#2 Dave Thompson from “DavesTravelCorner.com”
Today, we’re simply thrilled to welcome Dave from Dave’s Travel Corner, Dave has started his adventure blog in late 1996 as a result of a life-changing trip to Nepal in which he trekked near Everest Base Camp. He began writing a journal while he was on the trip and it was the notes from this journal that became the foundation for Dave’s Travel Corner. Let’s hear what Dave have for us today.
What is your favorite travel quote?
That would be my own! “Ownership of most things is overrated. Ownership of worldly experiences is not”.
Let’s talk experiences – what has been the most
awesome travel experience you’ve had on the road? The
My most awesome travel experiences revolve around a single theme – climbing beautiful tall mountains with good friends in an International location. You already have a certain camaraderie and you are all testing yourselves in conditions that often are much less than ideal. You work together to climb the mountain – you learn about your inner workings as well as physical stamina. And you learn how to help others. And you create and expand upon the bonds of friendship which will last a lifetime.
The worst is being so utterly sick while on the road - especially in areas that are gorgeous. I have reached the point either with altitude sickness in mountains or sea sickness (as examples) where I could not even enjoy the natural surroundings. I’ve also had food poisoning so bad I was constantly throwing up and quickly got dehydrated and then so weak that I could not even stand. It is miserable and worse when you are sick on the road rather than in the comfort of your own home.
Who would be your ideal travelling companion?
My ideal travelling companion would be someone who is outgoing and enjoys trying new things – whether it is new experiences, food or activities. This type of outlook and curiosity when traveling keeps things interesting and lively. It would especially be fun to travel with someone who has limited International travel experience yet is very much interested in seeking out new experiences. It would be neat to see how they react to everything that for them, is “new”.
What would be your Dream trip?
It is to visit Antarctica. I haven’t yet been to the “cold continent” because it is fairly expensive to get there, not to mention a 3 day ride through the often nasty weather of Drake’s Passage. Did I mention I get seasick very easily?!
What do you never travel without?
Besides a spirit of adventure and curiosity, it would be my core pieces of technology which are absolutely necessary for communication, my travel writing and maintaining my website. These are my lightweight ultrabook, SLR Camera and smart phone – and as much as possible, an Internet connection.
What would you do if you loose your passport, money
and phone in a foreign country?
I have dual citizenship – so I would go to whatever the closest embassy is for the passport I am using at the time – if there is even an embassy in that country. If not, I would go to an Internet cafe or beg someone to use their phone. I would then explain my situation until someone lets me borrow a computer at their Internet cafe or phone for free with my promise of paying them back.
Or if at an Internet Cafe I would try to find someone trustworthy who has a PayPal account (possibly the owner of the cafe) – send them money using my PayPal account and have them give me cash up front. Then I would call family or friends. I would be in a position where I would have to put the burden on them (possibly wiring money, contacting the appropriate embassy etc). It is not a situation I would ever want to be in. I keep electronic copies of both my passports backed up securely online and both physical passports are in separate places with me when on the road.
Where are you going next?
My brother just moved to Verona in Italy for a year so this week I’m off to visit him in Lisbon (a bit warmer than northern Italy this time of year and it will be first trips to Portugal for both of us). I enjoy wine, especially port, and am really looking forward to tasting the wine that Portugal is well known for.
What have you learnt from your travels?
Three main things: 1. to not let fear dictate where I travel 2. to embrace exploration and 3. appreciate how much world travel has broadened my perspective about food, culture, diversity, natural wonders and all the world has to offer, both good and bad.
What advice or counsel would you give first-time
wanderers hitting the road?
Don’t let fear, media or other people dictate your travels. Research an area, talk to people who have been there or live there (if possible) and be open to unpredictability. Most types of travel (especially Independent travel) are unpredictable. But this is what makes travel interesting! And always, trust your gut if you find yourself in uncomfortable or what might turn into an uncomfortable situation – your gut is an invaluable compass.
We would like to thank Dave for his time and participation to Travelers Nation, we highly recommend people interested in adventure to know more about him and his exciting trips on Dave’s Travel corner, and follow him @DaveDTC