Former BU student-athlete publishes book about 70,000-mile trip around the world
Eric Giuliani, ’01, quit his job as a consultant to exchange his world without flying
After working as a training consultant for six years, former Binghamton University men’s basketball player Eric Giuliani, ’01, realized he did not want to settle down. The slow burn of his job ate him, and he drove home one day, deciding he was going to quit his job to travel the world. He photographed, photographed and wrote along the way, eventually publishing a book about his travels. “Sky’s the Limit: One Man’s 70,000-Mile Journey Around the World” was released on March 6.
“I think people enjoy a routine, and I’m certainly an ordinary person, but there was so much monotony,” Giuliani said. “I literally had a script and you had to do your workouts and teach and say the same thing from the script almost every day, so I even made the same jokes at the same time every day.
But Giuliani did not give up immediately. After making the decision to travel the world, he used the last year at work to learn photography, videography and writing skills at the local community college.
Prior to this point, his interest in travel began when he was a student at BU. As a former member of the basketball team, Giuliani remembers looking out the window on his way to play.
“My love for travel grew from all the long bus rides we would do,” Giuliani said. “We would play in New Hampshire, New Jersey. We played in Florida once. I really felt like I was enjoying being with my teammates and being on the bus and on the road almost more if not more than playing basketball. “
He chose Cape Town, South Africa as his starting point and flew there, marking the first and last time in his three-year voyage that Giuliani used an airplane. It used almost exclusively public transportation to cover all seven continents, using cargo ships to cross the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and a cruise ship to reach Antarctica. Not using air travel sometimes proved difficult, as Giuliani was in Uganda when there were warnings of terrorist activity, but was determined to stick to his decision.
“There is a terrorist group called Al-Shabaab and unfortunately 140 people were attacked and killed at a university called Garissa University in Kenya, and I had to take a bus directly from this area that week,” Giuliani said. “It was no longer just a threat, there was real violence; this was a real moment where I could say ‘You know what? I will forget that. “I’re just going to fly to Ethiopia.” I followed my dream of doing it all over the world, but it really became a mission there. “
Giuliani did not have much money on the trip, so he used an exchange system for the entire three years, without having to pay for a hotel room.
“Before I left, I emailed every hotel in Cape Town and I had this crazy offer, which I did not think anyone would accept,” Giuliani said. “I offered to take photos and a film of their hotel – their rooms, their restaurant, their pool – in exchange for room and food for the week. I had no experience with this. my portfolio was just shooting on the beach. “
Giuliani emailed a hundred hotels in Cape Town and the next day, three hotels responded and accepted his offer. Use this technique for the rest of the trip, and in each city, there was at least one hotel that accepted the offer.
During his trip, Giuliani started a travel blog called Travel Tall and decided he wanted to try to write a sequel in the middle of the trip, highlighting each post as a chapter. As soon as Giuliani returned to the United States, he turned all these publications into his new book, Sky’s the Limit: One Man’s 70,000 Mile Journey Around the World, which became available on Amazon earlier this month.
“I always say [“Sky’s the Limit: One Man’s 70,000 Mile Journey Around the World”] is like “Eat, Pray, Love” meets the Bear Grylls, so it looks like this inner journey of “Eat, Pray, Love”, it’s not really spiritual, but in a sense there are spiritual tones and that’s kind of how this search “Find yourself mixed up with the Bear Grylls who are this type of survivor,” said Giuliani.
Since leaving office, Giuliani has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram. This move was a big step for Giuliani, but he does not regret it. He confronts what was really strange and passionate in life and urges everyone to do the same.
“Write down all the things you are curious about,” Giuliani said. “I think the word curiosity is very important and I will start pursuing these things that you are really curious about. Maybe they lead to nothing or maybe they do and lead to a deeper dream or a deeper experience that you did not even know you were looking for. “