Drew Meyers, based in Seattle, WA, is a co-founder of Oh Hey World, an application by and for ardent travelers who nonetheless want to let the folks back home know that they’ve arrived safely at their destination. [I’ve been using the beta site since it was first launched. In one step, using OHW, I automatically send a note to family and update my website, HMS Henning, with my new location. And more full disclosure, Drew interviewed me for his blog on Oh Hey World, but I really truly had sent him these interview questions first. Still, I’ve been sitting on this post for way too long.]
Drew is a doer. He was one of the early developers of the real estate site Zillow, and he’s still an avid follower of start-up companies and techie entrepreneurship around the world. He’s traveled Asia, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and hoisted a beer or two (I’m guessing here) at Oktoberfest. Meanwhile, he blogs and has contributed to over 30 city guides appearing on Oh Hey World. If anything, Drew misses a comfortable couch when he’s traveling.
Travel Past 50 met Drew in February 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Before we knew it, the travel blogger meet-up turned into a river cruise and a tiger encounter. It was a great day.
Talk to us, Drew.
TP50: If you aren’t flying, how do you like to get around?
Drew: Train is absolutely my favorite mode of transit. It’s not even close.
TP50: How do you occupy yourself when you’re traveling?
Drew: Read or listen to music are my two most popular options. Sometimes, I watch movies on international flights if there are any good options. Sleeping is next in line.
TP50: What’s your minimum standard for a hotel room?
Drew: A bed and wifi.
TP50: Do you check a bag or carry-on?
Drew: Depends on where I’m going. Within the US, I carry on one bag plus my laptop backpack. Internationally, I carry on one backpack with all my essentials and check my larger backpack with clothes in it.
TP50: And what’s your favorite pack?
TP50: Enough said. But do you have any secret packing tips for us?
Drew: Roll up your clothes – great space saver.
TP50: OK. What’s the item you can’t travel without?
Drew: My Kindle
TP50: You are so decisive. Maybe we’ll stump you with this: What’s your favorite trip ever?
Drew: My 7-month trip in 2010–Santorini, Ireland, London, Spain, Kenya, and Ghana. And Santorini, specifically. I lived there for ten weeks, and it is hands down my favorite place on earth.
TP50: We suppose you eat when you travel. What’s your favorite food?
Drew: Thai, without a doubt. Vietnamese is a close second.
TP50: Do you have any favorite festivals? What do you recommend?
Drew: Burning Man, Oktoberfest, and Songkran are all at the top of my list. And yes, I’d specifically travel to all of them again. If I had to pick one, I’d say Oktoberfest.
TP50: We thought so. Do you miss anything when you are on the road?
Drew: A comfortable couch!
TP50: Thanks, and good luck with Oh Hey World!