Interview with Erica and Shaun of @OverYonderlust: Lucky 13 Questions

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Perhaps one of Shaun's favorites? Perhaps one of Shaun's favorites?

I love being able to time these interviews occasionally with the interesting things that the interviewees are doing in the travel world. This particular timing is… knocked out of the park.

Today, Erica and Shaun are supposed to arrive in Mexico — their first stop on their long-awaited RTW trip. Yes, they are on the road and finally international. Let the mayhem commence!

I got to meet Erica in Austin a few months ago, when I was down there visiting some friend, but didn’t get a chance to meet Shaun, since he was working. She was fun, sassy and interesting and given Shaun’s answers to these Lucky 13 questions, she has likely met her match. I can’t wait to share a few pints of beer with him in the future.

So go check out their blog, OverYonderlust and follow them on Twitter, and in the meantime, enjoy their answers to the Lucky 13:

1. I am a little embarrassed that I have never finished a book written by _________.

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Perhaps one of Shaun's favorites?

Erica: Danielle Steele. I feel like I’m left out of the romance novel loop. My dreams are sans big muscley men with flowing hair and glistening bodies (sorry Shaun).

Shaun: Shit, now I’m embarrassed that I have finished a Danielle Steele novel.

2. Your favorite travel resource on the web?

Erica: After learning the how amazing social media is, I tend to use my peers on Twitter for most of my recommendations and general travel questions. I think you can get more out of varying opinions.

Shaun: Sometimes I talk to Erica on Google Talk. Does that count?

3. What is the superpower you most want?

Erica: Teleportation! Not only could I bypass being on a cramped plane (we’re economy seat people), but then I can be really awesome like that crappy movie.. umm… Jumper.

Shaun: Being able to kill a yak from 200 yards away with mind bullets sounds pretty useful.

4. Where do you want to retire to?

Erica: Where ever Shaun picks.

Shaun: It depends on how perverted I become in my old age. Japan is a definite possibility.

5. Most annoying trait of fellow travelers?

Erica: When I get asked about politics once they know I am from the US.

Shaun: Leaving before I get tired of spending time with them.


6. Worst artist on your iPod?

Erica: That is an unfair question! If I thought they were bad they wouldn’t be on my iPod. If you were to change the question to, “Erica, what music on your iPod would you be most embarrassed about if someone looked over your shoulder?” I would have to say Katie Perry something of Shaun’s… like Slayer.

Shaun: How dare you, Erica. Well, I’d have to say that the worst artist on my iPod is something of Erica’s… like, uh… crap. She has much better taste in music than me.

7. What fictional character would you most like to have a drink with?


Erica: Bob Harris from Lost in Translation. Not only would I be back in Japan but I’m a huge fan girl of the movie. I can’t help it. It would be the closest thing to Bill Murray.

Shaun: Joan Harris. No, this isn’t Bill Murray’s wife in Lost in Translation, it’s Christina Hendricks’ character on Mad Men. Hopefully there is more than one drink involved since she is on my ‘list’.

8. I know you are a big roller derby fan: Who would you most want to get out on the ring and “show them the ropes?”

Erica: Well, considering I lack general motor skills (which is why I’m a rollerderby referee and not a skater), it would be a more of a flailing while screaming for dear life clinging to the ropes, I would still have to pick Scarlett Johanssen because she is hot. No other reason than to run into her a few times. *cough*

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9. Best Bond movie?

Shaun: You Only Live Twice. Sean Connery and ninjas, ‘nuff said.

10. Book I should buy tomorrow?

Erica: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto – because Chuck Klosterman is a freaking genius and I’ve never laughed so hard. It is a collection of satirical essays covering everything from Billy Joel to The Sims to Saved By the Bell.

Shaun: Dungeons and Dragons Core Rulebook Gift Set, 4th Edition.

11. If I know I wouldn’t get arrested, I would __________.

Erica: Go around and make Shaun dress up with me as Bonnie and Clyde while robbing banks 1930s style. If you’re not going to get caught, you might as well do with style, flair, and pizazz.

Shaun: Not have killed that hooker.

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12. What is your favorite article of clothing?

