Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Amar Hussa
Title/bio: Editor of gapyearescape.com
and web entrepreneur
Twitter/website: @gapyearescape | Gap
Born in: Gloucester, England
Currently living in: Nomadic
1. Where would you rather be right now?
I wouldn’t want to be anywhere but on my
“down the world” trip from Canada to Antarctica. I’m currently in Honduras
having done copious amounts of diving in the Bay Islands, and next off to
Nicaragua. If I wanted to be anywhere else I would just go there. That’s the
major benefit of being an online entrepreneur.
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or
fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Ewan McGregor. I can’t ride a motorbike
but I would certainly like to go on a trip with him. Long Way Round was an exceptional
documentary and I really respect the way in which he interacts with people from
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a
I’d have to say Chichen Itza in Mexico. The sheer volume
of tourists visiting this Mayan ruin makes it, in my opinion, unbearable. The
ruins at Tikal in Guatemala have far
more of that “Indiana Jones” feel with lower footfall and no touts.
4. Your most embarrassing travel faux pas:
Snoring. I feel sorry for anyone else I share
a room with. Don’t forget to pack ear plugs!
5. Material thing you miss the most when
away from home:
I certainly don’t miss the corporate
lifestyle but I actually miss my suits. With the hot climates I am in, I just
about manage shorts and flip flops. Dressing up usually involves putting on a
6. Most unique souvenir:
I have a scar on my head from a surfing accident in
Australia. Most people wouldn’t notice it unless they looked very closely
but I see it every time I look in the mirror. It is a constant reminder of how
lucky I was that day and how important it is to really live your life.
7. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel
advice or wisdom:
I learned some important
lessons from my Gap Year, and one of the most critical is that travel
– and life for that matter – is a solo race. Up and leaving to travel can be
quite daunting. Am I setting back my career? Will I be behind people my own
age? Should I be settling down? Should I
buy a house? You are running your own race and there is no need to look left