Chris Walker from mytravellogs.co.uk interview

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-09-2011

Out travel interview from Chris Walker of mytravellogs.co.uk

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Chris and during the day I work in online advertising and at night I like to blog and make websites. Oh and I am a huge TV series fan with Dexter being my favourite series so far. Never thought I would say I like a serial killer so much.

Next year (2012) I will be turning 30 and it will be exactly 10 years since I went travelling solo for the first time. As a young 20 year old I started out in Australia and then travelled through Southeast Asia and India before returning home after 14 months on the road.

How did you get into travelling?

Since a young boy I had always enjoyed nature programmes and I too wanted to go find the 10 deadliest animals in Australia like I saw on TV. Unlike most people my age I started work when I was 16 and gave further education a miss and worked for my dad. I think seeing him working so hard in his business made me consider my future. At that time I didn’t wish to be working so hard like my dad all my life without doing anything else. So I quit my job, bought a one way ticket and headed down under.

Did you find the 10 deadliest animals?

I am not sure if they are the deadliest but I am happy with the animals I saw. I saw a 6 meter croc in the Adelaide River near Darwin, I saw Tiger sharks thrashing about off the Coast of Fraser Island, I also came across a brown snake, and a few spiders including the Huntsmen, a Funnel Web and a Red Back. All of which I believe can be dangerous. Amongst these I am also happy to say I saw many other animals that are native to Australia which are just cute. You can’t really call a Koala or a Wombat dangerous can you?

What have been some of your most memorable experiences?

This is a tough question as I seem to have a story for every occasion. Oddly enough it is some of the most enduring experiences that have proven to be my most memorable. The two days I spent travelling to Laos by boat and getting considerably sick and losing bowel control is probably one story I won’t forget, and neither will the guy I shared a room with.

However for me I think at 20 years old I had a lot of growing up to do and travelling was more about the people I met rather than the destinations I visited. So mostly I remember the people I met along the way and a great turning point for me was when I shared a hostel for 3 months with a group of Asian people, mainly Japanese. They taught me a lot about my own culture through learning about theirs. It was a real eye opener getting to know them and I will always cherish them dearly.

Lastly I have to mention the 3 months I spent living and travelling inside my camper van driving around Australia. I have many fond memories and anecdotal stories to tell about this time such as; washing in rivers and sneaking into hostels to get a shower; fishing for food and catching turtles instead of fish; and being ravaged by mosquitoes as I forgot to put nets on the van windows.

What are you doing now?

Currently I am living back in the UK working in online advertising and saving money for my next adventure. I am determined to learn another language before I die so I would like to return to Thailand and live there for a while longer until I am happy to say I have a firm grasp of the Thai language.

What websites do you run?

I run a few other travel sites but my personal site www.mytravellogs.co.uk is where I plan to publish more stories and information about my travel experiences and is where you can visit and read more about my memorable and sometimes embarrassing experiences

Traveling in the UK

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-09-2011

Depending on the type of travel that most interests you, the UK can be an intriguing option that some people tend to overlook. Particularly in the United States, this is an easy mistake to make. Many Americans are under the impression that the UK is somewhat similar to parts of the United States, and that if they are going to travel in Europe, they may as well go somewhere more “exotic.” However, the fact is that many of the perceived similarities between the UK and the US are simply based on the fact that both countries speak the same language. In reality, the UK has much to offer as a travel destination.

Specifically, the UK is a fine destination for fans of historically significant sites. Even in London alone, there are a number of structures and locations that hold great historical significance, from the burial sites of great men and women of the past to the iconic Big Ben. Additionally, there is a great deal of fine culture to absorb in the UK, as the British have an ever-expanding arts culture, as well as a generally improving food and wine industry. In fact, this latter perk can even provide you with a nice souvenir, or even a gift, from your travels in the UK.

For example, you may not be aware that in the UK it is quite common, during the December holidays, to purchase Christmas Hampers from Marks & Spencer and similar stores. These hampers – essentially little gift baskets filled with anything from wines and beers to cakes and candies – make wonderful gifts, both because they offer enough variety to please a range of people, and because they are extremely convenient to shop for. Additionally, if you have been traveling in the UK and are headed home for the holidays, these hampers might be great gifts to consider bringing back home, as they are somewhat culturally unique, and not simply the same old sort of gift that your friends and family are used to receiving.

Whatever your particular situation may be, there are a number of different reasons to strongly consider the UK as a travel destination. From its historical sites to its ever-expanding culture and fascinating cities and countryside’s, the UK is in some regards an underrated travel location. Besides, even if you are intent on exploring the rest of Europe, a trip to the UK will put you within range of a number of other interesting countries, and you may be able to explore a range of different places and cultures on your next trip.