In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with Will Tang, the blogger and world traveler behind the popular travel blog Going Awesome Places. We chat with him about how his passion for travel got started, what he learned on his first big trip, his advice for novice bloggers, and much more! Find out what his favorite destinations around the globe are and where he’s headed next!
My passion for travel started at a young age when I used to go on road trips with my parents all the time. I’d like to think that this really planted the seed of travel and why it matters. As I grew up, it wasn’t until I decided to go on exchange to Sweden during university that I got my serious first taste of travel and it’s then that my obsession for it grew and grew.
I think a common misconception of travel bloggers is that all of us are traveling ALL the time but the truth is that for those that aren’t nomadic, we travel a number times a year and the rest of time is spent at our home base. If I were to give a number, I’d say that I’m on the road about at least once a month or less. Some trips could be a few days and some could last for 2-3 weeks.
In terms of the places I like to visit, I love my adventure and outdoors but I also seek places that can also provide a balance of comfort, some luxury, and local experiences. The thing that most people don’t realize is that you can find this in almost anywhere in the world, you just need to know where to look and know how to plan your trip.
If I boil it down, the reason why I’ve been successful is because I create in-depth content that truly help people plan their trips. I put myself in the shoes of someone in the middle of trip planning and put together everything that someone would need to know.
That is the trip that really started it all. My biggest learning from my time in Asia was just to appreciate life for the moments big or small. You grow up thinking that having a corporate job is the be-all and end-all of life but once you take that leap to pursue your dreams, you realize that there’s so much more out there.
It’s hard! I kickstarted my YouTube channel 2 years ago and I had to do it pretty much from scratch. It’s a completely different skillset to blogging so there was a lot that I needed to learn. I think the most important thing about travel vlogging is to just figure out what types of videos work for you as a brand by trying different things. I’ve never been shy about going all sorts of directions and through that experimentation, I’ve figured out what brings in views and subscribers. Once you figure out what works, you double down on it.
It’s about inspiring others to travel and to empower my audience to feel confident about going to many of the places that I’ve been to through my detailed content.
New Zealand is fresh so why don’t we go with that.
50 countries so far!
There’s a reason why Singapore is rated the best airport in the world and I have to agree!
I’m not biased or anything but I have to say that my hometown of Toronto is top on the list!
My wife of course! I couldn’t do what I do today without her.
Queuing up Instagram stories jk not jk.
Ethiopia is by far the most exotic place I never thought I’d ever go to.
Just go! Travel is for everyone and it’s something that’ll truly open your eyes and your mind. The crazy thing is that you don’t need to go that far to put yourself out there. You can travel a couple hundred or a couple thousands of kilometers (or miles) and still have amazing experiences.
Antarctica is one of the big dreams I still have!
“We are meant to live for so much more” – Switchfoot
I’m trying to do more work locally and that’s why I’ll be headed to the Niagara Region next for a new project.
Going Awesome Places is a travel brand that focuses on outdoor adventure and experiential travel and has a strong presence on the blog, YouTube, and through social media with audiences that span from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. The brand’s specialty is in creating high-quality evergreen content that revolves around inspiring others to travel, incredibly detailed itineraries, and creative storytelling through video.