Today I have another extraordinary interview for you.
Meet Dean Wickham from TheRoadToAnywhere.com. He is an amazing traveller and shares his experiences and findings with passion on his blog.
I get very inspired when I read his posts and actually get the feeling to jump in a plane and get there and check those things for myself. He also posts amazing pictures.
His life is very inspiring and you will learn a lot from this interview.
So, here you go:
1. Please introduce us to yourself.
My name is Dean Wickham and I am from Perth, Australia. I absolutely love travel and adventure and spend most of my time either travelling the world or planning my next trip. I like to travel independently and seek out unique experiences when I travel. I am also a keen hiker and enjoy getting out into nature for bush walks and camping.
2. How did your passion for adventure and travel start and what made you start blogging at theroadtoanywhere.com?
I am lucky in many ways as I have been travelling in some way or another for as long as I can remember. My father spent his younger years travelling the world before settling in Australia, and while growing up I was always fascinated by his stories.
As a kid my Dad used to take me out on huge camping trips and bushwalks. I actually climbed my first mountain when I was four years old. I guess I have always had a sense of adventure, and it seems to only grow the older I get. As an adult I began travelling by myself and then later with my wife, and I can’t imagine myself stopping for the rest of my life.
I started The Road to Anywhere more as an outlet than anything. I obviously had a huge passion for travel and adventure, I had a lot of stories to tell and a lot of photos to share. I had been following a few travel blogs beforehand and thought that it would be something that I would enjoy doing.
It turns out that I love travel writing and photography, as well as inspiring other people to get out and see the world. I believe that there is a lot to be learnt through travel, and people really need to understand the world a lot better. I’m hoping that my travel blog helps people to do that.
3. What gear do you take with you in your travels and what is your favorite item?
I like to pack as light as possible. As I generally travel independently and on a budget, I do quite a lot of walking and hopping on and off buses, trains, boats, tuk tuks and everything in between, so the less I take the better it is. I also find that I don’t need a lot when I’m on the road. Obviously this depends on what type of trip I am going on. If I’m climbing a mountain for example, obviously I need to take more things with me than I would going backpacking through Thailand.
I’d say my favourite travel item is my camera. I just love being able to capture moments while I travel. There is so much beauty in the world, and it’s great to be able to look back at where I’ve been. I generally don’t buy souvenirs when I travel, so my photos are what I have to keep from my trips.
4. What is your favorite habitat and were do you prefer camping?
I’ve camped in a lot of different environments, but my favourite would have to be the forest. I feel very much at peace when I’m wandering around in a forest, and there’s nothing better than waking up in the fresh forest air, with nothing but the sound of the birds in the trees.
5. What is the best air mattress/sleeping pad that you have ever used and in what environment?
These days I use a lightweight self inflating mattress when I go hiking. Not only does it fold up nice and small and not weigh a lot, it is also very quick and easy to use. It’s also a lot more comfortable than the old foam sleeping pad that I used to use.
6. If you were in a life-threatening situation, facing the elements what gear would save your life?
A warm jacket or sleeping bag, water proof matches for a fire, a knife, a canteen for water and some high calorie food/snacks.
7. Give us a few tips on how to make to most of a trekking experience in Australia.
Australia has some amazing hiking trails. Always do your research first. Make sure that you learn the trail before you attempt it. Find out how long it is, how difficult it is and whether it is easy to follow. Always carry plenty of food and water. It can get very hot in Australia. And I mean HOT.
Carry more water than you need as well as a hat. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
8. You say you are an adrenaline junky and love the outdoors and adventure. What was the craziest thing you have ever done?
I have to say that I felt pretty insane when I got up at midnight to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. We had already been trekking for four days and had trekked for over 8 hours earlier that day. I had about half an hour’s sleep as it is hard to sleep at that altitude.
I got up in the freezing night and trekked through the dark with my head torch for over 1000 metres in altitude just so that I could watch the sunrise from Stellar Point, at an altitude of 5739m. I was nauseous and dizzy from the altitude and lack of sleep, my legs could hardly move and the ground was so crumbly, and at times icy, that I felt like I was going nowhere.
The sight of that sunrise however, made it all completely worth it. It gave me the determination to continue on all the way to the summit of the mountain.
9. What are you plans for the future concerning your blog and your travels?
My only real plan is to just keep on travelling and doing the things that I love. I haven’t been doing anywhere near as much trekking as I would like to lately, so I’m hoping to change that. Future trips will include trips to the UK, Peru and of course, Asia and Australia. And I will continue to photograph and write about my adventures.
10. A message to your fans.
I just want to say thank you to all of my readers. I really do appreciate every single one of you, and your comments and consistent readership means a lot to me. If there is anything that you would like to see changed on the blog, or perhaps you want more of something or less of something else, please do let me know.
I do read all of your emails and I am happy to help in any way that I can. And of course, I hope that you continue to follow The Road to Anywhere. Cheers!
Thank you Dean for this great opportunity to interview you. You are an inspiration to us all and I am sure, reading these lines, people will actually start searching for travel opportunities more often and with more interest.
I can’t wait for you to share your next experiences and also post those beautiful photos. Finally, I will add a great inspiring quote I found on you blog:
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St Augustine
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