| 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. Gregory's
life has been the embodiment of much of what Transitions Abroad has
discussed and promoted since its inception—educational, cultural, sustainable, adventure travel, and living abroad.
By the age of four, Hubbs had lived in England for three years and already taken a major journey starting in 1963 in a VW bus, being driven by his fearless 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). His parents navigated through many marginal roads 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. Greg still remembers vividly the incredible hospitality and the smiling faces of so many locals across Mediterranean, North African, and Middle Eastern countries, possessing black and white photos to jog his 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. He was then sent to 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, met members of the Living Theater, and came to see and know more than a child his age probably should have.
Thanks to his adventurous and well-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 his peers, and had initiated
an expansive reading of folklore, mythologies, religious texts, and history that became a primary influence on his future education,
imagination, and identity as a world citizen.
At 14-15, Gregory attended a French high school in the south of France. He 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. The program included a homestay with a hospitable French family via the Experiment in International Living program. On his own time, Gregory translated many of the visionary and influential poems 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. Gregory enjoyed other summers
sleeping on a Rome rooftop which overlooked the
Castel Sant'Angelo and the skyline of The Eternal City, while listening to the soothing
music of Mozart and Scarlatti.
Gregory's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in a self-created curriculum centered on the History of Ideas, a very humbling yet challenging and interpretative study of a wide variety of geniuses across the ages. In addition, he wrote his thesis on French Symbolist poetry while at Hampshire College, taking most core classical and modern 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, and German Idealist and Existential Philosophy. While living
in Paris, he read voraciously in several languages and visited
museums daily while walking the city.
He attended numerous seminars at the Collège
de France, Science Po, École normale supérieure, and elsewhere with
philosophers and theorists such as Michel
Foucault and Jacques
Derrida as well as poets such as Yves
Bonnefoy. From his varied education, and through the deep influence of parents, Gregory was
raised to be an intellectual and idealist.
Therefore, he recognizes that our relatively brief time on earth and the opportunities to travel, learn, think, and enjoy life are not just a motivation for mere competition, but also for observation and respectful communal celebration.
After 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 still somewhat mitigated 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 TransitionsAbroad.com as the
premier no-nonsense web publication dedicated
to work, study, travel, living, internships, and volunteering abroad.
In 2014, he was honored to be invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship.
Immensely 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 seeks 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 and learning 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 four in 1964, with Dr. Joanna
Hubbs and Dr. Clay Hubbs, after a return from
a year-long trip starting from our 3-year London base, down
through Western Europe, Northern Africa, the Middle East,
and the Eastern Mediterranean. We traveled in our VW bus following the path
of Alexander the Great, and returned to tell the many stories.
|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.
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