Details of Life on the Road: Street eats, cheap sleeps, budget travel experiences

The Perspective Chronicles: Meet Luke Pearson

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What is your name? “Luke Pearson”

Where are you from? “Dartford, Kent, England “

What is your age? “I’m 25 years young”

Why are you in Laos? “I’m in Laos because it’s the next logical step from Vietnam back to Thailand….”

Why is traveling important? “Because when you travel only then can you really experience the different cultures and the way of life of the rest of the people that inhabit this earth. And, there’s always a new meal to try, I do like eating”

What do you think of when you think of Canada? “I think of the awesome people I’ve already met that one day I will visit. I think of Caesars because they’re delicious, and I think of ‘eh’… and ‘sorry’”

Are people inherently good? “The people that deserve my time are”

How does traveling make you a better person? Because you learn…. Traveling enables you to understand cultures that may otherwise be poorly represented to you by the media or other ignorant beings. For example, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Iran, where the people could not have been more hospitable, kind, loving people….”

What comes to mind when you think of a hostel? “Social. It’s a hotel, but cheap and more fun. I genuinely don’t know why anyone turns their nose up at a hostel…. it just makes no sense to me”

Is the traveler of a different breed than the non-traveler? You can definitely tell the difference between a traveler and a non traveler. You always meet the best people of a country while your traveling. I’ve never met anyone I’ve disliked while traveling. You all share a common interest, so you automatically have that bond before you’ve said hello”

What is your life philosophy? “I would say ‘live the life you love and love the life you life’…. not my own words”

Does traveling bring happiness? “Absolutely. It’s my favorite thing to do, and I like being happy”

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