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World's oldest backpacker hits the road again

Keith Wright, a pensioner from Queensland in Australia, will fly out to Europe on May 28, his eighth backpacking trip since he started travelling solo at the age of 85.

He has planned a two-month itinerary including Madrid, San Sebastian, Paris, Munich, Vienna and a trip to Britain to see the racing at Royal Ascot.

In the past decade, Wright has visited many of the countries in Western and Eastern Europe, starting his backpacking a few years after his wife Barbara passed away.

His first trip was a bus journey through Turkey. Since then, he has travelled the world on a strict budget, saving up money throughout the year for flights and hostel accommodation.

“I have had itchy feet all my life and had always wanted to go to Gallipoli, so I decided to sell our house and put the extra money towards a holiday,” said Wright, who is a veteran of the World War II.

“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.

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