Today’s interviewee really learnt the lesson of checking the job description before you accept the job. Find out why as we meet Ed Rex of RexyEdventures.
What is your name?
Ed Rex or ‘Rexy’ to my friends.
Which country do you come from/call home?
I’m proud to be from the UK!
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I have been a backpacker for many years now but as I’ve just taken on a job I’ve become a part-time weekend backpacker until further notice. However, I am starting to like my own luxuries now so I could say that I’m a luxury backpacker?
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
It’s mostly savings from my job and topped up with money from freelance work.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
Majorca, Spain, with the family when I was seven years old.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
When I went to the Iberian Peninsula, I expected Lisbon to be more exciting and cosmopolitan than Madrid. However, that wasn’t the case as I absolutely adored Madrid! It’s bright, happening and really, really cool. Lisbon on the other hand shocked me as I absolutely disliked the city. It was pretty dirty and grimy. I didn’t feel safe at all. I hope to go back there again just to see if I was right. I’ll be happy to be wrong.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Yes, I got mugged in Bangkok, held at knife point in Surat Thani in Thailand and chased by a man with a machete in Laos!
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Plenty! The best everyone loves to hear about is when I accidentally found out I was working on a nudist resort in Australia when I arrived. I had to work in the nude and spend my spare time avoiding the naked owner who kept chasing me…
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
Surat Thani in Thailand. It really is a true cesspit of everything that’s wrong with the world. I got held up at knifepoint, mugged, ripped off and the people there really aren’t nice. I was so happy to leave after spending a couple of hours there.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
The South Island of New Zealand without a doubt. I am truly in love with that gorgeous place. I have aspirations to live there when I am older. Firstly, I am going to go back for my 30th birthday to check out the possibilities.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
- Inter-railing through Central and Eastern Europe
- Bungee Jumping off Macau Tower
- Finally going on a Trek America trip on the west coast of USA
- Living in the South Island of New Zealand
- Taking a luxury cruise to the Caribbean
- Yoga Retreat in South Africa
- Teaching deaf children in East Africa
- Hiking up an active volcano
- Exploring Wildlife in the Scottish Isles
- Learn Spanish in Madrid
I could go on all day ☺
Can you imagine life without travel?
Now that I’ve been travelling for four years now, I cannot imagine life without travel. Even settling into a job is proving hard work as I keep dreaming about travel.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Probably having a family and in a high flying corporate job. My mum to this day still blames my travelling for a lack of grandchildren!
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
It’s called RexyEdventures as people say that I’m adventurous and ‘sexy’. Hence the name. You can check my website out:
When did you begin your website?
I began my website in October 2011, six months before my RTW travels.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I mostly write because I want to keep a record of my experiences and I love sharing them with other people. Meeting like-minded people was another bonus!
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
Everyone says that your travel blog should have a niche. I really disagree as I simply want to tell you stories and experiences that made me smile, inspired and having a romping good old time. I like a bit of everything whether that includes British Backpacking, walking tours in Europe, challenging my limits with high adrenaline activities or making you laugh from my unexpected travels.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
Not at this current time. However, I’m re-launching my blog in the new year and that will include services to help you plan your RTW on a budget. I do have more tricks up my sleeve but best to keep an eye on my blog in January…
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My successful blog post is actually my review of the Caledonian Sleeper train from London to Edinburgh! I never knew so many people were interested! Although I’m a little put out that it’s one of my earliest articles before I even had a chance to go backpacking!
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
That’s a tough question! But for my favourite guilty pleasure, it has to be the 19 Chat Up Lines I would use on my travels. I’m very pleased to say that a lot of them worked 😉
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Always the train. There’s just a magical mystique about rail travel.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Yes, read my blog. I’m kidding. I get asked this a lot and there are three pieces of advice I can give to them:
Book it a.s.a.p before you let the fear creep back in. You’ll feel exhilarated and excited. It’s a life changer for the good.
Always make sure that you do have the visas sorted out. I see so many people turned away from the border simply because you don’t have the right visa.
If in doubt about anything, ask a travel blogger! We are always happy to give advice because we know you’ll love travelling too. Even if it’s something you think it’s so simple, talk to me on my blog or on social media.
What has travel taught you?
To always look on the bright side of things. Even if you are feeling bad about yourself, you’ll always find something positive comes out of it. With that, you’ll be able to smile and laugh about anything. Even if you are being chased by a man with a machete!
How has your deafness affected your travels?
Not much really. Sure enough, the language barrier is rather difficult sometimes but you always find a way around it. I may have to carry more stuff to maintain my hearing aids. If anything, my deafness makes me more alert to my surroundings and judge every situation a lot better than most people.
Now that you’re nearly 30, will this have any effect?
Well I would be lying if I said I need a bit more luxury in my travels! But really, I still feel like I’m a lot younger (and act younger!) when I’m travelling. Perhaps that’s the secret for staying young!
What do you have lined up in the next year?
Actually, for the first time in my life…nothing! I literally haven’t got anything planned, which is rather unusual for me. However, I am looking at going to Budapest, USA, South Eastern Germany and Greece! Watch this space!
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? KLM
Favourite country? New Zealand
Favourite city? Ghent
Favourite beach? Mantaray Island, Fiji
Favourite food? Fergburger in Queenstown, New Zealand
Favourite language? English
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://rexyedventures.com
Twitter handle? @rexyedventures
Facebook page? RexyEdventures