McCool Travel interview with Travis Pastrana. Article by Charles McCool. Photo by VTCar.com.

5 Minutes With Travis Pastrana

For McCool Travel’s 145th travel interview, I am thrilled to present Travis Pastrana. Yes, that is right, Travis Pastrana! I recently met Travis at the Subaru National Business Conference in Denver, where he represented the Rally Team and I was one of the Subaru Ambassadors. Check out our picture here. I know Travis is a big time extreme sports star but I also knew he would have some amazing travel insights. He did, so read on.

Travis Pastrana’s bio:

Travis Pastrana is one of Action Sports most iconic athletes. Starting at the age of four with a one-speed 50cc dirt bike, Travis Pastrana was soon hammering his way through a string of National Amateur Motocross titles culminating with the World Freestyle Championship at the age of 14. Although Pastrana began in the Motocross world, he became a standout in Freestyle Motocross (FMX). Besides winning nine X Games Gold Medals in FMX, he also invented many of the sport’s most demanding tricks. Pastrana gained worldwide fame when he landed the first ever double-backflip at the 2006 Summer X Games 12. He won the Rally American National Championship four years in a row (2006-2009) with Subaru Rally Team USA. Travis Pastrana is well known for his positive and unpretentious attitude. Travis is the co-creator and superstar of the Nitro Circus franchise which includes sold out World tours, a successful MTV TV series, and a 3D feature film. He spends his time traveling the world with his wife—professional skateboarder Lyn-z Adams Hawkins— and their two young daughters.

McCool Travel interview with Travis Pastrana. Article by Charles McCool. Photo by VTCar.com.

Travis Pastrana. Photo credit: Vermont SportsCar.

Travis Pastrana

HOMETOWN …

Annapolis, Maryland

ALWAYS IN MY LUGGAGE …

A Kindle. Maybe a bit old school with technology but give me something to read and any delay or missed flight is just more time to relax before getting back to the real world.

3 FAVORITE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME PLACES …

  1. Park City, Utah
  2. Gold Coast, Australia
  3. Carlsbad, California

A FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY …

Doing push ups in the aisle of an airplane because I lost a bet and getting stopped by a huge Samoan guy that told me to go back to my seat.. turns out he was slash’s body guard. We ended up hanging out on the flight and got to go back stage at his concert the next night.

McCool Travel interview with Travis Pastrana. Article by Charles McCool. Photo by VTCar.com.

Travis Pastrana. Photo credit: Vermont SportsCar.

3 FAVORITE TRAVEL BRANDS …

  1. Ogio
  2. Kindle
  3. Nixon

3 MONEY-SAVING TRAVEL TACTICS I USE …

  1. Unless it’s an amazing deal or you are absolutely sure you won’t be changing your flight, make sure to buy a ticket that is upgradeable / switchable. If you travel as much as I do and your plans change half as much as mine, it’s worth it to have flights you can change without a change fee and it’s nice to be bumped up regularly just because you fly that airline a lot.
  2. Bring an empty water bottle that you can fill up at a water fountain and snacks so you don’t end up spending 30 bucks after going through security.
  3. If you don’t have to bring it, then don’t. Save on bag fees and packing time, allowing more time to do what’s important.

3 WAYS THAT I HAVE FUN WHILE TRAVELING …

  1. reading
  2. sleeping
  3. people watching
McCool Travel interview with Travis Pastrana. Article by Charles McCool. Photo by VTCar.com.

Travis Pastrana. Photo credit: Vermont SportsCar.

8 WORD (OR LESS) TRAVEL MANTRA …

“Enjoy the journey and go with the flow”

FAVORITE NON-TRAVEL WEBSITE …

Red Bull

FAVORITE CHEAP EAT …

Hot dog and a coffee. Every time I’m at BWI I go to the hot dog place for 2 dogs and a coffee for 3.99.

The only better deal I’ve found is the all you can eat biscuits and gravy for under 5 bucks at Cracker Barrel. I don’t have one near my house though so I’m not sure if that’s still offered.. especially after my friend hubert clears his 5th plate in one sitting.

RECENT DISCOVERY …

Free diving. I can hold my breath for over 5 minutes. Had so much fun at the cenotes in Mexico.

I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET …

My wife.

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET …

Jake and Theo. twin Kiwis (from New Zealand) who absolutely crush it on mountain bikes.

McCool Travel interview with Travis Pastrana. Article by Charles McCool. Photo by VTCar.com.

Travis Pastrana. Photo credit: Vermont SportsCar.


Thank you so much, Travis, for sharing your travel inspiration and tips.

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4 Responses to “5 Minutes With Travis Pastrana”

  1. Duke Stewart August 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m starting to learn more and more that you should just pony up for the ticket that has more flexibility. Especially true when you hear it from people like Travis. Also, it’s so cool that you got an interview from him. Go, Charles! You da man! Anyway, really cool to see thoughts from someone whose killing it like him. Thanks for sharing this insightful interview.

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) August 27, 2017 at 7:40 am #

      Travis Pastrana DOES have some great insights. When I met him, I knew he could provide some amazing travel advice. Thank you, Carl.

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