A little more than a year ago 25-year-old Kiwi Logan Dodds was a plumber about to go on a three-month trip around Europe. Now he's a social media sensation with more than 30,000 followers on Instagram eager to see his free spirit, action-packed life, which features rollercoasters, drinking at Oktoberfest in Munich, trekking Machu Picchu, living it up in Barcelona and snorkeling in Durban – and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
These days, travel is pretty much his job. So, just how did he manage to live the dream millions of us have? He made an amazing video of his European trip that he recorded on a GoPro and uploaded it to Facebook. It went viral in no time.
It helps that he's a digital native and creative. He can shoot a great video, knows a good shot when he sees one and has an infectious personality so people are drawn in to follow him on social media to see where he's at in the world today.
“The biggest thing I've learnt on this crazy ride of life is do whatever makes you happy. When you find something that sets your soul on fire, do that.”
He openly admits he's just a normal kid, by no means well off or with rich parents to fund his travels – he's a plumber by trade and still on the tools working hard like everyone else.
He tragically lost his Dad out of the blue when he was 18, so because of that lives for the now and takes nothing for granted. He's an ambassador for GoPro and has grabbed every opportunity since by the horns, worked hard, which has led to other partnerships with brands like Air New Zealand, Converse and Gem Visa allowing him to pursue his passion and live his dream life.
Logan is an advocate of his Gem Visa credit card – his trusty buddy that gives him the freedom to pay for an impromptu flight, a last-minute hotel, or cocktails in Hula Hula Bar in Croatia without needing to save up or worry about paying interest, as it comes with 6 months' interest free on Visa spend over $250.
Logan's social media following is his currency. So if you're smart, creative and willing to put in the effort to garner a following like Logan, you too can leverage off it to continue the travels.
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