Dustin Watchman is a 36 years old American, A leader without a title. He gives back to humanity because it is the right thing to do. He has given you the tools to take charge of your life.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
Out of 29 countries so far, I would have to say that my favorite country was Peru, because of the old buildings, incredible landscapes, friendly people, and of course the nightlife in the central square of Cusco!
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Right now the top place on my bucket list is the blue thermal pools in Iceland where I would love to sit in the thermal pools and watch the aurora borealis.
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
Since I left living in the USA in 2011, I can't travel without my camera! All day long I look at every detail of the world as it passes around me and from time to time I am able to capture a rare moment that will never occur again.
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
I used to prefer solo travel, but after 7 years of traveling I prefer good company. Whether that company is your good bud or a pretty young lady friend it is now more often than not enjoyable to travel with company.
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
I miss my dad the most. When I visit we just sit and talk for hours. Drive around town to do errands together and just talk. We sit around at night and try to talk but my wonderful step mom tells us to be quiet if her favorite TV show is on. We both just love to talk about how great life is.
WHICH COUNTRY THE MOST FRIENDLIES PEOPLE?
I haven't been to Afghanistan yet, but all the Afghan people I have met in my journeys through the Middle East were by far the most hospitable and friendly people. One late night I was in a small town in Saudi Arabia looking at some caves. We came out late and there was no taxis to be found back to my town. We stepped into a restaurant to ask about a taxi. The restaurant owner asked where we were from and we said America. His face lit up with the biggest smile and he said "We are friends!" as he demanded that we sit down so he could feed us for free, and then drive us home 25 minutes away himself. We learned words in Farsi, Arabic, and English the whole way home. Truly an amazing experience.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
One of the most interesting people I met so far was a student of mine. She was 16 years old, attending university, had written one book already, was working on her second book, was teaching herself a new Thai art form, and was on point when it came to fashion. She was so young, but full of motivation and winning at life more than most other people I know. She inspired me and I was amazed that she had this grasp on life at such a young age. I was envious that I wasn't that awesome at 16!
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
Bungee jumping in Phuket, Thailand when nobody was there to watch. Nobody to show off for. Just me and the guy looking down at a pond.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
Quite possibly one of my most embarrassing moments was when I was teaching. I had one student was very beautiful. She was so beautiful that when I taught the vocabulary word "beautiful" in beginner English class and asked if anyone knew what it meant, she promptly replied, "me!". The class had a good laugh together. The embarrassing part was actually weeks later when she came late to class and as she walked past me apologizing for being late she just smacked my butt in front of the entire class! All I could do was try my best to not blush and just keep on teaching as if nothing had just happened!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BROUGHT?
My computer is the most important item I have brought on my travels. It keeps you connected to the world no matter where you are. You can find events, friends, directions, and anything else you may need. My computer also allows me to stay connected to update my blog , travel photography, and allows others access to my ebooks at www.whoisdustin.com
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
The best advice is to not worry so much about packing everything. Most everything you may forget can simply be bought in your next location. I can literally get ready to move to a new country in about 3 hours. Grab my few essential electronics, throw in my clothes, and off to the next country I go. Forgot something? Buy it upon arrival if you really need it.
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
I left the state my family lives in in 1997 to move to Hawaii, USA. After living there 14 years, I have now been living internationally for 4 years. I still try to see my family every 1-3 years though for at least a few weeks. As my parents age though I am trying to spend more time there. Time can't be replaced.
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
My dream job....any job that makes me WANT to go to work. Right now teaching makes me want to go to work, provides me with an extended visa to stay in countries as long as I want, and leaves a hefty sum of money in my bank account with every country I live in before moving on to the next one. IT also gives me the opportunity to work in so many different countries all around the world. So, at this moment I am pretty fortunate to be working hat I would call my dream job at this moment in time.
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
Where I live is not as important as to who I live with. I think the decision of where to live will be made by myself and my future spouse. I do tend to enjoy places with extreme nature such as beautiful beaches or magnificent mountains.
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
USA, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Philippines, Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Germany, England, Paris, Holland, Egypt
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
My greatest childhood travel memory is split between two adventures. The first adventure was a ten day camping trip in a classic VW van from Colorado to Disneyland in California. Along the way we stopped in Las Vegas for new brakes since using the emergency break at every red light wasn't the best thing to do. We also navigated the rocks and rivers of Zion Canyon, too. Ten days of camping in a VW van going across the country, just a dad and his two sons.
