Justin Billingsley

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I am Justin Billingsley from Arizona. I am an avid traveler and my favorite thing to do is travel the world and eat the best local food.

What is your hobby?

Travelling and eating ethnic food

How did you get started with this hobby?

I went to work for American Airlines over 30 years ago. I worked in Sales, When I went for the interview I was not aware of the travel perks. When I started working for the Company I found out about the travel benefits and the seeds of a lifelong love of travel were sown. I started travelling immediately and I have been all over the world. I hope to travel for many more years to come and still on the top of my bucket list is India &, Costa Rica.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

Every day is a new adventure. Even if I return to a location I have been before I return to the things I love but I always find new things to do and love to re-visit my favorite food haunts.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

I make sure I have great luggage that can take a beating and I always rent a car to ensure I am independent and can do my own thing.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

Expedia!…AirBnb, VRBO, Amazon for all the gadgets and goodies that make the traveling easier

Are there any good books for beginners?

Google is now the #1 source for travel information but I still love the Lonely Planet guides.

How has your hobby changed your life?

I have learned so much about the world and about other cultures. I have tried many foods then went home and learned to cook those foods myself. My home can be very interesting for my family and my guest. My house is much more likely to smell of curry than grilled hotdogs.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Keep an open mind at all times. Only when our minds are open can we learn. Do not go the restaurant in the hotel guide ask the concierge the receptionist where they go out to eat. Find the local haunts. Do not visit a third world country if you think camping is a Motel 6 with no room service.