Have you ever met an eternal traveller with no plans to ever go home? How do they do it? In this article, we profile some of the world’s most dedicated travellers.
Everyone likes to travel. What is there not to love about going to a place you’ve never been before to explore the great unknown?
The best thing about travel is that you can focus it on your passions. Into food? Then book your trip around the Michelin-starred restaurants of Japan. Keen adventurer? Then get to northern India and climb those mountains. Ski fanatic? Canada is right up your alley. Whatever you love most in life, you can almost always find it in travel.
Who are the world’s biggest travellers?
It’s likely that many of them are Finnish. According to the annual global travel study for 2015, Finns are the biggest travellers, making 7.5 domestic and international trips per year. The USA, Sweden, Denmark and Norway round up the top five, while us Kiwis follow closely behind in the top ten at number 6.
Travel comes with very little responsibility, beyond keeping your passport, finances and safety in check, and with it a sense of escapism. It’s the one thing we all look forward to. So it stands to reason that there are some people out there that have swapped their desk jobs in favour of a life more travelled.
Nicole Connolly and Michael Wright – freedom travellers
Australian couple Nicole Connolly and Michael Wright have been on the road for three and a half years. Long-term traveller Nicole loves the freedom travel affords her.
“It’s the freedom that I am addicted to. We never set an alarm, we don’t have deadlines. No stress or anxiety (unless we run out of chocolate), no timetable, and no decision is set in stone. We have the freedom to come and go from any destination as we wish.”
The pair’s Instagram is a site to be seen, with snaps from Hawaii, Hong Kong and everywhere in between. They credit their new lifestyle, which Nicole says came as a result of a tragic death in the family, with selling everything that they had and hitting the road. They have no plans to return home any time soon.
Follow their adventures here: https://instagram.com/suitcasestories/
Brooke Saward – travel blogger
Tasmanian blogger Brooke is on a mission to “inspire, intrigue and inform” her huge following to travel to more places, more often.
Brooke started her travel blog, World of Wanderlust, in 2012 to document her amazing travels and it wasn’t long before the project evolved to a team of eight global writers, as well as partnerships with some major brands, including Southern Cross Travel Insurance.
With an ethos to “encourage young people to get out there and explore our world, and to value experiences” it’s no wonder she is one of Australia’s top travel bloggers with an Instagram following of over 25k.
Recent adventures have taken Brooke to the canyons of Arizona, Indonesia’s Sumba Island, and the temples of Cambodia.
Even for an experienced traveller like Brooke, things can go wrong when you’re off exploring the world, as she found out when she was invited on a trip to Fiji.
Follow her adventures here: https://instagram.com/worldwanderlust/
Scott Keyes – free traveller
The USA’s Scott Keyes made headlines early in 2015 when he revealed his plan to travel around the world on 21 different first-class flights – without paying any money for the privilege.
He has since revealed his strategy to be around:
- Collecting frequent flyer points.
- Flying on the cheapest days of the week – which he has typically found to be Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
- Checking the days before and after your preferred date as it’s often much cheaper.
- Working backwards based on cheap flights, i.e. finding a cheap flight and arranging your holiday destination around that.
- Searching the whole month for flights and not buying domestic fares more than three months in advance.
He also suggests taking advantage of email alerts and specials when you see them, a tactic which has allowed Scott to see many of the world’s countries.
Follow his adventures here: https://instagram.com/scottmkeyes/
Ben Groundwater – travel journalist
Ben has what most people would consider a dream job – as a travel journalist he writes a weekly blog that follows his adventures from Nicaragua and Iran (a favourite of his), to Canada and Nepal.
As well as getting to travel the world, Ben is lucky enough to receive a full time salary while he does it! In fact, Ben is so committed to travelling that he formerly worked as a tour bus driver in Europe (something that many long-term travellers say cured them of travelling!).
Follow his adventures here: https://instagram.com/bengroundwater/
Johan Lolos – le backpacker
Johan is based in New Zealand’s stunning Wanaka and describes himself as a photographer “slow travelling around the world since 2013”. Although he’s based in New Zealand, Johans’ social media feeds show him visiting the mountains of Colorado, the islands of Hawaii and the shores of Bondi beach. Living the dream!
Follow his adventures here: https://instagram.com/lebackpacker
What do they all have in common?
It’s clear that all these long-term travellers share a keen sense of adventure and appreciation for the world. But they also share common sense – none of them are left stranded due to a lack of funds, a lack of insurance cover or a lack of wanderlust.