10 Facts About Me

Samurai Museum Tokyo

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Welcome to my first ever blog post!


To kick start my travel blog, this entry aims to give you an idea of who I am, my background, and what I do / hobbies etc.

Here’s a list of 10 facts about me:

10 Facts About Me

  1. My name is Billy, I’m 33 years old, and currently living in my hometown of Walsall, England.
  2. I’m a freelance designer, having graduated from university in Graphic Design. I was uncertain what path to take after school, but ended up going down the design route. It’s been okay, I do the occasional project and I sell work online to earn royalties. But it’s not my biggest passion.
  3. I’m also a freelance dance teacher and performing artist. This is what I enjoy doing the most. It’s enabled me to express myself more, and is one of the reasons I’ve been able to travel the world, in fact this is the reason I began travelling in the first place – and because of dance, I have been blessed to travel and meet some of the most wonderful people I could ever wish to meet. I am thankful to all those who came into my life through my workshops and dance performances (if only for a short time), and I have so much love for them all.
  4. Since August 2020, I’ve been helping my wife run an online store on Etsy called Vintage Wanders – selling vintage furniture and home decor. It started as a hobby, and is now a successful business, and we’ve been amazed by how big its grown.
  5. I’m registered profoundly deaf. This means I have around 70% hearing loss in both ears and sometimes use aids to help me hear. (I say sometimes because a: I like my peace and quiet and b: I’m not keen on the new hearing aids the hospital has provided me.) Also, I’m bilingual – so I’m able to communicate in speech and in British Sign Language, as well as in other sign languages. However, I cannot always hear what people say – I have to rely on lip-reading most of the time, and I cannot hear on the phone.
  6. My dream is to travel the world whilst having a regular income that keeps me abroad and on the move, without the need to be tied down to a work schedule in one location. I’m working on making this a reality.
  7. I am a MASSIVE Michael Jackson fan. I love the magic of his performances. I taught myself all his dance moves and choreography, and became a Michael Jackson impersonator. This was how I started down my career path in dance.
  8. Coffee – I have an obsession with really good coffee. I love the process of making that perfect brew – from grinding the beans, boiling the moka pot, and savouring the rich aroma. I am always on the search for the freshest, most delicious brew! (Also, I cannot deal with weak or low-quality coffee).
  9. I don’t watch films or series often, as I tend to lose patience with them. I have a habit of starting a film, watching to about halfway before pausing and then going to bed. And then I don’t get back to finishing the rest of the film until about a week later! However, I do like a few really good classics like Leon, Scarface, and Saving Private Ryan, I love box sets like Lord Of The Rings (not too keen on Harry Potter though – prefer the books),  and I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan. I also love the Peaky Blinders.
  10. My hobbies include photography, drawing, listening to music, the gym, and reading world history.

Pelican at Antonio Blanco Museum Bali

Thanks for reading!


Head over to my blog: Why Do I Travel for more on how I became obsessed with travelling the world

Also, you can read about about my first true travel experience here:


Believe in yourself. Lack of confidence leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy that you are not good enough for your work.

-Dr. Roopleen



Lover of epic adventures, budget travel, and fine coffee. When not travelling, Billy teaches dance, and creates performances on commissioned projects.

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Hey there! I’m Billy, the guy behind BRB | Gone Somewhere Epic. I’ve been travelling around the world for six years, having an absolute blast going on epic adventures, without breaking the bank. Click here to read more about the art of budget travel.




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