In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we chat with Robert Diggs of LostXpat, a travel YouTuber from California who has spent the last eight years of his life living abroad. We speak with him about what inspires him to travel, his suggestions of things to do in his favorite travel destinations around the world, a unique circus he recently volunteered with that’s doing important work in the world, and much more. Check out his favorite destinations and find out where he’s going next!
My passion for travel started when I was 22. I got a chance to visit my cousin in Beijing and found that it was so exciting to see a new culture. Trying all the different varieties of Chinese foods was also a big selling point. Once I started I could not stop. I wanted to figure out how to make my life more adventurous and break out of the normal lifestyle.
I would get 15-20 days off during October holiday and Chinese Spring Festival. On average, I traveled between 2 and 3 months out of the year while I was living in China.
I like to go to places that are off the mainstream tourist path. For example: Pai, Hue, Bagan, Xishuangbanna, Novi Sad, Antwerp, and Mostar. I love each place for different reasons.
Their mission at the circus is to help the local refugee children access schools. They supply some of the schools with clean water, and in some cases, pay the rent for the schools. Every year, volunteers from all over the world come for about 6 weeks and do shows for the refugee camps, hospitals, schools, and orphanages in the region of TAK. They work with local teachers in the area and through fund raisers locally and Koh Phanon. In the future, they hope to have year round staff in Ma Sot. The experience was very eye opening and emotional. By the end of their 6 week tour, none of the volunteers wanted to go home.
I met them at my hotel’s garden doing their rehearsal for the show that day. When they explained what they did in Ma Sot I knew that I wanted to join them. I plan to head back next year to help them again.
I have always wanted to encourage people to travel and see the world. Since I was in China, I was blocked out of youtube, so I had no idea that travel videos were a thing. 2 years ago, I got a VPN and stumbled across this exciting genre. Some of the youtubers I found to be special were Mark Wiens and The Food Ranger, but my biggest influences would probably be Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern.
I started out with buying a gimble phone mic and a smart phone with a better camera in February 2018 but did not release anything until late November. I took that time to learn how to put together a video that accurately portrayed the experience of my travels. I try to make every episode better than the previous one.
I hope to inspire people to explore the world and get out of their comfort zone. Lots of people in the USA have not even been out of their state, let alone out of the country. I hope with my experiences, people can get an idea what to eat and where to go depending on their travel ambitions. After my time with the circus, I also would like to get into more videos about charity making a difference and ways to volunteer.
Budapest, Hungary; Kanchanaburi, Thailand; and Bagan, Myanmar.
Top 5 things you should do in Budapest, Hungry
Budapest has over 1000 years of history and has an amazing international scene for nightlife.
Top 5 things that you Must do in Yangon/Bagan Myanmar.
Top 5 things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Kanchanaburi is a town west of Bangkok. It is famous for its Death Railway built during WW2. There is a lot to do and see in this city.
Bonus tip: Kanchanaburi has got an amazing night life on the weekends. The locals all go out for live music and dancing. It is a lot of fun actually and more simple to get around than Bangkok for the night life. No need for a taxi.
I have been to about 50 countries/ territories all together.
I appreciate the culture in Myanmar. Comparatively, they have very little, but the people there seem so content. I felt I learned so much from my time with them.
My top 3 cuisines are Thai, Veitnamese, and Lebanese.
In Yangon, there is a restaurant called Monsoon. They specialize in Burmese food and also have a great selection of south east Asian cuisine. I recommend the Tom Ka Gai a.k.a. Thai Coconut cream chicken soup or for Burmese food their Ohn No Kyawswe (“oh no”) a.k.a. coconut noodle soup is amazing. “Oh No” is way more thick coconut cream than Tom Ka. Burmese food at Monsoon is very high quality and is authentic plus it is affordable. Best bang for your buck in all of southeast Asia.
Narita Airport because of the whiskey samplings you can take while you wait for your flight.
Yangon maybe has the most genuinely nice people. People will ask you to have beer or tea on the street with them. I was there during Chinese New year and the Indians Burmese and Chinese were having a amazing time celebrating together. Many different religious communities cultures living in the same area all getting along.
I almost always travel alone because no one is able to get time off work to join me. I honestly love to travel by my self because you never know what kind of people you can meet on your journey.
Hanging out with locals and people from the hostel. I love to learn about what the city is special for, and research all the history. Free walking tours can be a great way to get to know a city. I also think it’s fun to experience the night life options in every city.
The most exotic places i have been is Myanmar because the culture has been so well preserved. It is just so different compared to it’s surrounding countries .
Pack light and enjoy the time getting to the destination instead of being anxious to arrive. Go with the flow and do as the locals do. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
I am a minimalist while traveling. Since I started doing videos, I have to travel with a Smart phone, mavic air drone, video camera and my clothes, but before i started my channel, I just traveled with a small backpack, and my basic necessity items. Just clothes, tooth brush, and passport. Less is more for me.
My dream destination would be to travel to travel more places in West China in the areas of Xinjiang and Tibet. In these autonomous regions is a great mix of cultures and diversity. There are some zones foreigners can’t go currently. This summer I will go to a place close to Xinjiang called Ningxia.
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” – Anthony Bourdain
I am going to go to Philipines to meet up with another YouTuber, Max Mcfarland, to explore deep into the cuisine of Manila’s back streets. I will also be seeing if I can find another organization doing something to help the kids.
Originally I come from California. I have been living abroad for almost 8 years in China. I speak Chinese fluently and speak Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Spanish on a basic level. My passion is to travel, and make videos showing the struggles and inspiration of every life abroad. I love different cultures from around the world. Traveling is not easy but what you get from it is a new understanding of every place you go.