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Bio of Gregory Hubbs

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Gregory Hubbs
On some faraway beach.
Born in 1960 to his European mother Joanna Hubbs, Ph.D. (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 to Clay Hubbs, Ph.D., the founding publisher and editor of the award-winning Transitions Abroad magazine. Gregory is fortunate 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 and promoted since its inception—educational, responsible, 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. Greg still remembers vividly the incredible hospitality and the smiling faces of so many locals across Mediterranean, North African, and Middle Eastern countries—as well as photos to jog the memory about the unbelievable stories recounted by his parents.

During the ages 8-10, Gregory slowly made his way with his parents through much of Western and Eastern Europe—including several months in the Soviet Union while his mother researched her book on Russian cultural history—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, curious, and 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 fairy tales, mythologies, world religious texts, and history that 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, and a castle in Burgundy, through R.E.M.P.A.R.T., in the same rugged manner by which they were originally constructed, and based upon the experience wrote one of the first articles published by Transitions Abroad magazine in 1977.

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 on his own time attempting translations of the visionary and highly influential 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 parents' modest 12th-century watchtower in Tuscany to work for money in return for restoring crumbling walls of medieval and even Etruscan origin. Other summers were spent sleeping on a Rome rooftop as he overlooked the Castel Sant'Angelo and the skyline of ancient Rome to the soothing music of Mozart and Paganini.

Gregory's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in a self-created curriculum that was centered on the History of Ideas, a very humbling yet challenging and interpretive study of a wide variety of geniuses across the ages (don't ask...), and French Symbolist Poetry from ultra-Liberal Hampshire College, taking most core classical literature and philosophy courses at Amherst College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College as part of the unique and unparalleled Five College Consortium in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Hubbs undertook intensive graduate studies 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, and visited museums daily while walking the city in custom-tailored clothes. He attended numerous seminars at the Collège de France, Science Po, École normale supérieure and elsewhere with then-fashionable philosophers and theorists such as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida as well as poets such as Yves Bonnefoy. Gregory was deeply influenced by his parents who raised him to be a dreamer, intellectual, and idealist rather than a pragmatist obsessed with acquiring material wealth through competition. The recognition of our relatively brief time on earth and the opportunities to travel, learn, think, and enjoy are not a motivation for competition but for observation and personal as well as communal celebration in his experience.

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 extensive long-term travel and financial freedom, but prevented total immersion in the passionate pursuit of interests overseas which honor his father's influential work. Now editor-in-chief, he is 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 as the premier no-nonsense web guide and webzine dedicated to work, study, travel, living, and volunteering abroad.

Extremely proud and honored 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 trailblazing work to a wider domestic and international audience, while ultimately extending the scope of the original mission by adding his experience and expertise, which is evolving from travel at all stages of his life.

Greg on a pony Valley of Kings

Greg on pony in Valley of Kings, Egypt

Greg Hubbs in front of Pyramids
Early years (1963) in the Valley of the Kings and Giza, Egypt.

Greg with goats in Morocco
Hanging out with goats and camels (1963) in Morocco.

Gregory with family after return from Middle East
Well-fed by our hosts abroad at 4 in 1964, with Dr. Joanna Hubbs and Dr. Clay Hubbs, after a return from a year-long trip starting in our 3-year London base, down through Western Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and the Eastern Mediterranean. We traveled without maps (just Herodotus as a guide) in our VW bus following the path of Alexander the Great, and were frequently lost, somehow located by no one.

Appropriately blurry, hanging out with a French hippie in a Commune near Paris in 1969—after a year of travel in our 2nd VW bus. First, Greg crossed Western Europe through the Soviet Union, then he attended 3rd grade in France without knowing a word of French on the first day. Immersion led to memorizing scores of poems, finishing at the top of his class in math and marbles, while at the bottom in penmanship.

To contact Gregory Hubbs for interviews you may email him at You can also follow Gregory Hubbs via Transitions Abroad on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest.

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