Wayfarer: Daniel Gray

DanI first met Danny way back when we were fourteen and starting grade nine at the same high school. Our circles of friends often intersected, but in our adult years we lost touch for a bit. Last summer, when the idea first came to me to feature Wayfarers on this blog, Danny immediately came to mind because of all the awesome travel pictures he was being tagged in on Facebook. He’s become quite the traveller.

Danny and I discovered that we have a mutual friend in the travel industry. Turns out his best friend’s wife, Jenni, is actually a rep for one of our tour suppliers at work. Not only had I met her before, but when her and I realized the connection (which basically consisted of her walking up to me at an event, asking me if I knew Danny Gray, and my jaw dropping because it was the last thing I expected her to ask me), it honestly made me believe in the expression “it’s a small world”.

Jenni’s influence led to Danny’s extensive travelling over the past few years. He actually admitted to me that he hesitated to go on the first big trip he did with her company. His final decision to go was so last-minute that he was on a plane within just a few days of making up his mind. Jenni convinced him with “travel can change your life“. I asked him if it has, and his response was “Definitely. It gives you a different look on things. Made me kind of realize what matters, if that makes sense? There’s a lot more in the world than what’s in my tiny bubble.” Well said, Dan.

I think it’s safe to say that Danny’s caught the travel bug. I hope it continues to ail him 😉

1. What countries have you visited? USA, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, Italy, and France. This March I’ll also be going to Costa Rica.

2. What is your favourite place to visit? That’s tough. For being in absolute awe, I would say Machu Picchu and the hike it took to get there. For just relaxing and enjoying the scenery — Croatia.

3. What’s one thing you’ve learned from your travels? That Aussies are almost equally as fun to party with as us Canadians.

4. What’s one thing you must always bring with you on a trip? A passport! And a good book.

5. What are the top three destinations on your travel bucket list? Germany, Thailand, and Turkey.

6. What’s the craziest thing to have happened to you while on a trip? The last night of our tour in Peru, we were in a jungle town called Puerto Maldonado where we were told a couple of horror stories of some tourists getting “robbed”. We all went out at night for more than a few drinks, and before I knew it, it’s just me and one other person left in the bar and we have no idea how to get back to our hotel. In broken Spanish, we talked to some army guys who led us to more army guys with assault rifles. Eventually we figured out which hotel we were staying at (as I forgot the name). Did I mention the person I was with was off petting rabid dogs? She was not all that helpful. Anyways, they told us to hop in the truck which seemed a little sketchy, but they got us home safely. So thank you, Peruvian Army.



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