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Friday, December 20, 2013

National Geographic’s ‘Digital Nomad’ Roams the World

Andrew Evans is triumphant at the border after running nonstop across the length of Liechtenstein (Sandra Thurnheer)

Andrew Evans is triumphant at the border after running nonstop across the length of Liechtenstein (Sandra Thurnheer)

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.

Interview Highlights

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.”


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