Now I can’t live a life of travel because ever since I went to America and came back broke in June 2010 it made me realise that I can’t live above my own means. I can’t stay in hotels, I can’t fly within Europe, I can’t spend money on online dating and I can’t pay for baggage fees.
So I guess for me I have to work in my private job I got and live with my mother and not book travel in advance because of some big conflict can happen like you lose your job, you waste your money and that’s what made me stuck in Australia and not traveling since July 2013.
In 2013 I thought I had everything. But I lost it by losing my job at Harvest Café, going overseas early for Hellfest and by going back to Australia early and not living in Europe. But it taught me allot of things than I am still searching for.
I would have had allot of money If: I didn't go to North America, didn't pay $800 to get to London from Kuala Lumpur, stayed in Iran for 20 days, stayed permanent in Europe in 2013 and if I didn't book travel plans in advanced thatI ended up cancelling.
So what I am going to do is hopefully achieve the following thing in the next 12 months or let it be 5 years.
1) Save more than a 5 figure sum
To move somewhere overseas you need to have a large amount of money. This isn't to get you to your final destination. It’s to pay for your rent, the food you eat and the amount of times you spend sleeping in a hostel waiting to get a rental agreement.
For Birmingham I need about £45 a week, a bedsit in London is between £50-80 a week. So if I live in Birmingham for a year its going to cost me $4-5K in AUD for a year’s worth of rent (excluding bills and other things)
For Bulgaria I need to pay about 350 Lev a month. So that makes it less than $300AUD.
Traveling Overland from Batam to China (via: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos) probably around 700 bucks. I really don’t wanna see much of Bangkok because it’s more hassle than a faux guide in Tangier
NB tax returns are handy
I received a nice return from the ATO this tax season while everyone else owned money. Reason being I was paying allot of tax by not claiming the tax free threshold. I still earned more than that but I got a great return.
It might be smart if I left next July but I’d probably miss out on another season of Heavy Metal festivals
2) Travel to South East Asia
Okay, I can go back to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur any day of the week and even though I have been there before, I will still find new things that I didn't get to see the last few times.
I have wanted to visit Timor Leste for the past 2 years. Its $30 USD VOA and the backpackers charge $12 a night for a dorm room and I could get allot more of an understanding to the nation’s history under Indonesian Occupation.
Hopefully after a visit to Dili I will be able to write my fiction book about a Timorese freedom fighter.
I set foot in Indonesia for 5 hours at Batam Island and I saw some of the Metalhead’s of Indonesia. But I want to visit Jakarta so I can find allot of interesting things about fighting the Dutch for freedom.
Taking the Train from Kuala Lumpur will get me as far as Yat Hai but at least I can say that I have been to Thailand. From there I can get the train to Hua Lamphong station while surviving the madness of Bangkok before flying to Burma (Myanmar) for a few days.
Looking at photo's of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon makes me want to go there. There is a good railway lines in the country to get to other cities. I could do with a week in Burma but only with a handful of USD
In Cambodia I would like to get an understanding of Pol Pot genocide as well as seeing a nation move itself away from strife.
The Train rides from South to North of Vietnam. Outside of Ho Chi Mein City the Chu Chi tunnel inspire me to learn about Guerrilla tactics while in Hanoi I will probably be learning allot more about a 20 year war.
Brunei and Philippines: More about getting a stamp in the passport than a 2 day visit. I can see allot of amazing things in Brunei but there are allot of interesting things to see in Manilla
Laos: the golden triangle of Indochina. How one nation can help me get into China.
Hong Kong & Macau: Colonial fortress with the ease of access and the best way to get a Chinese Visa
Mongolia Crazy nation between China and Russia. A good stew is on the menu.
But yet again there is still: DPR Korea, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan but all of that will literally blow the bank
The reason why I take so damn long to write a volume of my “Diary of a Global Metalhead” is because of writer blocks that are brought on by not having enough time to write when you have a job in hospitality.
So with 3 months in Sofia I can get my 3rd Volume done and maybe start on my 4th and last volume then begin to work on my other books in the brain.
