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Global Adventure: Sixteen Rapid-Fire Questions with Trevor Frost
Posted on August 21, 2015

Small fish, big pond. T. Frost testing the global utility of the Guide Shirt.

Trevor Frost is the epitome of a modern adventurer. He represents everything we envision when the term “adventure travel” comes to mind—remote wilderness locations, National Geographic imagery, and a vibe of Crocodile Dundee swagger meets new-age global citizen. He also has a house full of archived mementos from his global explorations and a few stories about importing crocodile skulls. So that’s cool. That combination of character and experience made him our go-to guide for Adventure Travel Month on the Live Your Adventure blog. He shares his packing and traveling wisdom in the interview below. —LYA Editor

Frost with the Maasi in Kenya.

What is the most off-the-beaten-path destination you’ve ever visited?

The Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I went there to find out if I could see an okapi, which is a black-and-white miniature giraffe that lives in the jungle.

What is the oddest way you’ve gotten from point A to point B?

I traveled in the back of a cattle truck for four days to get from Nairobi, Kenya, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

What is the most spontaneous trip or stopover you’ve ever taken?

Most spontaneous trip would’ve been my recent adventure to India. My good buddy Joe Riis called me one day: for the first ten minutes we talked about going on a trip together, and the last ten minutes we booked our flights.

What is your best source for beta on a new destination?

Friends. The Internet tends to lead me in circles.

Describe your best layover in 50 words or less.

One where I get to experience the place I’m stuck in, for example, eat the food, walk the streets, etc.

 

What was your best-ever, pre-planned, 72-hour adventure?

A trip to West Virginia to paddle Seneca Creek one day. And to climb Seneca Rocks the next day.

What is the most remote place you’ve escaped to in a short time window?

A private island in the Bahamas. Was helicoptered there from Nassau, and within six hours of leaving my home, I was on my very own island.

What is your best tip for finding great local food in a strange place?

Always look for the crowded joints!

What is your best packing tip for short trips?

Always spread out everything you’re bringing. I just bought a house, and I daresay one of the main reasons I bought it was so I could spread out all of my gear while packing. It makes the two days I have at home in between trips bearable.

Three key pieces of clothing you pack for short trips?

A synthetic puffy, white cotton t-shirts, and one nicer pair of pants.

 

What is one item that you always pack on your journey?

I’ve always got my Bainbridge Jacket. If an airline gives me trouble with my carry-on bags, I can stuff the extra-large pockets with cameras and lenses. The inside chest pocket is perfect for super-critical items like passports. And it’s warm enough to save you on a cold plane, but not too hot while running through an airport. Best jacket I’ve ever owned. Oh, and it looks sharp too.

Duffel, rolling bag, or backpack? Why?

A combo for me. Duffels work great for concealing Pelican cases and carrying soft tents and clothes. I like rolling bags for packing things that need a bit of protection. I rarely use backpacks, because they always cause trouble for airlines with all of their straps.

What is your perspective on travel in 50 words or less?

It makes you realize how special home is.

What is your favorite place in the world to visit? One reason why?

Serengeti, East Africa. The cool, clean air.

What is your number one rule as a traveler?

Collect stories, not stamps in a passport.

If you could go anywhere for a 3-day adventure, where would it be?

Probably back to Costa Rica.

Check out the Eddie Bauer Guide Shirt and the entire line of Travex gear Trevor packs at eddiebauer.com.

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