Aside from being an amazing chef and photographer (you can find his Flickr account here) Syd Eisenberg loves to travel! This German man has worked and lived in various countries for several years, including England, France and Switzerland. He has backpacked through Southeast Asia and built his own campervan to travel the East coast of Australia. Let’s see what he has to say about travel:
1.When/where was your first solo trip outside of Germany? Where have you been since?
I moved to England after finishing my apprenticeship as a chef. This was in 2006. Since then, I have travelled to France, Switzerland, Germany, South-East Asia and Australia.
2.Where are you now? How did you get there?
I’m back home in Germany for now and trying to find some work here for the first time in ten years. I flew over from Australia, where I recently spent one year on a working holiday visa. Before that, I was backpacking around Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
3. What kinds of jobs have you done to fund your travels?
Mainly, I have been employed as a chef in restaurants all over England, France and Switzerland. I have also worked at a few dozen music festivals in the U.K. Recently, I spent three months working on a banana farm in Far North Queensland, Australia.
4. Tell us about farm work in Australia?
It’s hard, exhausting work. I would hear my alarm clock go off at 4.45am and catch the hostel bus to the the farm. All day consisted of a single task, whether it was bagging bananas, dieseling suckers, stringing banana trees and so on. By the end of the day, I was very tired and dirty – I fell asleep by 8pm and then it all started again the next day!
5. What are your top four travel experiences so far?
- Learning a new language fluently (English)
- Backpacking through South East Asia
- Building a campervan from scratch and driving it up the East Coast of Australia
- Learning to surf in Australia
6. How would you describe your travel style?
Light, then turning out to be very heavy! I like to collect a lot of things along the way! I’m also a big fan of adventure travel – in South East Asia, I went zip lining through the jungle, scuba diving in Ko Tao, deep water solo rock climbing in Ko Phi Phi and motorbiking around Laos. More recently, I learnt to surf and did a skydive at Mission Beach. I have a spontaneous travel style – don’t like to think ahead too much – you never know where you might end up!
7. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Peru, because I have never been to South America. I’d love to see Machu Picchu and hike the Inca Trail. Plus, I’ve heard the people are really nice.
8. What five items would we always find in your big, heavy backpack?
A camera, hammock, coffee percolator, ukulele and smartphone.
9. What new skills have you learnt over the course of your travels?
How to play the ukulele, how to surf, how to deal with venomous snakes, how to bag bananas, how to drive a scooter in Asian countries, how to scuba dive and how to grow a really big, hairy beard!
10. Where to next?
For now, I will be doing some shorter trips within Germany and Europe. I will be going to Spain for a wedding in the near future. I would also like to go trekking in Nepal at some stage.
Thanks Syd. I loved reading through your answers – your adventurous and spontaneous attitude to travel inspires me! I look forward to hearing about the next adventure!
Note: All photos taken by Syd Eisenberg