Twipper of the Week: Chris Walker-Bush from Aussie on the Road!

Current City: Beijing, China

Age: 33

Total countries visited: 21

What makes you interesting: I’ve been an almost non-stop expat since I left Australia back in 2007. I started out as an ESL teacher before transitioning into being a full time writer and working as a safari expert. I maintain a 1,000+ item bucket list that I regularly check off, and my blog is a mixture of brutal honesty, wildly inappropriate humor, and descriptive narratives of some once in a lifetime experiences such as gorilla trekking and hiking the wild Great Wall.

What brands do you love: Shadows of Africa, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Apple, Bethesda, World Nomads, Tarocash, Gentsac, and Amazon.

It’s 2050, list all of the places you are most proud to have visited: My goal is to have explored the entire African continent before I die. My abiding fascination with its diverse cultures and wildlife demands it.

If your personality was a country or city, which one would it be: If I were a city, I think I’d be either Seattle or San Francisco. Laid back, tech savvy, food and craft beer loving, and just genuinely fun. If I were a country, I think I’d be somewhere Scandinavian. Liberal and occasionally depressing.

What are your travel rituals: I am always at the airport entirely too early. Between being paranoid about missing a flight and just hating being rushed, I’m often having a bite to eat or a coffee before check-in has even opened for my flight.

Where and when were you the most culture shocked: My first time in Africa, I was definitely taken aback by the chaos and the poverty. I’d landed in Nairobi running on zero sleep, and taking the shuttle bus from the city down into Tanzania was one jarring encounter after another. I would later call Tanzania home, so it all seems very normal to me now, but I remember just being both scared and enchanted by it all.

Where are you the most authentic you: Probably in the sleepy mountain village in which I was raised. There’s not a lot to do, so you’ve got plenty of time for writing, contemplation, and long conversations.

What item will you never leave home without: It’s a sad cliche, but probably my iPhone. Not so much because I need to be connected 24/7 (although I kind of do), but because it’s where I do my photography and my editing, my draft writing, and my music listening. It’s become such a vital part of my travel ritual.

Next travel destination: A two month African odyssey in November.