Twipper of the Week: The Guy Who Flies from Flights and Frustration.
Current city: I’m currently based just outside the city of Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway.
Total countries visited: Not sure exactly, but it’s definitely over 40 when I last counted.
What makes you interesting: Good question. I’m not really sure I’m interesting, but my travels might be. I’m currently travel the world flying most months of the year to six out of seven continents. I have over a million frequent flyer miles ready to redeem with SkyTeam at a time of my choosing. Oh, I also spent nearly a year and a half living and working in Saudi Arabia at the turn of the century.
What brands do you love: I must admit, generally I’m not big on brands. However as a traveller, the brands of Samsonite and Apple stand out. Samsonite because I quickly fell in love with my carry on bag even though it was an emergency purchase (my last one broke whilst I was going through airport security). My new carry on has a lot of storage space, plenty of pouches and built in TSA approved locks. It’s perfect for my needs. As for Apple, who can travel without an iPod or iPad these days? Plus, my Macbook Air is so neat and reliable I don’t think I ever want to have Windows as my personal computer again.
Best travel advice: Try to get a good mix of planning and flexibility. When I go somewhere I like to know where I’m staying and how I’m going to get there. Beyond that, time permitting, I like to explore and see what I’ll find rather than being tied to an itinerary. It’s when you explore “off the leash” that you get a real sense of a the location, native people and their culture.
What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel has become a way of life for me. I’ve been travelling for work most of my career and can’t imagine working any other way. If I’m not looking forward to my next trip away then I think I’d become bored and unstimulated by my long term surroundings. Travel is an adventure. I’ve covered the world many times over and so many cities that now feel like second homes. I’m lost without travel.
What have you learned about yourself during your travels: To be self-sufficient. I’ve always been comfortable in my own company, but now I have it down to a fine art. In fact I find travelling with company a little strange since I feel like I’m responsible for others. This is probably when I become most self-conscious when I travel. I’ve learnt to cope with this on my own, no matter where I may be.
Describe the last time you tried something new: I’ve just tried cooking a food dish I bought in a local Norwegian supermarket in a self-contained apartment. All the instructions are in Norwegian (which I don’t understand) so the outcome could be quite interesting!
It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: I’d like to be able to say I’ve visited all seven continents. Visiting Antarctica and seeing the penguins is my biggest travel ambition at the moment. When I do visit Antarctica, it will be my proudest travel moment of my life.
What is your best and worst travel memory: The worst memory is easy. I’ve had numerous bouts of food poisoning including a week of excruciatingly painful stomach cramps after eating in India. The best memory is a sport filled weekend in Melbourne in 2003. Over one long weekend I managed to attend an international rules match (Gaelic football meets Aussie rules) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, then I attend the Melbourne Derby race meeting. This was followed by an evening at the Telstra Dome to watch a rugby union World Cup match between Ireland and Australia. Then to round things off a few days later I attended the Melbourne Cup!
Next travel destination: I’m scheduled to head to Michigan and one of the Carolina’s.