Who am I?
My name’s Cameron Whitlock. I’m an award winning print journalist and photographer from the state of Georgia in the U.S.
My life goal is to meet all the best people and go all the best places on this planet. The primary goal of breakingabroad.com is to share those experience and give suggestions and advice to make your travel endeavours as rewarding and enlightening as possible.
Visit whitlockcreativeagency.com to view my photography, videography and creative services portfolio.
To learn more about me, please read on.
A brief history of my time in space
I started my professional journalistic career at a small newspaper company in northeast Georgia, but the truth is, I’ve been telling stories all my life.
As child, I always enjoyed writing assignments in grade school. It was a chance for my imagination to run wild. It was a chance to create something. It was a chance to build using a single tool – my mind. I’d write fictional short stories, mostly of the science-fiction/horror variety, that featured my friends, family and even some original characters.
But as I grew older, I grew disenfranchised. I wasn’t exactly heralded as the next Hunter S. Thompson (although I wouldn’t want to be) by my teachers and authority figures, so the habit was replaced by newer and more exciting ones.
Music replaced that passion during my college years, as I became determined to make a living in an industry I was obsessed with. I played guitar, took music theory classes, and composed my own rhythms, lyrics and melodies. But at the end of the day, I had to admit to myself that a career and life in music wasn’t for me. If I wasn’t going to make it as an artist, there was no way I could remain tied up in the business end of the recording industry.
Around the time I graduated from the University of Georgia, I took a job as a temp worker at a small town newspaper covering sports. I was eventually hired on full-time and became a sports editor. And as I worked as a journalist, my acumen for writing began to show. I started writing a weekly column on politics, current events and a number of other issues. And before I knew it, I had created a huge volume of work and received multiple awards from multiple journalistic organizations.
My passion for writing was back. But while that candle burned bright for a moment, it soon began to flicker out. The subjects I was covering became mundane and monotonous at best. I felt like I was writing the same story over and over again. I essentially created a plug-and-go template that sapped much of my creativity and desire to craft a story.
But that all changed when I took a solo trip to Peru last summer. I’m still not entirely sure why I decided to go it alone, but it was one of the best decisions of my life. I came away from that trip with new friends, new perspectives and a fresh outlook on life.
My path was illuminated.
I’ve loved travel all my life, and I can thank my family for instilling that value in me. While most people in rural Georgia rarely leave their hometowns, I hit the road as soon as I could drive. I started exploring as many places as my wheels could take me and taking in as much culture and knowledge as I possibly could. I took a road trip to Canada to meet a friend I met online, I studied abroad in Greece my first year of college and I got the hell out of dodge whenever I had enough cash to do so.
But before last summer, it had never once occurred to me that I could combine my passions of writing and travel into an actual career. But that’s not exactly why I started this blog.
To me, Breaking Abroad is about more than writing travel tips or making lists of the best places to stay in “insert city here.” It’s about sharing personal stories of growth and realization. It’s about helping others to experience the wonderful places and people that have had such a massive impact on my life.
Travel doesn’t just expose you to new places on earth, it takes you to new places in your own head. It forces you to empathize, adjust and gain understanding. But best of all, it allows you to meet brilliant and magnificent people who can fundamentally change the way you see the world.
At least, that’s been my experience.