Hi 😀 . My name is Bert Luxing and on this page I’m going to do my best to tell you a bit about myself and also about Survive Travel.
For your enjoyment, I’ve also included some captioned memes of fictional characters I admire.
First off, here’s some links to a few of my favorite and most useful travel posts.
- All my favorite travel resources in one place.
- How to find the best value flights and/or accommodation possible (links to resources page.)
- A packing list for world travel. Be warned, I’m a minimalist.
- A simple method to work out your travel budget.
- Tips for living and working abroad.
- Three steps to create a life of travel.
- How I created a life of endless travel and how you can to.
- One of my all-time favourite posts is this opinion piece about the travelers spirit.
- Ways of being an ethical traveler.
- This last link is not a post on this website, but is very important to my life goals. It is my other website, SurvivalFitnessPlan.com.
I was born in the early 80’s in the large(ly empty) state of Western Australia. My father was a Malaysian born Chinese, and my mother is Colombian. Unfortunately their only shared language was English, so that’s all I knew growing up, but now I have a love for learning languages, although admittedly, I’m not great at them.
I consider myself to be a slow traveler, meaning that when I go somewhere I like to rent a place for at least a month. That way I can take my time – wake up naturally, exercise my mind and body, attempt to cook local dishes, have an afternoon siesta, and explore at a leisurely pace.
Of course, this style of ‘slow travel’ is not always possible (mostly due to visas restrictions), and often I just want to check places out instead of living in them.
When exploring I tend to stay away from the bright lights, bars, and nightclubs. I much prefer to do things like taste-test my way through the neighborhoods, people watch in the park, hike to waterfalls, ride through the country side, go snorkeling, attempt to learn the local language, etc. I usually take in a “tourist trap” or two also – they’re not tourist traps for nothing.
Creating Survive Travel
I first started blogging when I first started traveling, somewhere around 2003/2004. Back then it was just a hobby, and it wasn’t called Survive Travel. I made money with odd jobs both in Australia and abroad.
About 10 years later, while freezing my butt off in a small town in the north of China, I decided that I was tired of “having” to get up and go to work (I was teaching English at the time), so I worked towards creating an online income, one where I wouldn’t have to answer to anyone but myself and that I could do from anywhere with an internet connection – someplace warm! I started to create Survive Travel and Survive Travel Publications, and later on Survival Fitness Plan.
In 2015 I reached my goal and now I blog as I travel the world attempting to learn new languges and working towards my other goals.
Here are some things I am currently working on.
- Complete building the Survival Fitness Plan (SFP) website.
- Find the “perfect place” to have as a base home.
- Learning Spanish.
… and some things I endeavor to do
- Build a small SFP training center.
- Learn more languages.
About Survive Travel
Basically, there are two aspects to Survive Travel.
- A travel blog.
- Independant publishing, i.e., Survive Travel Publications.
The travel blog portion is basically just me writing about my random travel adventures.
Why Survive Travel?
When I first made the switch to Survive Travel I posted a lot of information about my non-travel interests also, which has a lot to do with survival, self-defense, parkour, SERE, etc. I have now built a second website dedicated to these things (SurvialFitnessPlan.com), but since I have had SurviveTravel.com for so long I did not want to change it.
Survive Travel Publications
Around 2012/2013 I met two very special people, Sam Fury and Aventuras. We got to talking and discovered we all had the same goal – to be able to just travel around without having to stop and work for the man. We went about creating Survive Travel Publications.
Aventuras and Sam write the books and I publish/market them. It was a big learning curve and a lot of hard work for all of us but as of mid-2015 all three of us achieved our goal of being able to just travel without having to “work for the man.”
My hope is that, in a few years, I will be able to help others publish their books too.
Well that’s it for now.
Bert Luxing 😀 .
If you have any questions or comments about Survive Travel please feel free to post them below 😀 .