You don’t have to be in your early 20’s to experience backpack travel. In fact as long as you are healthy and have a passion everyone can do it. Please meet Steve Whitty of MidlifeWanderlust1965 who re-energised his love for travel after a health scare.
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?
I would say that I am a backpacker. The dream is undertake some form of long term travel.
How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?
It is through saving and living frugally. I have cut back on lot of items that I do not need anymore.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
My earliest memories would be the family holiday to Scotland. There were six of us packed into an Mk1 Ford Escort taking a thirteen hour journey to the Mull of Kintyre.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Bratislava. When I arrived into the coach station my first impressions were not favourable. It looked like a throw back to the 1970’s. It was also Sunday afternoon and the city was quiet. I felt down. It was only when I started to explore the city that I started to enjoy Bratislava.
Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Food poisoning on my first trip to Vienna. I spent most of the time stuck in the hostel.
Do you have any funny travel stories?
When I was visiting Washington DC in 2000. I was wearing a T-Rex (70’s Glam Rock Band) t-shirt. A total stranger came up to me said “Hey buddy, what a great band.” I was not prepared for that.
Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?
I have been fortunate, there is no worst place I’ve been to. Just enjoy the experience as best you can.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
The answer changes depending on my mood. At this moment I would say Budapest. I am looking forward to seeing in the New Year there.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?
Too numerous to mention. This gets cut down as I get older. The place I would like to visit would be the Taj Mahal.
Can you imagine life without travel?
Not now. There was a time I stopped travelling. It was only until I spent a night in hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. It turned out to be a stress related problem. This was the moment I realised that life was too short not to travel.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
Watching the TV festering about the problems with work.
What is the name of your travel blog and the url?
Midlifewanderlust1965, http://midlifewanderlust1965.com – The name came from how I was feeling at the time and 1965 is the year of my birth.
When did you begin your website?
Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?
I enjoy writing the blog. It is great therapy as I can take my thoughts away from the negatives. I have also connected with some good people as well.
What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?
The site is about me and my travels. They should read it if only to see how a middle-aged man copes with solo backpacking.
Do you have any products or services to offer?
No, but I am open to suggestions.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Photo essay from my visit to Belgrade in 2013.
What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?
I have contributed to e-tramping.com post about coffee around the world. I would like to write articles for other blogs.
What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)
I am a coach man, I do work for a coach company. The journey can be long but you are guaranteed a seat unlike the train.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Just do it and enjoy. It does not matter how old you are. Travellers see you for who you are. Plus you always have something in common with fellow travellers.
What has travel taught you?
It has relaxed me. I now try and live my life as though I am on the road.
Favourite airline? Easyjet
Favourite country? Bosnia Herzegovina
Favourite city? Budapest
Favourite beach? Lanzarote on Christmas Day
Favourite food? Street Food
Favourite language? French – should take time to learn it one day.
Website url? http://midlifewanderlust1965.com
Twitter handle? stevo120665
Facebook page? www.facebook.com/Midlifewanderlust1965
Google+ profile/page? Steve Whitty