Thursday, 19 December 2013

Steven Moore of Lowestoft ENGLAND

28Featured Traveller 
 Steven Moore

Writer : Novelist : Traveller
 Lowestoft ENGLAND


"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, 
in the end." ~ Ernest Hemingway

Featuring a fellow traveller is fun and fulfilling. It's a great honour, especially to me as a blogger who tries to reach out, not only to a cool guy who blogs, but that is also a seasoned writer. 


Flag of the United Kingdom
I am talking about nomadic Steve, who, once upon a time, hailed from England.  He has since travelled to many places around the globe (and still counting). I cannot help but publish the list of countries he has explored, not just once, but a couple of times. Have a look and tell me if you notice something.

England (home),  Republic of Ireland,  Wales x 5,  France x 3,  Monaco,  Spain x about 20,  Italy x 2, Vatican City x 2,  Holland x 3,  Belgium x 2,  Czech Rep x 2,  Poland,  Austria,  Germany x 3, Greece x 2,  Turkey x 3,  Slovakia,  Hungary,  Israel x 2,  Egypt x 2,  Tunisia,  Morocco,  Nepal, India x 2, South Korea x 3,  Japan,  China (Hong Kong),  Singapore x 3,  Indonesia x 4, Philippines,  Malaysia x 5,  Thailand x 8, Cambodia x 2,  Vietnam,  Laos,  Australia x 6,  New Zealand x 4,  Fiji,  French Polynesia,  Argentina,  Chile,  Brazil,  Peru,  Mexico x 3,  U.S.A x 2, Canada.

It's no wonder Steve does not stay long in the UK. He is always on the road, and possibly at places we still haven't heard of. 

You might ask why he's visited Spain the most (20 times) and not India (x2) which is his favourite destination. Steve must have a good answer to that. Please note that he is a writer, so he can surely justify as you read on.


Steve in the Red Sea
Steve loves to travel by train but prefer to walk on his travels.

He muses, "Budget is important, as I tend to go on longer "trips" than short holidays. But sometimes, you've just got to splash out on once in a lifetime moments. Carpe Diem, right?"


I will leave some space to Steve because I know he has interesting stories to tell that will inspire you. Please continue reading ..... 


Steven Moore, Twenty First Century Nomad

* * * * *
I didn’t travel much as a child. My parents were quite homely types, and annual visits to Oxford and the south coast sufficed for a while. But when I was nineteen, I went on my first backpacking trip, and basically, I’ve never stopped. That maiden voyage, to Indonesia and then Australia, paved the way for my life of wandering and exploration, and at almost 50 countries visited, with many of them many times, I see no reason why I need to stop. 

Steve in Santa Cruz, California USA
Indeed, one ambition of mine is that, whatever age I am when I kick off my mortal coil, the number of countries I have been to needs to be greater than my age. So far I’m winning. At 39 years old, and with 47 countries under my belt, I have a great chance of success.

Travel to me is crucial. It makes me what I am. What is that? Well, I’m someone that is almost always restless. Not in a fidgety, everyday kind of way, more of an always thinking ahead to the next adventure kind of way. And that works for us, us being my girlfriend and I. We’re both writers...me an aspiring novelist, and Leslie a freelance journalist and travel writer. We’ve recently spent 4 months living on a tiny Thai island, where the hammocks served very well as an office, and after 6 weeks cruising through India and a 2 month stop in Darwin, Australia, we’re on our way to live in Paris for a few months. Ahem, like real writers. And via Bali, obviously. We really appreciate how lucky we are, and never take our freedom for granted. But it’s not always nail-biting adventure. And travel usually costs money. Often a lot. So after fifteen years of self-supported world wandering, broken only by 4 years back at university in England and the odd short term job to add some finance to my travel fire, I decided I needed to find a way of earning real money while fulfilling my wanderlust. 

Steve in Hawaii USA
I’d heard about teaching ESL abroad, and though I hated school (and most of my teachers) I thought I’d give it a go. After all, I love a challenge, and with no teaching experience, it was certainly that. That was in 2008. Since then I’ve completed 3 separate 12 month contracts teaching ESL in South Korea, and it was a brilliant experience. 

South Korea is an underrated travel destination, and the lifestyle of an expat teacher there is one I’d highly recommend. However, for now at least that chapter has run its course, and the next 12 months or so has me focusing solely on my writing career. I write a travel blog www.twentyfirstcenturynomad.com, and I aim to self-publish my first novel, I Have Lived Today, sometime in the next English summer.

But Leslie and I will not forget to live our lives as adventurous travellers while concentrating on our work. There is a lot of fun to be had between now and then, and just yesterday we survived The Cage Of Death at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove. In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be hiking, diving, mountain biking, rafting and partying with friends and family in Bali to celebrate my 40th birthday, and of course following in the footsteps of Hemingway and Fitzgerald as we sample a million varieties of wine and champagne in Paris will be an adventure in itself.

Like I said, travel makes me what I am. We are defined by the things that we do in life, and not by what we say. And if my experiences on the road have taught me anything, it is that life is short. So in better words than I could explain it, I’ll finish with this perfectly apt quote:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

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Freddie Miranda
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