Brian O'Callaghan Age 37 A graduate of both University of Brighton's Critical Fine Art and University of the Arts, London. O'Callaghan is a multi-media artist working with fashion and visual culture. His work has been exhibited internationally.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
I especially loved India; it was so vibrant, hectic and colorful.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
I can’t travel without my camera or my moleskin notebook. I always get ideas on the road and I love to jot down my thoughts and lyrics.
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
I’m quite solitary so traveling alone is great for me but equally it can be fun with the right person.
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
My friend Juraj
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
I think Thailand and Laos are super friendly.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
I’ve been so fortunate to meet some very interesting people on my travels. I once met an 80 year old American woman on a flight to LA, we got drunk and she told me her life story. It was beautiful.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
I was mugged for my phone in London. That’s was an unpleasant experience and quite violent.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
Being stuck on an underground train with food poisoning.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BOUGHT?
My 1976 Minolta, I still love film cameras.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination, all the rest is boredom and fatigue.
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
I’ve been away from home for 3 years now. I need to go home soon!
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
I’ve had what I perceived then to be my dream job but dreams evolve. I guess being an artist is my dream job and I have that. I make art to amuse myself.
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
Where I live right now!
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
Kuwait, Brazil, India, Spain, Italy, Myanmar, Cambodia, Australia, UK, USA, Malaysia, Norway, France, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, Laos, Thailand, Belgium and of course Ireland!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
I remember the summers at the beach in Youghal, county Cork where I grew up, and hanging out with my best friend Aisa. Many happy memories!
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
That no matter where you come from, what national identity you have, people are basically all the same.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
Not many really, I’m pretty sharp so don’t mess with me!
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
I’m not really a tourist who clicks some selfies at the Eiffel tower and then goes home. I like to meet the locals…
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
I usually go with the flow!
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU'VE HAD?
I think Thai street food is amazing, just as long as there isn’t any MSG!
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
When I first moved to London almost 20 years ago, I guess that was a big challenge. When you’re alone in a big city and you don’t really know anyone, it can be daunting. I couldn’t fry an egg back then. I was a naïve little country boy! I was fearless in many ways.
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
Absolutely, the people I’ve met on the road have become some of my best friends.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
I think spending time with elephants in Thailand and washing them in the river was cool but I don’t agree with zoos. Animals are not wild life, they are free.
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
My friend Leila is a great travel companion. I wish I could see more of my friends. I do miss them a lot. It’s great when we cross paths somewhere, to reconnect.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE?
I have many more roads to travel I hope. I’d like to go to Mexico soon and also Peru.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Loyal, fun and thoughtful.
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START TRAVELING?
Just get on with it. Life is too short.
TRAVELING brings us love, joy, it changes our beliefs and perceptions in life. It can make us better and stronger people. Through TRAVELING we learn to love, to forgive. to broaden our horizons. The best part of TRAVELING is to meet people along the way with whom we share stories, with whom we become friends, for that moment and possibly forever.
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