Hi loves! Today I'd like to introduce you all to one very lucky fella. Last week, his life was completely changed when he was selected as the winner of this year's Global Degree contest. He leaves April 6th for an all-expenses paid trip to every single country in Europe, and I had the chance to get to know him a little bit better before his big departure! Check it out:
Name: Andrew Santos
Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia
Current Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
What are four words you would use to describe yourself?
Adventurous, outgoing, ambitious, and creative.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a video game artist for Electronic Arts. I did a programming summer camp in Grade 8 and quickly realized it wasn't my thing. Shortly after that I fell in love with film and I've wanted to make videos for a living ever since.
What have your experiences with traveling been so far?
I’ve been on a few family vacations here and there, the biggest one being a month in Europe traveling from London to Greece via Euro rail. I took my first solo trip to Bali, Indonesia for six weeks last year. It was amazing, I’ve always wanted to go on my own adventure and it definitely was an adventure! Traveling solo made me step out of my comfort zone and I made a ton of amazing new friends. It was a life changing experience and it's what got me hooked on travel!
What are some of your favourite places you've been to?
Bali, Indonesia, Santorini, Greece, and finally Whistler, BC (in my own backyard!) which my all time favourite and my second home.
What's the craziest thing that's ever happened to you abroad?
I got stopped on my scooter in Bali for not having an international drivers license, so I ended up bribing the police with $10. Although it’s a pretty common thing there, it ended up happening twice to me!
How did you hear about the Global Degree contest?
I first found out from watching Mike and Alex’s Facebook announcement that they filmed while parasailing in the Maldives.
What made you decide to enter?
Traveling while making videos has always been something I wanted to do. I was working a regular 9-5 office job and felt really tied down. As soon as I found out about the contest, the travelling aspect sounded really appealing to me! Getting to work on video too is obviously a bonus!
How did you come up with your (hilarious!) video?
For some reason I’ve always wanted to do a parody of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I thought this contest would be an awesome opportunity to do it and help me stand out in a creative way. I’ve also done music videos for clients, so I knew I could do it well.
What was your reaction when you found out you won?
Shocked. I still don’t think it’s fully hit me that in just a few days I’ll be leaving on a trip of a lifetime. I’ve also been overwhelmed with the support not only form my friends and family but other contest applicants who have congratulated me and are genuinely excited for me. I am so grateful.
Which European destinations are you most excited about?
I’m Portuguese so I’ve always wanted to go back to Portugal. The last time I was there I was 7 years old. I’m also really looking forward to Croatia, Greece, Norway. I’m actually excited for every country cause any one of them could be my favourite!
What are three things you HAVE to bring on the trip with you?
My camera, laptop, and toothbrush. The camera to capture everything. Laptop to interact with the Global Degree community, something I want to do a lot of while on this trip. Toothbrush, well, just for good hygiene.
How do you plan find a balance between creating content (taking photos and videos) and living in the moment and enjoying your experiences in Europe?
I’m not too sure yet, I guess I’ll find out through this trip! But now with technology being so advance I feel like it’s only getting easier and easier to be creating content while getting to enjoy the experience at the same time. Super curious to find out the answer this one out myself.
What advice do you have for others about traveling or following their dreams?
Put yourself out there, you never know what could happen. Work hard at whatever you are passionate about and be the best at it. I enter a ton of online contests and competitions and have lost my fair share, the most important thing is to keep going!
Extra legroom or in-flight Wifi? Extra Legroom
Skydive or SCUBA dive? Skydive
Night out or night in? Night out
What would your superpower be? Teleporting (Would save so much time!)
Who would play you in a movie about your life? Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool was sick!)
Don't forget to follow Andrew on Instagram, and if you want to check out his winning video, you can do so here.
Thanks for reading and have an amazing week!