We chatted with Dave Levart, the veteran Traveller and blogger behind Dave’s Travel Corner.
We spoke about his twenty five years of promoting travel, his favourite things to do in Napa Valley and Los Angeles, his trip in Peru, and more. Figure out where his travel destinations understand where he’s headed and will be!
How did your passion for travel get started?
I took a trip to Thailand and Nepal while. Both countries are different then that I had experienced growing up on the coast of the USA; that specific trip was eye opening and I never traveled in my youth. I strove foods I’d never been exposed to before found bodies across the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, experienced ceremonies and was surrounded by unfamiliar surroundings. Upon returning from this trip — I always wanted more of these adventures. This was the start.
Just how many days/weeks are you currently travel in any given calendar year? Which are the sorts?
Several years back, I was abroad 5-6 months of each year. Today its scaled back considerably — usually 3 months from the calendar year, including about 6 weeks in Thailand each year. I love to see areas for experiences and activities. I also like to visit .
You’ve been promoting travel through Dave’s Travel Corner for more than 20 years now. What do you attribute your longevity to?
My persistence and desire to keep to create content — of that my outlet is Dave’s Travel Corner — that is related to my ongoing passion for travel.
Your travels have taken you to some remarkable variety of territories and countries around the globe. Could you please share a travel experience, outside of your life-changing trip that’s particularly special for you?
Invariably the answer to this question entails mountains. A trip to Peru involved climbing Tocllaraju — a 6,000 meter peak. I was joined by friends on the scale — while not one of us made it many people reached the slopes — in the end forged bonds and deepened life-long friendships.
You spend a lot of time at Los Angeles and Napa Valley. What makes them excellent destinations for travelers? What do you recommend travelers do in both locations when they see?
Los Angeles for me is the next: its own can do attitude, the inspirational creativity of passionate artists as well as also the cutting edge job of excellent scientists and engineers, a distinctive cultural diversity in which you frequently have the largest populations living outside of their home countries, it is tasteful, it has personality, the climate is usually mild year round with a terrific diversity of micro-climates, it is hanging out with all inventive people and tapping into their networks, and it is the exploration of the fascinating recent history of the way”that” all was and it is my own family roots — beginning with my great great grandfather who is buried in Forest Lawn, my cousin that was raised here along with my dad who was born in Glendale.
What do you want audiences learn and to gain from your job?
There’s indeed much more: Los Angeles is a infinite lineup of cultural events and activities each day of the week each week of the year, late night forays to comedy clubs on Sunset, a drive along Mulholland overlooking”everything”, a stroll down the”hollywood” area of Hollywood Blvd, pushes up to the Angeles National forest, a drive into the Hollywood Hills, exploring”ethnic” communities, campuses in outdoor venues on warm evenings, world class museums, gardens teeming with sub tropical diversity, overworked actors trying hard to get by, buddies who get up at 3am to avoid visitors and drive to work and then push back in 3pm, buddies who work crazy hours and after that blow steam off by racing bikes around the freeways or at the hills extremely late at night, the boring suburbia and sprawl of the”valley”.
It’s extreme prosperity, it is extreme poverty, it is homelessness, it is amazing restaurants, it is hole in the wall restaurants, and celebrity signed photos hanging on the walls in locations as normal as your neighborhood car-wash, it is style, it is casual, it is the outdoors — from sand and surf to snow and mountains, it is the LA River, it is theme parks, it is studios, it is hiking in Griffith Park, it is roof top hangouts where there’s nothing easier to do than toss back a stiff drink on warm evenings with friends, it is wide boulevards, it is easily crossing major streets on foot at downtown at times with surprisingly few cars considering this is the nation’s second largest town, outdoor shopping centers, the car, SigAlert, the metro, LAPD, the”power” of the freeways that are uniquely LA, the fantastic feeling of being at a 24/7 carpool lane passing countless almost parked cars in the other lanes, even the happy feeling of driving the”correct way” on a freeway in the flip side is piled up, it is the personal satisfaction of understanding how to get about town, it is invitations to private parties in which the obvious goal is to truly feel exclusive and detect other folks needing to feel the identical way, it is touring buddies from out of town and being a part of changing their senses of Los Angeles.
Give us a’Top 5′ record for one of your top 3 destinations. Like a mini-guide or a list of sorts. It can be anything in your favourite resort, best spot to have lunch, best sightseeing, etc..
And it is a city contrary to what you a thing larger than yourself and hear — in which you can feel a part of a community — should you put the effort in and need something. Of what there is to find out and experience the urge and here to explore the diversity — creates an adrenaline causing buzz each time.
