Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Craig Nelson
Title/bio: Managing Editor of Not For Tourists, notfortourists.com
Twitter handle: @across106th
Latest Project: Chinatownchowdown.com
Born in: Boston
Currently living in: East Harlem, New York City
1.Where would you rather be right now?
At Bodegas Espadafor in Granada drinking sherry and eating tasty -- and free! -- tapas.
2.Tourist must-see you think is actually a "must skip":
There's no reason to add to the tourist traffic in Times Square. The closest you should get is Jimmy's Corner on 44th Street for a shot and a beer.
3.Everyone asks what's #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what's your #3?
Beirut. My friends that have visited say the nightlife, food, culture and people are all incredible.
4.Strangest meal abroad:
Cooking a giant hunk of bacon over an open fire in eastern Hungary. Then catching the drippings on a fresh loaf of bread. Dinner is served.
5.If someone was visiting your town, what's the one thing you'd show them?
I'd grab a picnic and bring them to Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City at sunset. It's peaceful, there's lots of grass and hammocks, and it has the most stunning views of Midtown looming over you.
6.Most unique souvenir:
A cheese cutter made out of reindeer bone from the centuries old winter market in Jokkmokk, Sweden.
7.Coolest mode of transport you've taken:
The Aquabus in Vancouver. Cute, yet still efficient, floating public transit.
8.The place you don't want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Block Island. It's easy to get there from New York (a train to a ferry), and there's nothing to do except go to the beach, eat seafood, drink mud slides and bike around. In other words, it's the perfect summer escape.
9.The travel story you'll never stop bragging about:
Looking at a Caravaggio in a church in Napoli, an elderly man asked in broken English, "You like Caravaggio?" My wife and I nodded and he said, "Come with me." We followed him for 15 minutes as he took us down alleys, through locked gates and past security guards, until we reached a small gallery with a beautiful courtyard, and yes, a Caravaggio. He wouldn't even accept a small tip. He just smiled and walked away.
10. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Walk, walk and then walk some more. There's no better way to get a feel for a city then on foot. And when you do stop, don't be afraid to interact with locals. Remember, they have insider tips your guidebook could only dream of.
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