At a time when a trip to the local bowling club would be an adventure, 95-year-old Keith Wright from Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, has been dubbed ‘the world’s oldest backpacker’.
The World War II veteran and now pensioner first started flying around the world solo in 2002 at the tender age of 85, a few years after his wife Barbara had passed away. Keith had always wanted to go to Gallipoli in Turkey for Anzac Day so he decided to sell his house and put the extra money towards a holiday of a lifetime. While he may not be hitting the nightclubs with the younger gap year students, he loves nothing more than a beer with fellow travellers and is not afraid to navigate the less beaten paths alone, by foot, road or rail.
‘I have seen things that most tourists haven’t seen, because I walk the back streets and take trains or buses to nearby towns for the day,’ explained Mr Wright. ‘Most people I meet are surprised when I tell them my age and amazed that I have come all the way from Australia.
The adventure-seeker lives on a shoestring all year to save up for his trips and budgets carefully when he is travelling. Keith has been to 23 countries and 109 cities - his favourite being San Sebastian in Spain. He is now preparing to set off on his latest journey - a two-month trip around Europe at the end of this month. Despite his legs being “a bit wonky”, Mr Wright said he will keep travelling until he gets “too old”.
What an inspiration!