Twenty-eight-year-old Eli Solidum’s years-long quest to see the world began the way many travel stories begin for young travelers. He graduated from university without having a job lined up and decided to embark on a different kind of adventure. Unlike most post-grad travelers, however, Solidum never stopped.
Seven years, five continents, and some 70 countries later, travel has become the Philippines-born influencer’s job, with his passion for photography serving as a vehicle to share his adventures with the public. Solidum blogs and posts Instagram photos under the name The Partying Traveler, sharing both his social and solo moments abroad.
Matador caught up with Solidum via email to learn more about his trajectory as a full-time traveler, gain insight into his perspective as an eco-minded explorer, and mine his experience for tips and tricks that might benefit other travelers.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.