40 years of travel
I started hitch-hiking round Europe in 1972, got the travel bug and never stopped. All my time was spent working and saving money for my next trip. I was hitch-hiking from London to Australia when an American picked me up in Jordan and ended up working there for 5 years. since then i have travelled all round South America, North America, Australia and Asia, several times. Settled in Palawan, Philippines in 1995 where i started the Backpackers Hostel, which no longer exists. Usually get away fo a 2 month trip each year, last year-Laos, this year -Sikkim and next year Myanmar.
I was born in Newcastle, England but left there less than a month later, (no, not off backpacking yet), spent a couple of years in Darlington, three years in Dundee then went to primary school in the Edinburgh district. Dad only worked for one company all his life so he was called upon for an important assignment at head office in Kent until i was 18, so we lived in a beautiful village of Woodnesborough, just outside the famous Cinque Port of Sandwich. Alas, Dad was transferred again so now i was on my own and studied at Canterbury Technical College for a year before deciding to train as a Certified Accountant. This only lasted 18 months as i didn't like the salary or the boring life of an accountant, so i was attracted to the easy life of managing a betting office after some training.This was in Canterbury, a good place to spend your young life as each weekend all the top groups either played at Canterbury University, Art College or nearby at Folkstone or Margate. I saw them all. Later i transferred to another betting outfit and became a relief manager in such places as Nottingham, Derby, Leeds and Scunthorpe. I enjoyed the different places but soon saved enough money for my first major trip as mentioned above. I returned to Oakham penniless in early November and got a dumb job at a factory that moulded plastics but this was 1973 and the Middle East War started so the company put us on 3 nightshifts but paid us for 5 shifts. Lucky for me , as soon as they put us back on 5 shifts i packed my bags and scappered with enough money for my next trip. I guess the story continues below.
Have i ever regretted leaving England?--NO, i miss the football and such dishes as fish and chips, shepherds pie, roast beef, yorkshire puds and mash.
Countries that i would have liked to visit but too late i guess--Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, New Zealand(maybe with promo tkts i don't rule this out completely). Maybe i will take a trip to Japan if finances are available, always interested in that culture.
Travelling around the world i have met some amazing people, friends everywhere and still communicate with people i have known for 35 years.