We talked to Frank and asked him some interesting questions in order to get to know him a little better. Here’s what he had to say about his background, some memories and personal insights.
Where’s home? 🏡
Frank: As of 3 years ago, I consider Australia home.
And where’s the best place you ever woke up in?
Frank: Personally, my favorite experience ever was waking up while I was in the back of a truck in Indonesia. This was as I was hitchhiking to get to Java.
Share a favorite quote with us.
Frank: “We end up spending the best parts of our lives earning money, in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it” by Henry David Thoreau.
What’s a cause that you’re passionate about?
Frank: Effective altruism and mental health.
What’s your first-ever travel memory?
Frank: It’s back when I took a solo road trip for 30 days through the United States. I learned on that first trip, the hard way, that despite how nice it may be to sleep on the side of a cliff in a park… without the proper gear, you just become a pleasant meal for the mosquitoes!
Tell us a little bit about a time when you faced your biggest challenge while traveling.
Frank: I faced a challenge while I was on a road trip through the US. I had driven from Vegas overnight to LA, taking the route through the Mojave desert for scenic purposes. I felt tired at some point and pulled over to the side of the road to get some rest. Unfortunately, in my state of sleepiness, I failed to make sure I parked close enough to the paved road. Instead, the car ended up being completely stuck in the sand. After a couple hours of futile struggle, I conceded defeat. With great shame and dread awaiting whatever associated costs were to come, I rang 911 for assistance… Unfortunately though, there was no proper service where I was.
I took several sips of water and considered my predicament. I had seen about 2 drivers pass by this entire time, and neither of them had either a shovel nor any other brilliant ideas.
Just then, I knew this was going to have to be a solo solution.
I ended up sacrificing my sandal and dug for hours. I managed to scoop some cardboard I had in the car under the back tires until finally, I was able to push the car back onto the road.
What’s the best meal (not from home) you’ve ever had from around the world?
Frank: My favorite meal, since I was 6 years old, is and has been Pho (much to the dismay of my Chinese parents, as it is not glamorous enough for them). Th best is only found in Viet Nam, where one can literally buy it on every single street.
What’s your favourite mode of transportation and why?
Frank: Sailing is my favorite but that is more of an activity than a means of transportation. When I’m in Asia, I definitely prefer riding a scooter 🛵, although it can be dangerous and is certainly hectic. Still, it’s hard to beat the freedom and taking in all the crazy sounds and sites.
What’s the top activity on your travel bucketlist that you haven’t done yet?
Frank: I’d like to traverse the steppe of Mongolia on horseback and also freedive with Orcas before I turn too old to be able to physically handle these activities!
Share an unforgettable story with us about a moment of connection with a local from your travels.
Frank: I met this man called Vijay whilst I was living in Nepal temporarily. He showed me the way to the post office and we had a chat. He then invited me to his home for tea and I accepted his offer. Having seen several areas of poverty previously, I was not necessarily shocked by their state of living, but I was indeed surprised at their level of hospitality. Despite having very little, even in terms of food, they offered all they had to me first (their entire storage of food was quite apparent as there was only one small room for the entire family and everything they owned).
Unfortunately, towards the end of my stay, Vijay got into an accident. He was hit by a scooter and asked for my help. Despite me being a lowly medical student, I did the best I could since he could not afford proper medical treatment.
So far on my stay in Nepal, I’d been spending a lot of funds on clothes and partying with my friends (as it had all seemed like a bargain compared to our domestic prices). I decided to return back the majority of the clothes I bought, and bring Vijay’s family blankets and non-perishable foods. The fact that the things I had haphazardly bought could translate into roughly a year’s supply of food is a lesson in perspective I will never forget. The hospitality of Vijay’s family is also something I will never forget.
Tell us what makes the journeys you offer unique?
Frank: I think that my personal interests, experiences and passions are so diverse that they will easily reflect on the journeys I offer, in ways that are difficult to quantify but overall, can be summarized as flexible, spontaneous and familiar for everyone. As long as my travel mates are passionate about something, I think we can embark on enjoying that activity together. I’m usually able to relate to most people I meet, and if there’s something I haven’t experienced before, I’m the type of guy who has the will to jump at the chance to learn it or about it!
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