Aborder's Traveler Profile
- I was a bank manager
- Favourite music
- Interpol, Airborne Toxic Event, Elbow, Death in Vegas, White Lies, Regina Spektor, Radiohead
- Favourite movie
- Donnie Darko, 500 Days of Summer, Lost in Translation, The Motorcycle Diaries, Where the Wild Things Are, Inception, Annie Hall, The Dark Knight
- Favourite quote
- 'Save the cheerleader, Save the world'
- Interests and hobbies
- Wanderlust! I love to travel. I love public transport, the crazier the better! I love to taste new foods, again, the more unusual the better. I also love following sport, mainly football, cricket, NFL and MLB.
- One thing I want to do before I die
- To travel to every country on this planet.
- Favourite book
- The Alchemist
- My friends describe me as
- The most amazing moment in my life so far
- The time I spent living in New York City was pretty amazing.
Well here I am. My name is Anthony Mark Border. My family know me as Ant. To the majority of people, I am Tony. You can call me Tony. I'm 28 years old and nearing the dreaded 30. I spent the last ten years living in the North East of England and working as a bank manager. I studied Psychology at the University of York and also studied Retail Finance at the University of Central England. At present, I have no debts and no commitments (this is not necessarily a good thing!) and figure it is the perfect time to satisfy my wanderlust!
I first went overseas when I was 4.5 weeks old. A cruise to Sweden. I remember very little of the food, and sadly took no pictures. Over the next 22 years there would be very few ventures abroad, a trip to France and Spain, a football tour to Prague, a wonderful week in Copenhagan with a close friend, and a short break in Venice. In the last 6 years, I've been lucky enough to have increased my 'countries visited' tally up to 40.
I cannot pin point when the travel bug struck, but a combination of further afar destinations and a couple of amazing trips to Peru and Mexico is where I lay the blame. It has been almost 5 years since I took a week off work and didn't leave the country. I always planned my year around weeks away travelling and weekends soaking up a city. I would have to admit being a little greedy when it comes to travelling. If there is the possibility of a short plane or bus ride to another country or city, then I cannot resist. This also in part is to do with being very pale and unable to spend one or two weeks sat on a beach. I simply am unable to do this, though, I can get away with a day or two.
One aspect of travelling, for me in particular, is the funny and unusual stories I have to tell. From a spider bite in Australia, to paying a random mexican with a 4x4 $500 to get us through a taxi strike in Oxaca and drive us to the airport in Mexico City. From jumping into 'that' swimming pool in Morocco to getting in a random guys car in Baltimore not having yet seen The Wire. If it is going to happen, it will happen to me. The way I see it, always an amusing story to tell at the end!
In preparing for this trip, I considered a month in central america and getting to Dallas in time for the Superbowl. But then I found tickets for the Superbowl were on sale for $2000. Therefore I scrapped that idea. Gradually, over time, the trip became longer and included, obviously, more and more places that I have yet visited.
Over the last few weeks I have been organising myself. Iīve had my booster injections, Iīve cleared up fungus 4 and 5 (donīt ask!), I now have a full set of teeth (again, donīt ask if you donīt like dentists drills, though we are only talking about one tooth!), I renewed my 2nd passport as it was nearly full, Iīve moved my crap back to the south of England (thanks Dave) and Iīve been buying various bits and bobs for the trip.
My starting point is New York City. I love this city. I was lucky to have lived there for 18 months and it will always be my favourite city. I will see in 2011 in New York and my adventure will start soon after. The best part of my trip, will be the exciting conclusion I have planned.
Of course, I would not be able to start this adventure without the support and love of my family and close friends. Thank you for always being there for me.
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