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My backpacking journey: the Crazy ride from the very beginning

Right now, I can class myself as a nomad, a seasoned or experienced long term solo and budget traveler, but it wasn’t always like that. 

This journey which started in 2010 has been full of ups and downs, emotional states and taking the rough with the smooth. It’s undoubtedly been life changing, I’m a completely a different person to the naive backpacker I started out as. 

Over the years, turning from that naive backpacker to experienced nomad has been full of bad mistakes, bad decisions, internal battles and fuck ups but I’ve needed that to get to where I am and that’s exactly what this series will highlight. 

My journey is not just about the countries I’ve traveled through, the places I’ve visited, the things I’ve seen and done but the internal growth, exercising inner demons, shedding insecurities, and growing in confidence and believing in myself. I will take you on a ride not just around the world but through my crazy, unconventional mind. 

You will find out how, somebody like me, a guy who left England with just £600 to my name, full of inner demons, inner voices with a mind of their own, fulfilled and made dreams into reality all on tighter than tight budgets. 

This is not a journal, of just a ‘I saw this and did that’ type of series, this is my journey, through my thoughts and eyes. And don’t worry I won’t be leaving anything out out; the embarrassing, the ugly, the down days, the broke days, the emotional times but also the highs, the adventures, the life changing moments, and the situations that helped me get to the point where I am. 



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You guys know Forever Roaming the World to be the uncensored, no bullshit, tell it how it is website for long term budget backpacking. You know the content on here is from personal experiences since I started backpacking way back in 2010. But what are the stories behind those experiences? How did the journey start and develop? How did somebody like me; broke as a joke surviving on barely nothing, no hope in life but craving to break free of societies shackles and wanting more, end up actually doing it and get to live this nomadic life?

This series is just that. It’s my journey from the start to know, all the bad decisions, all the mistakes, the mishaps and fuckups that have led me to live the most incredible and unpredictable life. There are times still to this day I have to pinch myself, to believe that this is my life.

One of the main reasons why I’ve been able to sustain this life, living on the basics, giving up pretty much all possessions to roam the world is my past. I’m not getting into the sob story (we all have one) but it does feel like I’ve had two lives; one pre 2010 and one post. And this life post 2010, wow what a ride it’s been, the journey, not the physical one around the world, but the emotional and mental journey has been a long one to get to where I am now.  

My backpacking journey

As far as I’ve come in my journey, the personal growth, changes in personality and attitude, the way I perceive things I can’t sit here saying I’m the perfect backpacker now. Nobody can, that’s the beauty of traveling It’s always a learning curve. Yeah sure, I’m more experienced than first time backpackers, yeah I’ve been there, done that got the T-shirt and I’m not a wide eyed deer lost in the headlights, I can take things more in my stride but to this day I still fuck up.

I still make bad decisions, there are always going to mishaps and things going wrong. There will always be those days I question why I still want to carry on but I will. That’s me, and this is my life, the one I’ve chosen to live; Forever Roaming the World. See, it’s not just a website name, It’s what I do.

This series is here to give you an insight to what my personal backpacking life has been like, the highs the lows and everything in between. Don’t worry I won’t leave out the embarrassing moments, the fuckups and mistakes; after all those are the things that have made me into the nomad I am today. Who know this series might even inspire those of you who want to travel but don’t think you can that you actually can do it.

My Journey - season 1 - backpacking Australia - forever roaming the world



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