Alright Findlay force. Like I mentioned previously, we hired a new content manager for our blog. His name is Elliott Tauscher (@elliottstravels), and has been rocking Findlay since the beginning. We are very excited to bring him on board and cant wait for you guys to see what he has to offer. Without further ado here is Elliott's 10 question interview.
Can you tell the Findlay Force a little bit about yourself?
Of course! I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and always loved the outdoors. At a young age I struggled with dyslexia, luckily my parents caught on pretty quick and helped me get through it. I have always had a passion for extreme sports including snowboarding and kiteboarding. I met my girlfriend in Thailand on my first trip abroad (no she is not Thai, she is Norwegian) and we have been traveling together ever since!
Im sure you get asked this a lot, but why did you start traveling?
haha yeah I do but still think its a great question. Previously I had done everything I was supposed to do. I graduated from High School with good grades, went straight to University and finished in four years and never gotten into any serious trouble. I wanted to do something completely different than anything I had done before. I packed up all my belongings, flew to a a country and culture that was the farthest from my own with only a hostel booked for the first three nights. Now, almost 3 years later, here I am. Best life decision I have ever made.
What made you fall in love with it?
I mean who doesn't love traveling? But for me I guess it was the people, food, culture, landscape, lifestyle. It all just fit with who I was and helped me grow into who I am today. Its incredible what you learn about yourself and the world while backpacking around. Its an amazing feeling being able to have the best time of your life with only a 60L backpack full of your possessions. Makes you really think.
Is their a famous person you would most want to pick their brain over dinner or drinks?
hmmm. I think that would have to be Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia. I went to school for entrepreneurship and he is a legend among tr
avelers and entrepreneurs. I would love to know how he was able to build such a successful business while not forgetting his adventurous roots.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
That was the Blazed and Confused tour with Snoop Dogg and Slightly Stupid in Portland, OR.
You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours.
What is your itinerary?
Damn, thats a good one. I would probably have to say Bora Bora because that place is expensive!!
Which celebrity would you let your significant other go on a “one-night-only-hall-pass-date” with?
Hahahah. Well I am a huge fan of Trevor Noah from the Daily Show so I guess thats who it would be! But only if she got a picture with him.
What do you miss most, aside from your family and friends, from your home state?
I would have to say Mexican food and breweries. Hood River has amazing Mexican food and there is no better place for Micro-Brews than the Pacific North West.
Most overrated place you’ve been to on your travels?
Hmmm. This is a tough one because I
have loved something about every place I have been. I guess it would have to be the Full Moon Party in Thailand. Its just a bunch of foreigners getting wasted a littering on the beach. I had a
great time, but still, pretty overrated.
Last but not least, If there is one thing you could tell something who is on the fence about traveling what would it be?
Honestly, just go. Buy a one way plane ticket and don't look back. As long as you have an open mind while traveling everything will fall into place. The scariest part is getting on the plane.
Thank you guys for reading and Elliott wanted me to let you know he was incredibly excited to start writing for you all. If you want to know more about him check out his website elliottstravels.com . Next post it will be all him so make sure to give a Findlay welcome. Peace and Happy Holidays!