Twipper of the Week: Chris Backe from One Weird Globe!
Current city: Zagreb, Croatia
Total countries visited: 21
What makes you interesting: I focus on the weird, bizarre and offbeat destinations. That means while I haven’t been to Disneyland, I have been to America’s only true medieval structure, watched snake venom extracted, and been to a museum of garbage trucks – and that was just Florida.
If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Toronto – mainly for its diversity.
Best travel advice: Group destinations by geography so you’re not bouncing around from one side of town (or the country) to another.
#1 thing you must do when traveling: Allow yourself to wander when you’re not on a schedule. With that said, you never have enough time while traveling, so schedule your time and research ahead to make the most of it.
Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: At around 17 I went to Mexico as part of a mission trip with my youth group at the time. We interacted with the locals a little bit, but our primary goal was to witness to the locals. This was the first time I’d been to a new country and definitely was an eye opener on how big the world is.
What is your most favorite travel memory: The former Star Wars set is set in the middle of nowhere, Tunisia. If you need that ‘desert-on-all-sides’ feeling, and that’s what you get. There are no roads on the way in, though you’ll take some on your way out, and it’s a over a half day trip. The site was abandoned in the desert after filming, but a local group has decided to save it.
What does “Travel” mean to you: Travel means freedom. The freedom to live life on my terms, the freedom to choose where to go and the freedom to never feel stuck.
Next travel destination: The rest of Croatia, and later the rest of Eastern Europe.