At the time of creating this website (Feb-2014), my Twitter biography was:
“Quirkyalone Thirtysomething Geek”.
Sadly, the passage of time means that one of those is now inaccurate … I’ve chosen to go with the more generic ‘Middle-Aged’ … 😉
So, what am I, and why am I a “barefoot backpacker”:
- I’m a solo traveller.
- I travel as light as I possibly can – usually only with hand luggage.
- I like to visit the unusual and ‘darker’ parts of the world – I like to see places where people haven’t ‘necessarily been nice’ to each other.
- I take photographs of the interesting and unexpected, as well as landscapes. (Not so much people, working on that!)
- I write. A lot.
- I’m an introvert (which counteracts a lot of the above).
- I’m British. This is apparently a self-evident fact amongst anyone who’s ever encountered me …
A “barefoot doctor” is someone, usually a local farmer, who is trained in basic medicine and operates with few resources, but serves as the only local doctor in rural areas (mainly in China) where more qualified doctors generally can’t, or won’t, practice.
I kind of see myself similarly when travelling. I have a basic knowledge and skills around travel, carry very few resources with me, am not great with languages, but am prepared to go right down to the local level when I travel, and see a country from directions other than from outside the window of a 4-star hotel.
Travelling literally barefoot is not obligatory. But happens from time to time.