Stuart Lyall is a native of Australia who has enjoyed a lengthy career working in the airline industry. An adventurous individual who has discovered the tremendous joy of exploring new and remote locations all over the world, Stuart intentionally pursued a career in the airline industry to expand his opportunities for frequent travel and to see destinations he may not have otherwise experienced.
In addition to travel, Stuart has also developed a deep passion for photography and has even worked as a freelance photojournalist on a number of occasions. With a keen eye for photography and a willingness to explore just about any part of the world, Stuart has been able to find a consistent source of excitement in both his personal and professional endeavors.
What is your hobby?
Travel has always been a great hobby of mine, and I am particularly interested in locations that can be accurately described as “off the beaten path.”
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
It began at a very early age during a trip to Japan. That trip was instrumental in sparking my interest in exploring other places and cultures.
Tell us what you love about it.
Not only do I love exploring different cultures as well as getting to know so many new people and places, but I also love the means of travel. I never get tired of being on a plane or train for hours on end, and I don’t think I ever will.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
There are several groups that I have organized as well as events I take part in. Most of the time, however, I find that the most enlightening experiences occur on solo trips to unfamiliar places.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I have this really great leather travel bag that was custom made for me by a friend. It was fairly pricey even with the “friend discount,” but I have had it for so many years that it has proved to be more than worth the price I paid.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
Camping supply stores are always great for finding travel gear, especially when it comes to saving space.
Are there any good books for beginners?
Perhaps it isn’t the best book for providing specific travel advice, but “A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson details everything there is to enjoy through a simple willingness to explore that which is unfamiliar.
How has this changed your life?
I feel I am able to better understand myself and others now that I have had the benefit of experiencing so many different cultures and interacting with so many people who come from unique backgrounds.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
It’s easier to return to a familiar place, but it is so much more enjoyable to discover an unfamiliar one.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
Photography has become something of a complementary hobby, which has made it possible for me to document all of my travels and has even helped create several new travel opportunities as well.