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#rtwsoon Interview: Becki – Backpacker Becki

#rtwsoon Interview: Becki – Backpacker Becki

Today we’re back with an another #rtwsoon interview. Yes, that’s right… two in two weeks, how awesome is that?!

This week’s interview subject is a solo female traveler in Becki, a UK girl who’s finally made the decision to take on long-term travel and will be taking off in two months time.

We absolutely love her passion for volunteering and seeking out alternative adventures (Everist Base Camp, just wow!). The two of us can’t wait to catch up with Becki in Australia sometime next year or somewhere in Asia even sooner!

A good pose always makes for a memorable travel photoWho are you?

I’m Becki and I’m a PR Consultant from London. I’ve been a traveller since 2007 after visiting Vietnam and being bitten by the intrepid bug. Everything before that, bar some amazing Eastern European and Russian school trips, I class as holidays.

I’ve also been to India, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Europe, Africa (including a volunteer placement in Madagascar) and North America, but a few short weeks never satisfied my appetite for serious long-term travel. It just made me want it more and volunteering helped to re-assess what I wanted to do in life.

Where are you going on your RTW?

I’m overlanding in Mongolia for a month before I head to China, North Korea, Nepal and Tibet where I will also attempt Everest Base Camp. After that I am moving to Cambodia for three months to volunteer in Siem Reap. I absolutely love Cambodia and am sure that those three months won’t be my last.

It’s then on to South India, Burma and Thailand. I am hoping to squeeze in Bhutan if funds allow. I will revisit Vietnam and Laos as there is so much more I want to see, before heading to Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore and Indonesia. Australia and New Zealand follow where I will try to get a Working Holiday Visa to top up the funds before heading off to South America and hopefully parts of Central America and Cuba. I would love to eventually get to Canada as I have many friends there. Only time, and opportunity, will tell.

I’m trying to do something different to the regular Thailand to Australia backpacking path, to seek out less trodden paths and when there find alternative things to do and see alongside the main must-see sights. I hope to encourage and inspire others looking to do the same and find something different.

My rough route at a glance can be found here.

Volunteering defines the way I travel. I would not do it any other way.

Volunteering defines the way I travel. I would not do it any other way.

When are you leaving?

I leave on July 21st and I don’t have an answer to ‘how long for?’ It’s indefinite and that is the most exciting part. I have only booked my flight out as I can’t qualify for a RTW ticket as they only last 12 -18 months.

I’m looking to be on the road for at least two years, and I am hoping it will be longer depending on work opportunities. I’m also looking to steer my career towards development and volunteering. You could say my RTW is more than just time out, but a chance to change my future – I have business objectives both for my blog and career. It will certainly be a life changer of many sorts.

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

I’ve always thought about travelling since my first backpacking stint in Vietnam but I was bound by stability. I toyed with going for three months or six months and even desperately tried to find jobs that offered sabbaticals after so many years of service. It kept eating away at me. It wasn’t until I spent five weeks in South East Asia in November 2010 that I came back and made the ultimate break. I broke up with a long-term boyfriend, ditched my mortgage, ended up jobless and homeless for two months whilst trying to get my life back on track – all for the want of long-term travel. I’ve been saving ever since and have absolutely no regrets. I’ve never been happier.

I treasure this photo from Halong Bay in Vietnam. I had a lot to think about and I came back from there a chnaged person, ready to travel the world.

I treasure this photo from Halong Bay in Vietnam. I had a lot to think about and I came back from there a chnaged person, ready to travel the world.

What will you be doing to pass the time before your travels?

It’s all work, work, work. I need to save every penny and when I come home I spend most evenings working on my blog, including the weekends. People think it’s easy but it’s actually a full-time job! I use every spare moment to spend quality time with friends and family. Understandably it’s a sad time as many do not know when they are going to see me again.

If you could give just one piece of advice to a fellow #rtwsoon traveler, what would it be?

Never be a victim to regret. Follow your heart and if you are unsure about whether to visit somewhere or try something, just do it! Even if you end up disliking it, you tried, and I believe there is nothing more valuable in life than experience and making the most of every opportunity.

Helpful links for #rtwsoon travelers:

  • Volunteering
  • The Good, Bad and Ugly of Asian Train Travel
  • Dealing with Parental Reaction to RTW Travel

Visit Becki’s Website: Backpacker Becki
Follow Becki on Twitter: @BackpackerBecki

If you’re heading around-the-world in the next 12 months and would like to be featured here, please contact us.