We sit down with our favorite adventurers and they tell us how they do it.
Name: Christian Ann Schaffer
Location: Monterey, California
Gig: Outdoor Adventure and Travel Photographer
What’s the best travel advice you have?
Travel internationally by yourself at least once. Even if everything goes wrong, you will learn things about yourself that you might otherwise never know. The freedom is indescribable and the opportunity for introspection is priceless.
What are your favorite places you’ve ever visited? Why?
New Zealand. The whole of South Island, because it is literally heaven on earth. The Kalalau Trail, Kauai, where I hope to live in a tree house someday. The entire John Muir Trail, because every mile of it is epic. The Salkantay Trek in Peru, en route to Machu Picchu. Because Peru is just plain beautiful. If I had to choose a place to live though, it would be the Pacific Northwest. There is just something about all that green and fog.
What are the best lessons you’ve learned from traveling?
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to just roll with it. On my first solo international trip, my luggage was lost in Amsterdam and I landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For four days, I had nothing but my wallet, my laptop, an airplane pillow and some snacks. All of my meticulous planning face-planted from the start, and I just decided to go with it. That experience completely altered my outlook on travel. Every trip will likely present its own unique opportunities and challenges, and there is almost always some unexpected chaos. I’ve learned to embrace the chaos, and call it adventure.
What gear can you not travel without?
My camera, a good pair of hiking boots, and gummi bears.
What do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark iii, Canon 24-70ii and 17-40. I just bought the Phantom 4 so I am doing my best not to fly that into a cliff.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ________ before I die