Interview – Rob Gerhard (TravelLatte)

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Our latest installment of travel blogger interviews features Rob Gerhard from TravelLatte who has graciously given his time to speak with us and help us learn a little more about his travel thoughts and website.

Please feel free to comment, ask questions and connect with Rob using his various social media fronts listed below.

We would like to give a special THANK YOU to Rob for taking time to interview with us!

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Name: Rob Gerhard

Intro: Whenever I’m in Starbucks and they ask for my name, I always wish I could say something cool like “Kokopeli” or “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” but no…it’s just Rob. For the baristas, that’s probably for the better. Note: RobRob – the name you’ll see on TravelLatte – is a reference to how the whole thing started: Two guys named Rob sitting in a Starbucks saying, “We should start a blog.” One of us did. The other one’s on the road somewhere.

THIS Rob was born in Tucson, Arizona. I still consider that home, though I’ve lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly 20 years. Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter presence are all TravelLatte. (We like coffee. Did I mention this started in a Starbucks?)

Website: TravelLatte

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What is your favorite aspect of traveling and if you are a travel blogger, why did you decide to create your website? 

I don’t have an un-favorite aspect of traveling! If I had to pick one favorite thing, it’s discovery. A new place, a new custom, a new dish, a new person…I absolutely love finding out about our world and the people in it!  

The idea to start a web site was to share travel tips, but there are so many already out there. That evolved into TravelLatte, which really came about to share our experiences as well as tips, news and assorted stuff we learn about.

How many continents have you visited? 

Two

How many countries have you visited? 

1-10

What is your favorite destination in the world and why? 

I absolutely love Tucson because it’s home – comfortable, familiar and beautiful. And it’s home to the first Tiki bar I ever fell in love with! (Love you, Kon Tiki!) And I love Maui for it’s complete beauty. The sea, the land, her people, their culture and food; they all worked together to cast one strong spell on me! If I could be anything, I’d be Hawai’ian.

If money/time was no object and you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why? 

Not anywhere IN the world…I would literally travel the world! I am so intrigued and inspired by people who have found a way to do that; particularly those who have set sail. Okay, so if I could be anything, I’d be a Hawai’ian sailor circumnavigating the globe.

Which of the following gadgets do you take on your travels? 

Camera, Phone, Tablet and Laptop (Note: I don’t take all of them on every trip. Just most. 😉.

What is your preferred method of transport? 

Air (t
hough we took our first train trip this summer and really enjoyed it)!

Complete the following, “Everywhere I go, I visit….” 

Well, you gotta eat! I’d say the things I consistently hit are restaurants and coffee houses. When I see one, Starbucks is my one familiar place I’ll venture into. Otherwise, I love places that deliver the local versions of home cooking and a fancy night out. Rarely will I visit a chain restaurant, with a couple of notable exceptions because I like the way they do business. In the much of the US, I will find the local fave BBQ joint, and I like checking out iconic restaurants and Tiki bars/Polynesian restaurants. (That’s been an obsession since childhood. Perhaps I was always meant to be Hawai’ian?)

Here is your chance to sell yourself and your website! Tell us some more information about yourself, what your travel philosophies & future plans are and anything else that people may find interesting to read about… 

My travel philosophy is really simple: Go! See!  There is so much world out there!  

Don’t worry that you can’t see all of it – any little piece of sea or shore can be a new discovery. Oddly enough, “Go and See” is our personal future plan as well. Plans for TravelLatte reflect that. I’d like to get better at the nuts’n’bolts of it and bring background players to the foreground a bit, but our goal is to grow as a resource for travel news and reviews, and continue blogging our personal experiences and insights.  

Oh, and check out #Travel140 – our take on travel tips for the Twitter age. You can use that as a search term on Twitter, or click the category link on the web site. Got great tips to share? We’d love to hear and pass them on!

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hey look – I’m famous! 😉 I’m honored to be included in the lineup of great bloggers you’ve covered. It’s very much appreciated! I hope you keep it going – I’m looking forward to “meeting” more kindred spirits!

  2. Great interview. I’d encourage you to try more independent coffee shops in different cities whenever possible. Starbucks is OK, but they’re pretty much the same all over.

    • I have found a good little ‘local’ coffee shop here in my hometown of Jonesboro, AR that is equally as good as Starbucks if not better so know exactly what you are talking about Ryan. The problem is, just like with most other domains that the leading chains frequently put these local establishments out of business and they are never given the chance to really maximize their potential.

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