Introducing new blogger Kraig Becker…
Where was your photo taken?
This photo was taken on the Serengeti in Tanzania. I was on a week long camping safari that was simply amazing.
Where do you live now?
I currently live in Austin, Texas, one of the coolest, most laid back, and open minded communities anywhere.
Scariest Airline Flown?
The scariest airline I’ve flown was probably China East. The planes were nearly as out of date as their movies. I went a few years back and was treated to Silverado and The Goonies on the trans-Pacific legs. Scary!
Favorite country is easily Tanzania. At the end of my two weeks there I did not want to come home. There was so much to see and do, and the people were incredibly friendly. Plus, I made some good friends while traveling, which made the experience all the better.
Most Remote Corner of the Globe Visited?
The most remote corner of the globe I’ve been to is a bit of a toss up. I’d say it was either Kilimanjaro or a remote Bedouin village in the Sahara.
Favorite Guidebook Series?
I don’t use guidebooks too often, preferring to use the Internet to prepare before I go. But of the guides that I have used, the Rough Guides seem to be the most useful for what I’m looking for.
Worst Place To Catch a Stomach Bug?
Egypt. Easily. I got food poisoning in Cairo. Twice. I called it the Curse of the Pharaoh, and it wasn’t pretty. Nothing like 130 degree heat when you’re sick. Ugh.
Solo or Group Traveler?
I’ve done both, and they can both be rewarding. I prefer to travel in a small group, when that group are friends. Traveling with a group of completely unknown people can be a study in patience. Everyone has such different approaches to cultural immersion and activities, and it seems that you can end up not getting the full experience.
I’m still weighing my options, but I’m planning my next trip for the Spring. I’m considering trekking in Roraima or the Andes, cruising the Amazon or possibly visiting the Galapagos. By the end of the week I’ll likely add two more locations, and change my mind several times.