1. Who are you?
My name is Aaron Gilbreath. I’m a nonfiction writer from the Arizona desert.

2. Where are you now?
At home in Portland, Oregon, in our basement, which I’m turning into an izakaya.

3. What do you do when you’re not travelling?
I work a few different jobs, I write, and try to enjoy life with my wife, family and friends. I constantly dream about traveling and read books to feed my lust.

4. What was the last piece of music you listened to?
Gil Mellé’s song “Four Moons”.

5. Tell us briefly about the travel story you shared in LOST.
It’s about getting lost in an unfamiliar part of old Tokyo at night and having to learn ─ as a suspicious American used to violence and thievery ─ to trust a stranger. The experience lingered with me long after it happened, which is always a sign I should write about something. Personal nonfiction is a powerful way to process experience and try to answer lingering questions.

6. What do you love about travel?
In the early 1900s, my Grandma Silvia’s father used to periodically leave New York City to ride the rails. She didn’t remember where he went because it was before she was born, only that he hopped trains to go exploring and would send his family letters from across the US. “Mom called him a ‘hobo,'” my grandma told me. Her father was an immigrant, and she admired his willingness to indulge his curiosity and explore his new country in whatever way he could afford. I feel the same way about the world.

First off, I love seeing what other parts of our planet’s surface look like. Mostly, I love seeing reality through other peoples’ eyes and how many perfectly suitable ways there are to think and live and believe. I love learning something about humanity and the question of existence, love pushing myself to grow, and hopefully improve, by gaining perspective and incorporating new cultural practices into my daily life back home. I love meeting new friends and fortifying my sense of empathy between me and my fellow human beings, because travel reminds you how we’re more alike than we are different, and that yet, simultaneously, our cultural differences are also some of the best things about us. To me, travel provides a way to celebrate that. Deep down, sharing and cooperation are more natural to us than competition and selfishness, and travel encourages what Michelle Obama said in her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech: that we need to lean on each other and listen to each other, not turn against each other, “Because we are always stronger together.”

7. What do you hate about travel?
That I can’t afford to do more of it. Besides that, nothing. I love it all, even the difficulties, the exhaustion, the inevitable discomforts. To me, every struggle feels like a worthwhile trade for new and powerful experience and emotional connection with other people. I can live out of a bag for a long, long time, and I’ve slept in cars more times than I can count in order to take a trip I couldn’t otherwise afford. If life allowed me the luxury, I’d keep traveling and you’d have to drag me home. The world’s just too fascinating to stand still or insist on comfortable ways of experiencing it.

8. Do you like to travel alone or with people? Why?
Both, because they’re such drastically different experiences. To me, the trick is finding the right people to travel with. If I can’t, I’d rather go alone. I’ve always enjoyed time alone, and I don’t get debilitatingly lonely. It’s way more frustrating to travel with someone who drags me down psychologically or who limits my exploratory options.

People travel for different reasons, so I’ve always tried to find the people with similar adventurous, social dispositions and stamina to travel with. I don’t travel to relax. And I don’t go to hole up in a hotel. I like to go everywhere and try everything, to talk to people and be spontaneous, so I need someone inquisitive who can thrive in simple conditions and who doesn’t need all sorts of accoutrements to get through their day or who needs a firm plan. Granted, this make me a bad companion to people, too, because I’m like, Isn’t twenty minutes in this pool long enough? Can’t we go wander around now? I’d drive many people nuts. Another issue is that most people have careers that prohibit long road trips. That means I’ve often gone alone. A lot. I’m the guy eating alone at the rural diner who you feel bad for. But don’t. I’m having a blast.

9. What do you think about during travel?
“The truth is everywhere. The truth is where we are. One small step separates earth from heaven.” ─Eihei Dōgen, Japanese Zen Buddhist

10. Any future travel plans?
Chicago for a few days, which I can’t wait for, and camping here in Oregon. Besides that, only future travel dreams: New Zealand, Tasmania, Chile, South Korea, Germany, North Africa, Scotland, England and, once more, Japan (this time Hokkaido and Kyushu). Until then: books about those places!

1. 你是誰?
我的名字叫 Aaron Gilbreath,來自亞利桑那州沙漠地區,是一位非小說類的作家。

2. 你現在在哪?

3. 你不在旅行時平常會做什麽?

4. 你最後聽的一首歌是什麽?
Gil Mellé’s 的歌 “Four Moons”。

5. 用一段話,簡單地告訴我們你在《LOST》分享的個人旅行故事。

6. 旅行最讓你喜歡的是什麽?
在1900年代早期,我祖母 Silvia 的父親習慣定期離開紐約,為了去乘坐火車。祖母並不知道他去了哪裏,因為那些都發生在她出生前。她只記得他跳上火車去探索,會寄來跨越美國的信件。“媽媽說他是一個 ‘ 流浪漢’ ”,我的祖母這樣告訴我。祖母的父親是一位移民者,她羨慕他縱容自己的好奇心去探索他的新國度,用任何他可以負擔得起的方式。關於世界,我有和他相同的看法。


7. 旅行最讓你討厭的是什麽?

8. 你喜歡獨自旅行還是跟朋友一起?為什麽?


10. 接下來有什麽旅行的打算嗎?