Not meeting people, losing possessions, illness, job availability, language barriers, tourist scams, homesickness … the list goes on.  The are so many things that could potentially derail your perfect travel experience, but are they really worth obsessively worrying about?  Or, as per this weeks interviewee, should you not worry and just travel?  What is life without a little danger and uncertainty anyway?

taiwan_around-tainanHI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?

1.  Name?  Charles Rahm

2.  Age?  40

3.  Travel Blog URL?  My blog’s name is Don’t worry Just travel

4.  Twitter Handle?  @DWJustTravel

5.  Home Town?  Zurich, Switzerland

6.  Current Location?  I live in the unofficial capital of travel bloggers: Bangkok

7.  Your current location, business or pleasure?  

Both. I live here, because I like Thailand, have a girlfriend here and have more value for my money.

8.  Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment?  Best bits, worst bits etc.

I’m working hard on my blog at the moment. Trying to be more professional with more planning. Preparing to reach out better, thinking, what might improve it and so on. It’s much more work, than it looks like. I actually believe, that the more casual a site looks, the more effort is behind it.

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9.  First travel experience?

Really first one? I remember, that I flew alone from Zurich to Amsterdam as a boy in the eighties. I had a two week holiday at the house of my favourite uncle. I still remember it as one of my best holidays ever. Everything was new and exciting!

10.  Future travel plans?

I live in Bangkok. Until the end of high season of February I want to make trips to less travelled destinations in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Then I want to go to South America, but no flights booked yet.  Plus in summer time to Europe, my home continent.

11.  If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

I would go to Antarctica, because going there is expensive and so if – due to some miracle I had no restraints at all – I would go there now. You never know, when the next chance would be.

12.  If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?

Bali. I have been there recently and it is so flooded with tourists in Ubud and in the areas around the airport, that I feel no urge to go there ever again. For me that place has gone over the edge.

13.  What 5 items would you not go travelling without?

-Laptop,

-Smartphone,

-Sanitary equipment,

-Passport, and

-Money

14.  Best bit of advice you have received?

I was encouraged by Johnny Ward, a successful travel blogger I met in Taipei, to start my own blog. It gave me a perspective to get out of the rat race, which I truly appreciate.

15.  Worst advice?

Not to go somewhere, because it is dangerous.

16.  Best bit of advice you can give readers of this interview?

Set out and travel. Do it alone preferably and make new friends along the way.  Always push your limits! Eat  food, you never had before, travel with locals instead of tourist minivans, get in touch and talk with locals at all costs, visit destinations off the beaten track and so on.

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QUICKFIRE

17.  Favourite ice cream flavour?  Chocolate

18.  Apple or Android?  Android

19.  Blogger or WordPress?  None of the two: I use Joomla.

20.  Hostel or hotel?  Hostel, if they have private rooms, otherwise hotel.

21.  Guilty pleasure?  Eating ice-cream and sweets in general

22.  Your chosen super-power?  Teleportation: I’m a science fiction fan and that always fascinated me the most! I would steal a space suit from NASA and teleport to the moon to hop around on it. :-)

23.  Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window?  Aisle because I go to the toilets often.

24.  What song/album are you listening to right now?  Right now to nothing. Sometimes I listen to techno while working on my blog.

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SHAMELESS PLUG

25.  Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website …

With my website I want to make people lusty to travel, without fear, preferably alone and certainly not in group tours. They shouldn’t worry too much before setting out and just go to travel, hence my blog has the motto “Don’t worry Just travel”

But, for this you need travel information and you read travel articles online and some never ever come to  the point or they are endlessly long and confusing me. So I decided to make this the second emphasis on my site:  Travel information straight to the point and KISS (Keep it short and simple).  I’m particularly proud of my contributions in Survival in Asia.  And I wouldn’t mind a like on my facebook page.