Interview by Isabel Clift
We’re on a mission to interview the travel blogosphere’s funniest characters, and Ed Rex of Rexyedventures (geddit?) comes high up on our list – so we were thrilled to get a five-minute chat with the man himself.
Read on for tales of nude gardening, slug attacks and, yes, Ed’s patented best chat-up line…
Where have you been this year?
Hey hey! I’ve been to many places this year! Before I went travelling RTW in March, I went to Edinburgh in Scotland and a cottage in Derbyshire at the heart of England. Travel in Britain is very varied!
Then I went RTW through SE Asia in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Then I spent three months in Australia in their states of Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria. Following that I did seven weeks in New Zealand doing a round trip. Chillaxing in Fiji for a week and passed through USA!
And where are you going next?
Hopefully I will be going to Northern Ireland, then doing a Eurotrip through Central and Eastern Europe for a month in late winter. Also, I will be going to Spain and Portugal in May and then in the summer, I will be doing a summer long trip around Britain!
You’ve got Pendred’s Syndrome, which causes deafness. Does that change travel for you?
Yes, Pendred’s Syndrome causes degenerating deafness. There’s nothing I can do about it except make sure I’ve got the correct equipment to make me hear. Usually, it means carrying more stuff in my backpack for their maintenance and also supplies just in case anything happens. But it doesn’t really affect my travelling at all.
What’s the craziest situation you’ve got into on the road?
Probably running away from a machete wielding man and his mate who wanted us to pay extortionate fees for ‘breaking’ his bathroom sink at his guesthouse in 4000 islands in Laos. It was already broken.
Or doing nude gardening on a nudist resort and finding out the nudist owner wanted to give me an ‘all body massge’…
We hear you’re a bit of a ladies’ man. Hit us with your best chat up line…
Who’s been telling you lies? I’m a complete gentleman. If I had to do a chat up line then it’ll be this:
‘Do you know CPR? Because every time I look at you, you take my breath away!’
Tell us a secret.
I travelled with a teddy and yes, it gave me cuddles in bed.
What food you’ve tried while travelling makes you gag?
I love every kind of food except celery. But truly made me gag? I suppose when I tried the hottest chilli burger on Earth. I even had to sign a disclaimer and for the next hour eating it, I was so ill!
If you could go to any place in time, where would it be?
The Regency Period in Britain. I quite fancy being a Lord and ‘woo’ing the ladies in their methods. They have great music and lots of dancing, which I love. Plus I have already been back in time, did you know I was the inspiration for Jane Austen to write about Mr Darcy walking out of the lake?
You have a hat obsession. Show us a pic of your best hat, and tell us why you love it…
I love this hat. Because it’s like me. Fun, sexy and crazy!
What do you do when you’re not travelling?
Probably very likely to be found dancing in front of my full length mirror to Steps…
But other than that, I just get my head down to work in a variety of jobs and start planning for more travelling Rexy Edventures!
Anywhere you’ve been that you’ve absolutely hated? Why?
A guesthouse in Thakek, Laos. We got to the place about 2am and we were so tired and booked a room at the closest guesthouse from the bus station without checking it out first. When we turned on the light, millions of cockroaches and insects skittered away so I spent about another two hours killing them all.
It was windowless and had only a fan in the middle of the very large room that I couldn’t even feel the air. It was sooooo hot. I got undressed down to my boxers and then laid on the bed and rested my head on the pillow… which moved. Lifting up the pillow, I found it was covered a massive hole in the mattress, which thousands of cockroaches poured out. In the end, I had to stay on the other bed with my mozzie net around me so they wouldn’t touch me with their pincers. And don’t get me started when they started screaming.
Oooh, and I was woken up an hour later by the owner walking in and turning on the light for the hall, which its switch was located inside our room???? Glad to say we left when we could!
What’s your favourite hostel?
Oooh, hard choice! I don’t really have a favourite. But NapPark Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand, gave me a great start what to expect from hostel life!
Would you call yourself a geek or a jock?
I would call myself a geek. I love too much sci-fi and I make a lot of dry and witty jokes that go over the jocks’ heads.
Who’s been your favourite person you’ve met while travelling?
My mirror reflection? No? I suppose I would say my ‘best travel buddy’, Mark. We met up in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and since then, we met up again in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. We got on like a house on fire and we somehow seem to understand each other’s jokes, eccentricities, and warped sense of humour!
Ever been attacked by an animal?
Yes, plenty of times. But the worst one was by a slug. It wouldn’t let go off my arm! I cried like a baby. This was last year.
What’s your superpower?
Took a while to answer this. I thought about this in the bath, in bed and even driving. But my superpower was staring me in the face. So, my superpower is the ability to put a smile on everybody’s faces at any given time for those who come into contact with me. After all, in this world we need a little more joy.
Thanks for answering our questions, Ed!
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