This week, WSGT is interviewing Matt Stabile of @theExpeditioner, a travel site for the avid traveler featuring travel articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe.
1.)Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
My first major trip with The Expeditioner was a trip to Argentina and Chile that I took after school. I had an amazing time exploring the area with no agenda, learning about the culture and meeting some fantastic travelers. I knew after that trip that I was truly hooked.
2.)If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
Well, I’m a bit of a workaholic, so I don’t think I could just travel non-stop. That being said, if I had a large chunk of time, it would be great to get to Africa and explore the entire region continent properly.
3.)What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
Well, I’m not a big fan of drowning to death, but I knew I always wanted to learn to SCUBA. When I was in Africa I finally decided to do it and overcame any fears by not thinking about it too much when I jumped off the side of a moving boat in the middle of the ocean.
4.)What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
I think Google Maps and Yelp are indispensable while traveling. I also like the fact that I can be paperless by using GMail and Google Drive.
5.)What place do you wish more people had seen?
I’d say Africa. I think it remains the last of the unbeaten paths for most people.
6.)When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
I got really sick once while staying in a hostel, and the other people staying there that I made friends with were a great help in making sure I was okay.
7.)I travel because….
I love to meet new people and learn the history and cultures of other people.
Matt Stabile lives in Brooklyn, New York. He founded TheExpeditioner.com in 2008, and is currently Editor-in-Chief. You can read his writings, see his videos, or purchase the book he co-edited at TheExpeditioner.com or email him at [email protected]
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