Joe is the brain behind, the GlobeTrotterJoe is originally from Wales and now live in London. He is 32 and have been to roughly that many countries, visiting every continent in South America and the Antarctica.
Joe, What type of traveller would you say you are?
Part-time (I work full-time in a school, so get good holiday leave!) and definitely budget, staying in Hostels, self-catering etc more often than Hotels and restaurants!
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I have vague, snapshot memories of when I went to Malaysia aged 4, such as a lantern festival, finding and then losing a giant leaf and obsessively playing piano at my maternal Grandmother’s house (my mum, I should mention, is from Malaysia).
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
A notebook and pen – makes it easier to retain the memory of what you’ve seen that day for writing up later. I’m old school and can’t be doing with electronic equivalents!
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
Honestly happy to do both, and most of my trips end up being a mix of both. But if I have to pick one it would be alone. You get to do what you want, when you want, without the inevitable compromise that comes when travelling with others. Sure it gets lonely, but if you get to know others along the way then you can do stuff with other people without the hassle of long-term commitment.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
There are so many to choose from! Right now, I would say the Philippines, which I have recently returned from. It has so much natural beauty, the people are friendly and it has all the benefits of its more-visited South East Asia neighbours with considerably less foreign visitors. Get in there before the secret gets fully out and more people start to visit!
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
Worst – A hostel in Zambia with disgusting bathrooms, borderline-hostile staff, a noisy bar that stayed open till 3am and a weird man in the bed above me who scratched all night… Best – A hostel in Istanbul with great staff, a cool gang of people I hung out with and a spectacular view of the Aya Sofia from its rooftop bar.
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
In Zambia (again…I do love Zambia, honest!) a journey that was supposed to be six hours turned into eighteen, complete with witnessing a mob beating up a man accused of stealing, two bus breakdowns and a third colliding (slowly – so not life threatening) with another vehicle at a petrol station which resulted in a massive argument between the two drivers. It was exhausting but memorable!
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
If I were able to do anything I want? Write prose, play the piano and attend multiple live sporting events!
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
Going to Tanzania this summer to open up a library the 14 girls from my school and I have spent the last two years raising money for and preparing for (cataloguing books, designing the layout, planning activities etc). It’s going to be immense: the culmination of a lot of hard work – and the kids both of the Tanzania school and the one where I work at are going to get so much out of it.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
There’s so much advice out there that if you tried to follow all of it you would probably get unstuck very quickly. Best thing I can say is to follow the advice that resonates with you in your gut and discards the rest. Is that a cop out answer? If so, then it would be – remember that even the most experienced, been-everywhere traveller was a total greenhorn at one point in their lives. So just take that plunge: believe me, it gets easier!
Joe, Share with us about Globe Trotter Joe
Globetrotter Joe charts the progress of our library project offers tips on volunteering overseas and other general travel tips, and I also features blogs about all the countries I’ve visited too. I started the Globe Trotter Joe three months ago. I enjoy writing and have been blogging about my travel experiences on other social media sites.
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Next week on Wednesday Interview, Vedante from The Lavish Normad, a 19-year-old guy from India which enjoys travelling alone.