Traveling is PossibleProves Working Class British Fray
22 March 2017 | Fray
Name: FrayCurrent Age: 36Gender: MaleNationality: British
Age When First Traveled: 19Time Spent Traveling: 17 years on and offCountries Traveled: 31Class When 1st left: Working 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? Tough question! A close one would be the drug dealing hairdresser who kidnapped me in Costa Rica (after spending a night with him, I genuinely learnt A LOT about the Costa Rican attitude to tourists), but I believe the most fascinating would be a woman I met in Croatia. Diana from Utah. She was mid 20s, and had been traveling continuously for the last 7 years. Setting off just after her teen years, she'd always been a free spirit and just lived for new experience. I woke up with a hangover in my new hostel on the island of Hvar, Croatia. She was sat on the bed opposite. "We met last night, but you weren't making much sense, so I wanted to meet you again this morning". Both humbling and reassuring, we spent the next few days exploring the island. We hired a boat, sailed it out around the islands, and then stupidly got it stranded on rocks... yet she didn't falter. She'd seen too much to be fazed by being shipwrecked. As I fell overboard and smashed my ribs into the nearby rocks she didn't scream or panic..... no. She whipped out her camera and got an amazing photo! She'd been to every corner of the world, a solo female traveler, and had an amazing story from each town. Some heartwarming, some terrifying, but always ending with the lesson she'd learnt. She went on to a few more destinations before briefly heading home. Within weeks she was itching to get away again, and so headed to Guatemala (from where she had distant relatives). It broke my heart to learn (from a Facebook post) that she'd died of an asthma attack in the jungle. Absolutely fearless and streetwise beyond compare, she was stopped by her own body. Her unstoppable spirit was easily the best travel inspiration I've ever had. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? Again, a tough one, but the most life changing experience would probably be house sitting a farm in the Costa Rican jungle. I'd answered a WWOOF advert to work on an organic farm deep in the Costa Rican rainforest. "Learn Spanish as you work alongside people from every corner of the world." When I arrived I found a 70 year old English man (who left a week after I arrived). 3 months alone, with only a cat and 2 dogs for company. Wandering out into the jungle, machete in hand, chopping the path daily. Surrounded by the deafening roar of the rain forest... spiders, monkeys, birds and who knows what else, yet completely alone with your thoughts. Thankfully I had a dodgy Wifi connection, so I was able to document the experience, but for the majority of the day I was alone. It's amazing the answers you give yourself when you eventually run out of distractions. After properly getting to know myself, I honestly think I could be dropped into any situation and I'd find my feet (a long way away from that terrified 19 year old cowering in the German train station) 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. Learn to be a Shaolin Monk, climb Cho Oyu, wander along with the Bedouin... the world is full of future adventures. The one that excites me most? Siberia. Spending a -60 winter in the most inhospitable place on earth... yes please! I love my sandy beaches, and I love lazing in the sunshine, cocktail in hand, without a care in the world... but you don't learn much about yourself during that time. There's certainly no test in comfort. Other people survive there... could I? Do I have the strength, endurance and mental stamina to hold on and even thrive in such a situation? Apologies if I got a little deep there, but they're the thoughts that genuinely fly through my head whenever I think about travel.
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Travel Tip #4
Now that you know traveling is possible for Fray; do you still think it's not possible for you?