Robert Reid is the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet.  He appears regularly on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the Weather Channel sharing travel stories and trends. In addition to writing two dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks (New York City, Eastern Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia), he has written for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN and World Hum.
You can also check him out on Reid on Travel

Inquiring Midlife minds wanted to know more, so we asked and he answered ……

MLRT: What’s on your bucket list?
Robert: How big of a bucket are we talking? I’ve always wanted to go by train from Saigon,where I lived in the ’90s, to Scotland, where the Reids first came from. In recent years — with the chunnel, the opening of the Vietnam-China border, and the ease of buying Russian train tickets — it’s possible. That’d be fun. Other than that, there’s a lot of places I’ve not been — Africa, Spain, most of China, New Zealand, South Carolina — that I’d like to see, but I don’t see really any place as ‘must see.’ I could keep going back to Mexico all my life and be happy.

MLRT: Best Travel Tip
Robert: Don’t overlook local sports events. Even if you’re not much of a sports fan, catching a high school basketball game, Quebecois major-junior hockey, locals playing cricket can be one of the best ways to connect with locals in their environment.

MLRT: Your favorite recipe?
Robert: Me cook? I have no patience to cook anything. I have a theory: if it takes longer to make than eat, I’m not interested. So I make sandwiches. Preferably with toasted bread. And eaten slowly enough to justify the process.

MLRT: Best vacation you ever had?
Robert: Travel is not always a vacation. And much of what I’ve done, and enjoyed so much, has more been connected with ‘work’ in recent years. Probably one of my favorites was going to study Spanish alone in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala a decade ago. Stayed with a family, learned a lot, did amazing side trips and just settled into Guate life for a couple weeks. Also, I’ll never forget getting my dad to meet me at Mt Rushmore not long before he died and hearing him, unexpectedly, let out a ‘ooh!’ when we first saw it. I knew he always wanted to see and never had.

MLRT: If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be?
Robert: Crazy Horse. Can you imagine?

MLRT: Best use of social media for Travel
Robert: I get all sorts of great advice for planning a trip before I go. Once I’m there, it’s sometimes better to put the phone away.


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