CNN News anchorman Anderson Cooper graces the cover and pages of Best Life and shares his boyhood dreams of adventurous life, filled with exotic travel to dangerous places. Here are excerpts from the issue and traveling tidbits:
On preparing for a trip: I pack virtually nothing.
On best place to carry passport: My passport is a mess. I carry it in my front pocket, so it’s all bent. But I know where it is at all times. I find those pouches ridiculous.
On best DVD for a long flight: Luc Besson’s The Professional is one of my favorite movies. Gary Oldman is so great in it. I watch and rewatch it.
On curing jet lag: Whenever you have free time, sleep. I’ve found you can usually work round the clock for four or five days, and then you collapse in a pool of your own filth. But for five days, you can do anything.
On the best food for the road: I travel with a lot of PowerBars and foil packs of crackers and tuna. They get better the farther you are from other food sources.
On best rule to eat safely: I hate being sick overseas, so I’m very careful. I stick with chicken, rice, and beans. I don’t get very adventurous.
Best writers for a journey: David Sedaris. Augusten Burroughs. Cormac McCarthy. I really liked The Road. I tend to read something that’s a complete diversion from what I’m doing.
Best way to relax: No TV, no radio, no iPod… just sit in a place without any external stimulant, have a cold drink, and be calm. Be present where you are.
Best relaxing drink: Nothing beats an ice-cold Coke in a glass bottle.
Best Life featuring Cooper interview hits newsstands on Tuesday, October 21.