Hi, welcome to my site and thank you for stopping by! Stick around and hopefully I can give you some hints, tips and advice on how to follow your dreams of world travel as well as regaling you with a few tales from my own round the world adventures. I hope you all enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed creating it!
My name is Michael Huxley, and in case you haven’t guessed it already, I am the Bemused Backpacker!
I am a charge nurse by vocation with an interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine, but my real passion is travel! Backpacking is not just a fun way to travel and see the world for me, it defines who I am. It has helped to shape my innate character, let me develop skills and experiences beyond the norm and given me some amazing memories too.
Ever since an epic trip to south east Asia almost fifteen years ago that absolutely changed my life, I have been bouncing round the world trying to see as much of it as I can on both long and short trips. Since then I have had many amazing adventures travelling through dozens of countries, all of which have simply added more fuel to the fire and made me want to travel even more!
During my travels I have seen and done things I never could have dreamed of before I started backpacking.
I have explored the last remaining ancient wonder of the world and visited several newer ones, I have climbed mountains and trekked deserts, hiked to Everest base camp, learned to scuba dive, sailed around the south China sea and even peered into the edge of an active volcanic crater! I have studied martial arts in their spiritual homes, learned to horse ride, bathed with elephants in the river Kwai, volunteered in orang-utan conservation camps and worked with a few smaller animal sanctuaries and NGO’s such as BAWA. I have even found a way to combine my career with my passion for travel and have volunteered as an expedition medic in treks through the Borneo and Malaysian jungles and into the Sahara and the great Thar deserts among others, and these are just a few examples of my round the world exploits!
But things don’t always go to plan.
If there are travel mistakes to be made, I’ve probably made them at some point! Among all of these awesome adventures I have caught dengue fever, nearly drowned in Thailand, nearly caused a riot on a train platform in Delhi, been caught up in part of the Arab spring and had a cat save my life in Cairo! A monkey even nicked my damn sunglasses once! These are just a few of the many scrapes I have managed to get through over the years, but none of them have put me off travel. In fact some of them have become some of my best travel stories!
Apart from maintaining this site, I am also a published author and novelist. I have written articles for a number of magazines and websites and I have been featured or mentioned in some of the worlds largest media, including the BBC Travel Show, the BBC World Service, the British broadsheet The Guardian, Canada’s Globe and Mail, USA Today Travel, the Huffington Post and many more. More significantly I also write my own series of travel books under the Bemused Backpacker brand.
I also maintain a full career as an emergency nurse at the same time as travelling around the world, and I am lucky in that after studying my second degree and qualifying as a registered nurse my career allowed me a lot of freedom to keep travelling! I’m proof positive that you can have a great professional career and travel at the same time!
I created Bemused Backpacker to be an indispensable resource on how to backpack and travel the world independently. It is here to provide education, information and inspiration for backpackers, gap year travellers and indpendent world travellers alike.
Alongside my Bemused Backpacker series of guide books, Bemused Backpacker also offers a range of travel consultation services to travellers and professional organisations alike. The unique online Travel Clinic, run by a qualified nurse and experienced traveller, is there to provide advice and information to anyone who has any health questions before they set off on their round the world adventure.
This website is here for you. You are the reason I do this.
I absolutely love backpacking and travelling the world, and I hope to share some of that passion with you. After all it is you, the reader, who makes Bemused Backpacker what it is. It is you who I want to inspire to follow your dreams of round the world travel. It is you who I want to impart all the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years to and help you prepare for your very own round the world adventure.
So I really hope you all enjoy the site and more importantly find the books useful!
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Michael Huxley, BA, BSc, RNA.