Today’s travel blogger interview features someone who has slept in a 750 meter high mountain monastery. Please meet Paul Ram of Go Backpack Go.
What is your name?
Which country do you come from/call home?
Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?
Backpacker who lives abroad the last 1.5 year.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
Work hard as a freelance marketeer and WordPress developer.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
My first trip alone was a cycling trip (1900km) from the Netherlands to Pisa in Italy.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Myanmar, their people are so friendly. After 6 months in Asia I was surprised that they just want to talk instead of sell stuff.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Some scams, but you learn a lot while traveling. You get better and better along the way.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
Once I heard a massive BANG just next to me. A drunk English backpacker fell off his top bunkbed just next to me on the floor. He slept further 😉
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
That was a place in Vietnam during my motorbike trip, we end up in the middle of nowhere in a dirty hotel.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Myanmar for sure! In Europe it is Norway.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Just go on an another big unlimited trip. I’ll start in Feb. 2016, we will see where it ends.
Can you imagine life without travel?
No, it is boring doing the same things over and over again.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Building my own business as an online marketeer.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Go Backpack Go – http://gobackpackgo.com
When did you begin your website Go Backpack Go?
Three years ago.
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
Because I want to help people traveling and writing good travelblogs.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
I go for easy info, no big personal stories. Just what does it cost, how do you get there, what do you get and how does it look like.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
I write blogposts to help other travelbloggers getting better such as:
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I love to ride motorbike, so I wrote a series about traveling Vietnam by motorbike with tips and video’s about all stages.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
Motorbike, otherwise the local option
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Make a red line in your planning and ask other travellers what to do on that way. So can you see what you want to see also the highlights other travellers can tell you.
Your motto is “Help other travelers, life is a journey not a competition”, how do you help other travelers?
Try to give them easy information and inspire them. It isn’t hard to travel alone but you have to believe in yourself. You can build confidence of traveling through the right information. For example the borderscam from Thailand to Cambodia. It is s@#t when you are scammed you feel s@#t. When you read the article you get a list what helps you through this process and after you made that successfully your confidence grows.
What is your favorite picture on your Instagram feed, and tell us something about this picture.
I have a three.
1) The one with the motorbike in Vietnam
I never drove a motorbike but it was one of my maingoals in Vietnam. In Cambodia I connected with three kiwi guys and we rode our motorbikes together all the way up in Vietnam. Pure freedom! The moment I sold my bike I promised myself that I would go for my motorbike drivers licence when I’m back in the Netherlands
2) Mount Hua Shan in China
China was my first destination on my trip, Xian my second city. Here I discovered something about Mount Hua shan and decided to go. We slept on the mountain saw the sunrise and did the plankwalk were you could look 2000 mtr down! Awesome feeling!
3) Cycling Norway
I like challenges and adventures, this cycling trip was both. Everyday challenge myself and everyday I didn’t know where I should sleep that evening. Just ride and see. Those view on Norway I’ll never forget.
What has travel taught you?
Memories, awesome memories. I take pictures and even the worst pictures has the best memories!
Quick fire questions:-
Favourite airline? Air Asia
Favourite country? Myanmar
Favourite city? Berlin and Chiang Mai
Favourite beach? Perhentian Island
Favourite food? Pad Thai
Favourite language? English
Please provide the following:-
Website url? http://gobackpackgo.com
Twitter handle? http://twitter.com/gobackpackgo
Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/gobackpackgo
Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/112897882834076089652