Amy on her travels around the world – interview

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Amy on her travels around the world – interview

Introduce yourself – Where are you from? Where in the world are you currently?

This is Amy Todd, 23, from Wimbledon, South London. Eleven months ago I set off on the most amazing round the world trip! I visited America (Vegas, Arizona, LA), Australia, (Western QZ, Darwin, WA) New Zealand, Fiji, Philippines, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia (KL, langkawi, Borneo), Singapore, Indonesia (Bali, Gili T) and Thailand. I am now currently spending my last week in Dubai before returning home to start saving for the next trip: South America 2015! 

 

2. Tell us about your first trip abroad? What first attracted you to a life abroad?

I’ve always been lucky enough to go on annual family holidays to Spain, Turkey, France etc but the first travelling experience, which has effectively changed the rest of my life, was camp America at 18. During the summer between college and my first year at uni, I spent three months in America. After signing up to Camp Leaders as a cheerleading coach, I was selected to work at Camp Chipinaw in New York State. I took care of the senior girls (15-16s) at the residential summer camp, whilst reliving my youth through various land and water activities during the day, combined with teaching cheerleading, group trips to Boston, and awesome nights out with staff. After the eight week camp I then travelled all over America with my new friends for the remainder of the three months. One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life!! 

 

3. What kind of traveller are you? Backpacker? Long-term traveller? Short term? Other?

Back packer as the year following America, I travelled along the east coast of Australia for a month. Cairns to Sydney, flew to Adelaide and took the great ocean road back to Melbourne. The last year has been hardcore back packing! 335 days, 15 countries, 69 destinations and 34 aeroplanes!!

 

4. How do you fund yourself when travelling?

I save throughout the year to get me started and pay for all flights I’m aware of before leaving. My wages from the summer camp I worked at pairs for the remainder of my first trip. My round the world- I worked in the outback of Australia for 5 months, the pay there is about triple that of England!!! 

 

5. Your favourite place you have been to? And why?

It’s hard to choose as all are so different. Whilst individually I loved the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia and Gili T; Thailand pretty much encompasses all of this- great culture, food, people, beaches, nature, Night life, cities and cheap prices! I also loved New Zealand for it’s adventure, along with the outback and non commercial places in America for how different their lifestyle is to mine!

 

6. Your least favourite place you have been to? And why?

Krabbi in Thailand! This may be a bit biased as I was there for the curfew and it was an absolute ghost town with the only place to get food being KFC. However as we only had one night we went to Krabbi town to be close to the airport, whereas the more touristy area is by the beach.

 

7. What advice would you give to other people looking to travel?

It’s the most amazing thing and will change your life forever. I just wish everyone could see and do the things I have. I have learnt so much about life, and found a new appreciation for everyone and everything, particularly those I left behind at home! The world is so mentally different to what I thought and I plan to experience as much of it as I possibly can in my life time. It the easiest thing if you have the motivation and confidence to go for it. I can’t believe it’s even allowed to just take a year off to have fun and travel the world with no responsibilities! Forget money, all you need is enough to buy a one way ticket to Australia. Get a one year working visa, get straight to the outback for jobs with free accommodation, food, bills, laundry etc and start saving! I was earning $1600 a week in a supermarket… GET OUT THERE

 

8. What is left on your bucket list for you to accomplish/see?

My top 5 are… 1. To visit all 50 states of America 2. Go to Antarctica 3. Step foot in every continent 4. Learn to do a standing back somersault 5. Volunteer in Africa

 

9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I’m not sure in 5 years time, however leading to then, I plan to work for one more year, spend 8 weeks in South America, go back to uni for two years to complete my masters. In the summer break to visit Africa or Antarctica. On completion of my masters to spend a year working in either America or Dubai, and camper van around the 50 states within that. I plan to leave Europe till last as I know it will always be accessible!

 

10. What is the biggest difference to life overseas compared to life abroad?

Do you mean home and abroad? If so the freedom, spontaneity, no commitments and responsibilities. The world is your oyster!!!

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