Interview with Ant Stone of TrailofAnts.com: Lucky 13 Questions

Aside from having the most interesting name in the travel blogging world, Ant Stone has one of the more interesting blogs itself. He’s been blogging since 2007 and has had more than his fair shares of adventure in that time.

Recently, he’s moved back to the U.K. to take a job with STA Travel as their Online Community Manager, has moved into a “new (ramshackle) house,” and has been dealing with some other issues that he’s been open and movingly forthright about. He is a fascinating guy, at least from the many things I have read of his, and I can’t wait to meet him in person and hoist a pint with him as I attempt to converse in my best, fake British accent.

In the meantime, go check out his great blog, Trail of Ants, follow him on Twitter and enjoy his answers to the Lucky 13:

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1. Most embarrassing thing on your iPod?

The Weavers Classics. Quite honestly, there’s no better start to a day of writing, than to hear such upbeat squealing.

2. What are you parents most proud of you for, so far in your life?

Continually raising the bar. I try and do what I say, and they admire me for it. The only problem comes when I try to lower it back down, and then they start questioning it. For example, when I leave a job to go travelling, they clap and cheer, but when I run out of money and return to work, they sulk a bit.

3. What event in your life do you wish you had a do-over button for?

One of my first independent travel experiences was InterRailing (interviewer insert: sponsor of The Ultimate Train Challenge) around Europe. It introduced me to such a wide variety of people and places, and the thrill has never left me. I’d push that do-over button hard, to revisit those innocent days of rolling on and off Europe’s trains.

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4. What’s your favourite beach town?

Old Hunstanton, England. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen some amazing beaches around the world, but nothing is as cherished as my local beach. My youth was spent knee-deep in sand and seagulls; my teens were spent camping under beach huts with a bottle of cider; my early twenties were spent clinging to a power kite and being hurled around the beach.

5. Worst food you had in your life?

In Mongolia. Definitely. They love to chew the fat, literally. Everything was mutton, with globules of fat thrown in. The Mongolians really like it, too! It was usually washed down with airag, fermented horse milk. If the former didn’t get your gut belching, the latter made doubly sure! That’s the worst food I’ve had; but it might surprise people to know I’ve chowed down on everything from pigs’ penis, to black bee larvae.

6. Who is the most annoying person in the world?

The person who stole my plump passport three years ago, during a flight in Indonesia. They still annoy me to this day, and I’ve never officially met them.

7. If you had to live in one, and only one, country for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

India. It’s the place I feel the most alive. It’s electric peace; and solemn chaos. Quite honestly, I don’t know why I ever left.

8. What is your single most treasured personal possession?

It’s very sad; but I can’t lie — it’s my MacBook. I’d love to tell you it was a handwritten diary, or rusty childhood trophy. But it’s not. My MacBook is an extension of me; it contains my darkest secrets, and many of my life’s most cherished highlights.

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9. Give us a really good, embarrassing pet peeve of yours.

I can’t stand it when non-English people discover I’m English, and then try and mimic the English accent. It usually begins with “Would you like a cup of tea” And I just look at them, and think all sorts of uncouth things. Like, “Poppycock”.

10. What is the title of your future biography?

Rolling Stone. My surname is Stone, so I think it’s quite suitable. I considered fighting a small music magazine for the writes to the dot com; but luckily for them I opted for “Trail of Ants”.

11. The world would be a much better place without _________ (and why).

Money. It saddens me to see people spending their lives chasing the dollar, while the next person takes it off them. I’d like to live in a simple world, where we reverted to trading goods.

12. What travel blog do you look forward to seeing in your RSS?

Such a tricky one! I’d have to say, Uncornered Market. Audrey and Dan’s posts continue to inspire me. They travel beyond the groove, and deliver considered, well-written, and vibrant posts. I don’t read as many travel blogs as I used to; but whenever I come across theirs, I stay a while and bathe in brilliance.

13. What question do you fear most from St. Peter at the Pearly Gates?

Why are you early?

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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.

