Featured Traveler: Allan Wilson of Live-Less-Ordinary.com

Allan created Live-Less-Ordinary.com in 2012. His style of travel is focused on realistic accounts of experiences in Asia through local immersion, photography and food and he prefers to avoid the mass tourist market in favour of boutique and niche markets.

Allan Wilson enjoying Filipino Food in Palawan
Allan Wilson enjoying Filipino Food in Palawan

Learn more about Allan by reading his interesting responses to our travel questionnaire below.

Tell me something about yourself 🙂

My name is Allan Wilson lifestyle and travel blogger living in Bangkok Thailand and travelling in Asia. I am an obsessive food tourist and much of my travels follow food trails in the region.

When did you start traveling, inspirations?

I’ve been travelling since as long as I can remember as my parents are also keen globetrotters. They only passed it down to me. Our shorts holidays often extended for months and my dad a non-flyer continues to backpack into his 70s travelling on trains and public transport. My parents continue to do more exciting things than myself and just last night my mum emailed from Brussels on their travels from the UK to Russia by train. My parents are no doubt my inspiration.

Allan enjoying Vietnamese Noodles
Allan enjoying Vietnamese Noodles

Destinations on your Bucket List?

Japan. Always Japan. It is one of the few countries yet to elude me in Asia and this is of course due to our travel budgets. Japan is no doubt pricy and with so much to explore I don’t want to travel on a quick rushed visit.

Beach or Mountain?

I am a complete beach scrooge and bar the beautiful views of beaches there is little there to interest me. This goes more so with Asia where every tourist and backtracker trail ends at the beach. I instead escape uphill so definitely mountain.

How often do you travel by air / land?

Travelling solo I prefer land and love train journeys but now as a married man this happens less and less. We travel by air at least once a month now mostly short-haul through Asia.

What’s your favorite airport?

I love passing through the Middle East because of the unique cultures which to date are relatively alien to me. However for comfort and facilities it would no doubt be Changi in Singapore, it’s like a city in itself.

Santhiya Resort & Spa - Allan's Favourite Hotel
Santhiya in Koh Yao Yai in Thailand – Allan’s Favourite Hotel

What is your Favorite Hotel?

I love boutique brands in Asia such as Alila and with hotels I always go with local brands and those which reflect and complement their surroundings. A recent favourite would be Santhiya in Koh Yao Yai in Thailand which we visited a couple months back (pictured).

What is your preferred Airline?

Normally whichever is cheapest… I fly mostly with AirAsia because of their extensive routes and cheap prices. My favourite local airline here in Thailand is Nok Air, the planes are painted as adorably cute birds.

How do you beat jet lag / Motion sickness?

Massage every time. Long-haul flights take their toll on me so my first stop on landing is the spa. After an hour of or two of massage I’m straight back out fresh to explore.

What are your favorite travel gadgets?

I don’t really own gadgets and it’s been 2 years since my last phone died on me when travelling in the Philippines. My wife does have an iPad which I use a lot otherwise I’m a simple traveller.

Allan Wilson loves to Travel Light
Allan Wilson loves to Travel Light

Any Tips on how to travel light?

If it is an extensive journey I always have a base to leave stuff and now living in Bangkok I rarely take much more than a small carry-on bag on journeys. I have become more of a serial tourist than a backpacker (pictured).

Best Backpack Brand?

In my life I’ve only ever owned one backpack (Berghaus) and it has lasted me 10 plus years of travel. I can happily recommend.

Travelling in Puerto Princesa Trike Allan Wilson
Travelling in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Top 3 Philippine Destinations?

With so much yet to explore this is hard but to date my favourites would be Palawan, Cebu and Bohol.

Things you love about the Philippines?

Sinigang, Adobo, Bicol Express…. Filipino Food is one of the main draws for me to the Philippines as it is a cuisine rarely found elsewhere in the world. Also the beer, there’s an impressive range of beers to go through.

Things you hate about the Philippines?

I still find the guns a little unnerving. Travelling in the Southeast Asia guns are a relatively rare sight but landing in the Philippines they’re guarding every Starbucks and Jollibees.

What made you decide to visit the Philippines?

I have a number of Filipino friends who I let living in the UK and it has always been a country familiar to me as every Filipino appears proud of their culture and are quick to sell it to you. There’s also so much to explore so it is a country that will keep bringing me back.

Allan playing with Thai Kids
Allan playing with Thai Kids

Top 3 International Destinations?

I will always love my new home in Thailand. Two others would be France as a food lover and Bali Indonesia (after escaping the tourists).

Favorite Travel Quote:

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself” by Danny Kaye. A tad pretentious but it has always mirrored my own reasons for travel.

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