Edward Young III is a world traveller, motivational speaker, writer, and blogger who also dabbles in his occasional love of photography.
Following a neck injury 10 years ago, Edward battled through the depression of no longer being able to have an athletic career. The first step towards healing his wounds came when he moved to Japan.
His website, Reborn Stronger, is the story of a man who experienced trauma, but did not allow it to break him. Instead, he used his experience as fuel to traverse the entire globe while connecting cultures, breaking stereotypes, and inspiring others to live a life without limits.
To read more about Edward and his incredibly inspiring stories, check out his IQPlanner profile.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I always loved writing, but I stepped away from it for several years after graduating from university.
Two years ago, in 2015, I started a blog which began solely to get me writing again…but before I knew it, my combined love for writing and travel morphed my simple blog into a travel blog.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
Ask me this question again in a week and you’re likely to get a different answer.
But for now, I’ll go with: Tanzania and the adventure of climbing Kilimanjaro, Japan (in particular the Japanese countryside), and Oman.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
For me, it’s the ability to combine my love of travel and writing — sharing amazing places across the globe with readers worldwide.
And the worst?! (if there is one)
Staying on top of producing quality, meaningful content, and not allowing myself to fall behind.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Put a lot of thought into your niche and how you would like to develop it.
Be consistent, and don’t be discouraged during the times when you feel as if nothing is going right.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
Nothing is ever free. When I do take things, you can rest assured that I’ll be compensating in some shape or form!
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
Right now, Aruba and Guatemala are very high on my list.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
They say you can’t go everywhere, but I’m seeking to do just that.
Follow my page and follow me make history as I become the first African American to travel to each country in the world and scale each of the seven tallest mountains on every continent.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
Well, I’ve eaten worms and grasshoppers in Thailand and had silkworm larvae in South Korea, so all three of those things are high on my list.
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
Japan. I’m slightly biased, seeing that it was the first country I lived in other than America.
However, when I moved to Japan I was at a point in my life where I was still battling through the depression of weight gain and psychological damage from having broken my neck a year prior.
I can truly say that moving to Japan was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
I got back in great physical shape, my mental scars were healed, and I re-initiated the Superman attitude that I had once possessed.
Where’s your next adventure?
Well, it’s ongoing as I am currently in Colombia attempting to learn Spanish at The Whee Institute to help me as I travel to several other Spanish-speaking countries.