Tuesday Travels with The Mad Traveler – Kevin Revolinski

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Tuesday Travels introduces us to “The Mad Traveler,”

aka Kevin Revolinski

www.redneckrhapsody.com Kevin in the Galapagos Islands with a resident giant tortoise.
Kevin in the Galapagos Islands with a resident giant tortoise.

Kevin Revolinski is the Mad Traveler; who is our guest for this Tuesday Travels. I literally clicked across his blog in search of information for an upcoming trip while researching a country we were looking to visit.

He had some great information (Tuesday Travels material fo sho)!

He had some great information and when I reached out for more details he was so kind to respond almost immediately and has continued to answer & offer help on the subject of traveling in the Middle East. When I went to snoop around on his blog I found that he’s kinda a big deal. He is a published author of 15 books, MANY articles in papers, blogs and newspapers. He had some of the best common sense items that travelers need to know before they go, especially international. I might have borrowed a few ideas that may show up on my site…. Hummmm or they might make a good opt in, I’ll have to think about that.

Please introduce yourself & tell us what you do.

For much of the last 18 years I’ve been a travel writer, having written for Rough Guides, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and basically any outlet that would pay me. While I lived abroad in several countries (Turkey, Italy, Guatemala, Panama, Thailand), I sometimes taught English, but in 2004 decided I’d write full-time until I couldn’t pay my bills for the month. That month never came. I am The Mad Traveler (based out of the Mad City – Madison, Wisconsin).

www.redneckrhapsody.com Ayasofya, the largest church in Christendom before St. Peter's was built in Rome. Converted to a mosque in 1400s, Ayasofya was made a museum in modern Turkey.
Ayasofya, the largest church in Christendom before St. Peter’s was built in Rome. Converted to a mosque in 1400s, Ayasofya was made a museum in modern Turkey.

How many trips do you average in a 24 month period?

20

US or International?

International plus an abundance of regional trips in between

Favorite destination so far?

Turkey

Friendliest country / state on a whole?

Taiwan

Best food? Tell us about your favorite meal, type of new food you experienced, places to try and what not to eat?!?!?

There’s nothing I won’t try (raw horse liver once) and I have favorites in most places I go: manti in Turkey, ceviche in Panama, krapow moo sap in Thailand, Pizza Napoletana, and Ethiopian food.

www.redneckrhapsody.com Kevin in front of the old library facade at Ephesus in Turkey, one of the most spectacular Roman age city ruins.One of my favorite books of the Bible were written to the Christian church in this place! It is on my list to make it here one day!~TW
Kevin in front of the old library facade at Ephesus in Turkey, one of the most spectacular Roman age city ruins. One of my favorite books of the Bible were written to the Christian church in this place! It is on my list to make it here one day! TW

One place that holds a favorite memory?

The entire year in Turkey. I turned my experience there into a memoir, The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Teacher in Turkey.

Solo or with someone?

Either. But it’s nice to have someone to turn to and say, “Whoa, did you see that? Is this not awesome?”

Prefer camera or just shoot pictures with phone?

DSLR Camera, you just have so much control and it really tests your skills.

Funniest thing that happened here or while traveling to / from here?

The funniest moment in Turkey was the confusion of a door-to-door yogurt man getting his yogurt into a pot in our kitchen and the resulting argument that they we never wanted it.

www.redneckrhapsody.com One of the most amazing places I've been is Bagan, Myanmar. A wide plain full of pyramid-like temples and shrines, like Angkor Wat in Cambodia but without all the jungle blocking the view of the big picture.
One of the most amazing places I’ve been is Bagan, Myanmar. A wide plain full of pyramid-like temples and shrines, like Angkor Wat in Cambodia but without all the jungle blocking the view of the big picture.

Tips on traveling or navigating while you are there?

Go local. Take the dolmush (a shared taxi van running a route but stopping anywhere). Hitchhike!

If you picked anywhere else to live where & why?

Istanbul, it is the most amazing city in the world, sitting on two continents, and the Turkish people are some of the best I’ve encountered.

What is your best suggestion on what to pack? What time of year were you there?

Modest dress for visiting holy sites, comfortable walking shoes. I’ve been there in every season. It’s cold in winter, hot and dry in summer. But whatever you forget, you can buy it there.

#1 place to go you haven’t been; if you have been, why #1 for return?

I hope to visit Easter Island someday.

www.redneckrhapsody.com Kevin with a street car in Istanbul, on the European side.
Kevin in Istanbul, on the European side.
Please share your website and social media so we can continue to follow your adventures:

Website: TheMadTraveler.com  

Instagram: @MadTraveler

Twitter: @KevinRevolinski  

Facebook: The Mad Traveler 

Wishing your Rhapsodyville dreams & travels come true! 

Be fearless & pack a bag!

Trina

Previous Tuesday Travels for you to check out:

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Yuengling original production brewery & storage in PA.
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8 thoughts on “Tuesday Travels with The Mad Traveler – Kevin Revolinski”

    • That’s one of the only things that sometimes holds me back…I have some allergies. Of all things it’s spices mainly. Makes me always smell before I eat & carry peanut butter crackers?

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  1. I think it’s great that you’ve been able to travel so much. Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s really helpful for those of us who’d like to visit the same countries.

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