Allan Wilson is the writer (and blog owner) behind one of the latest travel oriented blogs that I’m following, Live Less Ordinary. Allan documents his transition from living in his home country, to living in Bangkok.
If you’re thinking of staying in Bangkok for a longer time as a digital entrepreneur or as an expat then you’ll definitely find this blog very useful.
Get to know more about Allan and visit his blog at Live Less Ordinary.
Before you click away, check out my interview with Allan Wilson.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“Complete boredom at University. I changed my course to part-time, flew across the world and never looked back. I managed to complete my studies plus more through distance learning.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“Credit card fraud. Some lucky beggar booked flights around the world on my VISA card while I was stuck on hold with international calls and a building mountain of debt. Took weeks to cancel the card, fully report the fraud and organize collection of my new cash card. Thankfully I bring more than one cash card when travelling otherwise things could have been a lot worse.”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“Despite blogging predominantly on Asia my favourite travel experience was a road trip in USA. Hard to beat the freedom of the open road. This experience will be dwarfed next month (April 2013) when I marry my partner Fanfan in Ubud, Bali.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“Recently my Thai friend ordained as a temporary monk in rural Thailand near the Cambodian border. One day we were feasting on pizza and Hoegaarden in Bangkok the next he appears as a picture from National Geographic. Very surreal. The experience showed me how ordinary people can be extraordinary and vice versa.”
What keeps you motivated?
“Personally I never took to backpacking. I can’t function well when uncomfortable. Because of this I put travel on hold for four years, saved cash and forced a foothold in Asia. I bought property in Bangkok city which is now my permanent address and base for travel in the region.”
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?
“As a fellow food fiend – Anthony Bourdain. Great for immersion in local food cultures and handy for invites to A list restaurants.”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“Bangkok. A city I never get bored of. Amazing food, affordable luxuries and seemingly endless experiences. It makes for the perfect base when travelling in Asia.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Don’t hurry. You are likely to learn more by immersing in one culture than to skim past a dozen. Travel is not a competition. It is about learning and growing.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“People laugh when I mention my 500 mile Bangkok taxi ride. It started as a 5 mile trip to Bangkok train station but at the time I was feeling lazy. Instead I told the driver to drop me at the pier in Chumphon 500 miles away. Note; train travel is more comfortable than long haul taxi rides.”
How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?
“I travel light. If you have nothing worth stealing then noone’s going to rob you. I also avoid notorious tourist spots and backpacker trails when I travel. My theory is that travellers attract undesirable attention. I always travel as a local and have never had a problem.”
What do you think about yourself?
“Slightly reclusive. I rarely join crowds, cliques or look to make friends. Even as an expat in Thailand I stick to myself, following my own interests and finding my own experiences. I’m kind of off the grid, living a simple life. I love it though. I aimed for the life I desire and I now live it.”
“Live Less Ordinary is a lifestyle blog. A lifestyle of food, culture and travel in Southeast Asia. It follows the lives of myself and my girlfriend Fanfan living in Bangkok and travelling around the globe. The blog evolves as our lives evolve. Next month Europe.” – Allan Wilson
Photo Credits: All photos are provided by Allan Wilson.