THE TALE OF THE METALHEAD WHO WENT OVERLAND
Greetings to all Metalheads, travellers and nomads. My name is Martin Anthony. I have been travelling solo since the ripe young age of 24.
I have set foot on 5 continents, visited 71 nations and have spent many years travelling solo without any friends or family by my side.
Heavy Metal is something that I am passionate about. I embrace the many genres of music that makes Metal. I have lost count how many bands I have seen. But its been an honour to attend festival such as Maryland Deathfest, Hellfest and Headbangers Open Air.
I would not be the man I am today if it wasn't for Heavy metal. I brought Metallica "Black Album" October 2005 and since then I have walked the path of Heavy Metal to meet many legends of the genre.
Travelling overland is a great way to see the world. It may not be fast but having both of your feet on the ground makes you realise what a small world we live in and what a beautiful thing transport is. Since 2010 I have enter and left many nations on a ferry, a train, a coach even on foot.
Boarding the Trans Asian express in August 2012 made me realise how amazing train travel is. For three days I travelled from Ankara through Turkey, a ferry took me across Lake Van before another train got me all the way to Tehran in less than 3 days.
The biggest Overland trip I went on was going from Vladivostok to London. It took a total of 3 weeks and 2 days to travel between the two cities. I past through 12 different time zones, crossed 12 different countries. I left Vladivostok on the 14th of November 2016, when I got off the train 7 days later I was aged 31 and had left Asia/Pacific Ocean behind.
The world is small but the large amount of landmass makes us want to explore our globe more.
Meeting people good or bad makes our minds grow strong and empowers us to stop and listen to what is happening in the world.
If i kept going to New Zealand every year then i wouldn't have achieved anything in travel. So i went to North America, Asia, Europe and Africa to do the things not everyone get a chance to do.
There are 193 members of the United Nations and i can name all the flags on display in New York. So if i can visit 71 nations in 8 years so can you.
I am very proud to be a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I took the oath of allegiance 21st March 2011 when my British Passport arrived from the Wellington High Commission. I waited 25 to become a citizen of my Fathers homeland and after finding my British family I am so happy to be a Pom. I will never want to call myself Australian because Australia sucks!
My British passport helps me get into the European Union with ease. I have even had VIP service in Singapore just for having that Maroon booklet. If your parents were born in a nation of the European Union (or even Switzerland, Norway and Iceland) Then you may be able to get a passport to the European Union.
BUY MY BOOKS
I got my first book "Journal of a Metalhead" published on Lulu. It's about my experiences on living in North America for 6 week and end up broke.
I have also written a spoke word about the time I saw Andy Timmons play guitar at the Olivia Newton-John concert. I was yelling out DANGER DANGER every 3rd song!
My 2nd book "Journal of a Metalhead VOL II" is out now on Amazon!
FAMOUS PEOPLE I HAVE MET
have even met plenty of famous people. I have enjoyed getting my photograph with many legends of Metal and even some nice famous people.
The top 5 famous people I have met were
1. Henry Rollins
2. Steve Grimmett
5. John Tardy
PEOPLE THAT HAVE INFLUENCED ME
I would not have been a world class traveller if it wasn't for people such as: Michael Palin, Graham Hughes, Jonny Blair and Henry Rollins.
I met Henry Rollins in April 2008 after watching Uncut in Tel Aviv
I had watched Michael Palin documentaries since 2012. I really loved: Sahara, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and even Himalaya
I had followed Graham Hughes "Odyssey Expedition" starting from 2011 to the end in December 2012
I have been inspired to do travel blogging since I found www.dontstopliving.net in 2014. I was lucky to meet Jonny Blair in Liverpool 30th April 2016
METAL FESTIVALS I ATTENDED (2010-2013)
I have been to various Metal Festivals in: USA, France, Germany and Australia. Unfortunately I no longer travel for Heavy Metal festivals. It's just a waste of time and money when you have to leave England and spend 2 days travelling to Hellfest and some idiot urinated on my tent and that just made me angry
Stop wasting your life attending Metal Festivals and start seeing the world!