In our biggest scoop yet we’ve managed to nail down adventurer Dave Cornthwaite on the eve of yet another adventure. Aside from being an adventurer he is an author and motivational speaker. He is just about to start the 9th journey of Expedition1000, a project to complete 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.
This 9th journey is on a Whike, a tricycle with a sail designed to merge both pedal and wind power, Dave and two friends aim to cross Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest desert on the planet.
Who or what gave you the travel bug?
I don’t know if I have a travel bug, such as a YES bug. In 2005 I was a depressed and miserable graphic designer and in an attempt to make something of myself, I decided to skateboard further than anyone else ever, just two weeks after stepping onto my first board.
What made you move from hobbyist to professional?
I travelled 4500 miles on a skateboard, crossing the UK and Australia and breaking two world records along the way. After that I got my first book deal and couldn’t imagine retreating to a life where I spent the majority of my time doing something I didn’t enjoy, so I began to try lots of new things and eventually took on adventure as a lifestyle. Do what you love enough and you’ll manage to make enough money to get by.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I can’t answer this, I have a lot! I love Uganda for its greenness, the USA for being totally misunderstood, Australia for its space. the list goes on.
What three things can you not travel without?
My Macbook Pro, it’s my office.
My contact lenses, it’s nice to see where you’re going.
My passport, but that’s because I like being legal
Describe your dream trip if money was no object?
Can I play Devil’s Advocate here? I try not to spend too much time thinking about stuff that just won’t happen, and seeing as I don’t play the lottery can I offer up a dream trip where money doesn’t have to be an object? I’d get a paddleboard (inflatable would do), strap everything I need to the deck of a board and paddle a big river. Endlessly formative, loads of challenges, a good mixture of peace and nature, unbeatable.
Who would be your ideal travel companion?
Hard one! Probably just me! Travelling solo is the ultimate freedom. One decision maker. Responsible for everything. If I had to choose someone else, my partner Emily Penn, who is a dab hand at adventure herself.
What is your top travel trip for our readers?
Don’t think too much, don’t plan too much, travel with an open mind and with a purpose, that way everything will have context. And start, now! Say Yes More!