Interview with Andrew Evans (@wheresandrew) of National Geographic: Lucky 13 Questions 11

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andrew evans, where is andrew?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.

He is an amazingly talented writer and interesting personality. So, check out his material on the National Geographic Traveler blog, follow him on Twitter, and enjoy his answers to the Lucky 13:

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?

Bill Bryson


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:// “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?

Kate Hudson.

12 — There should be a Nobel Prize for _____________.


13 — Outside of the traveling and publishing professions, what is your dream job?


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About Michael Hodson

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.

11 thoughts on “Interview with Andrew Evans (@wheresandrew) of National Geographic: Lucky 13 Questions

  • Yvonne

    Copenhagen was cold
    when I’ve met Andrew Evans.
    where’s the cute dog? #Haiku

    Great interview! Andrew is really an inspiring person, it was lovely to meet him in Copenhagen in 2010 and I hope our paths will cross soon again…

  • Roy Marvelous

    I liked this guy until he started dissing Kate Hudson!
    But seriously, Nat Geo is probably my earliest inspiration to travel. And aunt gave me an annual subscription when I was 12…

  • Sasa02

    Thanks for sharing this interview! I can’t imagine an editor of National Geographic singing My Humps! Lol! I know you have a great time with Mr. Evans, he’s a cool guy I presume!

  • Jessica Festa

    What a great interview, such creative questions. I definitely laughed at the “My Humps” answer, although I can’t make fun as it really is a catchy song!

    ps- taking a bus from DC to Antarctica is now on my bucket list!

  • Samual James

    Great job done, very interesting interview. I wish i could meet personally Andrew someday and ask many many questions about his adventures.
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  • Cheziannhe

    The interview is really awesome and I enjoyed reading this…Andrew is indeed an inspiration!

  • Kelsey87

    Hi Andrew! I just want to congratulate you for a job well done. Thanks for sharing this remarkable interview to us.

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