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Who's the most amazing traveller you have met?

Travel Forums General Talk Who's the most amazing traveller you have met?

1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

Thought I'd throw this one out. A lot of times I see posts about the most annoying nationality or the worst type of traveler.

So how about the most amazing person you met on your travels?

Let me give you my person, who I often think about when I think I have it tough traveling. Puts things in perspective.

I met a blind Dutch man in Africa traveling alone. He has a seeing cane, and that was it. Really honestly I've full on respect and admiration for the guy. The locals often did not realize he was blind. Only when they asked about the stick would they say anything, and then they would instantly be amazed. Many people helping and conversing with him.

The guy would could even tell the difference in the notes. He'd have them in different compartments in his wallet. And could feel by size and shape what was what. After that he went on trust.

So that's my most amazing traveler. You don't have to always like them, agree with them, or understand them. We meet many people when traveling though.

Have you met anyone amazing while traveling?

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

My ex girlfriend's mother. both hips replaced, walks like she's about to fall over. Bad arthritis. She's been to thirty countries. The woman is now 84 and gave up travelling two years ago. She had been a nurse for fifty years. She volunteered every year for a month or two to give aid in some needy place or other on her own dime. No dreads, no clownpants. Just a woman who gave what she had. Tough chick.

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3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

I too met a blind guy when I was travelling in Argentina. He was travelling solo which I thought was amazing. I would think that you are ripe pickings for muggings and god knows what else....but I suppose that's where the majority of criminals draw the line...:) well, you'd hope so at least!

This guy was really living it up. He loved to go dancing, and was always trying to get everyone in the hostel to hit the clubs in Buenos Aires. I'm sure all the time he must have felt terrible that he couldn't see the beauty of Iguazu Falls or the faces of the people he met every day, but he wasn't letting it stop him.

I met a lot of older travellers too. I remember meeting this lovely lady in her late 60s who was from Tasmania. She had never travelled, and when her husband died she decided to bite the bullet and go to South America. By the time I met her she had been to Antartica and back. And she wasn't living it up or taking it easy in fancy hotels....hostels all the way for her, though she did admit to me that she found roughing it a strain on her body sometimes.

People like that are such an inspiration because they have so many more things that could dissuade them from doing it, but they do it anyway. :)

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I met a guy in a backpackers' hostel recently who was travelling round New Zealand at the age of 75. He stays in dorms all the way, and loves NZ so much that it's his 12th time visiting the country. He had travelled extensively all over the world and had some interesting stories to tell. I hope I can be like that when I'm that age.

5. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

I have nobody thats really stood out specifically, but I can also say that it's really cool to talk to some of the older travellers that stay in hostels.

Usually they are so well travelled and have heaps of stories, like one guy I met said he motorcycled solo across Sumatra in the '70's. Many have also done things well before our world was so globalised making it easier for our younger generation, so my hat goes off to them! ;)

6. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

The guy from Christchurch, NZ that told me he was an angel because he has the mark of the king on his penis. he called it the seeing eye of egypt. Anyhow he was kidnapped in egypt and the king and the queen of the UN had to bail him out...there's more to it much more but I've already posted it so you'll have to search for it here.

that was by far the most amazing traveller I met.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

The guy from Christchurch, NZ that told me he was an angel because he has the mark of the king on his penis. he called it the seeing eye of egypt. Anyhow he was kidnapped in egypt and the king and the queen of the UN had to bail him out...there's more to it much more but I've already posted it so you'll have to search for it here.

that was by far the most amazing traveller I met.

That's still hilarious

8. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 7y

The guy from Christchurch, NZ that told me he was an angel because he has the mark of the king on his penis. he called it the seeing eye of egypt. Anyhow he was kidnapped in egypt and the king and the queen of the UN had to bail him out...there's more to it much more but I've already posted it so you'll have to search for it here.

I remember reading it, that was proper funny...