Gary Arndt is a world traveler and creator of Everything Everywhere, which chronicles his journey around the world – complete with insider travel tips, amazing photography, and more. The blog is highlighted in Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Blogs of 2010.” Since March 2007, Gary has been traveling around the globe, having visited more than 70 countries and territories, and gaining worldly wisdom in the process.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?

I grew up in Appleton, WI. I had a pretty normal childhood. Nothing traumatic.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

The opinions of other people really don’t matter that much.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I think that bloggers should spend time trying to build an audience before they start trying to hit up brands for money. Too many people are advised to start pitching immediately, which makes no sense.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

I’m pretty determined when I set my mind to something.

What is your morning routine?

I don’t really have a normal routine. When I travel, every day is different. I’m often jetlagged, have to catch an early flight, or something else. It is always changing. When I’m home, I tend to be a night owl. I usually stay up later and later the longer I’m home.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Reducing carbohydrate consumption has had a huge impact on my diet.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Stay off of social media for as long as possible.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson and The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“The ability to adapt is more important than the ability to plan.”