Kai Hornung – Interview
Featured Traveler: Kai Hornung
Q: Where are you from and when did you start traveling?
A: I am from Hanover, Germany. I started traveling at the age of 19. It was the US mainly back then. Ever since I started with landscape photography in 2016 I have been traveling a lot within Europe.
Q: How many countries have you visited?
A: Not long ago I had been asked that in a q&q on Instagram. I started counting and come to a number of 19. To my own surprise that many.
Q: What’s your favorite place so far?
A: That is a tough decision but I would say this is Iceland. A country like no other, really. Its landscape is breathtaking and often otherworldly.
But there are so many other great places like the Dolomites, Norway, Portugal or the US. Our planet is wonderful and well worth traveling.
Q: What place is top of your bucket list?
A: I would like to see South America and Australia/New Zealand. I would also be interested to see the landscape of China.
Q: What can’t you travel without?
A: My camera.
Q: What has been the most interesting item of food you’ve tasted?
A: I am not very risk taking in eating what I don’t know. I once had a very interesting fish soup in Portugal. Let me just say my traveling companion passed it on.
Q: Which country has the friendliest people?
A: I like Scandinavian people as they are so open, yet down to earth and humble. I also like the friendliness and enthusiasm of Portuguese people. They are proud of their country without a ‚us better than them‘ attitude. I love that.
Q: Where would you most like to live in the world?
A: At home. …then again a nice little cabin in Scandinavia or at a nice beach would be awesome.
Q: What destination have you found to be overrated?
A: I remember I was pretty disappointed standing inside masses of tourists at Hallstatt, Austria. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful place. But the sheer amount of people in this village completely ruined the atmosphere.
Q: What’s the best piece of travel advice you’ve received?
A: It sounds simple, but: enjoy. Traveling can be difficult and demanding. Things might not go as planned. But enjoying it nevertheless is the best you can do.
Q: What’s the worst piece of travel advice you’ve received?
A: I don’t remember ever getting such advice.
Q: What’s your top travel tip?
A: Enjoy and try to get more info about the places you travel to other than just on how to get to the hotel. I think it is very enriching to learn something about land and culture and its history. To me this truly makes me appreciate these places even more. And speaking of which: leave the places as you find them or even better. Respect nature and its people. Then I guess you will be welcome almost everywhere.
———- Happy Traveling ———-