Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Title/bio: Host of No
Reservations on Travel Channel
Current project: Currently
filming new series for Travel Channel, The Layover
Born in: New York City
Currently living in: New York
Where would you rather be right now?
Under a shade tree in the Spanish
countryside, nibbling on Iberico ham, drinking rough local wine, contemplating
a thick pile of to-be-read books and watching my daughter play in the garden.
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional)
you’d most like to go on a trip with:
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must
4. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places
you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
5. You’d be mortified if people knew you did what
when you travelled?
Ate airport food. Occasionally. When desperate.
6. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel
2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Literally stranded. More like trapped.
7. Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit
next to while travelling:
Never matters. I knock myself out with
sleeping pills when flying. But did find myself being driven across the Sahara
by a guy who played nothing but Judy Collins' greatest hits over and over
again. THAT was pretty awful.
8. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the
one thing you’d show them?
New York delicatessen. Russ and Daughters.
9. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
Transporter. Like in Star Trek
10. Your most embarrassing travel faux pas:
Making the "A.O.K." sign with
thumb and forefinger means something else entirely in Brazil and Turkey. More
of an invitation to a butt-rogering.
11. Material thing you miss the most when away from
The ability to pick up the phone and get
any kind of food delivered at any hour. Also cable TV.
12. Most unique souvenir:
A Hezbollah desk set from their gift
13. Best celebrity encounter while travelling:
Bill Murray. He came on the show. Sean Penn
who was also on the show.
14. Most unusual item you have travelled with:
Kwik-Clot, a compound used for
temporarily stopping arterial bleeding.
15. Coolest mode of transport you’ve taken:
16. The place you don’t want anyone to know about
but are willing to divulge here:
Montevideo, Uruguay. Medellin, Colombia.
Travel-related film or book that inspires you to
pack your bags:
The Quiet American by Graham
Greene. Under the Volcano by Malcolm
Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or
Never eat on the plane. Eat the street
food. Drink with strangers. Ignore the concierge's advice at all costs. Be
grateful. Be polite. And don't dress like a twat.