I met Nick virtually when he reached out for support on the launch of his new e-book, “F@ck Pasta and Ketchup.” When I took a look at the book and checked out some of Nick's adventures on his blog Travel Echo, I knew that I wanted to interview him here for Traveler Tuesday.
Let’s meet travel blogger Nick!
When and how did you become a traveler?
I used to be an IT businessman before my days as a fulltime traveler started. It all began with a three weeks' vacation in New Zealand back in 2009. Driving around the Islands living my dream day by day – it was then when I got bitten by the travel bug. I got back home and realized, that there is so much more to discover then my desk, a fancy business car and a career in a suit.
Where do you love to travel?
I don't really have a favorite spot. I always say it depends on the experiences and the people you meet. If I really have to choose – the best lifestyle in Australia. The best food in Thailand and Mexico. The most stunning landscapes Canada, Bolivia, Peru and Vietnam. Most fun I had in the US (e.g. dancing in front of the MGM Grand in a Lederhosen to make some money or working there as a stripper for one night 🙂 )
Most memorable travel moment:
Getting shot with a spear gun. In Fiji.
What won’t you travel without?
Music – it makes your trips memorable for a lifetime and can quickly change your moods if having a bad day on the road.
A day isn’t complete until I…
…at least learn one new thing every day.
Travel essential – 3 things you always travel with
Mobile Phone – mostly for music
My Swiss Army knife – it helped me a lot during my last 6 years of traveling. If for opening a coconut on the beach, fishing in Canada or opening endless bottles of wine 😉
Name one thing people would be surprised to find in your travel bag:
A bag of pure cinnamon powder. It is the best cure for a bad stomach! I always have it with me.
Perfect travel day from start to finish.
Local coffee and talking to locals at the beach. Renting anything with a lot of horse power to have a ride through the jungle and eventually do some extreme adrenaline pushing / stupid / dangerous stuff. Going back to the beach and having a light lunch. Cozy afternoon nap in the shade while lying in the hammock. Walking through a local market to get fresh ingredients for the pot luck with other travellers and locals. After finishing dinner, we all sit down watching the sun set at the beach.
What are your favorite food cities? What restaurants do you go to in each?
Mexico City, Oaxaca, Bangkok & Mumbai. No restaurants – Streetfood is the best!
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Cuba – I didn't expect to be seen as such a money magnet to locals. It was quite hard to get in touch with locals to really connect. It worked out in the end – but it was way tougher than I imagined.
What has travel taught you?
Nobody gives a shit about you – so do whatever you want to. Follow your own path and don't be scared of failure! Don't compare yourself to others – every person has its own path. Be more polite and generous and less materialistic – there are so many people out there who have less and seem to be happy all day.
What's one location on your bucket list?
Northern lights or TransSiberian railway.
Nick's Lightning Round of Favorites
Airline: SWISS Airline
Mode of Transportation: Local transportation or a Catamaran
Travel snack: Cashew nuts
Country: It is all about the experience and the people you meet 😉
Travel Gear: Vaude Travel Trousers
Travel App: Maps.ME
Travel Book: The Alchemist, Borderlines
Travel Movie: Into the Wild
Song on your smartphone: Watasun – the water song
You can keep up with Nick on Instagram and Facebook, and of course on his blog. Don't forget to check out is e-book, nobody should eat ramen and ketchup! Wherever you catch him, I am sure you will enjoy his adventures!
How about you? What would you like to know about Nick?
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