Hi my name is Will, alternatively know in certain quarters as Wilbur, William, Willie and Bill. Will will do just fine though!
My passions are travel and football - you can imagine the utter bliss when I combine the two as I have done in recent years in Milan, Copenhagen, Amsterdam & Barcelona and on past occasions in Budapest, Dortmund, Lausanne, Prague, Stockholm, Brussels & Madrid.
I am just starting my first fictional book and have the skeleton of another football related book on the drawing board, but it is my first travel book that I have been concentrating on recently. On The Beaten Track - Travels In Eastern Europe, was published in July 2015. It describes my travels (including over 15,000 km by rail) in 25 countries in the east of the continent. Now to do some marketing!
The back cover describes the contents well, "Will (Wilbur) first fell in love with trains as a wonderful means to get somewhere exciting in the early '80s and consummated what has become a lifelong love affair in 1987, during a three week train tour of Europe.
Hamish, Wilbur's long-term travel buddy, grew up with a passion for trains fuelled by his Stepdad & Uncle taking him train spotting as a kid.
In 2006, circumstance saw them embark on a train adventure in Eastern Europe, evoking fabulous memories of their first ever trip together, a 1992 inter-rail adventure to Scandinavia and inside the former Iron Curtain.
This was to become a regular pilgrimage and has now seen them travel by train together in over twenty-five countries in the east of the continent.
Along the way they have met a plethora of eccentric characters, experienced a catalogue of comical episodes and got into a fair few scrapes, all against the backdrop of a diverse, fascinating, but often volatile region."
My greatest travel memory is actually visiting the church in Tanglin, Singapore where my parents married in 1957. This place was almost mythical as I was growing up and it tops my trek to Machu Picchu, my homage to see the Taj Mahal, Petra & Angkor Wat and riding on an elephant's neck in the Laos jungle. There is definitely another travel book in there somewhere!
There is so much more to do! In the meantime you can also catch up with my travels via my blog Wilbur's Travels - www.wilburstravels.com
Thanks for reading.