Travel is Possible ProvesMiddle Class British Matthew Hulland
19 March 2017 | Matthew Hulland
Name: Matthew HullandCurrent Age: 36Gender: MaleNationality: British
Age When First Traveled: 24Time Spent Traveling: I don't think I'll ever stopCountries Traveled: 36Class When 1st left: Middle Class
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? I met a chap called Mithun when staying in a hostel in Zambia.This was on my first solo trip, I travelled overland from Nairobi to Johannesburg and I would say he was the first unforced friend I made while travelling. By that I mean I had met volunteers, people sharing transport but I had no catalyst to chat with Mithun, it just kind of happened. He was celebrating his 30th birthday by doing a world trip on his own and we had a good chat about solo travel. He gave me some advice about meeting people. He said: “The easiest way to meet people is to just find the biggest group in the hostel and ask if they mind if you join them”. He wet on to explain that it may go against everything you think would be easy, like finding someone on their own and saying hi. Maybe they want to be on their own. With a big group, you can sit and listen, get advice and if you can chip in, do so. Also, there is more likely to be someone who will buy you a beer! We spent a few day hanging out, he gave me loads of tips on where to go in Asia and then we went our separate ways, probably never to see each other again, but I’ll always remember his advice, and the beers he bought. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? It has to be meeting Jimmy at Jimmy’s school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He runs a school for street children. So many families can’t afford to send their kids to school as they have to be out on the streets, selling to tourists, trying to make money just to survive. Jimmy’s place is an evening school that is free and teaches English to the kids. His dream is to one day have some of his students go to university, but just by giving the kids a place to meet in the evening with other kids, learn the language, feel safe and have fun, he is doing something amazing. He often provides food for the kids as well, relieving some of the pressure from the families and he does it all with money made from his Tuk Tuk business and donations. If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. There are two places I want right now, one is Flores in Indonesia. I was so close but the person I was travelling with hated boats and wasn’t prepared to do the journey. As it was my girlfriend of the time I couldn’t just say “well I’m going anyway”. So I’d love to get back there sometime, but my dream is a place I have recently heard of. I love isolation and there is an island in the middle of the Atlantic called Tristan da Cunha which claims to be the most isolated island in the world, I’d love to visit. And Easter Island, and Vanuatu and . . . I could go on forever!
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Now that you know traveling is possible for Matthew; do you still think it's not possible for you?