All the Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower is lethal to your soul. And a selfie in front of the pyramids in Giza? Completely overrated. Bourdain is on a mission to change how we see and experience the world.

All the Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower is lethal to your soul. And a selfie in front of the pyramids in Giza? Completely overrated.

Bourdain is on a mission to change how we see and experience the world. Skip the tourist traps. Avoid the lines. And please, please, never book a prepackaged tour.

His alternative? Get real when you travel. When the 61-year-old former chef explores a new place, he’s not stressing about where to eat or which museums to hit up. He’s far more interested in getting a sense of the rhythms and smells and flavors of a place, a task that requires patience and a willingness to explore. Going rogue.

To say Bourdain is well traveled is an understatement. He spends nearly 250 days out of each year on the road, shooting his fly-on-the-wall travel show Parts Unknown, as well as taking time for personal vacations. Clearly he’s seen a lot. Tasted a lot. Experienced a lot.

But it’s not like he’s campaigning for us to jump out of a plane on our next trip (although, for the record, he’s done that). He tells me on a recent winter morning, after just getting back from the Cayman Islands and on his way to Hong Kong, that it’s not so complicated to find real moments when you travel. With a fond smile, he reminisces about his first visit to Tokyo. He didn’t speak Japanese. And at six-four, he hardly blended in.

Reference

Other things to check out:

Christiane Amanpour’s “Sex & Love Around The World” Is The Talk You Wish Your Mom Had Given You

CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour’s new show takes her network’s motto ‘ “Go there” ‘ to a whole new level. The groundbreaking television correspondent, who became famous for her war reporting, is investigating a different kind of story. Amanpour is turning her attention on sex and love around the world, and her candid, carnal, and decidedly NSFW show definitely goes there.

“This is about the emotions around intimacy,” Amanpour tells Bustle. “It’s about how you speak up for what you want in terms of your own happiness and your own fulfillment, whether it’s emotionally, spiritually, or physically and sexually.” The first episode of “Sex and Love Around The World” was shot in Tokyo and explores everything from why some women choose to work in the sex industry to why others stay in sexless marriages. Amanpour and her executive producers, Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia of Zero Point Zero, also leaned on female talent to direct and produce this six-part series. “Sex and Love Around The World” premieres on Saturday, March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN and will stream on CNNgo.

Throughout the six-episode series, Amanpour travels to Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to investigate how ancient and erotic traditions inform an understanding of intimacy and pleasure, and how women are pushing the boundaries today. In bars, clubs, and red light districts across hemispheres, she sits down with women and men of all ages to look at how they’re challenging the rules of sex, gender, and relationships. Her interviews are filled with questions that could make anyone blush.

“I’m definitely a little more tentative in terms of my comfort with the subject,” Amanpour admits, but she doesn’t look so shy when she’s holding court at a high-end Tokyo club, sipping soju on the rocks. “I sort of developed that as I go on with the six weeks,” she says. “I get more and more comfortable talking about these intimate things.”

In the West, conversations about sex tend to be relegated to awkward sex-ed classes in sweaty gymnasiums. That’s because, Amanpour says, the whole topic is still “pretty much taboo.” But according to Amanpour; having “the talk,” is essential ‘and there’s a good chance Americans are doing it all wrong.

Reference

The Business of HYPE With jeffstaple, Episode 4: Michael Camargo, AKA Upscale Vandal

The Business of HYPE’is a new weekly series brought to you by’HYPEBEAST Radio‘and hosted by’jeffstaple. It’s a show about creatives, brand-builders and entrepreneurs and the realities behind the dreams they’ve built. On this week’s episode,’Jeff’sits down’with Michael Camargo, the branding/lifestyle manager, consultant, and true multi-hyphenate also known as Upscale Vandal, at Sole DXB.

Jeff and Mike’s conversation was recorded just after midnight in Dubai. This is a crucial point, because Camargo was not allowed to travel internationally until June of last year. “Everything I’ve accomplished in my career so far, I’ve done on probation” Camargo says, just after removing his Audemar Piguets timepiece and over $100K in jewelry.

From the outside looking in, it might be difficult to figure out what exactly it is that Upscale Vandal does. Whatever it is, he seems to be doing a lot of it, though ‘ whether its sharing Instagram Stories of himself burning the midnight oil with screen-printers and distributors or photos of his meals as the Hood Anthony Bourdain.

In this far-ranging and wide-reaching sit-down, Camargo explains why he doesn’t take interns (“I don’t wanna teach people the wrong way to do something”), growing up in Ozone Park (“John Gotti was seven blocks away”), and why Kanye West was right: everything really’is Pusha T. After all, when Upscale first ventured into the field of lifestyle and brand management, it was Pusha who told a young Camargo that everything he knew about fashion could be applied to the music business. Mike has since gone on to consult for Roc Nation and artists like Push and J Balvin, helping bring their brands to the global stage. “Marketing,” in according to Upscale, “is the language you create between a consumer and a product.” Upscale also believes that being an influencer is the’antithesis to being a consultant. If the success of his consultation relies on his influence, says Mike, then he is a bad consultant. “Kids might not think that. They’ll see you and be like, ‘Ooh, you lit!’” There has to be some discretion. “The hand,” according to Upscale, “has to be invisible.”

Camargo also believes that it’s crucial that brands recognize the importance of self-reflection and -realization. “Reebok took a sharp L,” says Camargo. “But Reebok is also doing phenomenally right now: they’re looking at where they’re lacking.” This ability to rehab their image, Upscale says, is an area where Under Armour has struggled. “They shoulda jumped on the Dad Shoe meme’if I was controlling digital, there would’ve been dad swag beefs!”

Reference

Watching: Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain, Eiffel Tower, Cayman Islands

All the Things You’re Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain
(Mar 2018) ‘Money Magazine

Here’s some extra reading:

Christiane Amanpour’s “Sex & Love Around The World” Is The Talk You Wish Your Mom Had Given You
(Mar 2018) ‘Bustle

 

Video

Leave a Reply