Forms of identification: Marcello Arrambide
One of Marcello Arrambide’s most bragged about travel stories is when he walked cheetahs in Livingstone, Zambia.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Marcello Arrambide
Title/bio: The Wandering Trader, a stock market trader by day who fuses his profession with his passion, travel blogging.
Twitter/website: @wanderingtradr| WanderingTrader.com
Born in: Merida, Venezuela
Currently living in: Nomadic – currently in Toronto and heading to Colombia
1. Where would you rather be right now?
I am in Toronto, Canada, after a rigorous trip visiting five continents and nearly 11 countries since January. I plan on spending the rest of the year in Colombia, where I will be opening up one of our first Day Trading Academy centres. It also helps that it is one of my favourite countries in the world.
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
As someone who is tied to the financial industry and also loves to live life, I would have to say Jim Rogers. He is an incredibly smart individual when it comes to investing and travel. He holds a Guinness World Record for driving around the world and has a unique outlook on life. It isn't just about making money; it's also about experiencing life.
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
I have to say that the Niagara Falls is probably one of the most marketed tourist attractions I have seen. Any traveller would be unimpressed after visiting Iguazu Falls in South America or Africa’s Victoria Falls. Even the city near the falls is a tourist trap waiting for you to open up your wallet. The most impressive falls are actually on the Canadian side and are called Horseshoe Falls.
4. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
I love to visit some destinations that are currently considered dangerous or off limits. Places like Libya, Iran, and even Cuba before it changes.
5. You’d be mortified if people knew you did what when you travelled?
I didn't explore Asian food as much as I should have. Recently while living in Singapore, I started a diet and the process of getting back into shape. I felt more comfortable eating Western food because I knew exactly what to eat and how to eat it.
6. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
There are two moments that I remember being very concerned. The first time was when I was kidnapped and shot at in Venezuela and the other time was when I was arrested and detained in the newest country in the world, South Sudan. Both situations worked out okay, but they were not fun to experience.
7. Strangest meal abroad:
It was pretty interesting to try whale in Iceland, which tasted like sushi, or even ostrich in Kenya. It was an awkward moment when we realised that the ostrich we were eating was the one we had just finished riding.
8. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
Having lived in Italy, the United States and Venezuela during my childhood it is difficult to pick just one place. I consider my home now to be Medellin, Colombia. While lacking in tourist attractions, Medellin is very far from the dangers that most people associate with Colombia. The city is booming and the people are very kind, formal, gracious, always willing to visit and curious about foreigners.
9. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
I really miss reliable and high-speed internet. I don't mind sleeping on the floor or showering with cold water but an internet connection is a must.
10. Most unusual item you have travelled with:
In my first days as a travelling day trader, I travelled with two 18.5in laptops and a 19in monitor. This was when I thought I needed these extra items. I remember I left Canada with four different suitcases. I still travel with backups, but I now use only one 17in laptop for all my trading, business and travel.
11. The place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
One of the most unique countries that I have visited is Ethiopia. There are thousands of years of history, beautiful people, a safe environment, and it is one of the cheapest places I have travelled to in the last three years. There are so many different things to learn about and experience in the country. I hope it doesn’t change as it continues to open up.
12. The travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
Visiting Victoria Falls in Zambia was something quite unique. Also when I walked with cheetahs in Livingstone, Zambia. I was able to sit with them, interact with them, and even run with them. This was a priceless experience and something I always bring up whenever I talk about my travels.
13. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Travelling is such a beautiful thing because there is no right way to do it. Everyone has their own way of seeing things, experiencing things and describing them. We can always try to prepare for the best and worst, but nothing will prepare us for the unexpected. The one thing that I can advise anyone is to be confident. Whether you are scared, lost, unsure, always act confident. If need be, walk away, sit down and just think about what needs to be done.