Hi. My name is Phillip Ward and I’m 57 years old. I have recently taken early retirement after working for the NHS for 32 years. I decided to give up everything and travel the world. All that I own will be carried in my 40L Osprey Farpoint Backpack. In order to do this I will be minamalist backpacking to avoiding checking my luggage when flying.

My first goal is to fly from the UK to Chicago and complete my life time ambition to drive route 66 and the Grand Canyon. Once I complete this journey I shall really start my backpacking journey and travel to Mexico, South America, Asia etc.