How often do you come in contact with people who have had the opportunity to travel the entire world? There aren’t very many people in my social circle who can say they’ve accomplished this feat. Brian Joubert proudly posted the word “Done” next to his completed travel goals in a Facebook group. I saw the post and immediately asked for an interview. He said yes. I knew this would be a great meeting when I called Joubert and reached his voicemail, which reminded callers that “collaboration is better than competition”.
I met up with Joubert in Miami’s Wynwood Walls area for a late night snack and conversation about his journey around the globe, just before he sailed off on a cruise to Cuba.
Joubert has traveled to all 50 states in North America, 7 continents and 7 ancient wonders of the world. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and began his career as the owner of a shoe shine stand in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the CEO and Founder of L & B Tax Services in Atlanta, Georgia. His mission is to show others that a life of ownership and travel is possible. As a self-made entrepreneur, he often hosts community events and seminars educating others on the benefits of entrepreneurship.
As a travel blogger, there were a few things I just had to know.
Q. How long did it take to complete this goal?
A. “A little over 20 years in total, although most of my trips were taken in the last 10 years”.
Q. What is your favorite city?
A. “Chicago, Illinois and Salt Lake City, Utah. I loved how fresh the air was in Salt Lake City. I always enjoy going to Chicago, it has so much to offer as a city.”
Q. What would you deem your best trip?
A. “I would have to say Antartica and Ecuador. It was cool experiencing 2 different extremes. I was up close and personal with glaciers in Antartica, and encountering life near the equator in Ecuador.”
Q. What was the first passport stamp you collected?
Q: What’s next for you?
A. “I would love to visit African-American monuments and museums. I also have an interest in visiting all NBA arenas and NFL stadiums.”
Q. What inspired your journey around the world?
A. “My inspiration for traveling the world was not only so that I could create my own experiences but so that others would know that they too can acheive this goal.”
The last 3 states on Joubert’s checklist were Montana, North Dakota and Idaho.
Meeting Brian Joubert has inspired me. I recently set a goal called 50 x 40, the plan is to visit all 50 states by the time I turn 40. Wish me luck!
Until the next adventure,