5 Minutes With Josh Gates, host of Expedition Unknown

For McCool Travel’s 68th travel profile, I am pleased to present Josh Gates, known by millions of people as an adventurer and television personality. He hosted Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters Live, each for five seasons on Syfy, and currently hosts Expedition Unknown on Travel Channel. I was very fortunate to speak at length with Josh Gates before his presentation to a large audience at the recent DC Travel and Adventure Show.

Josh Gates’ bio:
“Adventurer, television personality, and author Josh Gates is the host and executive producer of the Travel Channel series, Expedition Unknown. The show takes viewers around the world and off the map for thrilling investigations into history’s most iconic legends. From Amelia Earhart to lost Incan cities, Gates travels to some of the most remote corners of the planet in immersive, hilarious, and nail-biting journeys of discovery. The series blends his unique brand of humor with a passion for exploration. For five years, Josh also helmed and co-executive produced the hit Syfy Channel series, Destination Truth and served as the host of the immensely popular Ghost Hunters Live. He has also appeared on The Today Show, CNN, and a variety of other national television and radio programs. His wanderlust has taken him from sweltering African deserts to the icy shores of Antarctica. To date, he has set foot in more than ninety countries. ”

Josh Gates at Panama Canal
Josh Gates at Panama Canal, photo from TravelChannel.com

Josh Gates

Hometown…
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Always in my luggage…
good camera, decent guide book, Pepto-Bismol
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…
Rome, any beach in Thailand, jungles of Cambodia

Josh Gates in Cambodia
Josh Gates in Cambodia, photo from TravelChannel.com

A favorite travel memory is…
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2006. I trained for an entire year. It is my most satisfying travel moment.
3 favorite travel brands…
North Face, Lonely Planet, Singapore Airlines
3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

  1. hoard airline miles
  2. off season travel
  3. unconventional lodging and home stays

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…

  1. don’t overplan
  2. try to find real ways to integrate with locals
  3. embrace things when they go wrong. Go with it!

8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Adventure is good for you.

Josh Gates and a Viking
Josh Gates and a Viking, photo from TravelChannel.com

favorite non-travel website (besides your own)…
Ain’t It Cool news
most memorable souvenir…
a sundial necklace (from childhood) that I wear on all my travels
favorite cheap eat…
Joe’s Pizza on Carmine in New York City
recent discovery…
exploring a recently discovered cenote (flooded cavern) in Chichen Itza, Mexico
I am fortunate to have met…
warm, hospitable people in small villages and towns around the world
I would like to meet…
Richard Branson

Josh Gates, on the trail of Amelia Earhart
Josh Gates, on the trail of Amelia Earhart, photo from TravelChannel.com

Thank you very much, Josh.
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