Search

Filby teen turns globe trotting adventures into book

17:41 07 March 2013

Daniel Evans spent just under four months travelling through Alaska, America and Canada on a geography scholarship. Some pictures from his travels. Daniel pictured in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, looking towards the city and the bay.

Daniel Evans spent just under four months travelling through Alaska, America and Canada on a geography scholarship. Some pictures from his travels. Daniel pictured in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, looking towards the city and the bay.

Archant

A travelling teenager with a passion for geography is hanging up his walking boots to embark on a written adventure about an exploratory trip of a lifetime.

Daniel Evans left his home in Filby to embark on a four month trip through Alaska, America and Canada at the end of last year after winning a prestigious gap year scholarship with the Royal Geographical Society.

And after touching back down on Norfolk soil the 19 year old, who has a passion for travel writing and has documented his love of the planet in his popular online blog, is now penning a book about his adventures, which he hopes to get published next year.

The former Flegg High School student said: “I’ve always enjoyed travel writing, but on my American trip I only really used my blog (Gepgraphy with Dan) to publish my work. I hope that this book will set the foundations for potentially more books, as I embark upon future trips.”

Daniel was among thousands of hopeful students who applied for a scholarship and was delighted to be picked as one of 14 successful scholars who received a grant to set them off on their travels.

Keen to live the American dream, while exploring some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, Daniel used his £4,000 to jet off to Alaska, the USA’s west coast and Canada.

He spent most of his time in Alaska, where he studied the effects of global warming on permafrost, and spent time with some of the world’s leading professors on the subject going out on field trips and excursions.

He said: “Some of my fondest memories from the whole scholarship were made during those trips, and I have great respect for (geological engineering professor) Ronald Daanen because he realised that I shared his passion and buzz for discovery.

“The other project I worked on was a pioneering investigation into trying to calculate how much methane is bubbling from our world’s lakes.

“It meant very cold work out on frozen lakes but the investigation has just featured in the National Geographic and to have worked on a project, which has made it to those glossy pages, is incredibly enriching.”

But his travels were not all spent in freezing landscapes as he also enjoyed the natural wonders of Niagara Falls and Yosemite National Park, Christmas and New Year in the LA sunshine and the celebrated landmarks of Seattle and San Francisco.

“I have been thinking long and hard about the highlights, and it’s extremely difficult to single a specific one out, mainly because I experienced such diversity,” he added. “For arousing the imagination, it has to be Alaska. It provided serenity and bliss, and for once, escape from the politics of life - especially from the 2012 American elections - but it also made me aware that despite its enchanting array of flora and fauna, it’s fragile and at the hands of exploitation.”

Since returning home Daniel’s travels have not stopped, however as he has been in high demand across the country giving talks about his American excursion to various groups - including schools and colleges - on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society.

And he will not be settling down any time soon as he is now preparing for his next adventure - at university. In September he will be relocating to the capital to study physical geography at the Royal Holloway, University of London.

0 comments

Other News

Yesterday, 22:30

The former head of chemistry at a Gorleston college has been banned from the country’s classrooms for life for embarking on a sexually motivated relationship with a vulnerable girl pupil.

Yesterday, 17:18

Police investigating a report of an alleged rape have sealed off an area in Great Yarmouth.

Yesterday, 16:34
Great Yarmouth college students at Gardline Marine Sciences learning about geotechnical soil sampling and seismic activities.

Picture: James Bass

More than 170 students got a hands-on taste of working in the offshore energy sector when they took part in a week-long work experience.

Yesterday, 14:04
yarmouth pic stories 0712

Tributes have poured in to former borough councillor and all round “lovely man” Gerry Jarvis who showed huge commitment to his seaside community in a range of spheres.

Most Read

Yesterday, 22:30

The former head of chemistry at a Gorleston college has been banned from the country’s classrooms for life for embarking on a sexually motivated relationship with a vulnerable girl pupil.

Read more
Gorleston
Yesterday, 17:18

Police investigating a report of an alleged rape have sealed off an area in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 09:22
The haul of cigarettes and tobacco bought by the undercover team in Great Yarmouth

The tide of illicit cigarettes and tobacco that is flooding Great Yarmouth’s streets was uncovered in a sting operation.

Read more
Facebook
Yesterday, 10:40
Tonia and John Garner from Foxy Lodge, Hemsby have rescued a Fox Cub.

A fox cub rescued from the roadside after two men appeared to be kicking it beside the body of its dead mother is making a good recovery.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:23
MAIN
PARADE PIONEER: the Marine Arcades, built in the early 1900s, housed the first shops on the sea-front. The twin turrets above the entrance are to the left of centre in this picture, taken about 1914.
Picture: PERCY TRETT COLLECTION

THERE were possibly two schools of thought about the Marine Arcades when they were built early last century on what is today Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile.

Read more
London

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 9°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Great Yarmouth Mercury e-edition today E-edition