Meet Jimmy Dau: Jimmy Eats World
G’day! I’m Jimmy, a food loving and adventure seeking photographer who can’t stop traveling. Join me on my adventures where I’ll bring you entertaining, useful and mouth watering tales from around the world.
WHO IS JIMMY?
I’ve been to over forty countries in over twenty years, but it wasn’t until 2013, when quit my job, that I started this blog, to record my adventures and show a greater appreciation for travel and adventure. In the past two years, I’ve traveled through Central and South America, Europe, The Middle East and South East Asia.
LET’S REWIND TO WHERE IT STARTED
As a kid growing up in regional Australia, I had dreamt of becoming a pro golfer. Instead, I somehow ended up moving to Sydney to work in the advertising industry. Years went on by and I gradually developed in addition to overseas travel. Each year I’d jet off somewhere and over a ten year period time I must have travelled to 13 countries. It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to bite the bullet and step out into the world on my own and have a break from the daily grind.
I STARTED HEARING VOICES IN MY HEAD.
It wasn’t that I hated my job. By now, I had a successful career in an exciting industry, had a close circle of friends, a car, house full of nice things in one of the greatest cities in the world. I wasn’t sure if I was going crazy or not but all of a sudden there was a voice inside my head, egging me on to get out and also an equally burning desire in my heart telling me that it was now time to quit and go travelling.
So after not too much deliberation, I took what would have been my largest personal risk and sold or gave everything away, bought a ticket to Mexico and spent eight months eating my way through to the southern tip of South America.
Towards the end of the eight months, those voices made another visit and I realised that I should be spending more time in Asia, more specifically in Vietnam where my family heritage is. I have a tonne of family there who I have never met or haven’t seen in over ten years. So after a brief visit back to Sydney, I booked a one way ticket to SE Asia where I am now taking the slow route, rediscovering my family roots.
WHY THE BLOG?
I’ve felt very lucky to have been able to travel so much in this life, and I feel that it’s time to give back. The purpose of this blog is to inspire each and every reader to travel more often and to view the world through a different set of lenses. Despite being a self-confessed introvert, I’m completely honest on this blog and I don’t pretend to be what I’m not.
WHAT ELSE DO I DO?
I’ve developed quite a knack and passion for photography and image processing. So when I’m not out taking photos, I’m in the digital ‘darkroom’, processing images and making them look as schmick as I can. It’s a way of how I support myself as well through selling my images as prints as well as providing a photo retouching service for those who want to get the most out of their images and preserve their memories.
I also write on my photography blog, take on freelance writing assignments and lead food tours in Saigon where I am currently based. Essentially, I love to share my knowledge of everything if people are willing to listen and be guided by it.
A FEW PERSONAL THINGS ABOUT ME
- Avocados are my kryptonite but can eat pretty much any type of meat, organ or insect.
- I am addicted to anything with pork in it.
- I love heights.
- I’m the youngest of three children in the family who doesn’t have “Dr” in their title.
COME AND JOIN ME
No, not as in join a religious cult preparing to fly off into space. If you think my stories will be half interesting, please join my mailing list below for regular updates as well as receive an eBook of my travel highlights in Central and South America as a free gift. In the eBook, you’ll see forty nine pages of images that best represent the countries that I visited as well as some tips and a details budget breakdown of each continent.