Twipper of the Week: Michael Huxley from Bemused Backpacker!

Current city: UK

Age: 38

Total countries visited: Over 100

What makes you interesting: The places I’ve been to and the things I have done there.

What brands do you love: I’m not really a brand person. If the kit is good and it works for me when traveling, I like it. If not I don’t.

What does “Travel” mean to you: It means filling my life with meaningful moments, experiences, sights and sounds, so when I reach the end and my life starts flashing in front of me, it’s worth watching.

What are your travel rituals: I think if I had any it would be heading to find the nearest and best street food whenever I arrive in a new destination.

What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: Experiences, no question. Budgeting is really important, especially if you are traveling long term, but there is no point in traveling all over the world if you have to miss out on the once in a lifetime experiences just to save some money. I also have no problem upgrading to flashpacker status and getting a private room whenever I feel the need.

It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: Easy, I learn as much of the basics as I can, hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and then use a lot of smiles and hand gestures. I have found that if you make the effort, polite and friendly, locals appreciate it and return the favor. When that happens language barriers break down pretty quickly.

Describe the last time you tried something new: Someone dared me to eat Balut (bird embryo) in the Philippines. Not my finest moment.

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: I tend to know where all the best street food spots are in most places, and as a qualified nurse I generally have a first-aid kit with me which can come in handy,

Next travel destination: Southeast Asia.