Anthony Bourdain was someone I admired. His views on travel, and how to travel were particularly important to me. I am posting this in memory of a man who tried to make us think about what we do when we travel and why we should be more mindful of the experiences.
Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower is lethal to your soul. And a selfie in front of the pyramids in Giza? Completely overrated.
Bourdain is on a mission to change how we see and experience the world. Skip the tourist traps. Avoid the lines. And please, please, never book a prepackaged tour.
His alternative? Get real when you travel. When the 61-year-old former chef explores a new place, he’s not stressing about where to eat or which museums to hit up. He’s far more interested in getting a sense of the rhythms and smells and flavors of a place, a task that requires patience and a willingness to explore. Going rogue.
To say Bourdain is well traveled is an understatement. He spends nearly 250 days out of each year on the road, shooting his fly-on-the-wall travel show Parts Unknown, as well as taking time for personal vacations. Clearly he’s seen a lot. Tasted a lot. Experienced a lot.