In this Celebrity Travel Addicts Q&A my friend Gareth Leonard of Tourist 2 Townie talks about his life as an adventure capitalist who prefers to immerse himself into every destination to really learn about its culture. From Bhutan to Brazil, Gareth believes that living in each destination makes you travel deep within yourself. Without further ado here is Gareth Leonard with what fuels his wanderlust, some tips for Japan and where he’s off to next.
On a whim, I decided to study abroad my Junior year of College in London. That was my first real taste of life outside the United States, and I was completely hooked.
I am usually traveling for 6-8 months per year, but my focus is on slow, meaningful travel, so I may only visit two or three countries within that time. I love anywhere off the beaten path.
There is another way to travel beyond the backpacker trails and tourist attractions. Dive deeper into a place to learn from the people and culture that define it.
Colombia, Brazil, Nepal… and now Japan!
I’ll talk about Japan, because that’s where I am now… here are my “Top 5” things to do:
1) Get weird in Tokyo
2) Wake up early in Kyoto
3) Eat your way around Osaka
4) Experience the islands off Okinawa
5) Ski and Spa in Nozawa Onsen
Mediterranean, Mexican, and Japanese
That one in the basement of a Taipei train station, with no sign on the door and incredible soup dumplings.
Talk to locals
Document as much as possible, and also know when to put your camera or phone away.
2. Exofficio Underwear
3. Google Maps
4. Positive Attitude
Philippines, Morocco, and the Maldives… at the moment.
“Travel Deeper.” – Gareth Leonard
The food, the fashion and most importantly… it is a parallel universe – like nothing else I have ever experienced before in my eight years of traveling this planet!
Upcoming travel looks like Costa Rica, Italy, Iceland, and Mexico!
My name is Gareth Leonard, a marketing director turned adventure capitalist on a mission to “travel deeper” around the world. I have a passion for slow, meaningful travel, and my goal is to transform from “tourist” to “townie” everywhere I go. See what I mean on my YouTube Channel, Instagram and Tourist2Townie.com