Meet Frank, Our Resident Adventurer!

From hiking Mt Fuji to working at a school on a remote island in northern Vanuatu, our adventurer is getting set to unearth Hong Kong and M Please share some further information about your winning entry? My competition entry was based on a hike up Mt Angung, Bali. The trip was over a weekend and booked spur of the […]

From hiking Mt Fuji to working at a school on a remote island in northern Vanuatu, our adventurer is getting set to unearth Hong Kong and M

Please share some further information about your winning entry?
My competition entry was based on a hike up Mt Angung, Bali. The trip was over a weekend and booked spur of the moment 2 days prior with a little quick research and a few emails sent to hiking companies, I found a small business that was able to provide a guide for the hike. I arrived in Bali at 2030 and was at my hotel by 2130. After sleeping for an hour I had enough time to run to the shops to buy water and snacks before my driver arrived. My guide had organised the driver to collect me from my hotel at 2300 to start the drive into the jungle. I realised I had underestimated the difficulty of this hike as I looked up through the broken clouds in awe of the giant grey behemoth before me.  The hike started at 0130 in the jungle, by the time we passed through the jungle it was 0330 and we were almost through the clouds. By 0430-0500 we had climbed above the clouds and close to the top.  By dawn I could see everything, and the vast terrain we have gone through to get to the top. No picture can truly encapsulate that moment; the golden colours from the suns rays through the whitest of white clouds, the all-encompassing silence, the purity of the air I was breathing, sitting above the clouds on the edge looking over the world… the sense of freedom. It was spine tingling and I was overwhelmed. I was as close to what I call heaven as I was going to get.

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What has been your favourite trip so far?

It’s hard to pick a favourite trip, each trip I have taken has been unique. The most memorable experiences would have to be; strolling the silent streets of Kyoto, hiking Mt Fuji overnight, walking into a lecture at Harvard University and working at a school on a remote island in northern Vanuatu for two weeks. Priceless.

What are you most looking forward to this trip?
The busy streets of Hong Kong, the local food and markets, the ultra-modern architecture mixed into old neighbourhoods and buildings, visiting Macau and its mix of old Portuguese influence to the ultra-modern. Surrounding Hong Kong there are mountains and hikes which look beautiful, polar opposite to the hustle and bustle of the city. I am looking forward to hiking Lion Rock and look over the bustling city left far behind at the foot of the mountain.

Tell us about your love for adventure
My love for adventure grows with every trip. I just can’t get enough of exploring new places, even make a one or two-day stop-over a memorable experience by just exploring what the city has to offer. For me, there is nothing better than getting off the beaten track and exploring the local streets, eating local food and getting a feel for local life. Being able to capture those moments cements the adventure, emotions, memories… what can I say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

Why do you love travel so much/what does travel mean to you?
I am a firm believer that life experience shapes a person. Through traveling and seeing the world, its shaped my appreciation for different cultures and communities. I love travel because I am constantly learning and opening my eyes to a world that is so different to everyday life for me. To be able to travel and experience it all, I want to share stories from my adventures with the aim of inspiring others to think beyond their own lives and see the diverse world we live in.

Travel for me isn’t about going to shiny places or doing extravagant things, it’s about understanding, tolerance, respect, getting an insight into different lives. I love traveling off the beaten track because it’s there that you understand the genuine, true nature of the people and their country. Through traveling and experiencing these adventures, I hope to share, and inspire, the uninspired.

Tell us something unique about yourself.
I have a wicked laugh, a naughty giggle and an evil eye for fun

How many cities have you visited?
55

What country would you keep returning to?
There are two… Japan and Italy. Japan is so modern, clean, easy to travel, so many beautiful places to see, the people are so kind and polite but it also is very traditional at the same time. Italy is so historic and rich in culture, the small little seaside villages, cobblestone streets, different food from each region, architecture. I love returning to these places, strolling around and imagining a different life.

What country/places are on your to-do list and why?
India and Morocco are at the top, both countries are so old and rich in culture. Mongolia is also on the list, west Mongolia is untouched raw beauty, glaciers in the middle of open land, Mother Nature at her finest work

 

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