We all have some interesting travel tales to tell. However today’s blogger, Josh Henry of Small World Travels was mugged by a hooker in Paris! Read on to find out more about this exciting new-ish travel blogger.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Where are you currently?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
I’m a bit of an all-rounder. I would say mainly a backpacker. When I leave I tend to go long term, I leave for 6 or more months at a time. I’m currently on my second working/holiday visa, one in Aus and now in NZ, and am hoping to work in Peru later this year, so I do like to live and work in other countries.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
I save a bit before I head out. Never enough though, so I’m usually picking up jobs here and there while I travel. Volunteering and Helpx style work helps me extend the length of my trips.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
My parents used to send me off in a plane for the summer to see the grandparents when I was 6 or 7. I remember getting VIP treatment. A special seat on the plane, cockpit tours, personal escort, cart shuttle through the airport, the whole works. If only I could still fly like that.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Although I hadn’t given it a grand amount of thought before I went, Portugal was a big shock. I did not expect it to be so culturally enriched with beautiful landscapes and beaches and vibrant and lively cities. It was a great surprise.
You have the goal of visiting 100 countries by your 30th birthday. How do you intend on doing this?
I’ve reached 40 so far without putting a lot of thought into it so now that I have 60 left to see I’m sure it won’t be too tasking. My family and friends are very encouraging and if I keep away from pricey countries like Norway and Sweden for the time being I should be able to make my dollars stretch further and keep travelling to new countries
How important is ticking a country off to you?
In the grand scheme of things, not important. I travel quickly but I don’t visit a country just to get a photo at a famous landmark and jet. I do stop to smell the roses and meet the locals. This goal is really just for fun, to keep me motivated, to keep moving and exploring.
What will your 100th country be?
No idea yet. It will depend on a lot of things. Madagascar would be nice.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Ya. If you haven’t than you’re doing it wrong. I’ve been mugged and robbed and missed planes and connections and slept in parks and lost passports but every one of my bad experiences has always had a silver lining. That’s the great thing about travel is everything sorts itself out.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
A hooker once mugged me in Paris. It was sort of like something from a Monty Python movie. http://smallworldtravels.com/?p=125
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I’d have to say Marseille, France. I was meaning to go to Cannes but prematurely exited my train and ended up there for two nights. The city is really dirty and it’s also dangerous. If they cleaned up the crap and the violence it would be beautiful though.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
My cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario. I can’t shake the place. Runner up is Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Ya, it’s large. At the top is climbing Kilimanjaro, visiting the North Pole and having a story-worthy night with a celebrity. Partying in the Penthouse-Penthouse with an A-lister somewhere like Istanbul or Tokyo would be a great for the blog.
Can you imagine life without travel?
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I don’t want to think about it.
If you could live in any country where would it be?
I think I’m going have a hard time settling down in one country. I think I could do summers (4 1/2 months) in Canada and the rest in Australia, Costa Rica or NZ.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
When did you begin your website?
5 months ago in November 2013. I’m a baby blogger. Although I have been travelling much longer so there is plenty to write about and share.
What got you into blogging?
Two years ago I was travelling southeast and met Johnny Ward from Onestep4ward.com. He was fairly new to blogging at the time but really inspired me. Since then I have travelled with him and he was a big help in getting me started.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
There are a ton of travel blogs out there, good ones too. Mine is given in a story format and I try to put myself in situations that will become a great story. So with that aim and the goal of visiting one hundred countries in the next 3 years, there should be some very interesting stories to read.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
My most popular to date has be Take Your Twenties off. A short read about travelling while you’re young. http://smallworldtravels.com/?p=108
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I’m working on an interview with a good friend and travel buddy. He’s in St. Marteen and I’m in Queenstown, NZ. Its great going over our past travels while having a Skype beer.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
I love to fly. However if I’m taking an overland journey I prefer a train. Trains are seldom stressful I find.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
If you’re waiting to travel because you can’t find someone to go with you, stop waiting and go. If you don’t think you have the money, look harder. And once you do go, be warned that you might not be able to pull the chute on the travel lifestyle.
What has travel taught you?
That we can never know or see it all.
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Singapore
Favourite country? Costa Rica
Favourite city? Lisbon
Favourite beach? Whale Beach, Sydney, Australia
Favourite food? Thai
Favourite language? French
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://smallworldtravels.com/
Twitter handle? @smworldtravel
Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/smallworldtravels
Google+ profile/page? google.com/+Smallworldtravels