Erica: I’m going to go ahead and count my flip flops as an article of clothing. I wear them 11 months out of the year here in Austin (except in late Jan/early Feb when it ices over). Shaun made me throw out my last pair of Reefs because after 7 years, they looked like they had walked to hell and back.

Shaun: My Dickies shorts. I own 4 pairs including the bright orange ones I bought in Tokyo that Erica absolutely hates.

13. If you could ask one question of anyone in history and get an honest reply, to whom and what would you ask?

Erica: JFK: So what was Marilyn Monroe really like?

Shaun: Charlie Sheen: WTF man, srsly?!?

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I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all. Read more by Michael Hodson and connect on Google Plus.

47 Responses to “Interview with Erica and Shaun of @OverYonderlust: Lucky 13 Questions” Subscribe

  1. Pete @ Hecktic Travels April 12, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Great interview Michael, and timely indeed!! Best of luck to you both in your adventures. I must agree with Erica on her book choice. Klosterman is a genius, I especially like his chapter on odds, it changed my outlook on life. Everything is 50/50, it either happens or it doesn’t. And Shaun nice pick for Christina Hendricks, i think she’s on a lot of ‘lists’ 😉

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      Klosterman RULES!

  2. Jaime April 12, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Great interview. One of my fav travel bloggers that I will hopefully be meeting soon!!!

    Oh & Erica once you have been on the road for a while you are going to want to use your TELEPORTATION powers to by pass long transportation days that require being in unsafe, crammed chicken busses. The economy seat on a plane will feel like heaven after all this…lol!!!

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

      I think we nearly died on a city bus on the way to our hostel. It sounded like the siding was coming off the bus!

  3. Lauren April 12, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Hahaha, hilarious interview! Erica and Shaun are great and I can’t wait to hear about all their adventures! 🙂

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      Shaun spent the entire time wondering if he had gone too far. He is normally like that and I told him to run with it like he normally does.

  4. Andrea April 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Funny stuff. Totally agree re Bob Harris!

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      Kinda obsessed with the movie.

  5. Michael Figueiredo April 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Very entertaining interview! I love finding out about other travel bloggers… I’ll be sure to follow them now! 🙂

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

      Glad to have you on board Michael!

  6. Phil April 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    LOVE shaun and erica. Actually I loved Erica, and now I love shaun. I’m officially starting the “feature shaun more” petition. What does he have, one post on your blog? Great interview. Congrats on the start of your trip!
    B well,

    • Shaun April 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      Hahah! Well, now that I don’t have a job I’ll be able to spend a lot more time working on the blog! I’ve spent so much time in the video game industry that it’s hard for me to know when I’m crossing the line, so I’m stoked to see that this post was enjoyed by at least a few people. There will definitely be much more to come! 😀

  7. Randy April 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Excellent interview! Seriously, you really should have had Larry King’s chair. I’m a huge fan of Erica and Shaun’s blog, and I am super excited they are on their way. It is also good to know that I am not the only travel blogger who has killed a hooker 🙂

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Yeah, Shaun gets a little carried away sometimes. *cough*

  8. Lorna - the roamantics April 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    love love love love love!!! one of my blogging *sisters* <3 and her obviously equally awesome hubby. i'm SO excited for them both and am on the edge of my seat awaiting the first posts, pix, and videos. perfect questions for them michael!
    p.s. erica- flip flops, scarlet johanson and bob harris?! yet another notch on the fraternal doppleganger belt lady 😉

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

      Lorna, I’m starting to be concerned that we are too much alike. What will we have to talk about if we are exactly the same person?!?!?!? I kid. You’re awesome!

  9. Skott - Get Up And Globe April 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    Just recently tracked these two down on twitter the day before they left!! Funny as all hell!! Great interview…

    • Erica April 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      BWAHAHHA! We sucked you in!

  10. Christy @ Technosyncratic April 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    While reading this interview I peed my pants a little from laughing. Seriously. Which is a little gross, but illustrates just how funny and awesome these two are.

    • Shaun April 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Totally acceptable. All the cool kids pee their pants. Don’t be ashamed.

  11. Juno April 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Enjoyed the interview!! I’ve never talk to Shaun directly, but I can’t wait to share a beer with him as well. And Erica is super fun, I’m sure. Can’t wait to meet you on the road!! 🙂

    • Erica April 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      We will meet up some day! A beer is always in order.

