Janet Frost supplies the curiosity behind travel blog Go! Learn Things. As a lifelong learner she believes that chasing your curiosity will keep you young. The blog shares stories of her explorations near and far.
Janet spent time answering our questions below.
TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?
Janet: I grew up in a family that traveled. My father was an historian and we visited every American Civil War battlefield possible. As an adult I could never shake my wanderlust. It took about 10 years of marriage to convert my spouse but eventually we raised our boys as traveling adventurers also. Now we are ready to hook the next generation of grandkids on the value of exploring the world around them.
TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?
Janet: Travel to learn. It might be history, geology, local foods and culture or underwater wildlife. Every day every place has something to teach us. So Go! Learn Things.
TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken?
Janet: Three weeks of cooking classes in Tuscany, Italy. My father and I went on this trip and we learned everything from a new found love of Bernini art to cooking zucchini squash flowers.
TA: What's one place you've always wanted to visit?
Janet: Yikes! I have to pick one? New Zealand
TA: What's one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?
Janet: Too much camera gear and too many books for the drive.
TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?
Janet: Give every place a chance. You might have to dig deeply but every place and every person has a story worth learning.
TA: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten overseas?
Janet: We were SCUBA diving in Palau, a small island nation in the Micronesia region. Our guide for a jungle kayak tour offered us a taste of a sea cucumber he pulled up out of the water. It was slimey and gross, no one was game to try it. Except for me! A story our friends tell over and over again.
TA: Which country has surprisingly good food? (And what are some good things to eat there?)
Janet: We had been warned about food in England. But we had some of the best and most diverse foods of our lives, in London.
TA: Have you ever met someone while traveling who changed your life? Who were they?
Janet: Our outfitter in Norway, Laila of Reigstad Unlimited taught me to be an adventurer and how to tell fun stories with my photos.
TA: What's something that other tourists do when traveling that drives you crazy and why?
Janet: Tourists are like beginner soccer players. They all clump together chasing one small ball (or instagram spot). This is especially true for cruisers and bus tours. Spread out! Go find a backroad, a lesser known but equally cool alternative.
TA: Which underrated destination deserves to be more famous? Please explain why.
Janet: The American Midwest is terribly overlooked. It is a region packed with history, charming villages, booming cities and beautiful natural adventures.
TA: What's one piece of advice you'd give to travelers your age?
Janet: Keep practicing! As we age everything takes more effort, don't wait for "someday" to start traveling. Traveling can be tough and just like any activity, you need to keep doing it to stay proficient.