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For a little over three years, Andrew Evans has roamed the world as National Geographic’s “digital nomad.” He’s also a contributing editor to “Four Seasons of Travel.” He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to share his travel recommendations.
On travelling during the winter
“I love Paris anytime of year, but I actually really love it during the winter because it’s devoid of people. And Paris in the winter when it’s snowing is like a fairy tale. I love the Southern Hemisphere. I’d say Tasmania right now. Botswana is extraordinary at this time of year because the rainy season has started. But I also like going north. I like going to Montana, say, or Canada. Quebec in the wintertime is also gorgeous. So those are some of my favorite places in December/January.”
On sharing the experience
“I love what I’m doing, but if I’m not sharing it it’s like it didn’t happen. … I think that it’s a little bit different for me because I have thousands of people who are waiting and watching for that next image or that next impression. But I do think that there’s a fine line where you kind of stop enjoying a place and you’re too stuck in your device.”
A tip for orienting yourself in a new place
“I always go running. That’s one of the first things I do when I get to a new city or country, and it’s a way to orient myself. It’s a way to kind of capture a sense of people on the street. When you’re running, people don’t really — they either really notice because you stand out, or they don’t really pay attention to you. And you’re suddenly not really a tourist, you’re somebody who’s running in a park or along the street. And that really helps me get a sense of place.”