My first experience of independent travel was back in 2003. I started my world trip in India, and oh my, what an introduction to Asia that was! No guide book or any idea of the craziness that was waiting for me. After 2 months travelling around India, I felt I was prepared for anything the rest of the world could throw at me and I couldn't wait to see it all! I continued my trip onto South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New York.
Before that year away, I had always assumed that when I returned I would settle down and start a career, but as soon as I arrived home I was eagerly planning my next trip. After 2 years of dreaming, planning and saving, I set off again, this time with a one way ticket to China. After a month in China, I travelled to all the places in South East Asia I'd missed the first time, Laos, Borneo, Indonesia and some of my favourite places in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. Then, after a year working in New Zealand, I had 6 months in South America where I visited Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. For me, travelling is my life; from talking about travelling with friends to planning my next adventure and after 3 years of travelling I have only scratched the surface!
I studied Marine Geography at the Southampton Institute (now Solent University)
2.5 years at Rickshaw Travel, specialising in Australia, Peru and Brazil. Joined Travel Nation in 2012.
Jeremy has visited:
Watching football, hanging out with friends or running and cycling around the South Downs!
The mighty Reading FC.
I am sometimes wrong, but not very often!
Ideally a scuba diving instructor travelling the world.
Bolivia, as there was so much more to the country than I had imagined. The world's largest salt flats, extinct volcanoes, beautiful colonial cities, the silver mines of Potosi, Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca and the world's most dangerous road were just a few of the highlights.
Bolivia, the scenery was out of the world and the people were so friendly.
A good book, good camera, flip-flops, sunglasses and Imodium.
Live from my backpack.
Australia; the weather is generally great all year round, they love sport and the great outdoors, and Asia and the South Pacific are on your doorstep, so you can go on a one week holiday to Fiji instead of Majorca.
I had only ever been on holiday to the Med, but when I was 15 I went on a family holiday to the west coast of USA and we travelled across 3 states in 3 weeks. I was then hooked on travelling and couldn't wait to see the rest of the world.
Salt Flats in Bolivia, Komodo Island in Indonesia, Angel falls in Venezuela.
It wasn't really a hotel, just a handful of shacks on the beach in Ko Tao, Thailand. Our shack had a veranda looking out to sea, a hammock, an outdoor shower and cost only a few pounds a night.
Lopes Mendes beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil. A picture perfect long, curved, white sand beach, with a lush green backdrop and very few tourists.
Central Africa and especially the gorillas in Uganda.
Best: A massaman curry in Thailand. Worst: duck intestines in China.
Yeah, I've had working holiday visas in both Australia and New Zealand. In Australia I worked my way around the country in my campervan doing various harvesting jobs and in NZ I had a boring office job, but it did help fund 6 months in South America.
India for sure, it was my first country outside of Europe or North America and the culture shock was immense, I really hated it at first, but after 6 weeks travelling there I fell in love with the place and will certainly return one day.
Heathrow airport after 2 years away from the UK
Towards the end of my first around the world trip, I was in Fiji for 10 days and I happened to meet a girl from Australia, who is now my wife.
Rio de Janeiro, for the sun, sea and samba.
New Year's Eve party on the beach in Goa that went on for about 3 days.
Cheese, Reading FC and I suppose my friends and family also ;-)