It is very hard to pin down just one moment. I’ve been in the middle of political protests in Thailand, I visited an active combat zone in Cambodia, swam with great white sharks in South Africa and even got to ride in a Forumula 1 race car in Spain. I’d have to say that #1 would be swimming with jellyfish in Palau. There is nothing else quite like it in the world.
2. And we know traveling can sometimes be painful–what’s one of your most agonizing travel memories?
I don’t really have anything that is agonizing. I’ve been pretty lucky in that I haven’t had any major disasters happen to me while traveling. Probably one of the worst things was getting kicked out of the nation of Kiribati because my passport got wet. That was the only time during the last 5 years when I really lost my cool.
3. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who is thinking about giving up everything to travel the world?
Do it. Don’t put it off. You will always be able to come up with excuses as to why you can’t travel. If you just make it a priority you can make it happen. If you start thinking of when you are going to go and how you are going to make it happen, it eventually will. Most people never get beyond the dreaming stage and they don’t end up doing it.
4. You’re an Eagle Scout – have any of those skills come in handy?
Nothing specifically in terms knots or things like that. I think it was more generally things like the independence and confidence that I got from boy scouts.
5. What is the first thing you do, see, or eat when you’re back in America?
I go somewhere where I can get free refills and wifi! I also listen to Back in the USA by Chuck Berry.