Meet the Nomads: Raymond Walsh

Raymond is one of the new travel bloggers that I’m following lately. His blog is really interesting and full of fun and humorous post about his travels.

He also posts weekly photos of the places that he’s been to. My favorite though is his collection of photos of scooters with loads of stuff on it.

Check it out and get to know Raymond more, visit his blog at Man on the Lam.

Meet the Nomads: Raymond Walsh

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“Picture it – Newfoundland, the late 80’s. High hair and high hopes. Our high school French teacher got the bright idea she wanted to take us to Quebec City, but we had to raise our own money. I wrote about it on my blog (It was one of my first posts, so it’s a bit ‘rough’ around the edges): Birth of a Travel Addict. It’s been something I’ve done ever since.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“Sickness. I’ve had a few. I inherited a bacteria in the lining of my stomach when I was in Guatemala a few years back, and I lost 40 pounds because no one back home could figure out what the heck it was. I also walked away with a staph infection when I was in the Philippines, and ended up in quarantine in a hospital in Newfoundland. I still have scars from that one.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“Hands-down – the millennium celebrations at the Pyramids in Giza on December 31, 1999. Half of the people there expected the Pyramids to open up and aliens to come flying out. It was awesome. Although learning to scuba dive in Borneo, and snorkelling with whale sharks in South Africa would have to rank right up there.”

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“That I’m more independent than I thought I was. That I don’t need to rely on others for validation. That the only monsters out there are the ones I make. And that deep-fried crickets do not taste good.”

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What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“There’s a great big, fat world out there and I want a piece of it. “Cover the earth before it covers you” someone once said. That’s my motto. I just wrote about that too in A Question of Travel.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“It would probably be Rob Stewart of Sharkwater fame. He’s doing heaps to outlaw shark-finning, and his non-profit organization Shark Defenders is making strides to create shark sanctuaries worldwide. Or Thor Heyerdayl, but he’s dead, so let’s stick with Rob.”

Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?

“Hmmm. That’s a doozie. I don’t think I’ve found it yet. I used to have a card on my desk with an Elwood P. Dowd quote from the film Harvey that read: “I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I’m with.” I like to think that I can live my life that way. But if there’s a beach and cheap beer handy, then it does make it a pinch more inviting.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?

“Be not afraid. Most are there to help, not to harm.
Be not judgmental. It’s not wrong, it’s just different.
Be not an ass. Remember, you are a guest.”

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What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“Can I take a pass on this one? My mom might read this… 🙂

What do you think about yourself?

“When I read that question, here’s what I heard:

“But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don’t you – why don’t you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you’re afraid to.”
That was Clarice Starling asking Hannibal Lecter pretty much the same thing in Silence of the Lambs.

I went ‘Yikes! Scary!!” And as much as I would LOVE to answer that question, I don’t like to “poison the well’ as it were, so I’ll let others come to their own conclusions.

(And yes, “shy” and “odd” would have to be a couple of my characteristics…)”

Man on the Lam

Man On The Lam focuses on the upbeat, the offbeat, and the funny side of travel. I believe the best travel companion is a good sense of humour.” – Raymond Walsh

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Raymond.

Next: Dalene Heck of Hecktic Travels. Previously: Kristina Wegscheider of DIWYY. For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. Sweet, I have been following Raymond’s blog as well. His stories are so funny. Tried to meetup in Bangkok but hopefully will get the chance somewhere along the way still.
    I liked his quote: Be not judgmental. It’s not wrong, it’s just different. That is so true. I think sometimes people forget that.

  2. Thanks for featuring me Flip! Very much appreciated!! 🙂

  3. I’m relatively new to Raymond’s blog as well, and love it! The millennium pyramid celebrations sound incredible. I like the newbie tip ,very well put. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Raymond is the best!! Hilarious, witty, adventurous… As always, an excellent interview!

  5. I’m so jealous you went to Borneo, I can’t wait to go there! I totally agree that the only monsters out there are the ones we make and I’m very pleased that fried crickets don’t taste good so I don’t regret not having tried them 😛
    Great interview!

  6. Pyramids in Giza at Y2K?? That must have been awesome! Big fan of Raymond and his blog, so great to read more about him here.

  7. Raymond is quite the character! I’m enjoying reading his blog and following along on his journey. Great to get to know him better here. This is an awesome series Flip 🙂

  8. Fantastic interview all the around! Loved finding out more about the the man behind the Man on the Lam.

  9. “Cover the earth before it covers you.” I must’ve missed that quote in your other post Raymond. But definitely words to live by.

    I enjoyed the read and learning more about Raymond; almost as much as I enjoy reading his clever and funny travel site.

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