1) First off tell us a little about yourself and you blog?
My name is Stephen Schreck, and I run an adventure travel website A Backpackers Tale. It follows me as I backpack around the world trying to tick off my bucket list. I say, “trying” because one most of my adventures the time crap hits the fan, which is fine because I always get an amusing story out of it.
I also run Traveling With A Camera – which is my backpacking photo blog.
I have been on the road for the last 14 months and will be going forever hopefully. (fingers crossed)
2) What are some of your favorite stories over the last year?
Well, I ran with the bulls in Pamplona. IT actually took me three tries to run because I kept getting kicked out for trying to hide my go pro. On the last day, I took no chances and left the go pro in my hostel, and stayed up all night by the bull pen.
The run was one of the most thrilling moments of my life, and something I would definitely do again.
I also did the Mongol Rally, an epic road trip. You drive from England to Mongol in a beat up junker that you grandma would consider to be slow. (Our car’s top speed was about 60mph). This was a great experience because it was different that the normal type of backpacking I do. The Rally gives you so many experiences with locals, border guards, and travelers. I loved the Mongol Rally which is why it is the subject of my first EBook.
3) Funniest Story from the Road?
The thing about traveling is a lot of your funny stories aren’t funny at the time. They are “Oh shit” moments that later become funny stories. Like how I am pretty sure my last name helped me get over the Russian Border. On the Mongol Rally we drove the last 7,000 miles without a clutch. That led to some entertaining stories.
4) Any scary moments while traveling?
I once had a staring contest with a grizzly in Alaska. That was a little scary, but something I am proud to say I kept my cool about.
5) What is one thing you feel most proud about on your travels?
Well, I would have to say becoming a Scuba Diver. Ever since I was a kid I have hated deep water, and just a month ago I started my journey to conquer it by getting my open water diving license. Since then I have fallen in love with the deep. I know have my advance license and have done 18 dives in the last month including a scuba dive live aboard in the Similan Islands, Thailand.
6) What do you love so much about traveling?
The more I travel, the more I fall in love with it. I couldn’t imagine going back to my old life, at this point I can’t even remember what that life was like, and I don’t miss it at all.
What I love about traveling is the complete freedom, the sights and the people you meet along the way. Travel strips away a lot of stereotypes, and reinforces a few.
7) What are some of your favorite countries?
Last year I powered through countries, 37 in total. That number is way too high for a year. The Mongol Rally was a major reason for such fast travel; sometimes we were driving going a country every couple days.
The thing is I love everywhere I go. Without realizing it, I used to message my family every time I entered a new country, “I love it here” after about twenty times of getting that message my mom wrote back. “You love it everywhere”
I very much believe in slow travel. I like to spend at least a month in a country. I slow traveled Thailand for a couple months. I absolutely love the country, and the diving here is insane! If you like diving, I can’t recommend diving in the Simians enough! It was a huge highlight of my year.
I also like Turkey and recommend it as a good introduction to the Middle East.
Anywhere in Europe is always fine with me, as well.
8) What are a few of your favorite things to do when you’re on the road?
Ha, anything that gets my blood pumping. Like I said earlier, I have really fallen in love with scuba diving. I also love mountains. I love adventures, living a little on the edge, and trying new things.
9) Give us five things that you want to cross off your bucket list.
Exploring the Galapagos.
Diving in Fiji.
Visiting every country in the world – Hopefully by 2025
Walking the Camino of Santiago.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail.
10) What are you future travel plans?
I’m currently am living and working in Australia. I will be here the rest of the year. In December, I start another year around the world. I am not sure if I am going to start it in Asia, South America, Africa, but I am planning on spending an extensive amount of time on all three continents.
However, when you are traveling nothing is ever certain.
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