If you don’t know me, my name is Jeff Landfield. I was raised in New Mexico and moved to Alaska in 2004 with a friend when I was 19. In the 12 years I lived in Alaska, I managed to sell cars, work as an underground poker dealer, learn to speak Russian, graduate the University of Alaska Anchorage, travel the world, develop a career in IT and telecom sales, buy a condo, run for the Alaska state senate, twice, and make some of the greatest friendships anyone could hope for. There is much more, but it would take a book to write it all! Maybe one day.
I’ve learned many things living in Alaska, the most important being to be self-sufficient. Leaving home and starting over in a new place is hard for anyone, especially a 19-year-old. When I came to Alaska it was just my friend Brandon and I. We knew no one and had never been there. But I always had an adventurous spirit and that spirit lead me to a place that I knew would be full of adventure. That same spirit led me to travel to almost 30 countries across four continents. My goal is to visit every country in the world. I have found that the thing that makes me happiest in the world is travel. The people you meet and the experiences you have while traveling are like nothing you can imagine. The only way to understand it is to do it. Since my first trip to Europe and Russia in 2006, I have wanted to travel to as many new and exciting places as possible.
I moved to Australia in December of 2016 for a new adventure. There is a visa called the holiday work and travel visa that allows people from certain countries under age 31 to come to Australia for a year and work. New Zealand has the same program. I applied for visas to both countries in December of 2015, right before my 31st birthday. I figured why not and I am glad I did. Once the visa is granted, you have one year to show up or else you lose it. I had thought seriously about pulling the trigger but had a house and good job in Alaska. That was until I got laid off in November of 2016. That made the decision a lot easier. I decided to go for it. I spent the next month getting all my affairs in order. It sounds a lot easier than it was! On December 11th, 2016 I left Alaska for New Zealand. I spent two days there and then headed to Australia, 2 days before my entry expired! I spent nine months working and traveling (mostly traveling) around Australia. After six months, I went to Wellington, New Zealand for a month and then headed back to Australia.
I came back to Alaska in October 2017. I started a political blog, the Alaska Landmine, and soon after that found a job in the oil and gas industry. I am enjoying being back in Alaska.