Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Tyler Roemer
Title/bio: Outdoor adventure photographer
Born in: Ashland, Oregon
Currently living in: Bend, Oregon
would you rather be right now?
Exploring and skiing the mountains in
person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Bear Grylls. I have some survival
questions for that guy.
must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
Las Vegas is too plastic for my taste.
asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s
The Tsaranoro Massif in Andringitra National Park in southern Madagascar.
5. Best (or
worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while traveling:
The worst was when a bus I was on stopped
to pick up a man in a Micronesia jungle at night. The man walked on the bus
with a coconut machete attached to an eight foot pole, had a mohawk and
appeared to be under the influence of some sort of drugs. He did not have money
for the ride so he asked me for some by pointing his machete in my face. I
gladly gave him a dollar.
It is a toss up between hachinoko (bee larvae) and chicken foot
soup in Japan. The soup looked delicious until the chickens’ toenails surfaced.
someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
The great outdoor culture in Bend and
the mountains right on our doorstep.
invention you wish existed:
Nice TSA agents
most embarrassing travel faux pas:
Asking a NYC cop for directions, he replied
in a New York/Joe Pesci accent, "What, do I look like a frick'n travel
guide to you”!
thing you miss the most when away from home:
Good drinking water. It is truly hard to
come by in some parts of the world, especially in third world countries.
unusual item you have travelled with:
My 1967 Polaroid. It is bulky and unpractical
when trying to pack light.
mode of transport you’ve taken:
Flying in a glider airplane over the
Steens Mountains in Oregon
film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
John Dewey's Experience and Education
travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
I was exploring an ocean reef along a
cliff edge in Guam when I came upon a Japanese man lying unconscious in a
pool his own blood. I instinctively dragged him back a quarter of a mile to the
beach. On the way back to the beach his body began to seize up and he was having
difficulty breathing. I thought he was going to die in my arms. Once I got him
to the beach it took paramedics a little less than a hour to arrive, once on
the scene it took them another 20 minutes to remove their socks and shoes
before getting in the water and using a surfboard as gurney. We never
found out if he lived or died. The whole situation was surreal.
15. Lay on
us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Travel with no expectations and
your camera by your side, you never know what you’re going to see.