I write about the funny, offbeat and weird aspects of world travel

Interview with Anthony from thetraveltart.com

Tell us about yourself

Hi, my name is Anthony and I run ‘The Travel Tart – Offbeat Tales From a Travel Addict. I write about the funny, offbeat and downright weird aspects of world travel today. If you’re looking for content like funny travel signs, weird food, or the things that go wrong when you go travelling, I’m your man!

I write about the funny, offbeat and weird aspects of world travel

You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours. Give me your itinerary.

A round the world brewery trip in my teleport machine.  The ultimate pub crawl.

You have won the lottery. Tell me where you want to live.

Everywhere! I wouldn’t be staying still. By the way, I almost did win the lottery once. I missed out by 1 ball. I’m still not over it!

Your favorite travel resource on the web?

Apart from mine? Lonely Planet Thorn Tree – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/welcome. It’s a good forum from people who have been on the road.

What is the superpower you most want?

The ability to read people’s minds. I think it would be fascinating and disturbing at the same time!

What’s fuels your passion for travel?

Actually, a very significant life event. At the end of 1994, I had a life changing experience when I was diagnosed with a rare ‘primary mediastinal germ cell tumour’, in my chest area. This was a 1 in 10 million chance, and it almost killed me as the tumour was quite advanced at the time of diagnosis – 11 centimetres across and 15 centimetres down (I have some great before and after x-rays!). I was only 21 at the time.

I had just finished university, but then went straight into the chemo ward for 3 months of chemotherapy from hell. I’m lucky to be alive – my doctor didn’t think I was going to make it (at best, a 20:80 chance of surviving). This experience has driven the need to go travelling and do the things I really want to do. You can read more here: http://www.thetraveltart.com/life-quotes-meaning/

Why do you write?

I actually got into travel blogging by accident. One of my mates sent me a throwaway email about some blogging trip that was happening in Indonesia in 2008. I then sent I throwaway email applying for it. What was ironic is that I landed the gig, but I didn’t> have my own blog at the time (although I was writing for other websites).

It was on this trip where I met a heap of other bloggers from different backgrounds who were having amazing opportunities due to their website. I decided to take a punt, and I’ve been addicted to the experiences since. For example, my first surfing lesson was with former world champion, Mark Occhilupo, and I’ve also met one of Nelson Mandela’s former wardens from Robben Island in South Africa. I’ve also done a ‘day trip’ from Australia to New Zealand and back on an inaugural flight, which felt obscene!

Do your family and friends support your traveling escapades?

Yes. They have no choice! They know it makes me really happy and I’ll be travelling in one way or form for the rest of my life.

What is the title of the movie about your life?

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, dude!

What’s on your bucket list?

Buckets. Actually, the main one is to get to Antarctica and I’ll have the full suite of continents.

Can you imagine life without travel?

Hell no, it’s always going to be part of my life! I’ve gone after it specifically because I love the experiences that it brings.

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?

Finding any excuse to go travelling.

If you could be transported to one place at one time, what would it be and why?

Sounds like you want me to be the Terminator! Any time where there aren’t any smart phones which brings back the edge to travelling!

Single thing you miss most from high school?

My youth!

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Only plan your entry and exit points, and whatever happens in between, happens. The best travel experiences I’ve ever had have been when I’ve made no plans and have gone with the flow! Maybe just book the first night’s accommodation when you arrive, but let the rest happen!
Your single most treasured personal possession.

My photos. If my house was on fire and these were the only things I could save, it would be my pics.

Language you’d most like to be fluent in?

Spanish. After English, it’s a great travel language to have as so many people in a lot of countries speak it.

Funniest person you have ever met or seen in person

Myself when I look into the mirror! No, I’m joking. I’ve met so many people that have made me laugh that I wouldn’t know where to start because I seem to attract people with the same mindset! I would have loved to have met Robin Williams in person.

Can you tell us about your next adventure

Anywhere that anyone wants to send me that doesn’t have a high chance of a fatal visit!
Cheers
Anthony
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