Sunset on the Koruldi Lakes in Georgia
Sunset on the Koruldi Lakes in Georgia

Don't Get Caught Up In Seeing 'The Best', Says Actor Jonathan Legg

The actor tells us all about his show Road Less Travelled, quirky travel experiences and smart travel hacks

You recently visited Serbia and Montenegro. Tell us about your experiences there.

The Balkans are relatively unexplored by everyone outside of Central Europe. What a fascinating area it is. There&rsquos been a lot of conflicts here for years because of the region&rsquos geographical location. The regions all used to be part of a giant, affluent country that fell apart in a terrible civil war. The recency of that violence still reverberates, although you&rsquoll find the people welcoming and open-hearted. In fact, this is what I like most about the region how fast you can get to a real, raw conversation with someone.

Tell us what to expect from your show, Road Less Travelled.

What I like the most about this show is producer Sashi De&rsquos style. He basically gave me the autonomy to create these episodes from legitimate experiences. Believe it or not, we&rsquove literally begun episodes with not a single thing arranged. It&rsquos a little nerve wracking with a deadline approaching however, if you open up your senses and look for it, the story always emerges.

Apart from trying to milk a reindeer in Finland, climbing volcanoes, and finding monasteries that make alcohol, what other crazy things have you encountered in your travels

I sneaked into an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Russia (hopefully they are not angry with me about that), took an oil tanker to Antarctica, and was in a room with five cobras slithering around in Vietnam.

Are there any personal travel hacks while visiting foreign countries that you swear by

There is practical advice like keeping a separate cash stack, placing your second credit card behind your phone case, etc. The best tip I can offer is not to get caught up in seeing &lsquothe best&rsquo and leave plenty of room for the serendipitous. If your trip is a series of checklists, it will be less memorable than if you have some days where you let the events of a day, and the people you meet, lead you naturally from one thing to the next. The magic is in the unexpected moments.

You seem to have been to almost every country there is to visit. So what&rsquos next on your wishlist

This summer I&rsquod like to visit Georgia and the Caucasus Mountains. There is a remarkable amount of cultural diversity in those mountains which seem to be like a net, catching a huge portion of our ancestors as they migrated out of Africa to spread around the world. I have a deep sense that there is much to discover in these regions.

This article is from our Story Bank. It was published in February 2019.

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