absorb what I've experienced, share it, take a moment to myself and then get back to it!

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

Maybe. But they shouldnt be envious of the income...

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

Spain.

Which three items would you never travel without?

Camera. Pen. Notebook.

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

The pictures and the stories are my souvenirs. But if I do visit a place where the water is considered holy, I always collect a sample.

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