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Blogger Ori Epstein
Where do you live now: The beautiful brownstone neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York, at least until I get priced out.
Scariest airline flown: I think I have the complete opposite of a fear of flying - I get so excited by travel that just getting to the airport or boarding a plane can leave me downright giddy. And even severe turbulence or drunk-acting pilots won't shake that giddiness. Of course, it also helps that I typically fly airlines like Delta or JetBlue, rather than something like Khyber Afghan Airlines or Trans Air Congo. But if I really had to pick the scariest, I guess it would be the first time I flew with my then 3-month old daughter, a 12-hour, 2-layover Southwest cross-country slog. I don't know exactly what the feeling was of changing a cranky infant's toxic diaper in a cramped 737 lavatory 20,000 feet above Sacramento, but it might as well have been fear.
Favorite city/country/place: Barcelona? Jerusalem? Peru? Australia? How can anyone possibly answer this, there are so many incredible places. But fine, I'll answer it - Mexico. It pretty much has everything: vibrant cities, quaint colonial towns, ancient ruins, beaches, jungle, desert, and an incredible cuisine. And best of all, for us Americans, it's all right there in our backyard!
Most remote corner of the globe visited: It might not feel like it when you're there, but Hawaii. Out in the middle of the Pacific, over 2,000 miles away from the nearest human settlement, it's extraordinary that this tropical, volcanic, Asian melting pot is part of the United States.
Favorite guidebook series: I think that all the major travel guide publishers can be pretty hit or miss, and the authors are usually a better gauge of quality than the brand. But for this I'll go with Bradt Travel Guides. I've never actually used Bradt, this is more of an aspirational choice. Their books, which cover places like the Congo, Somaliland, and Iraq, appeal to the adventurous traveller in me that I have not quite become.
Dream travel destination: Crossing the salt flats of Bolivia; exploring the Okavango Delta of Botswana; hiking to the Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. Basically, any country that starts with the letter B.
How did you get started travelling? My parents, inveterate passport stamp collectors, refused to let parenthood get in the way of their wanderlust. By the time I was 6, they had already dragged me along to places like Tanzania, the Seychelles, Israel, and Greece. Like it or not, they created a budding travel addict, and I can only hope to do the same for my daughter.
When I'm not writing for Gadling, I'm...either trying to corral a tireless 11-month old or pay off my law school debts.
Languages Spoken: Some Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, and, thanks to my day job, legalese.
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