For today’s Celebrity Travel Addicts Q&A we interview Matthew Long from the award winning travel blog Land Lopers. Read about his adventurous travels from Antarctica to the South Pacific and beyond! Also check out his must do list for Washington D.C.
How did your passion for travel get started?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been obsessed with other countries and cultures and seeing them person has always been my ultimate goal in life.
How many days/weeks are you traveling in any given year? What are the types of places do you like to visit?
I try to keep it somewhere between 25-30% of the year, but of course that fluctuates greatly. I’m always happy to visit anyplace I haven’t been before, but there are also plenty of spots I love to revisit. Trips that are to remote and hard to reach places are always the most fun.
What is it that you want audiences to gain/ learn from your website?
I started my site in part because I realized that other people weren’t as obsessive about travel as I was/am and I wanted to share my experiences with them to motivate them to see the world. That’s still my top wish, to inspire folks to get out of the house and into the world.
Name your top three destinations you’ve traveled?
Paris has always been my favorite city but I also love visiting Australia, Germany and South Africa.
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of these destinations, like a mini-guide or to-do list of sorts.
1. Be sure to stay at the quietly elegant Four Seasons Washington. Located in Georgetown, it gives you the best of the neighborhood but is close enough to walk to downtown DC.
2. DC is undergoing a foodie revolution at the moment, but my favorite foodie neighborhood is Barracks Row, home to great restaurants serving up American classics with style.
3. Everyone knows about the amazing Smithsonian Institution Museums, but also be sure to spend a day exploring the Newseum. This remarkable museum details the history of the press and media and why it’s so important to a thriving democracy.
4. The best Smithsonian Museum (in my opinion) isn’t actually in Washington, but instead is located next to Dulles International Airport. The Udvar-Hazy extension of the Air & Space museum houses all of the oversized aircraft that won’t fit anywhere else. From a space shuttle to the first commercial jet, it’s a fascinating place to visit if you love aviation.
5. To see a different side of DC, be sure to take a Potomac boat cruise. Sure, it’s touristy but you’ll see the monuments and other key sights in a totally new way.
How many countries have you visited so far?
75 or so
Your top three favorite cuisines?
Jordan, Spain and Germany
Favorite restaurant in the world?
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte in Paris
Your favorite travel movie?
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Favorite international airport?
City with the friendliest people?
Your favorite traveling companion?
Me, myself and I
Best way you kill time while traveling?
Binge watch TV shows/movies
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
Antarctica, extreme Outback of Australia, South Pacific, etc.
Your best bit of travel advice for someone who is about to embark on a life of travel?
Be optimistic but realistic and always follow your passions.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
Eye shades, ear plugs, camera and a phone.
What is your ultimate dream destination?
I’ve been fortunate to already realize many of them. But I’d love to see even more of the South Pacific, visit the true North Pole and finally see India in person.
Your favorite travel quote?
Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God. -Kurt Vonnegut
Where to next?
Colombia, Alberta, Ireland, Germany and more.
An experiential luxury traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award winning site LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Based in Washington, DC, Matt has been to more than 70 countries and all 7 continents. Be sure to follow his adventures on: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.