Originally from Spain, Carlos Peñalba is a passionate traveler and photographer who quit his job in New York to backpack through Asia for a year. It turned into an 18-month journey, during which he was also launching a new freelance career. After leaving Asia and as he tried to figure out what was next for him, Carlos wrote a memoir about his adventure, The Year I Became a Nomad: A Journey through Asia on a Quest for Freedom, Love and Happiness.


Carlos Penalba

In This Episode

  • Finally deciding to quit his job to travel
  • Why he went to Asia
  • Logistics of his 18-month trip
  • Costs and priorities while traveling long-term
  • Challenges of starting a new career
  • How he’s promoting his travel memoir
  • Adjusting to life after travel
  • And much more

Most Memorable Location-Independent Experiences

The whole journey I made from Nepal to Japan during 18 months that I’ve written about in my travel memoir, The Year I Became a Nomad.

Biggest Surprise along the Way

Freedom and autonomy are the great advantages of my lifestyle. The most difficult aspect has been accomplishing all I wanted to do on my own. I’m not very disciplined, and many times I have underestimated the time required to complete many tasks. Both have pushed back the completion of my book as well as many other aspects of my photography career.

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