Meet the Travelling Interns: Felix Tracey

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Felix and Debbie

Felix and 'Debbie': his home for the next four months

Gap Daemon has taken on a group of Travelling Interns who’ll spend the next 10 weeks backpacking around the world while we set them challenges. This is a series of interviews to help you get to know them a bit better…

Name: Felix Tracey

Age: 18

Home town: Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Where are you travelling to?: I’m doing an overland trip from the UK to Senegal, travelling through France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and of course Senegal.

What are you most looking forward to?: Getting out to the Sahara, and hopefully doing some wild camps out there.

Random fact about yourself: I’ve only had a driving licence for seven months! (But did pass first time!…)

How will you access the internet while travelling?: We’re taking a laptop, so either Wi-Fi or good old internet cafes.


Let’s See What Makes Felix Tick

What is the single best thing about travelling?: The element of adventure and not knowing what might be round the next corner.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Somewhere in Southern Africa, maybe Zimbabwe or Mozambique. They get bad press, but it’s an incredible part of the world—both the landscapes and people.

What do you think you will miss the most while you’re travelling?: Hot showers! The ones in hostels and campsites are always a pathetic, lukewarm dribble.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?: I’ve always been terrified public speaking, so speaking in front of 500 people was pretty scary for me. Best way to overcome the fear though…

If you could travel with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why?: An explorer, maybe Livingstone or Shackleton. You’d certainly get a fair share of adventure!

Who do you think would be the worst person to travel with (alive or dead) and why?: Speaking from experience—the lady inside my Sat Nav. She’s monotonous, and we argue a lot.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten while travelling or would like to try while you’re away?: Probably sheep’s head (yes, they give you the whole damn thing) in Marrakech. Grim.

If you could only take one album travelling, what would it be?: Awolnation, Back From Earth.

What’s the one luxury item you couldn’t travel without?: My credit card multi tool. Hardly a luxury, but goes through airport security and is the most useful thing in my wallet.

What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever been given or would like to pass on to someone else?: When buying meat from a market stall make sure there’s steam coming from the pot. If there’s not, you’ll be eating it raw!


Quick Fire Questions


Sun or snow?: Sun

Backpack or suitcase?: Backpacks

Cities or beaches?: Beaches, but not busy ones.

Clubs or bars?: Clubs

Street food or restaurants?: Bit of both, mainly restaurants.

Hostels or hotels?: Hostels (Unless I’m not paying!).

Sunrise or sunset?: Sunrise—then you’ve got the whole day ahead of you.

Planes or trains?: Trains

Surfing or scuba diving?: Never done it so scuba diving.

Action and adventure or relaxation and chilling out?: Action and adventure, every time.

Random Questions

What is your favourite fancy dress outfit of choice?: Morphsuit, regardless of theme.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?: Flight. Easy.

What’s your guilty pleasure?: Made in Chelsea.

If you could change anything from your past, what would it be?: I wish I had learnt more languages and could play the piano.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?: Chuck Norris. Who wouldn’t want to?

If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?: An Emperor Tamarin. Google it!

What’s your happiest memory?: Difficult one. Maybe skiing with my family in the French Alps—beautiful scenery, amazing snow, fantastic company!

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Steak

What would you like to see invented in the next few years?: Gadgets that never need charging. Sounds boring, but my phone and laptop always run out of juice at the most annoying times and I hate carrying chargers everywhere.

What are you most scared of?: In terms of the trip ahead, probably crashing or catching some horrific tropical disease. Neither would be much fun.

Have you got any questions to ask Felix? Feel free to comment below…


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About Gemma Howe

Gemma is a travel junkie, freelance writer and foodie who likes to dabble in a spot of photography from time to time. A former local news reporter she is now based in London (in the one and only Brixton) and is working for Gap Daemon. During her travels she spent a year in Latin America as well as several months in China and South East Africa.

4 Responses to “Meet the Travelling Interns: Felix Tracey”

  1. anja says:

    haha, this made me chuckle. I am also a Made in Chelsea junky, shameful really. Have you worked out roughly how much you will spend on fuel?! I am rather curious! You don’t have to answer that if it’s just too nosey!!
    x anja x

    • Felix says:

      Hi anja! fuel in morocco hasnt been too bad actually – it works out at about 55p per litre. european fuel was horribly expensive, but camping and cooking on the roadide helped to offset this! Felix x

  2. Sandy says:

    Really concerned about the SatNav thing when you’re trravelling through the Sahara. May I suggest changing the voice. You could download the Stephen Fry option?
    lol Sandy

  3. Turtle says:

    Good luck!! I’ll be curious to hear how you go finding wi-fi along the way…

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