How many countries have you visited up to now?
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Which are your top 3 favourite cuisines?
Napa Valley is also home to over 1,100 exceptional wine producers, including virtual and physical wineries. 95% of the valley by numbers are small boutique wineries making under several thousand cases of wine per year. There’s an amazing diversity in such a small region ranging to vineyards to micro-climates and lands.
What is your favourite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
The wine is famous world wide. We don’t make much of it that vintners here have upon the board. We are known for our wine we are a culinary hub in California. It is uncommon for a rural location to have the standards of excellence that we’ve got here. It’s absolutely a gorgeous part of the planet to visit and much more so to reside.
What is your travel movie?
It is a whole lot of hard work it is their passion and business, for others it is a hobby and it is somewhere in between. For many, it is a lifestyle. The valley is small. That is a business in which you help the others out and vineyard management side and also the wine-making of the operations isn’t necessarily cutthroat like in different businesses.
What is your favourite global airport?
Come anytime of the year — harvest and spring would be my times — there’s a renewal of energy onto the hillsides and together with all the vines. Harvest is a bustle of action and the excitement that comes from viewing the 12 months. We welcome you here and you will be richer for the experience if you pick up a sliver.
Which city had the friendliest people?
For a list of the 1,000+ Napa Valley based wineries, producers and tasting rooms that Dave has visited and reviewed, visit: www.napawineproject.com/reviews/
Who’s your travel companion?
To be inspired to go out and travel and that the world is usually not a location that was hazardous.
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
What is the most exotic location you have been taken by your career?
Ice Climbing — you understand your not climbing a’normal’ mountain when while roped up you glance over on a side and see penguins sliding down snow covered slopes!
Vernadsky Research Base Bar— among the world’s southernmost pubs, this foundation is possessed by Ukraine
Kayaking — exactly what a joy to be moving one of ice bergs and seals
Photography — Antarctica truly delivers a remarkable diversity of visual eye candy. The play of light and color varies dramatically sometimes and is extremely varied.
Wildlife Viewing — envision standing one of the Penguin colony, or one of countless fur seals, or seeing massive humpback whales swim alongside a little Zodiac.
What is your piece?
171 countries + Lands of which 149 are countries (Mongolia later this summer to Become my 150th)
What are without?
Thai | Korean | Greek
What is your ultimate dream destination?
I Really Don’t have a specific restaurant it Must include the following:
— Extremely ingredients
— Rare ingredients a bonus
— Old and infrequent alcoholic beverages
— Location — someplace that is memorable for whatever reason, being surrounded by both scenery
— Exceptional Support
— 10 of my buddies would be there
— The supper would last at least 5 hours and we’d be served at least 9 classes
What is your travel quote?
Last Stop for Paul
Where are you headed?
Anyone who enjoys is prepared to explore outside of their normal comfort zone and adventure. . And someone who is a sleeper since we will share a space.
Writing about travel!
And processing photographs and movies.
Funerals by the Ganges River (burning bodies), spreading ashes into the water — people swimming nearby and drinking the water. Exotic music all evening. Spotted some people napping in the streets. Monkey came at the same stage, cows. Cow dung that is wet collecting sell for fuel and then to wash — their bodies covered in shit. Individuals defecating or urinating on the sides of the streets. A Bollywood movie being filmed next to my guesthouse. Whoa. An attack on the senses.
Be open to new adventures and the fact that things goes wrong once you are on the street — understand to roll with the punches in order to speak. Continue to mining.
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However, if on planet earth, then it might be: Uganda or the Democratic Republic of Congo to find the Gorillas in the wild. Or Afghanistan.
My own: Ownership of most things is overrated. Ownership of worldly encounters isn’t.
Domestically — the nation of Washington to a wine focused excursion — and later in the summer, Mongolia.
Dave is a travel resource since 1996, an international travel writer and founder of Dave’s Travel Corner. He is well dressed (170+ countries & territories); while upon the street he enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking climbing, meeting folks, and experiencing different cultures.
Combining these interests with his experience in technology, photography and writing, he shares his experiences on Dave’s Travel Corner and in media outlets. Dave is most at home at Bangkok, Los Angeles, the Napa Valley or California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.
In 2006, he guessed the Napa Wine Project., a difficult endeavor to visit, taste together and write about each and every winery in Napa Valley, California. He has completed comprehensive written testimonials of Napa Valley based tasting rooms or wineries, producers along with 1000 visits.
His very first book titled’The Freeways’ was published in 2010.
He is a big proponent of experiential travel, valuing experiences far above”matters”.
Learn more about Dave Levart along with his Journeys by after him and checking out his Web Site!