Forms of identification: Seth Kugel
Seth Kugel, The New York Times' Frugal Traveler, on board a boat headed from Manaus to Porto Velho in the Brazilian Amazon.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Seth Kugel
Title/bio: Frugal Traveler for The New York Times
Twitter/website: @frugaltraveler, @tuitesdo7 (Portuguese), sethkugel.com
Born in: Cambridge, Mass.
Currently living in: New York and São Paulo
1) Where would you rather be right now?
Dozing on a hammock on a boat down the Amazon.
2) Tourist must-see you think is actually a "must skip":
Statue of Liberty. Take a picture from the ferry, then get off at the real attraction, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
3) Your most stranded, "oh-my-[deity]" travel moment:
Getting the car stuck in a big mud puddle in the middle of nowhere in rural Nicaragua, with my 80 year-old father and ageless mother along for the ride.
4) Best (or worst) person/people you've had to sit next to while travelling:
A coca leaf salesman in Bolivia. Fun to learn about how the legal coca business works. Also, he was thin and smelled ok, key factors if you're going to sit next to me during a 36-hour ride in Bolivia.
5) Strangest meal abroad:
How about at home, and how about a day of meals? Kidney for breakfast, pigs feet for lunch, goat head soup for dinner, and cow eye tacos for dessert in Jamaica, Chinese, Nigerian and Mexican neighbourhoods in New York.
6) Travel-related invention you wish existed:
How about one I wish didn't exist. Internet cafes. Everywhere. Will I really cease to exist if I don't update Facebook from the small-town Himalayas?
7) Most unique souvenir:
The bilingual sign I stole from a hotel breakfast buffet in Florianopolis, Brazil during Carnaval a few years ago. It translates mango juice as "sleeve juice" because the word in Portuguese for "mango" and "sleeve" are the same.
8) Best celebrity encounter while travelling:
No celebrity would ever be seen in the places I go.
9) Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
The more you spend, the less you experience.