The second adventure was when I was 16 and I went to Mexico! I experienced my first new country and for some odd reason my parents let me take the rental jeep out on my own! 16 in a foreign country and I got the rental?!?! I was responsible......well, sort of!
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
The most interesting thing that I have learned is how most governments are not representative of the people in their countries. Our governments continue to fight, but in reality all the people I have come across in my travels all want to love, and be loved. Even the hardest of men really want to take care of their families. Regardless of culture, religion, nationality, or gender, we all are pretty basic and are all seeking our own personal happiness.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
If I would write a novel I would want it to be about my own personal journey in getting to understand myself as a person. I am amazed at my own life experiences and I feel that others can learn from them as well. Along my journey I have learned what really matters in friendship, finance, and how to live a more simple and happy lifestyle.
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
Hawaii, USA - Want to buy marijuana? They will take you up high in a hotel. Tell you to wait at the elevator as they will knock on their "uncles" door at the end of the hall. At the end of the hall is the fire escape stairwell that they run with your money all the way back down to the street.
Thailand- Jet ski scam. They say you damaged it. Police get involved and talk down the price, but they get their cut so you are ripped off by the police and the jet ski owner.
Thailand- Tuktuk drivers drive you all over to suit shops etc to get gas tickets from the shops all the while still overcharging you simply for the ride.
Thailand- Taxi driver will simply drive all over the place to get to your location one block away. After a later night if you fall asleep in the taxi you will end up with a massive fine on the meter.....usually about 5X's what it would cost to go to your location had you stayed awake.
Cuba- A local will give you a sob story about how the govt. doesn't give milk anymore after a certain age. They ask you to buy some for their baby in the house. They take you to a store that sells it to you. They take it and run, leaving you there to pay the bill in which they tell you is about $30 USD for a bag of powdered milk. You pay, later the guy returns it to split profit.
Philippines- Taxi drivers will overcharge everyone....even their own people.
Taxi drivers in any country are basically all scam artists. I would say 75% honestly.
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
For my first 3 years of traveling I was a tourist simply visiting places a few days or weeks at a time. The last 4 years I have been a traveller where I stay in a country for a year, and I take side trips as a tourist from wherever my travels take me.
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
Go with the flow. Purposely get lost and that is where you become found.
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU'VE HAD?
I eat the street pork nightly in Bangkok, Thailand because it is near my home, but the street pork in the Philippines is a close second. In the Philippines there always seemed to be a BBQ stall just when you were walking home late at night with an empty stomach.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
Ran the Honolulu Marathon.....twice! The first time I was pretty well trained as much as a non distance runner can be, but for the second one I stayed up all night from a U2 concert that I danced at all night long to go straight to the start line and to go run 26.2 miles.
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
Some friendships last only a night while others last a lifetime. Not all friendships are meant to be forever. I've met friends from before in different countries later. I've known a friend for a few hours and said our goodbyes as our journeys continued. They are all amazing people.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
I'm not sure what kind of monkey it was, but south of Hua Hin, Thailand, I saw this really cool looking black monkey with white around it's eyes. It was unique from the typical monkeys I see around different countries.
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
My dream travel companion is my future wife. Someone I can share my insane, crazy, twisted, adventures with and someone that does them all along side me.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
My dream traveling experience is traveling, working, volunteering in different countries when I want to, and being able to choose when I want to because I will live off passive income.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Giving, Inspirational, and selfish.
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
Traveling is what life is meant for. Being in the unknown, living outside your comfort zone, letting yourself not be in control all the time, and just simply taking the time to get to know yourself on the road in a wide variety of situations is the right way to live. Doing all this will also most likely earn you more money than your 9-5 job back home. Money doesn't buy happiness, it buys experiences that make you happy.
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TRAVELING brings us love, joy, it changes our beliefs and perceptions in life. It can make us better and stronger people. Through TRAVELING we learn to love, to forgive. to broaden our horizons. The best part of TRAVELING is to meet people along the way with whom we share stories, with whom we become friends, for that moment and possibly forever.
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