James Shannon from pursuitofexcitement.com
Why did you start travelling?
What is most important during your travels?
To know what it is that you live to do, and to seek out experiences that satisfy this part of your soul. I love nature and the outdoors, so I always find a way to interact with natural environments on my travels. This doesn’t mean that I ignore cultural landmarks for example, but if it isn’t an outstanding sight and there’s something that interests me more than that, and only time enough to do one thing, you’ll find me doing the more interesting thing, for sure!
What is most important experience that you had during your travels?
I would say sleeping on the floor in a modest home of a hilltribe family in Thailand after a fun Christmas Eve night (many tribes in Thailand have been converted to Christianity by missionaries). They have done this every night on their lives without question, yet I was never as uncomfortable in my life that night. I never really complained about beds or accommodations after that, and I realized that anyone can adapt and be perfectly happy with nothing but good friends and good food (and a little Sangsom 😛 )
What is most beautiful place you have ever been to?
I’m biased a bit when it comes to mountains, as my home country Canadian Rockies are bloody beautiful … but when it comes to the tropics, I have never encountered a tropical island as beautiful as Koh Rong. Nearly deserted, crystal clear water, swaying palms, deep dark jungle in the interior. It’s the Robinson Crusoe cliche in every respect, only it’s all real! Which makes it actually quite surreal 🙂
What do you avoid when you travel?
I try not to avoid things merely because everybody says to avoid them, as every place deserves a first loom if you haven’t been to them. One thing I do avoid are neighborhoods that locals say are dangerous … they live there, they know the place. Listen to them!