Remember Pete? My go-to guy for all things hostel-related? Well, he’s been around the block a few times so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature him on this week’s Wayfarer. This man’s travel experience could inspire even the most reluctant person to go off and explore.
Fun fact about Pete: He has a tattoo of the Brooklyn Bridge in honour of his mom’s side of the family, who hail from the awesome city of New York.
1. What countries have you visited? Canada, USA, England, France, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Laos, Cambodia, New Zealand, China, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Vatican City, the Netherlands, Belize, Guatemala, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Turkey, Jamaica, Tunisia, South Korea, Myanmar, Panama, Colombia, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Hungary, Sri Lanka, India, Northern Ireland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Sweden
(that’s 55 countries in total folks!)
2. What is your favourite place to visit? My favourite destination is anywhere different with good people. Which as it turns out is pretty much anywhere on this planet. Don’t let the media tell you otherwise. I also really like places where you can walk around in the ocean at 11pm in shorts and be completely comfortable.
3. What’s one thing you’ve learned from your travels? Everything I’ve learned from my travels has really been more about myself than anything else. Travel’s really as much about self-exploration as going all Magellan.
4. What’s one thing you must always bring with you on a trip? Passport. Don’t get very far without it.
Pete, aside from that obvious answer (smartass), is there anything else that you always bring? A notebook? An iPod? Enough underwear to ensure you always have a fresh pair? If not a passport, then my camera, even though it’s big and bulky. I certainly never bring a notebook or enough underwear.
5. What are the top three destinations on your travel bucket list? Masai Mara, Kenya (safaris rule), Kerala, India (I think many trips to India are in my future), and Shibam, Yemen (look it up, unreal. This one probably won’t happen anytime soon though).
6. What’s the craziest thing to have happened to you while on a trip? I’ve had my fair share of sketchy and bizarre situations, but I think the craziest often involve animals as they are unpredictable. I’ll never forget one of the nights I spent out in the Okavango Delta in Botswana in a tent. I was kind of at the edge of the campsite, a bit in the bush. It was the middle of the night and I had to take a giant slash. I was about to get up when I heard the grunting of a hippo and him moving around, somewhere in the dark. I’m still not really sure how close he was to the tent but I could hear him breathing. And I’ll never forget the moment I heard him quietly slip back into the river. It was the talk of breakfast with the locals, who didn’t seem too phased by it.