Hi, I’m Scott. I’m from Canada and I’m 34 years old. I’m currently working as a tour leader with Tucan Travel in Central America. My tours start in Mexico City, and go all the way down to Panama City. I took off 2 years ago to travel and became an addict, now I get to travel for work! I’m rarely in the same place for more than 3 days, so I’m about as nomadic as you can get. It’s a crazy lifestyle but at the moment I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY SO FAR?
This is always a hard one to answer. I think Laos would have to be near the top, the people are lovely and I think it’s one of the most naturally beautiful places in SouthEast Asia, if not the world.
WHAT PLACE IS TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
My bucket list is overflowing with places I want to go! I suppose near the top would be Israel and South Africa.
WHAT CAN'T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?
I don’t need much, but I’d be lost without my iPhone. I mean you can book flights, book hotels, translate foreign languages and use maps when you’re lost. What more does one need?
DO YOU PREFER SOLO TRAVEL OR WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
I’ve done both and in general I prefer having a traveling partner, although for short periods it can be nice being on your own and not having anyone to worry about except for yourself.
WHO IS THE PERSON AT HOME THAT YOU MISS THE MOST?
I can’t tell you because my other friends / family would get jealous!
WHICH COUNTRY HAS THE MOST FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE?
I think people all over the world are friendly if you give them a chance. Try to use the local language, show some respect and flash a smile, I think that will get you far in any part of the world.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU'VE MET SO FAR?
I’ve met so many interesting people, but if I had to pick one it would be Thùy Anh who I met in Hanoi, Vietnam. She was studying tourism in school, and I was introduced to her by another Tour Leader. She would always take me out to the local parts of the city for amazing street food that most tourists would never find. I even got to have a home-cooked meal at her house with her mother and grandmother, a great honor and an experience I’ll never forget. I learned so much from her and I’m so grateful to have her as a friend.
WHAT'S BEEN YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT?
Bungee jumping in New Zealand. There’s something inherently terrifying about stepping off a platform and free falling for 3 seconds. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it, but I’m glad that I did it.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
Probably checking my group into the wrong hotel while working as a tour leader. Oops!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST USEFUL ITEM YOU'VE BOUGHT?
A local SIM card for my iPhone.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?
I can’t think of a single piece of advice, but when I was backpacking around Europe the best advice on what cities to visit or hostels to stay at was always from other travelers, not the guidebooks.
WHAT'S THE LONGEST YOU'VE BEEN AWAY FROM HOME?
I’ve been away from home for the last year and a half.
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?
I think I’m very fortunate to be working in my dream job right now. I travel for work, meet amazing people, and every day is totally different. I don’t think anyone can do this crazy job forever but for now it’s perfect.
WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD?
That’s so hard, I’ve become so used to living like a total nomad. I could see myself living back in Canada maybe part time but I hate the long winters! I think I would love living in Italy or Spain, I love the European/Mediterranean cultures.
NAME THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED.
Australia , Austria, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic , France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (China), Hungary, Indonesia , Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Vatican City, Vietnam
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY?
Going to the Bahamas with my family. Until that point I had no idea how incredibly colorful, diverse and magical life was under the sea.
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE LEARNED?
The Spanish language. I’m only just starting and still have lots to learn, but it’s always been my dream to learn Spanish and it’s so thrilling that I can now actually communicate with other people in a foreign language.
IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
I think there’s so many authors out there who could write way better books than I could. If I had to I’d like to write something similar to Cloud Atlas, I like the idea of past and future events all over the world being connected.
WHAT TRAVEL SCAMS HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT?
In Cambodia there was a scam where young mothers would ask tourists to buy them some formula for their babies. The store would be in on the scam, and charge an outrageously high price for it. After it was purchased the mother would just return the product to the store. I’ve heard of something similar happening in Nicaragua, it’s amazing how these things can hop continents! At the end of the day these women still need the money way more than the tourists do so it actually doesn’t bother me all that much.
DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A TOURIST OR A TRAVELLER?
I hate it when people get snobby about travel and argue over what a true traveler is, who is or isn’t a backpacker or who is an annoying “tourist”. People travel for all sorts of reasons, some just to relax and decompress which I think is fine. What do I call myself? Crazy nomad probably fits the best at this moment.
STRICT SCHEDULE OR GO WITH THE FLOW?
When I’m working as a tour leader I have to travel with a very strict schedule, so when I’m on vacation I love having no schedule whatsoever. I think the more time you have, the more you can go with the flow and allow time for both mistakes and exciting diversions.
WHAT'S BEEN THE BEST STREET FOOD YOU'VE HAD?
By far it would have to be Vietnam, in my opinion some of the best and cheapest food in the world. As for which part of Vietnam, it’s a toss up between Hanoi and Hoi An.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING THING YOU'VE DONE?
Probably learning Spanish while on the job. My brain has been stretched and tested more than it has since my university days!
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL STAY FRIENDS WITH THE PEOPLE YOU'VE MET?
It depends on the person, but many of them yes. In fact there’s many people that I’ve met while traveling who’ve I’ve seen again another 2 or 3 times in other parts of the world. The beauty of Facebook and modern communication is you always have an idea of where people are going to be at any given time.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMAL YOU'VE SEEN?
Whales to me are incredible; I’ve seen a few different species so I can’t really single one out. Maybe it’s because I love dinosaurs, the world’s biggest living creature is the next best thing.
WHO IS YOUR DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION?
I’ve had the fortune of traveling with many people who are very close to me, my brother, my parents, my best friends. I’ve had amazing experiences traveling with strangers, but when you travel with close friends or family you share those memories forever. I think that’s the best part.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TRAVELING EXPERIENCE.
I think it would be fun to be on the Amazing Race. Just the pure adrenaline rush and craziness of it all. Normally I like to take my time when traveling, but come one who wouldn’t want to compete on the Amazing Race!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?
Patient, curious, quiet
WHAT CAN YOU ADVICE TO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO START TRAVELING?
Be open to new experiences and cultures, even if at first they seem strange or terrifying. For me the more I travel, the more I search out and embrace the things that are different from home.
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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