1. When did the travel bug bite?
For me (Joe Edd), it was when I was 10 years old and my parents took me and my brother on a 3 month long trip through the West and into Mexico and Canada.
2. What do you look for in a potential destination?
I look for adventure, rich cultural experiences, inspiring scenery, something out of the norm and off well traveled paths.
3. Are you planners or more spontaneous?
Both. Most of the time, we carefully plan. But we have taken some on the spur-of-the-moment.
4. How far in advance are most of your trips planned?
Most of our long trips are planned 6 months or longer in advance. However, we took a Holland Alaska cruise on a lark and it was one of our best experiences.
5. What is the most surprising thing you have encountered on a trip?
When we took a side door in the Vatican and stumbled onto the Pope conducting mass. I mean we were feet from Pope John Paul II.
For Sandi, it was when our taxi driver, who’d agreed to show us Provence when the trains were on strike, took us to the oldest city in Europe, a towering spectacle appearing from nowhere. We had never heard of Gordes but the scenery from its cliff-side cafes and walls was stunning.
6. What makes for a successful trip?
Planning, flexibility, culinary caution (don’t get sick), partner compromises, and being good ambassadors.
7. What is the best way to be a good ambassador abroad?
To be kind and considerate and patient. Try to speak the language if nothing more than “how are you?” and “good morning.” Speak knowledgeably of their land, and show an interest in their culture and history.
8. What are your top three trips or destinations so far?
Antarctica is at the top followed closely by India/Nepal and a Tanzania Safari. New Zealand is in that mix.
9. What are your bucket list destinations for the future?
Bhutan, Iceland, Easter Island and Macchu Pichu, and South Africa.
10. What tips do you have for beginner travelers?
Find a reliable travel agent. They are worth gold. Save up (our trips are mostly paid for before we leave). Test familiar waters first. See the USA. Shorter journeys at first, before branching out overseas to safe locations. Make sure your phones are programmed.