Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Title/bio: Author of New York Times bestsellers The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour
Twitter/website: @tferriss | www.fourhourblog.com
Born in: New York
Currently living in: San Francisco
1. Where would you rather be right now?
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
Empire State Building. Too much waiting.
You didn’t ask, but the most underrated is an Alcatraz tour that finishes at
sunset, when you can look back at the lights of downtown San Francisco from the
4. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of
places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
Indonesia. I’d like to get to Borneo and
tickle some orangutans. Totally serious.
5. You’d be mortified if people knew you
did what when you travelled?
Sleep with a pink eye mask that sports
6. Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had
to sit next to while travelling:
An old Korean man who insisted on taking
five hours to explain the origins of their writing system, hangeul. It was cool for the first 30 minutes.
7. Strangest meal abroad:
Bull penis in Harbin, China. Tastes
exactly as you’d imagine. Not recommended whatsoever.
8. If someone was visiting your town,
what’s the one thing you’d show them?
If they had decent hamstrings, I’d take
them to House of Air (a huge building full of Matrix-like trampolines) at
9. Your most embarrassing travel faux pas:
Asking my Japanese host mother to rape
me (okasu) at 8am the next day,
instead of wake me up (okosu).
10. Best celebrity encounter while
Getting one of the main actors from
Epitafios, a great HBO series based in Argentina, to meet up for a photo, which
I then gave my parents for their anniversary. It was their favourite TV show at
11. The place you don’t want anyone to know
about but are willing to divulge here:
Troncones, a fishing village on
the west coast of Mexico.
12. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
On longer trips a willingness to
improvise is more important — and fun — than planning everything to the hour. Get lost. It’s not always something to avoid.