If you were compiling a list of the coolest jobs in the world, Anthony Bourdain’s would be near the top. The chef-turned-author-turned-tv-personality is living the dream: travel, eat, get paid, repeat. He’s had the gig for nearly a decade and a half, so does he have good advice for wannabe jetsetters? You betcha.
In a recent Facebook live Q&A hosted by CNN, Bourdain shared his best tips for beginner vagabonds. The ultimate secret to great travel, he says is this: “Don’t have too rigid a plan.”
Your most memorable travel experiences won’t come from crossing landmarks off a to-do list. Instead, they’ll come from the spontaneous moments when you’re forced to abandon the itinerary and let serendipity take over. “It’s never the Eiffel Tower and Louvre you remember for the rest of your life,” he added. It’s the “unexpected romantic accident” you’ll tell stories about for years to come.
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