In this Celebrity Travel Addicts Q&A with Marek Bron of Indie Traveller we learn how he took a month-long break after a trip to Thailand in 2012, which ended up being a full 2 years! Check out Marek’s Top 5 List for the Philippines, Guatemala and Colombia, plus where he is headed to next!
Well, there was no real defining moment where I went ‘aha, I love travel now!’. I gradually got into it more and more, simply thanks to having more opportunities to do it.
That said, a bit moment came when I lost my job in 2012. I was deep into a career in the video games industry, but each job I’d had at different video game companies ended in corporate restructuring, canceled projects, and other unpleasantness.
I was burnt out and though I’d go to Thailand for a month or so to clear my head and maybe work on my CV and contact recruiters while sipping cocktails on the beach. I never opened that CV and instead just kept traveling. That trip ended up spanning the globe and lasting 2 years! Obviously, I was hooked.
It fluctuates wildly. I was travelling full-time for some time, then I went the other way and barely travelled for a while. Now I’m trying to strike a balance between living in one place and travelling often: I’ve been on two trips this year so far, and planning five more. I’ll probably end up travelling for about 4 months in the year.
I most like to go to destinations that aren’t the most touristy, but aren’t the most remote or punishing either. It’s great when a destination is just the right level of adventurous.
Basically, somewhere in between ‘Patong beach in high season’ and ‘desolate Russian tundra’ there is a perfect place for me.
That it’s fun and rewarding to travel independently rather than going with tours or pre-baked itineraries.
And that if you want to go on a bigger or longer trip, you can get easily through the scary ‘oh shit’ phase and prepare yourself for the journey ahead. I actually began writing my book before I launched my blog, as my main goal was to help other people who wanted to go on an amazing journey get through all of the initial preparation stages easily.
Philippines, Colombia, Guatemala.
It’s been a while since I last counted, but somewhere around 50.
Thai, Japanese, Italian.
Hmm, I wouldn’t know how to answer this.
But at least the most memorable restaurant recently was going to Tickets in Barcelona, a molecular gastronomy place run by
Albert Adrià. There you can have a 12-course tapas feast with mousse things that really shouldn’t be mousse, tea that’s actually secretly chicken broth, and olives that have been spheriphied and burst upon contact with your tongue.
I normally like the simpler things in cuisine (like some Pho noodles on a street corner in Vietnam) but I can easily appreciate this sort of innovative madness too.
Lost in Translation
Some stimulating conversation. That can be with your travel partner or, better yet, with a total stranger travelling in the same direction.
If exotic is something subjective, then I’m going to say Tokyo. It was the first place outside of the more familiar Europe and the US that I visited, and I was enthralled. Tokyo has a way of looking totally like the intro to Blade Runner, especially seen from a 30th floor. But then it also has a way of being overwhelmingly cute in its details, with tiny ramen bars, tiny delivery trucks, tiny everything. And toilets with 20 buttons on them, of course. I still think Tokyo was, in a weird way, the craziest place I’ve been, despite having been to perhaps more objectively exotic places since.
Regularly make backups of your photos. Seriously.
Always check your room for chargers, toothbrushes, soap bottles, and other things before you depart. At least three times. Especially for those early morning checkouts.
Camera, phone (sorry), neck pillow, earplugs.
With the right company I’d love to go somewhere to deep central Asia. Maybe Kazakhstan.
“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.” ― Freya Stark
As many do, I travelled mostly along the coast between Cape Town and Johannesburg. There were two highlights really: one was visiting the Wild Coast, of which I’ve sung praises on my blog. The other was diving with sharks in the open ocean without a cage (yes, it’s safe – and yes, it’s also kinda scary!).
Looks like it’ll be Nepal!
Marek blogs at Indie Traveller where he aims to inspire others to travel more — and where he shares honest budget travel guides from around the world. He also wrote Travel the World Without Worries, a step-by-step guide to going on the big trip you’ve always wanted to take. You can follow Marek on Instagram or Facebook.
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