Forms of identification: Chef Madison Cowan
Chef Madison Cowan in Belize. (Tim Calver for BBC America)
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
1) Where would you rather be right now? Nowhere other than with my family. Unless it’s a beach in Barbados, with family of course.
2) Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with: Can’t do just one. Take your pick: Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron, Serge Gainsbourg.
3) Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3? Mona Island. Lovely, small unoccupied island near San Juan.
4) Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling: Sitting next to someone on a packed bus across the States who apparently didn’t fancy people of colour. Fun for me, not so much for him.
5) Strangest meal abroad: Bat. Period.
6) If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them? Former slaves burial ground and where Malcolm X took his last breath.
7) Travel-related invention you wish existed: The I Dream Of Jeanie blink/nod.
8) Your most embarrassing travel faux pas: Travelling with wet pants I’d just washed in the sink.
9) Material thing you miss the most when away from home: My vintage His Master’s Voice gramophone.
10) Most unique souvenir: A kava bowl from Fiji.
11) Best celebrity encounter while travelling: The late Al “Grandpa” Lewis from The Munsters.
12) Coolest mode of transport you’ve taken: My old Triumph Bonneville 3000 or a USCG speed boat.
13) Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags: l’Etranger by Albert Camus and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison very much echoed my travels.
14) Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom: Don’t go anywhere you can’t return from.