Phoenix Toomath is a third-year Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) student. He is studying at University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your goals and interests:
Over the past 19 years I’ve travelled to 15 countries, and recently began documenting my travels and experiences through adventure and landscape photography. Experience working in the adventure filmmaking industry has taught me how to tell stories and convey emotion via imagery and narration, and to capture the essence of my suroundings in a single photo or video clip (no matter what the conditions). Over the past year and a half I’ve been sharing my experiences with others via Instagram, a platform on which I’ve amassed a following of over 7,000 people (likely 10k by the time I head to Australia, we’ll see). Aside from photography I spend my time scuba diving, white water kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and cycling. I can’t wait to see what Australia has to offer me as an adventure-oriented person, and I’m stoked to have the opportunity to bring slivers of this country back to my peers as a Sprott blogger.
In addition to the travel and adventure characteristics of this trip, I’m excited to see how business practices taught in Australia compare to those I’ve learned so far at Carleton. It will be interesting to see how to two compare and contrast.
Have you ever travelled overseas before? If so, where?
I’ve been travelling since I was young, and I have ended up at all corners of the globe. My favourite destinations have been Cambodia, China, Costa Rica and Tanzania (where I spent a month shooting a documentary for a Canadian charity) but my list also includes Barbados, the US, Honduras, South Africa, Kenya, St Maarten, the Bahamas, Mexico, the UK, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
What 3 things MUST you take with you while abroad?
Regardless of the destination, I’d never get on a plane without my camera, a water bottle and a notebook.
What are you most looking forward to?
Australia has been on my travel bucket list since the beginning, specifically due to its world-class surfing and scuba diving, and its proximity to other hard-to-reach destinations such as New Zealand and Southeast Asian countries. The chance to have an etxended trip here whilst furthering my education and building my international network is something I couldn’t pass up!