Lost Tribe is a community of travellers, adventurers and creatives. We all have our reasons for hitting the road, so each week we’ll be sharing stories from people determined to explore the world and what it means to be human. We’ll hear about their best under the radar experiences, passion for adventure and travel inspirations, sure to spark your wanderlust. This week, we’d like to introduce Joel, an avid traveller from down under.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your passion for travel.
My name is Joel Gresham, I’m 28 years old and I’m from Merewether, Australia. I’ve always had the desire to travel and experience different ways of living. Different cultures, climates, foods, languages. Everything! Something about travel just fascinates me! It’s something I could never get sick of!
How did you decide to put everything down and decide to travel the world sharing stories?
The decision for me to pack my bag and leave on a one way ticket was a pretty easy one. I was at a stage of my life where I couldn’t progress any higher at work, I didn’t have any commitments and I had saved enough money to make it happen. The decision was made. The hardest part was taking the first step and buying that ticket to paradise!
What advice would you give avid travelers on areas where they can find savings in order to make a trip affordable and enjoyable at the same time?
There’s so many ways to save money or avoid paying for unnecessary things. Getting in the habit of budgeting from the start is a big one for me. I’ve always stayed in the cheapest hostel dorms I can find. Getting a hostel with breakfast included or a kitchen will also save you too. Walking! Sometimes there’s no need for a taxi and the things you will see and experience while you’re walking down the street are worth the 15 minute walk.
What destination have you visited that provided you the most “eye opening and life changing” experience?
Cuba. I spent 8 nights in Cuba and it is absolutely magical. There is so much music, food, rum and salsa! It’s incredible. During my time there I made friends with a few locals who showed me some amazing bars and restaurant and some incredible beaches. The people are friendly and even though they don’t have much, they’re all happy and have the biggest smile!
What is an experience that you would tell travelers out there that is a must?
The Salkantay trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It’s a 5 day trek from the farm villages of Cusco, up over the snow capped mountains, down through the jungle and all the way to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Camping under the stars, carrying everything you need for the hike on your back. Enduring the burning sun, freezing wind, high altitude and lack of oxygen. It will make you hurt and challenge your mind and body! But it’s worth every second!
Where was the best place you’ve had a drink? What are your recommendations?
Palapita Bar in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. It’s a little beach hut literally on the sand of the world famous surfing beach, Playa Zicatela. It’s decked out with hammocks, swings and lounges and serves up the freshest Piña Coladas in the world! Served in the same pineapple that it’s made from. Definitely worth a visit for a sunset happy hour!
What would you say to those people that have the urge to travel and explore, but have fears about the unknown?
Get out there and live! Make the decision to travel and do everything you can to make that happen! You can always get another job or save more money but you can never get your youth back and turn back time to when you were young enough to fulfill every dream. Quit your job. Sell your car. Replace that fear with desire. And follow that dream!