So, as you will know from elsewhere on the site, I’m ‘The Barefoot Backpacker’, a (surprisingly) middle-aged traveller from the UK. I’ve been exploring the world since 1994, and it never stops being an amazing place. I have visited more than 80 countries, some of which do not exist. At least, officially.
I’m a travel writer and podcaster, and specialise in places less-visited. both in the UK and abroad. I concentrate on exploring the history and culture behind places – the ‘why’ just as much as the ‘what’. Knowing what makes a place ‘be’ is just as important as where to find the best local beers.
My other travel passions include ‘The Great Outdoors‘ (especially forests, hills, and wild moorlands), ‘Solo & Budget Travel‘, ‘Dark History‘, and ‘Local Travel‘ (including Micro-adventures). I also have a strong interest in international affairs (borders, freedoms, ethical travel, immigration, etc), and sexual/gender identity.
Outside of travel, I host, edit, and produce my own podcast, and am a well-regarded narrator/voiceover artist, having provided the voicework for audiobooks and YouTube videos. My career background though is in data analysis & reporting, and I have been creating fancy graphs for over 20 years. This means I’ve gathered useful skills in handling large datasets, using data to determine patterns/trends, and drive ideas and direction based on those patterns.
My aim now, to coin a phrase used … ‘somewhere else in pop-culture’, is to “Inform, Educate, Entertain”; I talk about places and concepts people may not know, in an open and easy-to-listen format.
As for the name “Barefoot Backpacker”, well that comes from my preference to travel without luxury; exploring the world with just a carry-on backpack, an open mind, and a sense of adventure. But no, I don’t really like shoes much …
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I’m more likely though to respond via twitter: @rtwbarefoot