The Inspired Traveler – # 11 – Michael Schuermann

The Inspired Traveler – # 11 – Michael Schuermann

Today, we continue our series where we sit down to interview fellow Travel Bloggers and (hopefully) get them to give up some of their best travel tips for you, dear reader. Next up, we get to bend the ears of Michael Schuermann, who runs The Easy Hiker website.

Mike taking a hike in Sedona

1)      What is it about traveling that makes you smile?
(More a wry smile.) When I see people do something they quite clearly do not enjoy, like pulling their bored and tired kids through an art gallery, out of a sense of “holiday duty”

2)      What is your favorite place in the world?
New York as a city, Northern Arizona in terms of the landscape, but if you ask for my favorite travel destination, I generally prefer places where I have not yet been.

3)      What place would have to pay you to come back and even then you’d have to think about it?
The Philippines – not because I did not love the country (I spent more than two years of my life there) but because they have blacklisted me and would probably throw me in the slammer if I ever tried to get back in. (It’s a long story.)


The neon lights of Broadway in NYC

4)      What is the best piece of advice that you’ve been given about traveling?
It is not worth traveling half way around the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.

5)      How has traveling changed you as a person?
I don’t think it has, neither do I think traveling should be approached that way. Let’s not expect too much from a two-week holiday, shall we? Foreign countries will only ever change you when you cease to see everything through the eyes of a visitor.

6)      Have you ever volunteered during your travels?  If so, what did you do?  If not, will you ever?
No and probably not.

7)      What is the best piece of advice that you can give our readers?
Come home in one piece. It’s the first rule of traveling – and the only advice I ever give to our son when he sets out on his own.

Enjoying the view in Sedona, Arizona


8 )      Since this is a budget travel blog, what is your best budget tip, bar none?
Whenever feasible, avoid hotels and rent a short-term holiday flat instead. That way, you can save a lot on your meals, particularly breakfasts. Hotel breakfasts are rarely good value. Better to save your money for one nice dinner than to spend it on three or four overpriced breakfasts.

9)      Where do you plan to travel this year?
Hiking in the Black Forest, possibly in the Pyrenees. New England in the fall.

10)     What are the three things that you could never do without during your travels?
A companion with whom I can share and exchange observations, a camera (ever since I started blogging), and my Gitanes (can’t get them in some places, least of all in the US).

Michael Schuermann

About our Traveler

Michael Schuermann aka Easy Hiker is also the author of guidebook Paris Movie Walks – 10 Guided Walking Tours in the City of Lights! Camera! Actions! He obviously loves walking! Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.



Renee King
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  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 20:46h, 29 April Reply

    Another interesting interview! It’s always cool to read about other travel bloggers. (I’d love to find out what happened in the Philippines!)

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 00:05h, 30 April Reply

    Great interview with Michael! Always enjoy reading his hiking blog and it’s nice to get to know him a little better. However, you can’t mention something about how if you visit the Philippines again that you might be thrown in jail and not share that story! That’s the good stuff! 🙂

  • John in France
    Posted at 00:40h, 30 April Reply

    Good to read all about Michael here – he’s got us intrigued about Philippines though!!?? Thanks.

  • Michael Schuermann
    Posted at 03:34h, 30 April Reply

    Thanks for having me, Renee. Quite honoured too with such company. More power to your blog!

    • Renee
      Posted at 11:19h, 30 April Reply

      Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, Michael. It was a pleasure!

  • Turkey's For Life
    Posted at 05:47h, 30 April Reply

    Oh, this was an interesting interview – would like to know why Michael can’t go back to the Philippines – but that’s just me being nosey. 🙂
    Interesting about what he said about a country only changing you when you cease to see everything through the eyes of a visitor. We’ve definitely changed since moving to Turkey full time.

  • Laurel
    Posted at 07:25h, 30 April Reply

    Another great interview Renee. Michael’s wry sense of humor shines through and I love that he’s such a fan of the Black Forest. It’s one of my favorite places as well.

  • Michael Schuermann
    Posted at 08:36h, 30 April Reply

    Well, the Philippine story is about my first marriage in the Philippines. I wouldn’t want to get into the personal details. I’m saving that for my first Hollywood screenplay (with Jude Law playing me and Margaret Hamilton aka the Wicked Witch of the West playing you-know-who.

    • Raymond
      Posted at 20:30h, 01 May Reply

      Ha ha! Michael, I love a Wizard of Oz reference! 🙂

  • Erin in Costa Rica
    Posted at 13:23h, 30 April Reply

    OK now I’m really curious about the “long story” associated with answer #3, I’m nosy too. I see up there in the comments that you are holding the story for your screenplay, guess I’ll just have to wait for Jude Law! 🙂

  • Norbert
    Posted at 15:42h, 02 May Reply

    Ok, now I’m curious… what is a Gitanes? And I’m with Erin… tell us the juicy and interesting stuff about your Philippines blacklist!!

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