‘World’s Oldest Backpacker’ Is 95 Years Old
‘World’s Oldest Backpacker’ Is 95 Years Old, Australian Keith Wright loves travelling round the world with his backpack – but unlike the teenagers and twenty-somethings he meets on his adventures, he is 95 years old.The sprightly pensioner from Burleigh Heads in the state of Queensland is about to set off again, this time on a two-month trip around Europe.
Mr Wright, who believes he is the world’s oldest backpacker, has spurned genteel coach tours or cruises for independent travel.
‘If you are independent and a bit adventurous it is the best way of doing it,’ he told Sky News.
‘You see what other people don’t see because they have got a set route and go just where they are taken’.
Mr Wright began backpacking at the tender age of 85 after his wife died.
He travels light and stays in two star hotels or hostels, sometimes in shared dorms.
His home is full of photographs from his trips including pictures of the many fellow backpackers he has met along the way.
‘The young ones are alright, actually they’re fantastic’ he said. ‘I think they help me keep young. When they know my age, they go gaga some of them!’
The globetrotting grandad has become something of a celebrity at his local travel agents where staff book his flights.
So far he has visited 23 countries and well over 100 foreign cities.
Linda Chugg from Escape Travel said: ‘Usually 95-year-olds are at home with cups of tea, knitting, spending time with the family. (Sky News Australia)