“The More I See The More I Realize I Haven’t Seen Anything:” A TDQ Q&A With TV Producer And “Amazing Race” Winner Alex Boylan, Part 2

Alex Boylan

The Daily Quarterly has acquired this image of Alex Boylan on his secret Nicaraguan beach with the best waves.

TDQ: Who was your favorite adventurer when you were a kid?

Boylan: Probably my parents. I was a preacher’s kid growing up on the north shore of Boston. I wasn’t like the regular kids going to Disney World for vacation. My parents would take me to places like Istanbul, Turkey to work alongside missionaries helping the impoverished people of that region. I thank my folks every day for the world they opened my eyes to. 

TDQ: Who is your biggest influence?

Boylan: God, my Dad, Laird Hamilton and Richard Branson. All are willing to throw it on the line at any given time.

TDQ: Have you yet found the perfect wave?

Boylan: Unfortunately I don’t think I have…but I have come close, and it’s in Nicaragua. Sorry I can’t go into more detail as I want to keep this little gem from getting too crowded.

TDQ: You’ve been to more than 50 countries. Where in the world have you not been able to go yet that you’re dying to get?

Boylan: I would like to explore the islands of the south Pacific and trek through sub-Sahara Africa.  It would be cool to trek through some of the Middle Eastern countries breaking free from their dictators. I wish I was old enough to travel eastern Europe when it broke free. This could be the Middle East’s moment. But the verdict is still out…so we will have to wait and see.

There are a lot of places I would like to go back to on vacation when I’m not working. I plan on driving from Sydney to Cairns in Australia. I’d also like to travel through southeast Asia on my own time…maybe trek it on a moped.  

TDQ: What’s the strangest thing you ever experienced in your travels all over the world?

Boylan: That locals love eating Cuy in Peru. Guinea pig just doesn’t taste good, period. There is something wrong with gnawing on the paws of those little guys.

TDQ: What’s the scariest situation you’ve ever found yourself in when traveling all over the world? 

Boylan: Being in Kenya when the riots broke out in the 2007 elections. Mass genocide was happening all over. One side would lock children in a church to protect them…then the other side would burn it down with the kids locked inside. It was a tough scenario to be face to face with. A bomb went off right next to me and my colleague (Zsolt Luka) while we were filming there. We ended up living at the airport for six days and sleeping under its Christmas tree because the lights gave out the most warmth in the building.  

TDQ: If you had to recommend one place in the world you’ve been to that everybody else needs to go to before they die, where would that be?

Boylan: I think people need to figure this out for themselves. The more I see the more I realize I haven’t seen anything. But if you are a first time traveler and want to backpack…do Southeast Asia. It’s cheap, the food is some of the best in the world, the people are friendly and there is nothing quite like taking a TukTuk through the streets of Bangkok to kick off a trip.

TDQ: Quick: Anthony Bourdain or Rick Steves?

Boylan: Bordain for sure. His episode in Cuba is one of my favorites. Come to think of it…Cuba is the place I want to visit but have yet to get to.

TDQ: Isn’t your career really all downhill from here after this interview runs?

Boylan: Yep…I’m pretty sure I’m going to throw in the towel after this one.

TDQ: Are you on Twitter? If yes, why aren’t you following @dailyquarterly?

Boylan: I am on twitter @alexboylan but prefer Facebook. I encourage your readers to follow Missions In Action at @missionstv

TDQ: Better source of news using social media? The Daily Quarterly Facebook page
or @dailyquarterly on Twitter?

Boylan: For news I think Twitter is solid. For personal use I prefer Facebook.  

TDQ: You’re welcome for our time

Boylan: It’s all your pleasure…

Check out their website for all the episodes of Missions In Action, and learn more about Alex’s production company, Around the World Productions, here. Read part 1 of our TDQ Q&A with Alex here.

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