Most life changing experience: I spent six months traveling in Africa by any means possible from “Cape to Cairo” and wrote a book about the experience. I traveled by cargo ship, rail, hitch-hiked, and spent more time in chicken buses than can be good for anyone's health.
Closest to death: I got caught in a riptide while surfing and pulled ridiculously far out to sea, or it could be the time I had a gun put to my head in South Africa.
Gutsiest thing I ever did: Leaving a very secure and well paid job as a college instructor because it prevented me from achieving my travel and writing goals.
My close friends are very important to me and I'm not going to give them up for you (but will give them less time) and my sister is one of my closest friends.