Alex got Leukemia a week before Christmas. As he explains in this episode:
“Getting told you have cancer is hard. Going through the treatment might be even harder. Getting back to life once it’s all said and done, that might be the hardest thing of all. But travel has always made me feel free. Made me feel alive. And the stories it gave to me, well they weren’t always the type of things I’d tell my Mum. Then again, every corner of the world offered chances for me to heal. With every journey slowly putting me back together after my Leukemia diagnosis split my soul into a million pieces. There’s a lot of cool sh*t in the world. I once found a squirrel inside a garbage bin in Washington DC. That’s a bad example. But the point remains, I feel alive when I’m traveling. So that’s what I do. I’m a storyteller. A tattooed traveler and teller of tales. Whether I’m getting tattoos. Doing something I’m proud of. Or something I should confess. I’m no longer a cancer sufferer. And I’m more than a cancer survivor. I am…Inked and Abroad.”
Inside the Episode:
Alex brings us back to the moment he is diagnosed with leukemia, at 20 years old. He remembered the moment as clear as yesterday. What started out with a normal drive in his family van with his dad quickly turned into what would become his new way of life.
Alex tells about his plans to visit Easter Island - “It was so far removed from this lonely little hospital bed, like a jail cell. I would look at that picture and say one day... it's not going to be today, it's not going to be tomorrow, but i promise one day, or my eyes are going to close for the last time i will stand on that island.”
On day 244 in the hospital, Alex finally gets the clear to leave the hospital. It was time to fulfill the promises he made to himself. Seven years after setting his crosshairs on Easter Island in a hospital bed, he finally takes his first step on one of the most unique countries in the world.
We discuss differences in travel culture between people of Australia and the United States. Why do we travel?
From lost at sea off the coast of Panama
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