During a trip to Africa, Asia and Europe in 2015 I crossed paths with Jeremy Scott Foster. The “real” Jeremy Scott Foster as I refer to him separating this travel influencer, freelance writer, and photographer from fashion designer Jeremy Scott, and Hollywood actor Scott Michael Foster. Though he may share his moniker with other great talents, Jeremy is “Man of the Week” for more than his token name, frequent flyer status, good looks and perfectly toned biceps.
With enough countries under his belt to keep up with the pages of Travel & Leisure and Condé Naste Traveler, Jeremy has earned a respected 42.3k followers on Instagram combined with his other social media platforms totaling more than 70k+, and that’s not including the number of monthly visitors his blog receives. His strong Internet presence has gained a substantial dedicated influencer recognition for his personal blog travelFREAK, along with features in the New York Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Elite Daily, BuzzFeed and more. Jeremy is living proof that you can be successful traveling the world, in his case, one paid trip at a time, documenting stories, experiences, and personal transformation encouraging other likeminded individuals they too can share the same opportunities.
Jeremy is so in demand it took months to get this interview, and I must admit I felt like a child on Christmas morning having the opportunity to chat with him. For a man who has accomplished more in six years than most have done in decades, I was fascinated to hear more about his personal journey, and what he has in store for 2017. Jeremy is no stranger to taking risks. Only one year out of college in an unfulfilling profession in the IT industry Jeremy left his stable life in the United States to travel to Australia on a one-way ticket. His journey through Australia turned into a six-year trek around the world.
For the average routine individual dependent upon financial security the instability of a nomadic life would be challenging and scary. For Jeremy hiking glaciers, scuba diving with sharks, leaping out of airplanes, riding jeeps through the desert of Jordan, visiting ancient Pyramids of Giza, and island hopping along the Aegean Sea is the norm. This once expat of Australia, New Zealand and China has created a life for himself most only dream of.
If you follow Jeremy’s perfectly curated Instagram and blog he proves anyone can turn a passion project into a successful business and life of leisure. As Jeremy has said, “Traveling the world gifted me an extraordinary opportunity to grow,” and with growing comes time and experience. As you can imagine, Jeremy has spent years learning the tools to market his brand and build relationships. Being a travel blogger is not all free airfare, lodging, food and per diem: it requires hard work and dedication to be successful. From writing, editing, emailing, designing, uploading, and posting, Jeremy is responsible for his own success.
This week’s “Man of the Week” has earned his status creating the life he wanted for himself with just a one-way ticket and a backpack. Get comfortable because you’re in for a real treat with my #MCM.
1. Any major highlights this year?
This year has been a slower travel year for me. After traveling non-stop for five years, I decided to take some time off to relax for a bit and focus on work. I’ve managed a couple trips to Europe, namely Iceland, Paris, and Belgium, but for now, I’m focusing on building my business. I’ve come to realize how important it is to just take a break—sometimes we can’t appreciate the exciting times without a pause.
2. What is your go-to fashion must have?
For me, it’s one of two things—a hat or a cool pair of sneakers. I’m never complete without a pair of Airmaxes in my suitcase, but recently I’ve been digging these shoes from Bucketfeet. Their shoes feature international artists from all around the world.
3. What song do you have on repeat at the moment?
Jamie Antonelli – Divine (Original Mix). There’s a beautiful verse, recited as poetry over deep house, that just gets me.
4. Best dating advice you would give someone?
It will happen when it happens. I think this concept of finding love is more about timing than it is about the specific person. When you’re ready, and when they’re ready, you’ll come together, and you’ll never see it coming.
5. What’s the one thing on your bucket list you want to do before your die?
One word: Antarctica! I won’t be happy dying until I’ve been there.
6. One thing you love to see a girl wearing?
Again—it’s all about the sneakers. When I see a girl wearing a cool pair of shoes, I’m like, “YEAH.” I like that.
7. Name one thing you can’t live without?
My camera. I’ve been photographing since I was a little kid, and these days I’m more focused on landscape photography and street photography. There is so much beauty in the world—my camera reminds me to slow down in an effort to capture it.
8. What is your fondest travel memory?
For about six months, I lived in a hostel in Wellington, New Zealand with about 10 other people. We became a little family—we cooked meals together, we went out together, we stayed in and watched movies together…it was one of those serendipitous things that could only have happened at that time and in that place. I’m still in touch with them from time to time, and though we don’t talk often, I still consider them like brothers and sisters. I’ll never forget Wellington and I’ll never forget my extended family.
9. What is the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
The CRAZIEST? I’ve got a few, but I don’t think fit for public consumption 😉 I did go bungee jumping naked in New Zealand. That was…freeing.
10. Who’s the most stylish person on the planet for you right now
Ryan Gosling. That man looks good.
11. Any exciting plans you are looking forward to before the end of the year?
Honestly, I’m keeping things low-key for the remainder of the year. It’s next year I’m getting ready for 😉