Born in 1960 to his European-raised mother Dr. Joanna Hubbs (who is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and retired Professor of Russian and European Cultural History and Literature, author, and now president and senior editor of Transitions Abroad), and the award-winning Transitions Aboad magazine and founding editor Dr. Clay Hubbs, Gregory has been blessed to have traveled, studied, volunteered, and lived abroad for many extended periods of his life. In fact, Gregory's life has been the embodiment of much of what Transitions Abroad has discussed since its inception—educational, responsible, and cultural immersion travel and living abroad.
By the age of 4, Hubbs had lived in England for 3 years and already taken a major journey starting in 1963 in a VW bus, being driven by his fearless and perhaps naive guidebook-free parents through various civil wars, coups, and bandit attacks across the countries of North Africa (including the Algerian/Moroccan Sand War), and the Middle East (coups in Damascus and Baghdad)—while navigating the many marginal roads to be found in the deserts and mountains of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey & Greece, Iraq, and Iran on the way to India following the trail of Alexander the Great and other explorers.
During the ages from 8 to 10, Gregory slowly made his way with his parents through much of Western and Eastern Europe—including several months in the Soviet Union—in yet another VW bus, this time being tossed into a French school for a year near Paris without knowing a word of the language. There he lived, by chance, next to the first hippie commune in France, played with their rock band in avant-garde nightclubs in Paris as the drummer to great reviews(!?), cavorted with the Living Theater, and came to see and know more than a child his age probably should have.
Thanks to his adventurous and highly educated parents, by the age of 10 Gregory could thus lay claim to having been tugged through more Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman temple ruins, cathedrals, mosques, and museums than many of his peers, and had initiated a wide reading of world mythologies, religions, and fairy tales which became a primary influence on his future education, imagination, and identity as a world citizen.
At the ages of 14-15, Gregory attended a French high school in the south of France and discovered how little he knew and how overwhelmingly friendly the locals living on the French Riviera can be to an American willing to speak and respect their language and culture.
At 16, he volunteered to help reconstruct an ancient watermill deep in the French Vaucluse mountains through R.E.M.P.A.R.T. in the same rugged manner by which it was originally constructed, and based on the experience wrote one of the first articles published by Transitions Abroad magazine.
When Hubbs graduated early from an American high school, he spent a semester of cultural immersion study and travel with college students in Toulouse, France, including a home stay with a hospitable French family via the Experiment in International Living program while attempting translations of the visionary poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud and other writers.
Many subsequent years of backpacking with a Eurail pass through Europe on a meager budget every summer preceded and ensued with occasional visits to his parent's modest 12th century watchtower in Tuscany in order to beg for money in return for physical labor restoring 8-foot-deep crumbling walls of Etruscan origin.
Gregory's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in the History of Ideas and French Symbolist Poetry from ultra-Liberal Hampshire College, with many key classical courses taken at Amherst College and Smith College as part of the unique Five College Consortium in Amherst, Mass. He completed intensive graduate work at the University of Paris, Sorbonne in French and Comparative Literature, along with German Idealist and Existential Philosophy. While living in Paris, he read voraciously in several languages, visited museums while walking the city daily playing what has recently been widely described as a flâneur (derivation from Baudelaire), and attended numerous seminars at the Collège de France and elsewhere with then-fashionable philosophers and theorists such as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida as well as poets such as Yves Bonnefoy.
In an ill-advised period of rebellion against a nomadic life with his parents and many years wandering the world solo and en famille, Gregory consulted in Information Technology in San Francisco and New York City, which allowed for very extensive long-term travel and financial freedom, but prevented total immersion in the passionate pursuit of interests overseas which honor his father's very influential work. Now editor-in-chief, he is very pleased to travel as much as possible while working with experts in their respective fields, professional travel writers, as well as contributing freelancers towards continuing the evolution of TransitionsAbroad.com as the premier no-nonsense web guide and webzine dedicated to work, study, travel, living, and volunteering abroad.
Extremely proud to be the son of Dr. Clay Hubbs, the founding editor and publisher of Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. (founded 1977), Gregory Hubbs assumed the role of web content editor in 2004 and editor-in-chief in 2010. Gregory wished to bring his father's years of pioneering work to a wider domestic and international audience, while ultimately extending the scope of the original mission by adding his own experience and expertise, which is evolving from travel at all stages of his life.
Early years (1963) in the Valley of the Kings and Giza, Egypt.
Hanging out with goats and camels (1963) in Morocco.
|Well-fed by our hosts abroad at 4 in 1964, with Dr. Joanna Hubbs and Dr. Clay Hubbs, after return
a year-long trip from London, down through Western Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East,
Eastern Mediterranean. We traveled without maps
(just Herodotus) in our VW bus following the path of Alexander the Great, and were frequently lost.
|Appropriately blurry, hanging out with a French hippie in a Commune near Paris in 1969—after 18 months of travel in our 2nd VW bus. First Greg crossed Western Europe to and from most of the Soviet Union, then he attended 3rd grade in France without knowing a word of French on the first day.
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