16 Responses to “Interview with Ant Stone of TrailofAnts.com: Lucky 13 Questions” Subscribe

  1. Todd | Todd's Wanderings May 3, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Cool, I’ll break this interview in. Nice one Ant and congrats on the new job with STA. I’m sure they would be happy to do away with paying you and give you some old cheese and non alcoholic beer (is there such a thing?) to wash it down with in return.
    Todd | Todd’s Wanderings recently posted..A Free Lonely Planet Book Just for You

  2. Elise May 3, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Great interview, I love reading Ant’s blog. But I have to admit then….I am probably one of the people that peeve you off the most…..I always do an English accent, but mine usually starts with ‘ello, ello ello…whats goin on ere then’ and pretend to be a police officer.
    Maybe we can call it square if I let you do a totally bogan Aussie accent in return?
    Elise recently posted..Helpless On The Road

  3. Roy | cruisesurfingz May 3, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Good interview, always been tempted to do the InterRailing thing. Congrats on the STA job!
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  4. Phil May 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Fermented horse milk.. yuck. Camel milk is where it’s at my friend. Great interview :)
    Phil recently posted..A Few of my Favorite Photos From West Africa

  5. Anthony The Travel Tart May 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I’ve tried horse sausage in Kazakhstan, and that’s actually not too bad! I can confirm they don’t drink fermented horse urine like Borat says, and it’s good fun there because it’s not geared for tourists, and so you see the real deal.

    That fermented horse milk and mutton fat globule concoction is making me a bit squeamish though!
    Anthony The Travel Tart recently posted..Hospital Admission Forms and Procedures – Mozambique Style

  6. Juno May 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Enjoyed! I like reading Trail of Ants. And “Rolling Stone” brilliant idea! I love word play, a smart ones. That’s brilliant. Once you have a biography, I can proudly say “I know him!” (Well, not literally, just I know who he is. :)
    Great interview Michael!
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  7. Cailin May 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Oh poppycock Ant! hahaha great post, I fortunately got to meet Ant at TBU and I liked him even more than I had before!
    I think TrailofAnts.com was a much better choice than RollingStone.com anyways… :)
    Cailin recently posted..Taste the Saga Brewery Tour &amp History of beer in Iceland

  8. bethany May 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Great article! Ant is someone that has always intrigued me and it’s great to learn more about him. He sounds like an awesome chap (no English accent included.) :)

  9. Gillian @OneGiantStep May 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Ant’s writing is definitely one of my favorites! Glad to see him here. Cheers!
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  10. Jaime May 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Good interview, I miss him being as active on Twitter. Back in the days (jajaja a few months ago) we would carry some great conversations on Twitter. I enjoy Ants blog alot his whit and sense of humor are awesome!
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  11. Jeremy B May 4, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    Another great interview! I know Adam but I haven’t spent a lot of time reading his stuff. I will have to check out more of it now that I know that he has eaten pig’s penis! :)
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  12. Nomadic Chick May 4, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    I’ve been terrible in reading Ant’s blog lately. Now that I’m back online more, it’s time have a visit. Congrats on the STA job, a whole new chapter in your life. :)

    And I agree about Uncornered Market. They always provide fresh, interesting ideas about interacting with people, about travel in general.

    People always make fun of the Canadian “eh”. I protested once by denying that I say it, when in fact I do say “hey” frequently after a sentence.

    Buggered stereotypes got me pinned.
    Nomadic Chick recently posted..Serendipity in Sihanoukville

  13. megan May 4, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    Another great interview :) I agree about the cuisine in Mongolia…definitely not a country to visit for the food!
    megan recently posted..How to get to Mongolia by train

  14. Linda ~ Journey Jottings May 4, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Great to hear more about Ant particularly with my toes tapping to The Weavers :)

    Origins are funny things – and accents are deceptive – When I’m in Australia everyone thinks I sound incredibly English – When I’m in England they think I sound Ocker – In the end you ‘belong’ nowhere ~

    Balderdash!
    Linda ~ Journey Jottings recently posted..Serendipitous Encounters on the Road

  15. Ant Stone May 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Hello everyone; thanks for all the kind words. You’re all a big part of the reason TrailofAnts.com continues to exist (and my love for travel, obviously!) and the reason I strive to raise my voice on the internet; and of course, your blogs provide me with endless inspiration.

    I’m always open to conversation, and banter. For those that don’t ‘know’ me, I’m very welcome to new friends on Twitter. If I can help you with anything, just say the word (in your own accent).
    Ant Stone recently posted..One Blind Summit After Another

  16. Turkey's For Life May 15, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Great interview. Trail of Ants was one of the first blogs we followed and is a definite favourite. There doesn’t seem to be too many British bloggers out there in the world so maybe we’ve always been drawn to Trail of Ants because of that – or is it just because of the great writing? I’ll go for the latter.
    Julia
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