Random – Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss' Top 3 Travel Spots


Random – China Episode 2 Part B from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo.

This is a continuation of the Random series. Past episodes include language learning, start-up advice, must-read books, and more.

In this episode, filmed on the roof of the Yin bar in Beijing, Kevin Rose and I (and a little bit of Glenn McElhose) discuss our top-3 favorite travel spots. Details include favorite areas, seasons, things to look for and, occasionally, things to look out for…

Let us know your favorite travel spot in the comments!

If someone were only there for one day, what are the 1-3 non-mainstream must-see or must-do picks?


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Tim Ferriss on Huffington Post – Vibram shoes and other oddities


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Posted on: December 10, 2009.

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158 comments on “Random – Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss' Top 3 Travel Spots

  1. Thanks guys for the advice on great places to visit. One of my best friends has lived in Tokyo for over a year and has shared some great stories and photos from there. He is trying very hard to get me there soon.

    Also, Amsterdam is another place really ‘high’ up on my list of places to go. Thinking next September, I’m going to do Amsterdam and Germany in one trip.

    Thanks again fellas. Happy travels!


  2. Great topic. Here’s my two cents.. International: (1) Cape Town – Extremely beautiful, lots of outdoor activities, great beaches, people, insanely beautiful wine country within an hours drive. An amazing place (South Africa in general is great). (2) Antigua, Guatemala – one of the best colonial towns in Latin America. Great small hotels, great restaurants. Volcanoes everywhere you look. Incredible place.

    Domestic: Charleston, South Carolina. Great history and architecture, incredible food, restaurants and nightlife. A hidden gem that’s off most people’s radar. A great weekend destination.


  3. I definitely agree with Amsterdam and Thailand. I’ve spent about 1.5 months in Thailand and would move there tomorrow if I could. Though I’d recommend getting off of Koh Samui now (it’s been built up quite a bit) and heading to Koh Phangan or the other smaller islands around there.

    I’m heading to Bamboo Island in Cambodia soon and fully expect a good time there. Another place in SE Asia to check out for sure.

    Also, don’t forget a day trip up to Ayutthaya to see the old capital while you’re in Bangkok.


  4. Tokyo and Kyoto would be two of my top picks, but I’d also love to visit Peru, Austria, and Switzerland. I personally haven’t done much traveling… but it’s on the menu, if you know what I mean.

    Loved the video, thanks!


  5. Great episode! Thanks. Tim, thanks again for the Argentina recommendation last year. We loved our 4 months there. While we enjoyed BsAs, we found the rest of the country AMAZING! Particularly, Mendoza, Bariloche, Ushuaia & Puerto Madryn. We would have never gone there without your suggestion in 4HWW. Thanks again, Gary


  6. For all-around sightseeing, history, eating, drinking, cultural immersion and so forth, Japan is my favorite. Tokyo is great, but be sure to get outside the city and see other locales like Kyoto, Takayama, Nikko, etc.

    For utter beauty and pure relaxation, Taha’a is *the* place, but the resort there is ungodly expensive. Bora Bora is a touch more beautiful, but slightly more crowded and a little less expensive.


  7. I concur with Kevin’s top spot as Amsterdam. I had zero expectations going there and was amazed with it. I’ve gone back a 2nd time and looking to move there soon.


  8. Loved Oia on Santorini. We stayed at Aris Caves for a week, and it was spectacular. (Also loved the smaller town of Plakias on the south coast of Crete. The hostel there is often voted the best in all of Europe, and rightly so. And only 9 euros a night!) I think Savannah is a wonderful place to visit domestically, just to check out the history of the city. I love Estes Park, CO area, and also the views in and around Bozeman. We’re going to Ireland next summer–any recommendations? (I’m going to try to swing my family by Edinburgh, Scotland while we’re there because they HAVE to see it.)


  9. One of my favorite places to visit is Tallinn, Estonia. For Europe, it’s very inexpensive and English is spoken all over. The people are very friendly and the nightlife is vibrant.


  10. Other than the ones mentioned:
    1) Zanzibar (Stone Town, Markets, Spice/Slave Tour, Kendwa Rocks Bar, Snorkeling/Boating (w/lunch)-$10)
    2) Safari in Ngorongoro Crater w/either Maasai Mara or Serengeti (Plan for Migration)
    *Hang out with Maasai Warrior on either
    3) Any city during a major cultural festival/holy week/world cup

    Visiting a Friend in Thailand very soon :-D Glad to hear you like it. :-D


  11. I’ve only really travelled in Europe but I really like Paris and Barcelona as cities. Barcelona has more of a tourist feel about it but is beautiful. Paris has a similar buzz to London and you can find some really cool places if you just get slightly off the beaten track.

