Creative Nestlings: Who are you and what do you do?
Nathan Fluellen: My name is Nathan Fluellen a.k.a. Worldwide Nate. I host and produce my own self entitled travel show which focuses on adventure travel, food and culture. I also have a blog Worldwidenate.com and I share my travel tips from around the world.
CN: Oh great. Where are you based? And how did you get into travel?
Nathan Fluellen: I am based in Los Angeles California. My college professor challenged me to go see more countries than him when he gave me his autobiography and at the time he had visited over 80 countries. I went to college at Tennessee State University in Nashville Tennessee.
CN: How do you fund the travels? Where did you go first?
Nathan Fluellen: I funded my travels by working contract jobs. When I was finished with my contract jobs I would use the money to travel. How I got started? My first trip was to Spain,
Barcelona and San Sebastián.
CN: How was Spain? What did you expect?
Nathan Fluellen: Spain was amazing, I went to visit a friend from high school studying abroad in her college graduate program. I went to San Sebastian to visit my cousin playing basketball overseas.The culture was amazing and it was pretty exciting to see the diverse mix of international people hanging out and socializing together.
I expected to experience a culture totally different from the United States and I did.
CN: Favorite country you been to so far?
Nathan Fluellen: South Africa
CN: Hahaha what about South Africa?
Nathan Fluellen: The diversity. I visited Joburg, Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Durban. Durban was my favorite, meeting Zulu people.
CN: Did you meet some people you will be featuring or collaborating with?
Nathan Fluellen: I was there about 5 years ago, so no.
CN: Talk to me about your travel show and blog?
Nathan Fluellen: My travel show and blog focuses on adventure, travel, food and culture.
CN: Is this your full time gig?
Nathan Fluellen: Thankfully, yes!
CN: How does the business generate income?
Nathan Fluellen: I’ve been sponsored by brands and created content with them. Currently my show has been picked up by the The Africa Channel.
CN: How did you acquire the business acumen required to run the business?
Nathan Fluellen: Trial and error. Many failures and the perseverance to get back up and keep trying.
CN: Have you had mentors along the way? How is you support network?
Nathan Fluellen: Yes, I have mentors which I like to call my Triple OG’s that I’ve been able to ask advice. I’ve learned to ask from my OG’s and learn from their wisdom. I have a great support system of family, friends and colleagues. Without them I wouldn’t have made it this far.
CN: What’s your advice on getting and dealing with mentors?
Nathan Fluellen: I didn’t go about getting a mentor in a traditional approach. My older cousin is a mentor by nature. I lean on him for a lot of wisdoms because he has business experience.
Another friend of mine owns a sneaker boutique and I’ve known him for years. The relationship evolved from me consistently being around over the years and him lending advice about business and life.
With that being said I think dealing with a mentor comes down to a person approach to dealing with people and choosing the right people to deal with.
CN: What’s on your radar now? Where are the next few countries?
Nathan Fluellen: Filming in Africa for my tv show. South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya, Madagascar and Zambia.
CN: How has travel influenced your creativity?
Nathan Fluellen: It keeps my mind fresh. You’re always seeing new things, hearing new sounds, tasting new foods.
CN: Any advice to budding entrepreneurs or your travelers?
Nathan Fluellen: Yes, building your personal and business credit. If you have high scores you can always get money from a financial institution. Invest that money into your business, never personal things that feed your ego and keep you updated on the latest trends.
CN: Last question, what does creativity mean to you?
Nathan Fluellen: Great question. Creativity is seeing something while walking down the street, driving your car, watching tv, listening to music, having a conversation and being inspired to make whatever you took from those actions and making it reality.