As I explore more about this topic in my The Time to Travel is Now series, I’ll talk about fear of flying, traveling to destinations with preconceived notions like Russia and the Middle East, and meeting people all around the world that challenged me in becoming a better person.
My “Bourdain Moment” was in St. Petersburg, Russia with our local guide Vladimir, who took us to a friend’s residence for a home cooked meal. Vladimir didn’t tell me or my parents this in the beginning, he just suggested we follow him up an old staircase to a communal flat at the top of an old building. I didn’t know where I was going, only that I trusted Vladimir (who I just met the day before). I was in a strange land, with I must admit, a strange tour guide, but I wasn’t scared.