Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Dave and Deb
Title/bio: Canada’s adventure couple
Twitter/website: @theplanetd | www.theplanetd.com
Born in: Canada
Currently living in: A car en route to
1. Where would you rather be right
In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Right now we
are writing from the road in Kazakhstan, driving a car from England to
Mongolia. We love Kazakhstan, but we still have thousands of miles ahead of us
and we know that the road conditions are just going to get worse. If we were in
Ulaanbaatar, we would know that we made it!
2 Tourist must-see you think is
actually a “must skip”:
Taj Mahal – India has so many amazing
structures and the Taj Mahal is one big tourist trap. Go to the Golden Palace
in Amritsar instead.
3. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your
list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
Rwanda. We have wanted to go to Rwanda
for some time now, unfortunately other countries keep popping into our minds to
visit, knocking it out of first place. It may take us a while to get there, but
it is always in our top three.
4. You’d be mortified if people knew
you did what when you travelled?
Stop at as many upscale coffee shops as
we do. We may be on a budget, but we’ll gladly pay $4 for a latte while sitting
in air conditioning.
5. Your most stranded,
“oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
We were new to travel when our truck
that we hired broke down at dusk at the top of Bokor Hill in Cambodia. We were
paranoid of the jungle, landmines and animals, and we were going to have to
walk down the mountain in the dark. After a couple of hours, our driver decided
to coast down the mountain instead while we sat in the back bouncing around, praying
that we didn't go off the road.
6. Strangest meal abroad:
Snake stew in Vietnam, complete with snake
7. If someone was visiting your
town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
We’d show them the Niagara Escarpment.
It is 40 minutes outside of Toronto and has great rock climbing, hiking and
mountain biking. It’s a fun adventure playground close to the city.
8. Travel-related invention you wish
Teleporting. With the way security is in
airports these days, we hate flying. (Unless we could go business class every
day. That would be great) If we could get to our destination instantly, life
would be much easier.
9. Your most embarrassing travel
Carrying our dive gear, complete with wetsuits
and heavy BCDs, backpacking all around Central America. We looked like idiots.
10. Material thing you miss the most
when away from home:
11. Most unique souvenir:
Blow dart from Borneo complete with
darts. It sits on top of the fireplace…when we have a fireplace that is.
12. Best celebrity encounter while
Ian Redmond in India. He was the Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla
in 2009 and was Sigourney Weaver’s consultant for Gorilla’s in
the Mist, teaching her how to understand her character, Dian Fossey. Redmond was
with Fossey in Africa studying mountain gorillas, and helped Sir David
Attenborough film the acclaimed BBC series Life of Mammals.
13. Most unusual item you have
Gold Bond Powder – It goes with us
everywhere and it may be unusual, but it is oh so soothing.
14. Coolest mode of transport you’ve
So many to choose from, but we’ll go
with camels in Jordan. They were cooler than camels in India or Egypt because
we pretended we were actually Lawrence of Arabia since Wadi Rum was his old
15. Travel-related film or book that
inspires you to pack your bags:
Since we are Canadian, we are going with
the film One Week starring Joshua Jackson of Fringe and Dawson’s Creek fame. No
movie makes us want to get on a motorbike and ride across our great country
more than One Week!
16. Lay on us a priceless bit of
travel advice or wisdom:
Try something you’ve never done before
in every place you visit. It will turn your vacation into an adventure.