Flag Bearer: Kyle Anderson

"Create the life you never want a break from."

#1 How have you become a product of your environment? What does that mean to you?

I’m an open mind in a constantly changing environment. The unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and unplanned experiences I get from a life on the road have become an addiction that leads me to continuously reshape my priorities, opinions, and attitude.

#2 Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea, Whisky, Water?

All of the above, with a very special emphasis on coffee. There are so many incredible places in the world to see the sun rise, and I find them all extra incredible because of coffee.

#3 Life motto?

Create the life you never want a break from.

#4 Tell us about the most life-changing trip or experience you’ve had.

North Korea stands out. I wouldn’t say it was life changing, but having North Korean soldiers waving almost ecstatically and yelling out an enthusiastic welcome in english when they spotted the (presumably) American foreigner among thousands of cheering North Koreans on the sidelines of their military parade last year in Pyongyang, was quite a poignant moment. The common citizen of that hermit country is just a victim of the incredibly oppressive, delusional, and paranoid regime they live under. During that parade I was given free reign with no minders watching over me. And for the most part, after some initial shyness, the different people I stood next to and interacted with were completely amicable, polite, and even had a great sense of humor… particularly when I tried to speak poorly crafted Korean phrases and especially when the polaroid made an appearance. Even though at that time our two countries were on the brink of war, humanity can’t be lost… and I just hope I was able to humanize Americans, even just a little bit, to the people I was fortunate enough to meet during my stay there.

#5 Top three travel destinations?  

  1. Bhutan- the last Shangri-La. Incomparable natural beauty set among 400-year-old dzongs and monasteries perched on sheer cliffs with the aroma of incense and butter candles mixing with crisp Himalayan juniper forest air swirling in the gentle breeze that clatters the prayer flags strung in every direction... wait, what just happened I think I blacked out. Seriously though, in 4/5 dictionaries under the word “magic” you will find Bhutan. Additionally, it is not overrun by tourists, you will find zero chain restaurants or hotels, the people are extremely courteous and welcoming, random road signs say “thank you” and nothing else, chili peppers are a basic food group, the capital city has zero stoplights, and oh they measure gross-domestic happiness. What’s not to love?

 

  1. Namibia- Home to the most dramatic and awe-inspiring landscapes I’ve ever seen. From the desolate Skeleton coast to stepping into a surrealism painting in Deadvlei to the diamond ghost town in Kolmanskop to the abundant wildlife and lush scenery of the Caprivi strip and Etosha park, there is something for everyone’s idea of Africa here.

 

  1. Andalusia- I always enjoy returning to Southern Spain and the active yet laid back lifestyle, the cafe culture, the weather, the architecture, the food, wine, siestas, mountains, beaches, nightlife, everything.

#6 Five things you can’t travel without.

Camera, a compact travel tripod or gorillapod, bose qc 20’s, a swimsuit, and some Persols.

#7 What was the most dangerous trip or experience you’ve had. How did you handle it?

It’s a close call between jumping off the 80ft Mostar Bridge into the Neretva River in Bosnia or running up a $14,000 phone bill in Mongolia. For both I took a deep breath, visualized the outcome, and executed. Needless to say, if you ever need to fight data roaming charges, I’m your guy.

#8 What’s the purpose of life?

I’m certainly in no position to say… but my favorite answer to that question was when the current Dalai Lama said, “The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

#9 What’s your day job?

I’m a pilot for an international heavy cargo airline which thankfully only perpetuates my nomadic tendencies.

#10 Worst advice you’ve ever been given.

Chase the paycheck.

#11 Best advice you’ve ever been given.

Surround yourself with people who inspire you instead of drain you.

#12 Describe your perfect day.

New place, I don’t speak the language, I have no plans or expectations, and I’m completely free to explore and go where the day takes me.

#13 Where are you right now? If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?

Cartagena. No complaints!

#14 Dream trip?

The Ladakh Valley in Kashmir or the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea.

#15 Upcoming trips in 2018?

Navajo lands in May, diving Vanuatu in June, the Dolomites’ Via Ferratas in July, Kyrgyzstan for the Nomad Games in September, Bolivia in October, and a helluva lot of weddings in between.

Full Name: Kyle Anderson
Instagram Account: @here.far.away
Website: kyleandersonphoto.com
Contact Information: kanderson225@gmail.com
 

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