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Chris Long, From Isolation to world Traveller
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February 1, 2017

The Liebster Award

Just when I needed someone to tell me what to write about……another travel blogger, Vibeke from “The Viking Abroad ”  nominated me for the Liebster Award.  Put simply, this is something to bring bloggers together to get to know each other better.

How it works??

Vibeke nominated me and 10 other people and gave us a list of questions to answer.  I have to answer these questions and then nominate some more people to answer some questions that I make up this time….. sharing the love…..get the idea!

So what were Vibeke’s questions to me….??


1. What do you regret the most of choosing a life filled with travel?

I regret not spending time in one place long enough to build a solid friendship with a group of people.  In the last 5 years I haven’t spent more than 3 months in one place.  And in 7 years I haven’t spent more than 8 months.  I have a many many friends, a few good friends, but few very close fiends.  I am spread very thinly across the globe.  My best friend is Graceie who I travelled with for 3 years .


2.  What do you think you would do if you didn’t focus on travelling?

I think I would be focusing more on working in the outdoor adventure industry.  I would be working as a ski patroller on ski fields around the world.  I would also be working towards getting jobs on ships in the Arctic and Antarctic and working on the Antarctic continent itself.  So I would still be moving around the world to different places but I would be more focused on working.

My last time working in Antarctica as an Expeditions Guide

3.  Is it something you really regret you didn’t do at a destination you have been to?

I regret not going to the Blue Hole in Belize when I was on Caye Caulker.  I didn’t want to pay the money but it would have probably been the coolest place to free-dive anywhere.


4.  Have you had a trip ruined because you were sick?

I haven’t had a whole trip ruined because usually my trips are 6 months or more.  However I have been sick.  The worst, I think, was in Chiang Mai, Thailand with my friend, Graceie.  I had been partying way too much in Thailand and it all caught up to me at once.  We both got sick within a day and spent 7 days in bed not wanting to move.  3 days of that was actually being sick and the other 4 days was just trying to slowly get life back into our bodies.  Chiang Mai is meant to be an awesome destination but the moment we were healthy enough to put our backpacks on we left!

This is the position I was in for the majority of the week. Yes it sucked!!


5.  What is a device you can’t travel without?

Interesting question for me.  I only bought my first smartphone in May 2016.  I travelled with a very slow tablet before that.  It is amazing how much easier having a smartphone makes travelling.  I guess it would be hard to go back to travelling without a smartphone.  I have also travelled with a laptop for most of my travels.


6.  Have you ever missed a flight?

Never!  I have taken between 80-90 flights and have never missed a flight or had one delayed over one hour.  I did actually have a mishap in Orlando once.  I overstayed my USA visa and when I returned to Ft Lauderdale they put me in the detention room for 3 hours while they investigated my overstaying.  Very luckily, it wasn’t my fault – 3 months earlier, the immigration officer had written the wrong date on my visa waiver.   So I did miss my ongoing flight to Orlando.  However from Orlando I was meant to fly on a separate ticket back to Miami and then on to Minneapolis.  So I simply took a bus from Ft Lauderdale airport to Miami via Miami South Beach for the afternoon.  No problems!!


7.  Have you experienced jet-lag, how do you deal with it?

Yes!  I have changed a full 12 hours twice which is the worst jet-lag.  The first time I flew from New Zealand to London in 25 hours.  I got to London totally jet-lagged and stayed with my mate, Morgan in Plymouth.  Rather than adapt to the new time zone we decided to party each night or at least not sleep at night. Wake up at 8pm and go to sleep at 8am.  So a week later I was still on New Zealand time!  That’s one way to deal with it.


8.  Have you fallen in love while travelling? 

Yes.  I fell in love with Graceie Bodo while travelling.  We met in Turkey and travelled across Europe together for 3 months.  Eventually she came back to New Zealand with me and we continued travelling for 3 years together.  In 3 years we did more than most married couples do in a lifetime.  We hitchhiked from Athens to Barcelona in 9 days through 12 countries as a first date.  We sailed for 3 months to Greenland and through the North West Passage across the Arctic.  We Worked in the Southern Ocean on an Expedition ship.  Hunted possums in New Zealand wilderness.  And travelled more than 30 countries on 5 continents.

Graceie and me in Greenland on a yacht sailing around icebergs!!

9.  What inspires you to travel more?

I travel in search of new experiences.  I like to try new things, meet new people and have new experiences.  One of the main rules I live by is to give everything a go as long as it does me no long-term damage.


10.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I have absolutely no idea.  Possibilities are:

  • Owner of an Asia-wide chain of hostels.
  • Working in the Arctic or Antarctic on research stations or expedition ships.
  • Living in extreme isolation like my parents.  After travelling the world as a young man Dad went from spending 6 months in India to living at Gorge River, 2 days hike from the nearest road in New Zealand for 35 years.
  • Anything else that I might discover in the next 10 years.


11.  What is the best travel tips you would give to beginners?

Don’t hesitate, don’t think too much, just go.  And go as far as you can.  All your worries will disappear into excitement and new experiences once you step foot in that airplane and fly away.  Just Do It!


So there you have it.  A bit more about me.


Now lets nominate some more travel bloggers for the Liebster Award….

Tomasz from Maczek Travel Blog 

Hazel from Wannderzel.              

A man without a Continent         

Jithin from The roads and Beyond 

Daphne from Daphne’s Escapades


And here are my 11 Questions…

  1. Describe what made you start travelling?
  2. Describe the emotions that you feel in the first day of a new trip.
  3. Show us the best photo you have ever taken on your travels.
  4. What is the most interesting/scary/exciting experience you have ever had?
  5. What do you regret the most about travelling?
  6. What’s the one thing you always have to do when travelling?
  7. Who is the most interesting person you have met on the road?
  8. Why did you start your travel blog?
  9. Who is your favorite blogger?
  10. What is your favorite travelling quote and tell us why??
  11. What would you say to someone who is hesitant about starting travelling?

Good Luck and please see my other posts below

Adventure to Antarctica

Working and Travelling in China




  1. Tomas says:

    Hi Chris

    Thank you very much for your nomination !

    I have just finished and publicized my post where I have included a nice link to your blog and also listed all next nominees 🙂

    Have fun with you travels and thanks again for choosing my blog !