Exclusive Interview: Chris Stout of MANJr.com
1. Who or what inspires you to travel?
I traveled a lot as a kid. I have my family to thank for that. We didn’t live large growing up, but we always saved up for trips to Europe. I think experiencing different parts of the world is really important. When I spend cash on travel, it’s on a different value scale. If you save up to go big on an international trip, the memories and cultural takeaways you get in return are always worth the price. Spending on travel is never a bad investment.
3. What are three of your favorite global bites?
1. Kotu Roti and Lion Lager in Sri Lanka
2. What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?
Exploring is great, but nothing beats having a local on the ground to show you around.
4. We know traveling can sometimes be painful–what’s one of your most agonizing travel memories?
In 2003, I bought more than 50 vinyl records in Vienna, after visiting flea markets and records stores throughout the city. Instead of just doing what’s smart – paying to have them shipped back to me in the States – I schlepped the records from Vienna to Munich to Amsterdam to New Jersey and back to LA. Rail travel isn’t all that glamorous to begin with, but it’s especially annoying when you have extra pounds of vinyl in each hand. Got some great stuff though, so it was worth it.
6. I’m sure you have tons, but what’s one of your most ecstatic travel moments?
8. What’s the one place you always want to go back?
Toss up. I love Vienna. It’s a beautiful city; a grand Old World imperial center that’s now the oversized capital of a country smaller than Maine. I used to visit Austria a lot as a kid, and I’ll always want to go back for the nostalgia, to see family, drink really good beer and eat proper schnitzel.