Gary Arndt is a travel blogger. In 2010 his website Everything Everywhere was named one of Time Magazine’s Best Blogs. He grew up in Wisconsin and has been traveling since 2007. He’s a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. He was named Travel Photographer of the Year by both the SATW (2014) and the NATJA (2013). When Gary started out, he knew nothing about photography.

Gary Arndt culture shock

Murud Janjira, India

1. Can you describe your first culture shock experience?

It would probably be my first trip outside of North America in 1999 when I landed in Japan. Everything was so new and I was so jet lagged that I stayed up all night watching Japanese game shows and soap operas.

2. Any tips for someone going through culture shock for the first time?

Be an observer. Culture shock is just experiencing something which is different from the norm. Be aware of what you are experiencing and understand why.

3. What has reverse culture shock been like for you? 

It hasn’t really been that big of a deal. I’m so used to traveling from place to place now that it really doesn’t affect me.

4. Any favorite travel moments? 

Standing on a beach with 100,000 penguins on South Georgia Island would be one. Swimming with jellyfish in Palau would be another. I’ve been traveling so long it is hard to document them all.

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