Interview with Chane Steiner – World Traveler living his Dream

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Gigoing-Baby Elephant in Phuket Thailand

Baby Elephant In Phuket,Thailand

 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am the owner and founder of 3 internet marketing businesses. My business partners are my friends of 20+ years. I recently just started really living my dream which is to travel on more of a full-time basis. So far, it’s been amazing! I love adventure and spontaneity.

What continents have you visited?

I’ve been to many places, but unfortunately and surprisingly only 2 continents: North America & Asia.

Gigoing-Boat ride to Phi Phi island, Thailand

Boat ride to Phi Phi island, Thailand

What are some of your favorite places so far?

Thailand, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, and Costa Rica in that order

What do you enjoy more when travelling? (nature, people, cultural spots, arquithecture..etc)

What I enjoy the most is meeting new people and experiencing their cultures. People are very proud of their customs and traditions. They love to share their way of life with others. When they share with me it really means a lot to me and it’s so much fun. I’m also passionate about animals. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with elephants, monkeys, tigers, snakes, dolphins, whales and many others. Also, trying new food and spa treatments are two of my favorite things.

Gigoing-Adventure with his cousins in Guanacaste, CostaRica

Adventure with his cousins in Guanacaste, CostaRica

Have you ever been disappointed by a destination?

Yea it happens, but rarely and it’s not a big deal. I do a lot of research online and talk to others before I visit a new destination so when it’s not as great for me as it was for them, it’s a little disappointing. But, I realize that everyone is going to have a different experience.  Sometimes mine will be better and sometimes it will be worse.

What is the most unusual place you’ve ever visited?

I remember Bangkok was very unusual to me the first time I visited, but now that I’ve been there so much it’s not at all.

Gigoing-Blessing time Buri Ram, Thailand

People of the village of Buri Ram, Thailand, tying strings around Chane’s arm to bless him.

Who did you meet who marked you the most?

That’s such a difficult question since I’ve met so many incredibly cool people on my journeys. From the children to the elderly; they’ve all had a big impact on my life.  The friendships I’ve made are all very special to me.

What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve ever eaten?

Weasel poop coffee in Vietnam.

What do you always take with you?

I run my business from my laptop. I take it everywhere.

Is there anything that makes you feel at home?

The people in almost every country I’ve ever traveled to have been so incredibly kind to me. Their warmth and smiles make me feel at home.

Do you have any tips for beginners?

Make friends with locals. Do your best to try to learn the basics of their language and their culture. Be good to them and they will take care of you and make your time much more enjoyable. Know that there will be miscommunications and you will also get ripped off sometimes. If that bothers you, traveling is probably not for you. Never make a scene or lose your cool under any circumstances. And of course, always be respectful.

What’s your advice for those considering long trip abroad?

Pack light. Don’t overplan. It’s understandable to want to do and see everything, but when you pack your schedule with so much to do, it becomes stressful. Be spontaneous.

Gigoing-Training_Time_Muay_Thai_Thailand

Training time, Muay Thai,Thailand

Where do you want to go next?

I’m actually on a plane on my way to Kuala Lumpur right now. After that, Singapore and Bali. On my short list are Australia, South America and Europe.

You can find more information of Chane on Twitter @chanesteiner

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