We recently interviewed Peter Richards, CEO and Founder of TripTide. He shared with us his passion for travels and some funny and adventurous stories from his many trips around the world
What was your best trip?
My best trip was definitely visiting South Africa for the first time – I was just breath taken by the size, beauty and diversity of the country. I travelled around by mini bus with six friends and we were ‘taken in’ by several families up and down the country which enabled me to get a fantastic feel for each region we visited from a uniquely local point of view. The more I saw of the country – the more I asked questions – particularly of our driver who had probably had enough of my idiotic questioning after a couple of weeks.
What was your worst trip?
I took my family to Kefalonia 15 years ago and as we tried to board we were told that the plane was overbooked and we got unloaded and taken back through customs and back to the booking desk like criminals. This happened twice in about three hours. They finally got us on a flight but it was a traumatic start to the holiday and has put me off packaged holidays ever since. However, in subsequent years were always the first passengers to arrive.
Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels:
The most interesting person I met travelling was an aboriginal hunter from Western Australia who ran trips for visiting tourists. He was a massive guy with a great sense of ‘mindfulness’ and inner calm. I talked to him for ages about a diversity of subjects from his turtle hunting exploits to traditional healing techniques. He was the first indigenous Australian I had met and spent any time with.
If you could only have one place in the World to visit, which place would it be?
I’m looking forward to visiting Cambodia soon – it has a massive story to tell.
Have you ever been in a difficult situation while travelling?
Several – mostly as a young, single man so we won’t go into too much detail. One of my worst memories was being propositioned by a gun toting policeman in Mumbai to buy him 200 duty free cigarettes or else. Later on the same trip I lost my tickets at Bangkok Airport – I was travelling by Aeroflot on the old Soviet run air service and they were not the most forgiving of carriers.
What activity always makes you lose track of time?
Definitely Margarita time in in Ensenada, Mexico. It starts about 8.00 in the morning and never ends.
If you didn’t have to work, what would you do all day long?
Would have to be a beach based watersports activity – sailing Hobys or windsurfing. Sail a bit –then back to shore for some R&R and repeat forever and ever.
What puts a smile on your face?
Discovering local humour for the first time and what makes the locals laugh – particularly about the idiosyncrasies of middle-aged British travellers. We are a funny lot and there is so much to laugh at our selves about.
When you don’t know what to do, what do you find yourself doing to find your way?
I will persevere with my map and guidebook until my exasperated wife gives up on me and asks a local person.
How do you kill time while travelling long hours?
Normal stuff – reading and writing mostly although a long distance flight ultimately ends up in a video marathon.