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Note: I originally wrote this post a few weeks ago, but didn’t get around to finishing it until now. And how perfect that I post it on my birthday, which is today, August 26 :)

I recently stumbled upon Traveler’s Night In, a wonderful weekly tweetup that brings people together to analyze, critique, reflect on and find the humor in travel. Every Thursday from 3:30 – 5pm EST, a host asks a series of ten short questions on a particular subject.

This past week, the subject was educational travel, but the questions actually inspired me to do a lot of thinking about my own life’s experiences and travel style. These are my answers, and a photograph that best exemplifies each one.

Hover over any image to learn why I chose it.

I chose this photo because it best represents how I like to travel. Slowly and leaning out the window with a great view.
I chose this photo because it best represents how I like to travel. Slowly and leaning out the window with a great view.

#TNI Q1. As a travel virgin, what do you wish you knew before your first trip?

A1. That no matter what happens, it will be ok.

My tripod was set up on the ground to take a long exposure of the Galle lighthouse when these three Sri Lankan boys came up and began to peer into the lens in curiosity.
My tripod was set up on the ground to take a long exposure of the Galle lighthouse when these three Sri Lankan boys came up and began to peer into the lens in curiosity.

#TNI Q2. Ways to make travel more educational for kids?

A2. Give kids a their own camera and let them learn by documenting their surroundings. They will cherish those photos and see something each time they revisit them.

These men waited patiently for hours to catch the ferry across the Mekong to Champasak, Laos.
These men waited patiently for hours to catch the ferry across the Mekong to Champasak, Laos.

#TNI Q3. What do you think travel teaches us?

A3. Have patience.

In my opinion, Big Ben is the most iconic of all British architecture.
In my opinion, Big Ben is the most iconic of all British architecture.

#TNI Q4. Dream study abroad? Where? What program?

A4. London, England. I’m pretty sure there’s a university somewhere that offers a course on James Bond’s cultural significance.

The photo is a recreation of the way I spent the night on an Indian train floor. By the time we took it, 12 hours later, we were all good friends.
The photo is a recreation of the way I spent the night on an Indian train floor. By the time we took it, 12 hours later, we were all good friends.

#TNI Q5. Books, magazines, websites that have enhanced your travels?

A5. My desire to create content for my Web site adds such a wonderful layer to my travels that helps me to better understand and appreciate my surroundings…and put up with the ridiculous situations backpack travelers all find ourselves in.

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Traveler’s Night In Q6. Destination/trip that taught you the most?

A6. For seven months, I joined my wife, Carrie, in a small village in Nicaragua where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Living in Murra showed me the calmness of living completely off the grid, the value of a hard day’s work in the field, the absolute kindness of those most in need and the joy found in giving back.

The man smiling on the far right is Nayo, our neighbor across the street who was my adopted father during my time there.
The man smiling on the far right is Nayo, our neighbor across the street who was my adopted father during my time there.

Traveler’s Night In Q7. Funniest mistake you’ve made during travels and lesson(s) learned?

A7. While celebrating Carrie’s birthday in Murra. I proudly announced that we were going to have “kah-kah” for desert. The lesson learned is that the word for cake is pronounced “kay-kay” and I basically told the entire town we were going to eat poop

The Estelli Express, a refurbished American schoolbus, is the best way to get in and out of Murra. Here, it’s waiting for passengers during a town celebration.
The Estelli Express, a refurbished American schoolbus, is the best way to get in and out of Murra. Here, it’s waiting for passengers during a town celebration.

Traveler’s Night In Q8. Innovative ways to learn a new language?

A8. The future is here; use your smartphone.

I’ve always thought the Roosevelt Island tramway in New York City was straight out of the future.
I’ve always thought the Roosevelt Island tramway in New York City was straight out of the future.

Traveler’s Night In Q9. What have you learned by traveling that you did not want to know?

A9. How to use a squatty potty, like this one in Dambula, Sri Lanka.

Healey Tourist Inn, Dambula, 600rs. Our driver overslept picking us up from this place
Healey Tourist Inn, Dambula, 600rs. Our driver overslept picking us up from this place

Traveler’s Night In Q10. Skill(s) you’ve developed while traveling?

A10. The ability to hike for days at-a-time.

The mountains above the already high up town of Sapa, Vietnam, are filled with rolling fields of lush green rice
The mountains above the already high up town of Sapa, Vietnam, are filled with rolling fields of lush green rice

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  • http://thatbackpacker.com/ Audrey

    Beautiful photos! And I like the lessons behind them.

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much Audrey. From twitter. Who woulda thunk’it :)