Who is an Experiential Traveller? A globetrotter or a travel enthusiast who constantly explores new things during his or her travel journeys. Discovering cultures, traditions, local food delicacies, historical heritage and other unique characteristics of a place. Through their experiences you can enjoy a virtual tour of the region, deciphering the beauty of the place. Travelogue of Kuntala team is extremely glad to feature one such phenomenal experiential traveller – Brian Cicioni. He possesses an ardent interest to mingle with the locals and engage in a multitude of activities. His zeal and enthusiasm are limitless; especially his knowledge of various world destinations along with their inherent culture deserves accolades.
Today, we will be sharing our interview with Experiential Traveller – Brian Cicioni. You will be amazed to check out the long list of countries he has visited.
Interview with Experiential Traveller – Brian Cicioni
Where did you travel for the first time?
For the first time, I travelled to Toronto on Canada Day 2000.
How many places have you travelled to?
I have travelled to over 49/50 American states, 55 countries, and 6 continents
Share your travel experiences and some memorable moments which you cherish
Staying in a cave in Turkey's Cappadocia region back in 2010. I ended up watching Turkish cartoons in my pajamas with the family that owned the hotel. One of my favorite pre-iPhone pics.
What are the essential things one needs to take care of during travelling?
I take extra vitamins during any trip that involves flying. I got sick many times during trips to Southeast Asia, but I've been fine the last few trips.
Do you travel solo or in groups? Please share your experience of the difference between solo travelling and travelling in groups
I travel solo most often. Hardly ever in a group. When I'm not travelling alone, it's usually just me and one or two others.
Which are your areas of interest in a place during your travel journeys?
Using local public transit and exploring the local markets. Ideally, I start my first day in a new city in the local market and then use the metro to explore the different neighborhoods.
What kind of souvenirs you like to carry back after a trip?
At least one magnet for my refrigerator.
Do you like meeting with locals during your trip? Please share an unforgettable moment where you had interacted with the locals?
Travelling by car around Myanmar with two locals and listening to them sing patriotic songs. I tried to sing along but I was always a line or two behind them. They are very amused by my attempts.
How many times do you travel in a year and how do you normally plan your journeys?
My trips outside of the northeastern United States usually revolve around writing assignments. Maybe I'll do one personal trip per year. For 2021, it will be Antarctica. The lucky number seven for me.
What are your future plans for travelling?
Antarctica November 2021 (I'll be flying in and out of Ushuaia)
Who or what inspired you to venture out on travels?
Looking at the back on concert shirts. I used to say, “Hey wouldn't it be cool to see all those cities some day.”
We hope you enjoyed reading the interview with our guest experiential traveller – Brian Cicioni. Please do check his social media handles for further insights into his travel journeys.