This week in Wednesday Interview, the spotlight is shining on Hayden Lee the host of Travel Stories Podcast. Hayden Lee is a travelling son of a hippie and a biker and the Travel Stories Podcast brings immersive travel stories and inspiring travellers to over 70 countries worldwide at the moment.
Hayden, What kind of traveller would you describe yourself?
Opportunistic. I like to have no schedule so that when your new best friend in Indonesia (that you met four days ago) says “You should buy a motorbike and ride the length of Vietnam by yourself, staying in locals houses throughout the villages in the mountains”- you can say: “Sounds good.”
Can you recall the first trip that you ever took?
If family trips count, Florida! My Dad and I would ride around on a Harley, taking in the place. It’s probably contributed to my next Summer’s plans of motorcycling through every country in Europe.
That sounds like an awesome plan! What is the one thing that you always carry in your backpack without fail?
Ex Officio boxers – they really are that good. I keep to a relatively strict 5 kg limit (in my life I mean, not just my backpack), and a big chunk of that is the Grayl water filtration bottle. Drink any water, anywhere. Ganges, African Swamp- it doesn’t matter.
So, Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone?
Alone, always. Solo travel offers up a level of freedom that can’t ever be met. I have travelled with a partner, but you do make compromises.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
City: Melbourne, Australia. Best city in the world.
Other: Rishikesh, India. Pure magic.
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
Hostel in Saigon, Vietnam. Worst snoring I’d ever heard. I also have synesthesia, where you see sounds as shapes and colours. But as for conditions, a 1997 Holden Commodore on the side of a highway. It was actually an amazing night, despite the conditions. That’s one instance where solo was trumped by having a partner.
The best was in a little room with sixteen beds all next to each other on the bank of the Ganges. Fifteen yogis and I, sleeping well after evenings of sing-song on the banks.
Do you have any near-death experience?
I’ve almost died four times.
#1 Car crash.
#3 Three seconds away from 60 mph truck to the back of our stationary car.
#4 Tropical fever.
Challenges make the best stories. Accept them into your life!
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I’m taking a year off travelling at the moment to focus on Travel Stories Podcast. Something similar would definitely be my reality.
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
Having said that I’m not travelling for a year, I do have trips planned to Norway, Mauritius, Madagascar, Slovenia, Italy and Brazil. It’s hard not to. You know what I mean.
Share with us a little about your podcast
I am currently sharing travel stories on my podcast at Travel Stories Podcast, where we feature immersive, inspiring and international travel stories from travellers around the world, with full environmental sound and musical accompaniment.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
- Take less.
- Realise you’ve still taken too much.
- Take less than that.
- Schedules are for marketing managers.
If you are looking to hear from other travellers on their travelling experience, be sure to follow Hayden Lee at TravelStoriesPodcast, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and iTunes.
Check out the interview where I placed myself on the hot seat on Wednesday Interview: Bernard The Traveller.
Next week on Wednesday Interview, we would be travelling with Anjay from Travel With Anjaly to the hermit kingdom, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea aka North Korea.