- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
Hey what’s up I’m Dave, but I often go by “Jones”. I’m from southern California, but have been living and working abroad since 2011. You can find out about me 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 me why)?
I have been to a total of 37 countries, but will be adding a few more to the list in the upcoming months. My favourite city in the world is Barcelona, Spain. I lived there for over 6 months, and definitely plan on moving back there someday. I think it’s one of the best places in the world. I love the Spanish culture, food, and nightlife!
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from your home country?
Well, probably the food. Being from California, we get really great Mexican food, and that can be hard to find when I’m traveling.
- What is the most common misconception that people have about you?
Hmmm…probably that I’m rich. I’ve been traveling for a while now, and people always ask how I fund my travels. I actually have a lot of student loan debt I need to pay back, but I still find ways to stay on the road. I’m a budget traveller, and love being in places where it’s easy and affordable to explore.
- Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
Probably Phnomh Penh, Cambodia. I’ve been there twice now, and just don’t really like the city too much. I will say it grew on me a little more the 2nd time around, but I’m just not too impressed.
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
Well, I do remember the first time I was in Ireland, I had never felt such friendly hospitality. Everyone was incredibly nice, and wanted to help me find my way around the city. At the bars, people were great to talk to, and I remember getting this amazing feeling while walking down the streets of Dublin. But I don’t know, maybe that’s because I’m a ginger. Haha.
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
For my most embarrassing, it would probably be showing up to the airport thinking I had a flight. When I had actually booked the flight for the same date, but a month earlier. I felt so dumb. Such a rookie mistake.
- What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why?
Well, the more I travel Malaysia the more I feel it to be under-rated. So many SEA backpackers skip this country, and I think it’s a really bad choice. Malaysia is incredible, and has something to everyone. The beaches, the food, the people – it’s an amazing country.
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.
One of my favourite snacks in Italy is called a Suppli. It’s a fried rice ball, with mozzarella and tomato sauce inside. It’s a speciality in the Lazio region of Italy, and so delicious.
From my home country – In-N-Out. That’s always one of my first dishes when I get back to California.
- What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?
I actually don’t read that much. But I absolutely loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
- What is your favourite music (You can share a playlist/link)?
I’m a big fan of tech-house, deep-house, and minimal techno. For a good playlist, just check out BBC Radio 1 Essential mixes of Chris Liebing, Sven Vath, Claude Von Stroke, and Luciano.
- What song from your country everybody should know?
It’s a toss-up. First would be Miley Cyrus – Party in The USA. Second would be Bruce Springsteen – Born in The USA. That’s what we do in American. We’re born, and then we party, haha.
- Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tong and explain what it means.
Hmm. Maybe “let’s paint the town red”. I think it’s a cool way to go explore a new city.
- Best foreign curse you know?
I think I’m gonna have to choose “testa di cazzo”, which means “Dickhead” in Italian. They way Italians use it is awesome, and it’s just fun to say.
- Do you have a favourite name from the world?
No, not really. I do really like Italian and Spanish names, but that’s just because I love latin languages, and think they sound really cool.
- You have a chance to ask one question to anyone in history and get an honest reply – what is your question and to whom?
Wow. Tough Question. Without getting too philosophical, I think I would want to talk with the President, or someone along the lines who could explain to me all that we know about extra-terrestrial life. I think space is fascinating, and I don’t necessarily believe in aliens, but I think it would be great to get an answer from the person who is up-to-date on all that stuff.
- What is your favourite website (apart from social media platforms)?
The Chive/ Keep Calm/ Chive On
- One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?
Well, one aspect about traveling I miss is not having a place to call home. But that’s just because I’ve been living a nomadic lifestyle. I think eventually I will find a home-base, and go on shorter trips. I do really enjoy my current lifestyle, but I don’t think I can do it forever. When it comes to other travellers, I really don’t like it when people are travel elitists. Like when they act if you go to a tourist destination, it’s really dumb. Everyone has their own ideal way of travel, and one person might think a certain place is great, while another isn’t. But there are some people who think everything they think is the correct way. That really bothers me.
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
This is an easy one. It’s that we are only given one life on this planet, and I want to live mine to the fullest. I don’t care about fancy clothes, or materialistic goods. I know that money does not equal happiness, and I’m glad I figured that out at a young age. Some people go their whole lives chasing financial goals, but that causes them to miss out on so many incredible opportunities. I’m not one of those people. I’m on the pursuit of happiness.