A bit late for the week but here’s my interview for the week with none other than Ed Rex of Rexyedventures! He’s one of my recent travel blogger friends and upon reading his blog I was impressed on his travel dedication and spirit. He’s also profoundly deaf but it’s not stopping him from going on a journey around the world this March. Ladies (and gentlemen), Ed is definitely a guy worth following!
Here’s my short interview of Ed
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a profoundly deaf, tall, dark and handsome god who absolutely loves travelling and getting involved in new experiences. I’m an out and proud original Yorkshireman who never strays too far from a supply of Yorkshire Tea.
I’m famed throughout my mates for my love of silly hats, my incessant photo taking, being a massively busy social bee, cheesy chat up lines, and yes..okay a poser.
After several University degrees and several jobs, I’m currently working as an Environmental Technician in a Water Company but I’m jacking that in to go around the world. Woo woo!
Why did you decide to start a travel blog?
I realised I adored travelling and I was always recounting my experiences to friends, family and even random strangers on the bus! But I have too many stories to say and store in my head! So that’s why I decided to create a travel blog to:
- Share the stories and experiences with other people
- Learn how to run a blog and web design to avoid being like my parents who refuse to conform to the latest technology and keep relying on me to fix their computer issues.
- Also, meet absolutely amazing travel bloggers from around the world to share the love of travel!
What’s the most challenging part of being a travel blogger?
I think there’s 2 parts that are most challenging for me:
- Learning about coding and website design. It’s all very well and interesting but sometimes I’m unsure if I am getting the best deal out it. Luckily, I have literally awesome travel blogger mates who know their stuff and are helping me decide what I want. Currently, I’m supported by WordPress but I’d quite like to use my own hosting.
- Keeping up with the content! I do so much at home and I always want to write about my experiences and I haven’t even left on my first RTW yet!
Can you tell us about your first travel experience?
Even though I have been on plenty of holidays with my family before, I would class my holiday with them to Malta as my first travel experience. Dad and a 16 year old of me, took the bus to Valletta to visit the city. It was great to mingle with the locals on that bus and just experience Maltese life in the city. However, my first travel moment has to be when we hired a car to go to the other island but the car doesn’t start unless I get out and push (with both parents inside, how unfair!). This happened when we were on the ferry going over to the other island of Malta and we were the first vehicle that had to get off! So pushing the car up a ramp to get on the island was truly an experience with all the locals shouting and beeping their horns at me from behind and the police hanging around just laughing at my attempts! I grinned. This was amazing!
What’s your favourite destination and why?
Without a doubt, Uganda. There’s so much to experience and see in this beautiful country. Safaris, white-water rafting on the River Nile, eat in the local restaurants, volunteer with children, build schools, and go trekking. Lend of a country!
If you can travel with a real or fictional character, who will you travel with and why?
If I had to, then it would be a much younger version of my dad. He had me when he was mid forties and beforehand, he was a very much accomplished climber and trekker and backpacker! He always tells me of his glory days in the Alps, in Switzerland, Austria, Norway and much of Africa. I wish I could have travelled with him then and as we get on so much now, we would have had a massive laugh! I’ll never forget the time he took me mountaineering when I was 7/8.
What’s your favourite travel quote (from a book, film, TV show etc)?
Can’t think of one from the top of my head but the quote from the Bucket List have me reciting this to everyone:
Never Pass Up a Bathroom, Never Waste a Hard On, Never let a Never Trust a Fart!
If you have one flight ticket to go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where will you go?
South Africa. I’ve heard so many great things about this beautiful country. I’ve heard so many stories from my parents when they went there on business. I was enthralled when I was younger listening to my dad recounting the time he wrestled a lion in the wild…I now find this to be highly untrue! How gullible was I!
What is the strangest thing you have eaten, drank or experienced on your travels?
Eaten – There’s nothing I have eaten that I classify as strange. If it’s not strange to that local country then it’s not strange to me. But I do have to say that Celery is by far my strangest food. It doesn’t taste of anything. I don’t understand it. And I never will.
Drink – Spezi (Germany) I’ll never forget the day I glanced the menu at a German Restaurant and I spied this drink. Half fanta and half coke?! Why haven’t I tried this before?! I quickly ordered one and I can’t still figure out the taste…my brain was telling me fanta and my taste buds were telling me coke. Who knows?!
Experienced – During my freefall on my skydive, I was washed over with an eerie calm. I was enthralled by the curvature of the Earth and felt like I was top of the world. But I didn’t fell like I was falling…It was like being in a swimming pool!
Advice to fellow newbie travel bloggers
Always take up the challenges and experiences. You’ll regret it if you don’t. At least you tried it once so you could say that you didn’t enjoy it and won’t do it again. Me? I’ll always keep on doing new challenges and experiences as I missed out so much before because I was too shy and wouldn’t say boo to a goose..(hey…could that be a challenge…to say boo to a goose?!)
A Solo RTW digital travel expert blog seeing the world the Rex Way! Trying to push myself to the limit; always trying out new experiences; new challenges; and new customs all around the globe! Also, I’m trying to tell you that Britain is one of the best places to travel as a backpacker 🙂
All photos in this post are Ed’s property but are hosted on this blog’s flickr count. All rights remain with Ed!
Do you want to be interviewed on our next session of Talk with a Travel Newcomer? The only requirement of course is that you have to be a newbie travel blogger. Contact me if you’d like to be featured!