Today I’m talking with Bob, from the travel blog, The Traveling Fool. Bob has worked in the military for many years, and subsequently has travelled a lot through that, and now runs a travel blog showcasing his latest exploits. You can also follow The Traveling Fool on Twitter here.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Retired Military and had the opportunity to travel quite a lot during that time. Since then I have worked primarily in overseas locations which afforded me the opportunity to see and experience some really great places both while working and during my time off.
You have been to over 30 countries while working and travelling around the world, do you have a favourite?
I love anywhere in South East Asia but the Philippines has to be my favorite. I have been several times and there is still so much to explore. The people, food and culture are fantastic.
What’s your most memorable travel experience, if you can narrow it down to just one?
Having to narrow it down to one is hard. I enjoy historical places. Those places I read about as a kid or heard about in school. I remember visiting the US Civil War site Gettysburg as a kid and trying to imagine the battle that took place where 50,000 soldiers died in 3 days. I also enjoyed visiting Berchtesgaden Germany, where Hitler had his eagles nest and the Nazi Leaders had homes. Standing on the DMZ in South Korea with a South Korean Colonel and looking out over strands of razor wire at North Korean troops was also memorable.
Do you have any advice for any people just starting out in travel?
Try not to be too constrained with schedules and remember that you’re a guest. Instead of rushing from tourist site to tourist site just to snap a few pictures, take some time to really explore the area. Get to know the area outside the tourist attractions also and enjoy yourself. Also don’t expect facilities and services to be the same as where you live. Don’t spend time complaining about things you don’t like. I even wrote a blog post where I got on my soapbox http://www.thetravellingfool.com/10-rules-for-travel-2/
Has travel changed how you view life, and if so, how?
I am not sure it changed how I view life but it has made it possible to see and experience new places and cultures that most people never have the opportunity to do. And I have learned a few things along the way. http://www.thetravellingfool.com/20-things-i-have-learned-while-traveling/
Is there a favourite food from anywhere in the world that you have and would recommend?
Again with the hard questions, I love street food. Whether it is a bratwurst at a stall in Frankfurt, fresh cut up fruit in Central America or the open roasted chickens and skewered meats in Asia I love trying out all of the different street foods.
Thank you very much Bob for taking time to have a chat with me and answer a few questions. Head over to The Traveling Fool to check out the blog, or you can follow The Travel Fool on twitter for various updates.