  12. bethany April 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    hahaha! Hysterical! Seriously – May be the best one yet!! Shaun all I have to say is you are in trouble. Your answers are too good for you not to be spending more time in the ‘community’! Love the one about depending how perverted you get. hahaha… so funny! Erica your answers were fantastic as well and Michael you did a great job really getting to the bottom of things with these two. 🙂 Great to learn more about 2 of my favorite online friends!

    • Shaun April 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      Heh, it’s coming for sure. Erica has been trying to help get me prepared for quite some time. I can’t wait too. 😀

  13. Natalie April 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Great interview and glad to hear they have started their trip.

    • Erica April 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      So far it has been awesome!

  14. Nomadic Chick April 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    You two should be at the Comedy Store or on Myspace like Dane Cook and accumulate over a million followers, totally steal his thunder (cause he’s an ass. A hot ass, but an ass nonetheless).

    My fave Erica answer – Danielle Steele. High-five sister, hate her.

    My fave Shaun answer – Depends on how perverted I am. Japan looks good.

    Your upcoming adventures will be memorable for you as well as us!

    • Shaun April 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

      Haha, thanks! I’ll try to work on the hot part too. I don’t think my scrawny ass does it for the ladies. 😛

  15. Julia April 13, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Probably the funniest Lucky 13 I have read so far. They are like a comedy couple – my kind of people!

    • Erica April 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      It is how we keep things interesting. If you laugh at everything, very few things will bother you.

  16. Manyu April 13, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    “shaun: Not have killed that hooker”

    LMAO!!! Classic! Have fun on your travels guys. Great interview!

    • Shaun April 17, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      Thanks, Manyu! We loved these questions. 😀

  17. Candice April 13, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Bahahaha, I think this is my favourite one yet. Love Shaun’s answer for retirement.

    • Shaun April 17, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      Just doing some quick math in my head, I’m estimating that I’ll be about 80% more perverted than the average retired man. This means it will go way beyond the old mirror-on-the-cane trick. Also, Japan was a life changing experience for us. We loved every second. 😀

  18. Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_ April 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Haha I love the contrast between the two answering. Hilarious! I wish I hadn’t killed a hooker either…

    • Shaun April 17, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      Yeah, we balance each other out quite nicely. 🙂

  19. Raymond April 14, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    I walked in on my nine-year old nephew once and asked him “What’s up?” “Killing a hooker — with a golf club!” was his reply. Gotta love Grand Theft Auto. Shaun, hopefully your bludgeons were through video game only…:>)

    Great interview!

    • Shaun April 17, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      Rofl. I definitely got my money back in GTA on more than a few occasions. 😛

  20. Mica April 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    laughing is a great way to not kill your partner. Facts of life. Great interview!!!

    • Shaun April 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      It truly is. However, there were a few times early on where only one of us laughed… and that didn’t go over as well (like the time the hood of Erica’s 1974 VW Superbeetle flew open and smashed the windshield while we were driving down the road).

  21. Adventurous Kate April 17, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    This has to be the best Lucky 13 interview yet — Erica and Shaun, we need to meet sometime!!! Maybe I’ll hit you up in Latin America. 😉 Congrats on finally hitting the road!

    • Shaun April 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks, Kate! After we’re done here we’re planning on heading over to SE Asia. We’d love to meet up sometime. 🙂

  22. Rebecca April 17, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    Love these guys! And just got a little more insight into them, thanks!

  23. Shaun April 17, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Thank you, Michael, for giving us the opportunity to take part in your lucky 13. We had a blast answering these questions and are stoked that this post coincided with the start of our trip. <3

  24. cailin April 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Great interview and yay for finally starting to travel!!! 🙂

  25. Ali April 18, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Our travel paths aren’t crossing anytime soon, but I really hope we get to meet one of these days. I really enjoy talking to Erica on twitter. Hilarious interview, you guys are awesome!

  26. Dina May 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Over Yonderlust is one of my favourite travel blog, yay for Erica and Shaun to have started their journey!! Danielle Steele, a male friend of mine was so crazy about her books and he made me read many of her books. I was a teenager, and I was intrigued by romance, there you go.

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