Posted on 02 April 2012.
The sexy Ed Rex talks around the world travel
Today TraveLinkSites.com is joined by Yorkshire-born travel blogger Ed Rex who’s currently travelling the world after leaving his 9-5 job back in March.
Ed blogs at Rexyedventures.com about solo around the world travel. You can catch him on Twitter here.
1. Could you briefly introduce yourself, your site and your travel experiences?
I’m Ed Rex of rexyedventures.com, which by the way is an amazeballs site (FACT), that promotes solo travel experiences within Britain and the RTW I am taking now and also for deaf people. So far, I’m in Thailand in the beautiful island of Ko Tao but previous experiences include European Cities, Spanish Islands and also my African Volunteering Stay in Uganda. I have left my job as an Environmental Technican to go round the world!
2. Could you give us a rough breakdown of your around the world itinerary?
Why, do you want to stalk me? Well here it is, Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia-Malaysia-Singapore-Australia-new Zealand-Fiji and USA.
Ed enjoying the Scottish landscape
3. Why did you decide to travel around the world as opposed to focusing on a specific region? What countries are you looking forward to visiting most?
I just wanted to go with the flow basically and if you methodically plan a trip, you lose the spontaneous aspects of it. Also, plans are guaranteed to change. I was meant to be going to Phuket after Bangkok but here I am in Ko Tao because I found a good deal. Countries I’m looking forward to most? I hear great things about Laos as the people there are so friendly. However, I think I’m looking forward to New Zealand the most seeing as it is a beautiful natural country.
4. What were the most important preparations you had to make when planning your around the world trip?
Travel insurance, term life insurance, flights, visas and finding the right backpack for you.
Ed riding the trains like a pro
5. What should people think about, based on your experiences, most when travelling around the world?
Just think about having a good time! Think about the positive side of things. If things don’t go your way, then ride with it and as the saying goes, when god closes a door, he opens a window. I’m full of this cliche rubbish.
6. What sites and resources did you use to help prepare for around the world travel? What did you use them for?
I think just reading other people’s experiences on their blogs really help you prepare for your trip. I have garnered so much advice from these zany bloggers in order to get the best routes, experiences and companies to go with.
7. What are the common mistakes people make when planning an around the world travel trip?
Leaving everything to the last minute!
Ed setting out for home
8. How long in advance should you begin to think about around the world travel? What are the first things you need to organise? What things can wait until the last moment?
You guys ask too many questions! I started thinking about it 6 months in advance but really you should start thinking about it a year in advance. The first things you need to organise are you savings. Work out a travel planning budget so you know which proportion of your salary is going to your travels. Dispensable and perishable stuff for your bag can be left to the last minute,
9. What things do you focus on most when you blog about around the world travel? Why do you choose these things?
I just focus on the randomness of things that happen as I meander around the globe. Things that get me in a funny situation, tight spot and my cranky thoughts on things. I choose those things because it’s what I notice. For example, in a show, most people tend to watch the leads but I often notice the extras or even the backstage staff scrurrying around and gesturing wildly due to an event gone wrong!
10. If you could think of one thing you wished someone had told you before you started travelling around the world what would it be?
I wish someone has told me to start saving earlier! I’ve already blown my Thailand budget!
Ed chilling in Thailand on part of his tour
Thanks Ed for sharing all your wonderful around the world travel tips! Check out his brilliant travel blogs at Rexyedventures. You can also follow Ed on Twitter here.