Forms of identification: Sean E Keener
Sean E. Keener (right) in New Zealand.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
1) Where would you rather be right now?
Paddle Boarding in Ohope Beach, New Zealand.
2) Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you'd most like to go on a trip with:
Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding, with no itinerary and no luggage.
3) Your most stranded, "oh-my-[deity]" travel moment:
I took the bus from Golmud, China to Lhasa, Tibet in the '90s. The road was horrid, elevation reached near 5,000 m, it was freezing outside and everyone was smoking and spitting inside the bus. The headache I experienced during that trip was epic to the point of me thinking, if I don't make it, it's ok - the pain will go away with death.
4) If someone was visiting your town, what's the one thing you'd show them?
Trail-run and wine tasting tour in the Gorge. Within about 20 or 25 km you can get an epic trail run in, and wine tasting with epic views of the gorge. Fun. If running is not your thing, we'll drive and picnic. Still fun.
5) The place you don't want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
North-East Oregon has a place called the Wallowas, sometimes called the North American Alps. No major airports are nearby and it is a gorgeous, not popular place to enjoy the outdoors in both winter and summer. If you are willing to do the six hour drive from Portland, it is surprising lovely place and even has a micro-brew pub (Terminal Gravity) for sustenance after spending a day outdoors.
6) Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
Legends of the Fall. Timing is a big part of life, and that movie came out when I was just starting to explore the world. Brad Pitt's character left home for a few years and it inspired me while I was already doing it, to do it more.
7) Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Take 1/2 the shit, double the money and just go. I've never met someone that did long term indie travel that regretted it after.