- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
Hi! Nice to meet you! My name is Chris and I am an adventurer! I am passionate about seeking new places, making new friends, and helping the world become a better place. My portfolio is available online here and my daily blog is updated with pictures and thoughts here.
- How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
I have no idea how many countries I’ve visited. Not as many as I would like…haha…I don’t think the quantity of places one visits is nearly as important as the quality of each visit. My goal is to make at least 1 person from every country on earth smile, so eventually, I will go to them all. I don’t think I will ever “settle-down”. I hope that I can meet someone who wants to travel with me. I have been saving most of Europe to do with my future wife ^^ I haven’t met her yet, but I think Europe can be really romantic. Japan is always and forever at the top of my list.
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
Cereal. I really enjoy eating cereal, but when I travel I rarely have a fridge for milk.
- What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your travelling?
I think that I have a certain aura about me that makes people believe that I’m a party animal! So many people ask me if I want to smoke weed, go to a club, and get wasted. Totally not my style. It’s actually quite the opposite! I don’t drink. I’ve never even been to a club before. And I have zero desire to smoke anything. I think it will be bad for my lungs…haha…I like morning time. I like working hard for something less transient. I would rather drink mango juice then anything alcoholic~ tastes better.
- Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
I don’t think I am allowed to go back to the Mall of America in Minnesota, USA. I was filming there, and security got pretty mad at me…haha…So I don’t really have a strong desire to return there.
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
Gosh, this is a hard question…Can I have 2? I think, by the world’s standards, Colombia is the friendliest country I have been to. The people there are simply amazing! They have the most positive, welcoming, warm energy I have ever seen. They are beautiful people in every sense of the word.
However, my personal preference is Japan. I love Japanese people more than anyone in the whole world! I understand them. I get why they do what they do. They are so polite and considerate of other’s feelings. I really really really like Japan.
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
I have a pretty high embarrassment tolerance. I think most travelers do. We don’t feel embarrassed to easily.
- What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why?
Vietnam. Everyone goes to Thailand. And indeed, Thailand has some nice beaches, but Vietnam is just next door, and gets a fraction of the attention Thailand does. Vietnam is amazing. Simply amazing. I love it, and I cannot find the right words to describe it, but it’s gold. The people. The food. The landscapes. Magic. I love Vietnam very much.
A close second would be Paraguay. Do you know anyone from Paraguay? Do you know anyone who has been there? It is such a small country in the middle of South America, but it is really beautiful. Paraguay is unlike any other country I’ve visited. Quite unique and absolutely splendid. Very few tourists.
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.
I am a very simple person. I can survive on just about anything. I love Chinese food. Not so much because of the taste, but more because of how they eat. They prepare all the dishes in the center of the table, and the family shares from the same plates. I like that concept a lot. Sharing with the people sitting next to you. If you are with people who really love and care about you, they will put food on your plate for you. It’s really sweet.
Sushi in Japan tastes different than anywhere else in the world.
My favorite food is cold Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce…haha
- What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?
I’m not sure I have a favorite author. I like books. I like reading a lot. But I get attached to the characters of books more so than any particular author. As a kid, I loved Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne and the TinTin comics. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is one of my favorites, and The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak is a work of art.
- What is your favourite music (You can share a playlist/link)?
I like reading, but boy do I LOVE music! Music is amazing. I have no talent in making music at all…haha… but I can listen to it all day long. And any style! anything at all~ I really really like music. My favorite style is like movie soundtracks. I know it is not very popular, but I love it! Now we are free from Gladiator, The Jurassic Park theme, Indiana Jones, or Robin Hood! This stuff gets me so jazzed 🙂 But I really like everything! From typical top 10 stuff, to Japanese rock, to rap, and everything in-between.
If I had to pick one song I think everyone should hear, I would say it should be One Day by Matisyahu.
- What song from your country everybody should know?
The term “your country” is difficult for me…haha~ I don’t really have a country. But I think I gave you some good links above : ) If you would like more, please see below: Kingyo Hanabi by Otsuka Ai, You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson, You Are Loved (Do not Give Up) by Josh Groban, Yearning for the Sword by Tan Dun, Hoedown by Aaron Copland, Stand By Me by Ben E King, Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd … I really like music!
- Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tong and explain what it means.
I have soooo many that I like! “Fortuna Audaces Iuvat” in Latin or ”Fortune favours the bold” in English, which means: people who have courage and go after what they want are more likely to succeed than people who play it safe.
- Best foreign curse you know?
I try very very hard not to curse or use any swear words. I want only good things to come from my mouth. There are a lot of bad things in the world. I really don’t want to add to that. I want to take away from that. I want to be a positive influence on the world. So instead of a curse word, I will tell you: ⼼心想事成 (Xin xiang shi cheng) which is like a Chinese blessing that means: May your heart’s deepest wishes come true : )
- Do you have a favourite name from the world and what does it mean?
Sky. I use it in every country I go to. Sky in English. Aakash in South Asia. Xiao Tian in China. Sora in Japan. I like this name most! It feels natural to me and my closest friends call me Sky~
- You have a chance to ask one question to anyone in history and get an honest reply – what is your question and to whom?
I’d like to turn this question around and ask you Elena. Who would you meet, and what question would you ask them? My answer would be the same as yours. Then I would tell you directly what they said and you could choose another ^^ That way you can have two questions 🙂
[Elena: I’d enjoy to have a chat with Putin! I have been watching him since a younger age and to be honest he has a point regarding many things! He is an interesting personality. I know he knows everything – he has been watching it from out there always! I’d definitely ask him why the hell he didn’t go travelling!]
- What is your favourite website (apart from social media platforms)?
Does imgur count? haha…I like it!
- One thing you don’t like about other travelers?
People who complain. I really really don’t like it when I hear tourist complaining when they are visiting another country. Especially about trivial stuff. Not cool.
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
Everything happens for a reason!
Questions for Elena:
1. Why do you do what you do?
I want to get connected with people who are everywhere, because I stopped travelling for a while and I really miss being here and there.
2. If you could do anything in the world, without limits, what would you want to do for the rest of your life?
I would be an explorer in geographical expeditions or maybe just a good Mom.
3. What is something nobody knows about you?
Haha, I can’t think of this one, there’s always somebody who knows this or that about me, I’m not hiding anything particularly … but yes, I failed my driving licence three times … Somebody told me that his wife passed it after 11 times… No, thanks! But maybe I’ll try my 4th time again … and the only game I’ve ever played was Mario 🙂 (like for 5 min – don’t have games on my phone)
4. What are the top 3 best things about you, and what are the 3 worst?
3 best (at the moment):
- after being to Brazil I am soooo relaxed about how things are done, like really, if you are happy about it, I’m happy too
- I take decisions quickly …
- I’m not bored… but even if you are bored … now or in general, don’t worry – I’m OK with that 🙂
3 worst (since forever):
- I’m emotional
- I’m stubborn, but somehow it won’t harm anyone 🙂
- I’m direct, which has been improved a little bit after so much customer service experience 🙂
5. What is your least favourite question to answer?
In a work environment I dislike questions about my personal life (that part is rather for people I meet when I’m travelling). I also dislike all sorts of small talk which is happening a lot in elevators, all sorts of reunions etc. When I travel I don’t like when they ask me about the politics in Ukraine or other ignorant things they hear on the news.