So excited to have Will from The Broke Backpacker here! One of my favorite travel bloggers has stopped by for an interview, check it out!
Writer and photographer. Adventurer and vagabond. Master of the handstand pushup. Conqueror of mountains, survivor of deserts and crusader for cheap escapades. Will is currently hitchhiking from England to Papua New Guinea, a journey which will take over two years. Will blogs over at The Broke Backpacker about his adventures in some of the world’s least visited countries, you can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.
1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?
2. How did you come up with your website name?
Originally, I hit the road with literally no money to my name, and hitched and couchsurfed my way across Europe. I always joked that I was a Broke Backpacker, and when I saw that the domain was available, well, I had to have it!
3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
Originally, I started the blog to help chronicle my adventures and to show others that it is totally possible to travel without much money. These days, whilst I am still passionate about budget travel, I am moving towards more extreme adventures. I am currently on a two to three year trip from the UK to Papua New Guinea, without the use of flights. I am passionate about finding one’s passion; travelling is extremely important to me, and being on the road has provided me with the space I need to identify what I want to do with my life. I am keen to help inspire as many folks as possible to ditch their desks, hit the road, and go on their own incredible adventures.
4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
I was riding a motorbike through the mountains of Dalat. I say riding but I actually had a pretty nasty crash just a couple of hours before this picture was taken. Anyways, I saw a sign saying ‘ride big bird’, obviously I had to investigate…
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
I really do not like Delhi, despite being their several times whilst spending 14 months in India. I have a lot of time for Kathmandu and Bangkok. Earlier this year, I was living in Medellin, a truly awesome place to party and to work.
6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
Aw man, I eat weird shit all the time – from bugs and unidentifiable mystery meat to pizzas without cheese (I know right!?) and crocodile sisig. The weirdest thing I ever ate; probably lobster whilst tripping balls.
7. Who are your travel idols?
Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Jack Kerouac.
8. What’s your best travel tip?
Always pack a head-torch and a sense of humour.
9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.
Hitting the Road Alone – When I wrote this, I was very unsure about the whole concept of this trip. I had just gone through a bad break-up and felt I needed to do something drastic to change my life. I put this post out there, to the weird and wonderful realms of the internet, and received so many kind words of encouragement that I knew I was making the right decision.
10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Travel blogging has the potential to be the best damn job that you ever have, I can safely say it has changed my life. If you are passionate about blogging, then there is no reason you cannot make a living out of it. Saying that, many folks have a crack at blogging for the wrong reasons; you need to be willing to commit to it if you want to be successful. Work your ass off and always be real, do not play up to being a character; folks want to get to know the real you. Share the bad and the ugly as well as the good; your job is to inform people on the reality of traveling the world. Make use of the community – there are lots of great people out there who can offer practical advice. Realise that travel blogging is a great responsibility; people who follow you will see the world through your eyes. Above all, be humble.