Globetrotters: Sam Tolliday (Australia)

  1. Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.

I’m a twenty-something from Sydney, Australia, and I’ve been traveling the world since a very young age. I have always had a deep desire to step outside my backdoor and see the world at any cost. I have funded my travels for the last 8 years by doing jobs most others wouldn’t. I further write and document my journey to teach others how to live the life they always wanted to live. My vision is to ‘Work Hard, Travel Harder’. I am fascinated with photography, scuba diving and making the most of my life without sitting behind a desk.

You can follow my travels here: TwitterInstagramWebsiteEmail.

  1. How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell me why)?

Through my travels I have visited 25+ countries and lived in 4 for an extended period of time. Where would I like to settle down… I don’t think I can give you a definitive answer here as I think I may still be trying to find that place. However if I had to choose it would be Tahiti’s Bora Bora. This place has everything I could ever need beauty, peace and harmony! sirwanderlustaboutme

  1. What do you miss most, aside from your family, from your home country?

When I travel I always seem to miss my bed. Every time I check into a room in a hostel or a hotel I am praying for a soft and comfy mattress. However nine times out of ten I am greatly disappointed.

  1. Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?

I am always happy to visit new places and explore I would never say I wouldn’t re visit any location around the world as with time comes change. Meaning perhaps on my next visit things may be somewhat different or perhaps my vision or perceived thought may have changed.

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  1. Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?

The friendliest people I have ever met would have to be in Holland. The greatest friend I have made travelling would be a girl named Charlotte who I met back in 2010 when I was travelling through Holland and we always stayed in contact. When I returned in 2013 Charlotte and her boyfriend Niek opened their doors to me. I entered into their world, as he is a professional soccer player they had a large group of friends and supporters who took me in like family. I was welcomed into their homes, escorted to soccer matches and shouted beers faster than I could drink them. This experience changed my perception of travel and how welcoming people can be and I will always treasure the time I was lucky enough to spend with them. Hopefully to cross paths sooner rather than later.

  1. Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?sir wonderlust

I was meant to be meeting with a friends friend overseas once I arrived in Salzburg, Austria at the bus stop. We had spoken the night previously as he and his friends would drive in to collect me. I stood there waiting for around half an hour then decided to call his number. He, too, was searching for me around the bus area. He asked me to put my hand up in the crowd, what colour hat was I wearing and to finally whistle as loud as I could so he could hear where I was. However, we still could not find one another. After complete confusion over the phone I said to him ‘I am here at the bus stop in Salzburg, Austria’. He proceeded to laugh and I replied what’s so funny ‘You’r in the wrong country’! He was in Strasbourg, France 520km away. Broken English and a slight accent had really messed this one up. I still laugh about this to this day.

  1. What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why? Most overrated country/place?

The most under rated country for me would have to be Laos. This country is so beautiful and has so much to offer from adventurous tours to enormous night markets and delicious cuisine. Many people miss this when travelling through South-East Asia and will never know what they truly missed.

The most over rated place for me would have to be Paris. I will give it this that the art and Eiffel tower are spectacular however the cost and cleanliness of the city is something else and I found the people quite rude in terms of asking for directions and being ignored. I left Paris quite disappointed as I felt like I was expecting something completely different.

  1. Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.

My favourite dish from a global perspective would have to be a traditional Thai chicken curry. Sounds so simple however nothing gets my taste buds going like this did The flavour and smell was something truly special. You haven’t been to Australian until you have had a BBQ now not a ‘shrimp on the bar bee’ however a nice cut of Australian steak and/or beef sausages. There is nothing like this quality of meat from around the world I can assure you!

  1. Who is your favourite personality/person and what do you like about their style?

I aspire to be like Sir Richard Branson. Someone who created something so great from the ground up and continues to provide others with life changing experiences whilst doing it all with an enormous smile on his face. He proves that it’s never too late to adventure and explore the world and that all it takes is one step. A true businessman who gives back to those in need, an adventurer who documents his journeys and a storyteller who writes his story on paper and shares this with the world.

  1. What is your favourite music (You can share a playlist/link)?

I enjoy listening to music that feels suitable for the season of spring. That may sound strange however that’s the only way I can really classify it. I like to kick back, put my feet up and turn up the volume.  No one could ever get angry at you playing my tunes. You can be the judge…

  1.  Urban Cone ft. Tove Lo – Come Back To Me (Filous Remix)
  2.  PETIT BISCUIT – Sunset Lover [Edman & Sjostedt Remix]
  3.  EFIX & Henri Pfr – I’m Going Down (feat. Florence Welch & Kid Harpoon)
  1. What song from your country everybody should know?

Everybody in Australia should definitely know ‘Men at Work – Down Under’ otherwise you are un-Australian. I have heard this all over the entire globe from students bars in America to dingy bars in small town across Asia. For those who have never heard this legendary song click the link here.

  1. Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tong and explain what it means.

As Australians are known to abbreviate most words into our own slang it can be hard at times to understand what we are really saying. One of my favourite phrases would be ‘Ill grab a rumbo chief’. Translated into English ‘Excuse me could I please have a rum and coke, thanks mate’. If you want to learn our lingo click the link below ‘How to Speak Australian’.

  1. What is your favourite website (apart from social media platforms)?

My favourite website would have to be www.shockmansion.com. This website shows nothing but the videos you would want to see from extreme sports to the funniest of moments captured on camera. Almost like a filtered down YouTube but way cooler.

  1. One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?

I dislike travellers who genuinely look like they are having the worst time in the world and everything they say seems to portray this negative connotation or voice. Its further irritating when these travellers obviously have no understanding of the culture they are immersed in and don’t abide by the simplest of rules (For example quiet voices in temples not screaming).

  1. What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?

I have learnt that I can do anything and everything on my own even though at times company is an awesome added bonus this also comes with some baggage. Through my solo travel I gained this confidence and understanding of who I was and what I wanted in life and this has prompted me to have this underlying desire to constantly be travelling and experiencing what the globe has to offer. This in essence has assisted me to shape my vision of travel to ‘Work Hard, Travel Harder’.


 

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About Imagineth

Ukraine born and raised...... after that, a long time has passed :P I'm an observer. Stopped traveling for a while. This is my break. Tomorrow is another day, hopefully tomorrow will bring me somewhere closer to the beach and the sun!

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