Travel Pro Interview Series: Josh from California

A travel junkie who has been all over the world, but still loves to explore his home state.

By Ankita Seth

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Q: When you travel, what is your best hack for getting from one place to another?

Josh: I know a lot of people that travel and are afraid to use public transportation like the buses or subways. These are often the best ways to get around though and I have met locals a few times on the buses that have offered to show me around the city and answer questions for me.

Q: How do you find cheap flights? Do you have a trick or favorite site?

Josh: For me I usually use Southwest in the USA. They have a few sales every quarter and if you are traveling on non-weekends it can be pretty cheap. I also like that they don’t charge for bags which takes the cost down as well. They don’t come up in the comparison sites so you have to search their site to find prices though.

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Q: What is the craziest thing that has happened to you while flying or taking a train?

Josh: I was in India on an overnight train and I went into the bathroom only to see that the normal hole in the ground was a hole in the train that emptied right onto the ground we were passing over. I was super surprised by this and it made for an interesting talking point with our group of friends that were traveling with us. I was also informed that when the train sits in one place for a while it can get pretty smelly.

Q: How many countries have you traveled in so far?

Josh: I have been to over 20 countries but I spend most of my time traveling in the state of California.

Q: What countries are next on your list?

Josh: I am hoping to go to Scotland next year and also to spend some time in Ireland. I love that area and I have been wanting to go back for a while.

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Q: Who is the most interesting or strange person you have met on your travels?

Josh: I haven’t really met anyone that was too strange on my travels. During my time in Spain though I walked the Camino De Santiago and met lots of new people each day. One of the people I kept bumping into during my time walking was this nice elderly French woman. We became friends on the journey and even sent a few postcards back and forth when we got back to our respective countries. Travel has a way of connecting like-minded people and it was fun to meet so many on this walk.

Q: What was your favorite meal that you’ve had while traveling?

Josh: In Spain again, we got a chance to go to the oldest courteously running restaurant in the world in Madrid. It was quite the experience and we had to get reservations months in advance. The main dish they serve there is suckling pig which is not something I would normally order and which you might not want to look up if you haven’t had it. That being said I didn’t want to miss out on the experience so I gave it a try and was pleasantly suprised.

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Q: What is your favorite place in the world to travel and why?

Josh: One of my favorite cities I have ever been to was Barcelona in Spain. I didn’t know what to expect before I went but it ended up being an amazing experience full of culture, food and adventures. The city is so easy to get lost in that it becomes fun to just walk down the streets and see what you find. I would love to go back there again.

Q: Where would you go if you could fly anywhere in the world right now? What would you do there?

Josh: I keep wanting to go to Machu Pichu and hike the Inca Trail. That is high on my list so hopefully I can make it happen soon.

Be sure to follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and find his travel stories on his Blog.

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