Andrew is one of the icons of the travel writing community. He is currently a National Geographic Traveler contributing editor and came to my reading attention when he undertook a travel quest that was partly similar to my round-the-world without flying one — in 2010, he went from Washington, D.C. to Antarctica… by bus.
Now that’s the kind of journey I can support wholeheartedly.
In addition to writing for National Geographic, Andrew has also written for the Economist, Business Traveler, Gadling, Gawker Media and has authored numerous guidebooks — though he doesn’t carry one when he travels, just like me. He is currently in Mexico, checking out the Mayan culture and civilization, before the world ends on December 21, 2012 as they foretold.
1 – What is your nickname (or one of them) and how do you get it?
Drooski. My older sisters started calling me that when I was about two years old, but then I ended up living in the former Soviet Union, so the Slavic diminuitive stuck.
2 — Best foreign curse you know?
French-Canadian “Tabernac“. All the good curse words were invented by Catholics.
3 — Famous person you would most want to pick their brain over dinner or drinks?
4 – What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
5 — What is the title of the movie about your life?
I’m gonna have to plagiarize: “Gone With the Wind.”
6 – If you could be transported to one place at one time, what would it be and why?
Elephant Island, Antarctica on August 30, 1916; the rescue of 22 members of the Shackleton Expedition.
7 – Artist or song on your iPod that you are most embarrassed about?
httpv://youtu.be/iEe_eraFWWs “My Humps” by Black-Eyed Peas. Yes, I know all the words.
8 – Give us your ideal dinner party: you and 4 others.
Amelia Earhart, Lawrence of Arabia, Dolly Parton, and Tintin
9 — Aside from the basics (passport, ATM card, backpack), what three items are must-bring things for you on your trip?
iPhone, good shoes, aluminum water bottle
10 — What is the first concert you ever went to?
10,000 Maniacs “Hope Chest” tour
11 — Worst actor or actress alive and ruining our movie experiences today?
12 — There should be a Nobel Prize for _____________.
13 — Outside of the traveling and publishing professions, what is your dream job?