Will Hatton. Writer and photographer. Adventurer and vagabond. Master of the handstand pushup. Conqueror of mountains, survivor of deserts and crusader for cheap escapades. On Indie.
Will is currently hitchhiking from England to Papua New Guinea, a journey which will take over three years. He blogs over at TheBroke Backpacker about his adventures in some of the world’s least visited countries, and you can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter or for real-time adventure, check him out on Snapchat @wthatton.
Such a pleasure to interview him for Indie Voyager…
What’s the best place you’ve been to so far that you might recommend us, or what’s really high on your bucket list?
Aw man, I have been lucky enough to go to so many incredible countries. Until recently, Venezuela was probably my favorite country in the world and this is still where I would like to one day end up – soaring peaks, gorgeous beaches and steaming jungle, not to mention that it’s the cheapest country in the world – Venezuela seriously rocks.
However, recently, I spent time travelling in Pakistan and totally fell in love with the people, the mountains, the hash… there is a huge amount here for real adventurers to appreciate; five of the world’s fourteen highest mountains, untapped white water rafting, incredible hospitality and, of course, the legendary silk road leading all the way to China.
I fell in love with Pakistan so much that I am soon returning and plan on opening the countries first backpacker hostel in the mountain region of Hunza.
Have you had any big culture shocks in any countries or what’s some interesting differences/specific traits you’ve noticed anywhere around the world?
Hell yeah, any traveler who says they have never experienced culture shock is either lying or hasn’t been to a far out enough country – When I was nineteen, I booked a one way flight to India and spent a year and a half surviving on just fifty bucks a week, I slept rough a lot, hitchhiked almost everywhere and was often reliant on the kindness of strangers for internet… Oh the internet, how it has changed things. When I was a kid, I knew fuck all about the countries I was headed to… I just went. I like it that way; that’s why I head to places like Iran, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet. I’m not a fan of package tourism, crowds, McDonalds or people telling me what to do.
Most creative thing you’ve ever done to save money during your travels?
When I was in Nepal, I bought a ton of art, handicrafts and big ass gurkah knives and shipped them back to the UK to sell at festivals and on Ebay, you can easily make ten times your money doing this, you won’t make a fortune because, if you are like me you don’t have much cash to invest in the first place but you can usually make a couple of grand pretty easily.
What is one food you could now never eat in your home country because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin?
What’s something you pack that’s not absolutely essential but you like having it?
A machete… I would rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
Your next adventure?
Right now, I am on a three year adventure from the UK to Papua New Guinea without the use of flights. I recently drove across India by psychedelic tuk tuk and am now working my way back towards Pakistan before heading into China, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan… from there, the plan is to head to Vietnam, build a boat, find a football, draw a face upon it, name him ‘Wilson’, and take to the high seas.
Ideally, I want to sail along the Philippines to Indonesia and then down to PNG which I hope to cross by kayak. If anyone has a boat they want to give me, get in touch.
Photo credits: Will Hatton, The Broke Backpacker