Hi, I’m Dave
Blogger | Adventurer | Yorkshireman
Sometimes all it takes is a push for you to realise that you want more from life. A couple of years ago some events and personal tragedies conspired to remind me that life is short and that if you’re not careful, it will pass you by before you even realise it’s begun.
I was working a mundane job, unhappy with my lot in life, so I decided to pack my bags and embark on the adventure of a lifetime – Setting off to exploring Central and South America, camera in hand.
So far I’ve managed to explore over 30 countries; I’ve road-tripped through the desolate Salar de Uyuni, floated along the waterways of the Mekong Delta, spotted Raul Castro while marching through Plaza de la Revolucion, and surfed the vast sand dunes of the Sahara Desert.
Favourite countries visited: Chile, Cuba, Brazil
Favourite Cities: Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Budapest
Favourite Experiences: Partying at Rio Carnival, celebrating Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, cycling the World’s most dangerous road in Bolivia, hiking the W trail in Torres del Paine National Park, camping in the Sahara Desert, joining the May Day march in Havana.
Most disappointing destination: Dubai
I Was born and raised in Hull, The much maligned seafaring city in the far reaches of Eastern Yorkshire. I have always wanted to travel and see the world. It may be my maritime blood – my dad was a skipper on trawlers, often spending weeks or months at a time on the waves of the North Sea – or it may be that I wanted to see that there was more to life than chip spice, patty butties and white telephone boxes (some reference for any Hullensian readers, there).
When I did leave, I didn’t go far; moving 60 Km down the M62 to study in Leeds. I have now been there for over a decade, my yearning for adventure ever increasing. It was this yearning that gave me the crazy idea to quit my job and set off on the adventure of a lifetime – backpacking Central and South America. So, in 2015, just 2 months after I made the decision, I packed up everything and left for Mexico. I had nothing but a backpack full of clothes, a camera, and no set plan for where I was going to go.
I am now back in the UK, toiling away full time in as laboratory to earn some money in between planning trips to the countless destinations I have on the bucket list stored in my mind. I set up Man Vs Globe as a way to share my experiences, tips and to hopefully help you set off on the adventure of a lifetime too.
So what are you waiting for? hit the road!