Amazing but sometimes dangerous travel stories
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“Have you ever wanted to drop everything and travel the world?”
Well, here’s how I got started a very long time ago:
I had an unstoppable urge to travel, resigned from my job, left my flat, said goodbye to my family & friends. Quite quickly and without really knowing what I was letting myself in for, I left my home-town Glasgow, Scotland back in 1991 to travel the world. It wasn’t the common thing to do at 18, most were heading to higher education. I was congratulated for my bravery, but I didn’t feel that brave, more a necessity. “He’ll be back two weeks,” I remember hearing at the time. Later, this would motivate me to keep travelling. I soon realised leaving was the easy bit.
By starting with the Mediterranean, I had a romantic notion of continuing where a two-week Greek Island-hopping holiday had left off from the previous year. With thoughts of lengthy journeys through a sort of ‘University of Life’. But In reality, money disappeared quickly and I sometimes found myself slowly getting stuck in some countries where others rushed through. Not knowing at the time, but this era was to become the end of an innocence in a way for us all. ’Pre’ all the gadgets, when it was possible still get properly lost and that hitch-hiking was an acceptable way to travel. Maybe some were more trusting and security was more relaxed. But trouble was never far and news travelled much slower than today. Following the natural seasons for work to ensure my financial survival, these journeys took in some unexpected situations including natural disasters. Moving through Europe to troubled times in the Middle East in the 1990′s and beyond the second intifada. I felt drawn to travels in wild places as my love for the road grew.
Anyway I’ll leave the drama for the stories, I hope you enjoy them. Some stories were scribbled down a long time ago and I’ve decided not to edit too much. None were written with deadlines, just the free-flowing pen variety. I would like to thank family & friends for their support, they have been more than a little worried at times. However, I felt compelled to make these journeys, to seek out and understand more of the world we live in.
“In life there are some roads you have to travel, even if you know there maybe pain.”
To all the people I met on the road good or bad, thank you, you made these stories.
“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux
I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.
from the Alps in winter
to the heat of the desert
Have you dropped everything to travel or done something amazing, then we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with ‘Bumps in the Road’, we’d like to hear your stories.