    Iceland is an amazing country, Reykjavik is a cool city with a small town feel but the countryside is just out of this world. The scenery is like nothing I’ve ever seen.

    Thinking of going to the US next year, probably to SF and Vegas and the national parks in between. Really stoked about that trip as I’ve heard great things.


  12. Amsterdam? A great walking city? It is until you come to a street.

    Having to cross bike, cars, trams, trams, cars & bikes is hard work. Especially if you’re inhebriated.

    Did have an awesome time in Amsterdam. Febo’s rock my world.

    Tokyo I really enjoyed, and I did try to learn Japanese. Whilst I learnt a little, it was not enough, and people thought I was fluent. Bit of a mistake, as I didn’t know enough. Nevertheless, surprisingly cheap to eat in good quality restaurants, awesome culture, great vibe, and Okonomiyaki is my favourite food ever!

    One of my favourite places which is a little hidden away is Caernarfon, North Wales. Steeped in history with a huge castle, it’s a town of around 3000 people, but about 30 pubs. It’s 98% fluent Welsh speakers, so there’s no English signs (though everybody does speak English). Awesome small town, it’s like nothing has come in or out in 20 years. Weather’s not that great there though.


  13. I’m very partial to the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii. I lived there for three years in the 1990s and it’s a magical place.

    You must see:

    1. Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” (Mark Twain quote)

    2. Ke’e Beach on the north shore

    3. Hanalei town and the views of the mountains and waterfalls from the north shore


  14. I haven’t spent enough time overseas, but after traveling full time for 5 years domestically, my best advice is to find the places locals like to go. The seafood restaurant that’s packed at 5:30 or the run down bbq shack in the ghetto usually beats anything else. Also ask where people go on particular days. The best restaurants can get away with only being open a few days a week. If you pay attention, you’ll see everyone eating the same thing for lunch on Thursdays.

    I’ve also found that college towns are generally more fun because there’s more to do. Also when you ask for advice make sure to ask someone your age/demographic. Results are much better.


  15. Great article, definitely reignited my urge to visit Amsterdam. I’ve spent a couple of months in Japan. Yes, it is expensive, but the Japan Rail Pass (need to purchase prior to your trip) is the best deal for getting around the country. If you want to spend some time in Tokyo (worthwhile), consider renting an apartment or gaijin house through a foreigner rental agency and saving some money. I used Sakura house, they were great and they speak English. Plus, if you take a right out of the headquarter building and turn right on the first side street, you will find what is quite possibly the best ramen house in all of Tokyo. As for my favorite places, besides Tokyo, Nicaragua is right up there on the list. I would venture to say that its better and much less expensive to visit then its neighbor, Costa Rica. Despite being the poorest country in Central America, it is generally regarded as the safest. Nicas are friendly, nice, and genuinely good natured people. Plus it has more active volcanoes to explore than any where else in the region. Don’t miss Isla de Ometepe in the middle of Lago de Nicaragua. Sorry, Brew, but I have to disagree with you about Antigua in Guatemala. In my experience it has a very inauthentic nature. It seems like a city built for tourists and is a poor representation of the country as a whole. However, if you find yourself there you have the money, stay at the Cloister, a converted monastery thats now a bed and breakfast. Its right under the famous archway. Consider Xela (Quetzaltenango) instead. Besides the air pollution, its a great city with great people.


  16. Tim, I suppose I should feel ridiculous suggesting this low-profile gem (and gawd I will hate myself if developers discover this place and show up to cash in on the beauty) among all those international destinations, but ya gotta check out Little River Canyon near Fort Payne, Alabama. There are Costa-Rica-worthy waterfalls (I’m talking scores of them), a gorgeous canyon with rugged and semi-tame hiking, rock climbing (at least one blockbuster movie has been filmed there), kayaking, horseback riding and 4-wheelin’ swimming holes galore. If you ever go, ask the locals to direct you to (a) Yellow Creek Falls – take your canoe and hiking stick to get there, (b) High Rock swimming hole – gotta have 4-wheel drive and a bitta gumption, (c) Hippie Hole (be prepared to shimmy down into the canyon & retire any fear of heights), (d) Little River Falls – again, scoot your way down into the canyon to swim beneath the falls, (e) DeSota Falls – you can rappel off the cliff front and drop right into the swimming hole below, and much more! Practice saying “Here Jimmy, hold my beer and watch THIS!” (If you ever DO decide to go, lemme know and I’ll give you a proper guided tour!)