I have many friends from Sofia that I am sure will get me in the right direction.
So before or after my stint in Bulgaria I want to live in Birmingham or London and I want to stay there permanent.
I hate Australia I don’t want to move back. I am not going to be another idiot Australian or New Zealander that wasted their time and rent money in the UK where they could have stayed in their capitalist nations and earned more money.
It is crap living at home with my mother in Sydney with rent being so expensive. So the only way to move out is save some money and just go to Birmingham. If my Dad jumped ship to Australia, then i can do the reversal migration back to England.
I don't give a fuck what any Australian, New Zealander, Irish Catholic, Anglo Saxon thinks. I became a citizen of the UK so i could get the hell out of Australia one day and do better things than being stuck on an Island with no cheap rent and just a high wage to tackle the cost of living.
In the end VIVA England
I am an Anthony thru and thru but the hard thing is I don’t know much about my Grandpa family. I have a few names but I would love to dig deep and hopefully find new distant relatives that are probably still in Scotland.
You should not have to have any experience to be a bartender all you do is like pour beer in pubs and serve people LIQUID BEVERAGES! It’s not rocket appliances, I am not a poor refugee so give me a bar job and give your dish washing job to someone else.
So In the worst case Ontario someone in the UK will give me a bar job.
7) Be nice too poor people, touts and beggars, no matter how much they piss me off.
It was really shitty for me to yell at poor people, touts and beggars who hassled me in places like Bucharest, Kathmandu, Delhi and Tangier. I felt really crap for telling a deaf gypsies selling me crosses to piss off at Bucharest Gare Central. I need to go back and buy a cross off this man. After all he just wants 5 euros or 5 lei
8) Take the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok
To spend 7 days writing, writing, writing and more writing. Just like what that nutty talker Anthony Robbins did.
10) Organize a future UK tour for Hellbringer
My mates band Hellbringer did a tour of Europe in 2014. But there was no UK dates. So it’s up to me to get that band a few dates in locations such as London, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester and maybe Dublin
Or if that’s too hard maybe a tour of Eastern Europe
I have already sold 4 it can;t be that hard, But i just don;t get how if my website could have some 300-400 views in one day not one visitor would be interested in buying my book. Yes it $22 but i get $9 for every book sold and that's income in many ways.
12) Look into getting a brief job in Hong Kong
That’s right. If Jonny from dontstopliving.net is living the good life in Hong Kong so can I. I can get a working holiday visa before I turn 30 next year but still it’s easy to get a work permit in the former UK colony,
I can’t teach English because I never did my HSC so that TEFL is nothing but a scam. So bar service and waiting tables is the job to do.
I love Singapore and Kuala Lumpur but getting a Visa to work there would be a total pain in the ass. Unlike living in another EU state.
13) Make music with my Cousin Charles in London.
Its been 3 years since I first met my cousin Charles in the Western part of London. Since then we have jammed a few times on the UKE and guitar. I think it’s time we record some stuff as I inspire Charles to make music through publishing my own book.
14) Travel overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Dream big, Dream long and dream wide to broaden the horizons. Not only will traveling overland from Cairo to Cape Town please the spirit of Cecil Rhodes it will get me to allot of countries that I have never been to as I will see more of Africa
Think about it: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.
Ill be finding the Pyramids, Camping near Kitchener’s boat, devouring Ethiopian food with coffee and learning history about rebellions, dictatorships, genocide, liberation and colonialism.
15) Go to more *smaller* Metal Festival
In 2013 i jumped ship to go to Europe early so i could get to Hellfest 2013. But i was really disgusted when a wanker urinated on my tent when i was sitting in it on day 1 of the festival. This did piss me off and i considered *retiring* from going to these festivals.
After a while i decided, FUCK RETIREMENT! I would want to go back to Headbangers Open Air any year as i don't have to leave London untill the day before the festival starts. There are so many awesome smaller festivals in nations like Germany, Finland & Denmark it would be an honor to go there.
If i work well, I will get out to "BANG YOUR HEAD" 2015 and then Headbangers Open Air