January 16, 2022


The Trip Encyclopedia

"I want a family and kids, but I plan to travel with them". Interview with Onestep4ward

1. When did you first start travelling and which is your favourite travel memory?
I literally started the day after I finished university in 2006, I finished my exams on a Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning i left to the USA to work on a summer camp. I never re-entered the ‘real world’ from there 🙂
2. What is your favorite travel movie/song/book? Any traveller – dead or alive – who inspired you to travel in the first place?
Travel Movie – gotta be Into the Wild, I love it so much. Travelers who inspire me is tough, most people going to every country in the world fly in and fly out in a day or two, I like to explore the world as I make it way to every country in the world, so I don’t really have a travel role model.
3. What are your 5 musthaves (apart from the basics such as passport, credit card, phone) when travelling?
Macbook, iPhone, Lonely Planet, hair wax, raybans
4. How do you fund your travels?
I make money online with my blog, onestep4ward.com, and with my digital media company step4wardmedia.com
 5. What do you focus on while travelling to a new place – people, culture, attractions, food, adventure, or nature?
It depends so much on the country – somewhere like Nepal is all about the Himalayas, but somewhere like Cuba or Iran is all about the people.
6. What is your advice to travellers who are just beginning their journey?
Don’t hesitate, don’t wait for your friends and family, take the plunge. Oh, and book a one-way flight.
7. What is your number 1 moneysaving tip to other travellers?
Same as for life, don’t fritter it away on Starbucks and expensive jeans, constantly focus on better ways to spend your money and don’t let small, worthless purchases destroy the bigger picture.
8. What is the longest you have travelled for? What advice would you give to travellers thinking of longterm travel but are hesitant to go ahead?
I’ve been traveling for eight years, it’s one long-term, full time trip to every country in the world. My advice would be don’t give yourself a time limit, just go and if you’re loving it, don’t stop.
9. What is that one destination in your list that you are dying to go to and why?
I only have fifteen countries left, two of which are Oman and Norway, can’t wait for them both.
10. What was your favourite trip so far? Why was it memorable?
China to Ireland by land was awesome, Japan to East Timor with no flights, Cape Town to Cairo, Ivory Coast to Morocco overland, so many.
11. What are your upcoming travel plans?
Still on the road now, in Cape Verde. Christmas in Ireland then middle east straight after that.
12. What has been your favourite destination? Why?
Impossible to say after almost a decade on the road, but Iceland, Namibia, Ethiopia, China and Iran are all amazing.
13. What is the craziest thing you’ve done during your travels?
Wow, too too many to list. Just last month I hitchhiked on the top of iron ore cargo across the Sahara in Mauritania, sleeping under the stars across the country for fifteen hours.
14. What advice would you give to anyone who is considering travelling but is scared to take the leap of faith?
It depends if it’s a lifestyle choice or just a trip, if it’s a trip then there’s no reason to be scared.
15. Do you travel full time? Or do you take breaks in between?
15. Any upcoming trips you’re looking forward to?
Afghanistan and Pakistan and Turkmenistan should all be cool.
16. Where do you see yourself in a year? In five years?
In a year I’ll have finished my quest, I’ll be based in Thailand but starting my travel around the world in eighty days, following Jules Verne route.
17. We know that travel affects our lives in many positive ways, but no one ever talks about the negative side of it (i.e. relationships can suffer, etc). Has travelling affected your life negatively in any way?
No lifestyle is perfect, missed weddings, family time, relationships are tough.
18. What is the most challenging aspect of travel in your opinion?
When you start going to more obscure countries, the logistics are tough – flights, visas, security
19. There are many ways to travel: from staying in luxurious resorts to hitchhiking and living off the grid. How do you travel?
Now my company is more successful I like to consider myself a ‘flash packer’ – adventure travel with a luxury twist.
20. Is it on your plans to settle down somewhere in the future and stop travelling as much?
I want a family and kids, but I plan to travel with them, I’ll always travel a MINIMUM of four months a year forever
21. Why did you decide to blog? Has it had any impact on the way you travel?
I do it to show the world what’s possible, but I don’t let it get in the way of my life.
22. Any useful travel gadgets or apps that you recommend using)
Googlemaps is my saviour.