Interview With Travel Blogger Frank Macri Of The Frank Life @_FrankMacri

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Travel can be a humbling and eye opening experience. Today’s guest has learnt a lot from his travels and really wants to help others where he can. Please meet Frank Macri of The Frank Life.

Frank Macri of The Frank Life

Frank Macri of The Frank Life

What is your name?

Frank Macri

Which country do you come from/call home?

USA

Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?

I live and work abroad

How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?

I provide online coaching to individuals looking to make a seamless transition to new cultures. I also offer freelance writing, video editing, and website development services.

What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?

The trip outside my mother’s womb. I was a few seconds old.

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

I traveled to Cambodia without any expectations and it ended up being one of my favorite destinations. Cambodians have this unique type of smile that makes you feel showered with warmth whenever you see it. Regardless of their nation’s external poverty, Cambodians are people rich with compassion, which is always more valuable.

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?

Since you asked, I almost had a case of explosive diarrhea while waiting the sunrise in Angkor Wat.

Do you have any funny travel stories?

While in Bali, I went to pose for a picture nearby a monkey, and it ended up yanking the sunglasses off my face and running away with them.

Feeding elephants in Thailand

Feeding elephants in Thailand

Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?

Kuta Beach was not one of my favorite places. You can tell it used to be a lovely neighborhood, but now it’s polluted with Western brands and stripped of its authentic culture. It was my first time I truly witnessed one of the unfortunate results of commercialization.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Taiwan. Truly the hidden gem of Asia with a lot more to offer than one would think. The community is also sincere and tight-knit. I hope to live there someday.

Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?

Some of the things I’d love to do are adopt a child, raise enough money to build a school, write a book, obtain dual-citizenship, and eventually get to finishing the Harry Potter series.

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?

Staring at a wall and thinking about travelling

What is the name of your travel blog and the url?

http://www.TheFrankLife.com

When did you begin your website?

March 2014

Climbing the Great Wall of China

Climbing the Great Wall of China

Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?

I write as a way to remember and document some of what I experience while abroad. I also find writing to be a helpful way to organize some of my thoughts and pull wisdom from even the most ridiculous situations.

What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?

My site content is half travel blog and half personal growth. As a Life Coach, I believe in walking the talk, which means putting myself outside my comfort zone and striving for greatness in all areas. I believe actions speak louder than words, so it’s important for my clients and readers to see that I practice what I preach.

Do you have any products or services to offer?

I provide online coaching to individuals looking to make a seamless transition to new cultures. I also offer freelance writing, video editing, and website development services.

What are some issues you address in coaching?

Moving somewhere new is both exciting and scary! In coaching, clients and I break down and conquer all phases that occur when transitioning to a new environment. This usually includes facing the fear of the unknown; handling feelings of loneliness, overwhelm, and confusion; finding a job; making new friends; keeping a budget; staying safe; and reflecting on all the change, learning, and growth that occurs during the entire process.

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

I began a YouTube series in October 2014 called Travel Babble, where I interviewed a bunch of modern-day travelers and nomads about travel tips, crazy stories abroad, and wisdom picked up from wandering the world.

It started out as a fun project, and I’m thrilled at how much bigger it’s become. Every person I’ve connected with has inspired me.

What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?

I recently came clean on my chaotic transition during my first month in China in a blog post titled “My Teaching Abroad Horror Story.” It’s raw, revealing, and full of wisdom. I generally focus on the positive in my other blog posts, but this one dives into the not-so-glamorous side of living abroad people tend to glaze over.

Some of my students in China

Some of my students in China

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Drop all assumptions you hear from the media and nay-sayers about how the world is a dangerous place. Reality is an illusion we individually create based on our perceptions. If you explore the world with an open mind and heart, you’ll be surprised at what kind of life you’ll create.

Also, expect nothing. When you expect something, you either feel relieved in having your expectation met or disappointed in not having your expectation met. When you remove expectations from the equation, you accept life as it is, rather than judging everything as either “good” or “bad.” Expecting nothing makes you much more appreciative for the little things.

What has travel taught you?

Travel has given me a healthy dose of gratitude with a side of perspective. Travelling has been the biggest educator in my life, by far, and it’s allowed me to explore who I am and where I fit into the world today – particularly as a human, as a white male, and as an American. It’s informed me of the social injustices still present in our world, and the important role we all have in achieving global equality. But aside from the external cultural differences, travelling has shown me the underlying hope and resiliency of the human condition.

Quick fire questions:-

Favourite airline? Whichever ones give free food (hard to come by these days)

Favourite country? Earth

Favourite city? Ubud, Bali

Favourite beach? Wreck Beach, Vancouver

Favourite food? Bluberries (or Pad Thai)

Favourite language? Italian

Please provide the following:-

Website url? http://www.TheFrankLife.com

Twitter handle? @_FrankMacri

Facebook page? www.facebook.com/TheFrankLife

Instagram handle? @FrankMacri

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