I met Shane Dallas on a bright sunny day in 2015 during the Dubai Food Festival organised by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
What did we discuss? How to travel the world on a budget. Since our last meeting, Shane has gone to 100 countries around the world.
Shane is a photographer, keynote speaker, radio personality and founder of #TRLT chat, loves to travel and gravitate to places of cultural, historical or religious significance. So, check out his materials on
Interview With Shane Dallas of The Travel Camel
1. Why do you travel?
To me, travel is a learning process, and the most important aspect of that is to learn more about the world and its people.
2. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through all your travels?
The biggest lesson I have learnt is that all people share a common humanity.
3. What are the five things you can’t travel without, aside from your passport and credit card?
- Nikon DSLR camera
- Creative MP3 player
- Bose noise cancelling headphones
- Laptop (currently it’s a Lenovo)
- Travel pillow
4. Of all the Countries you have visited, which on is your favourite?
India is still my favourite place from the 100 countries I have visited. The colour, energy and diversity of the country are incredible, and it feels like that the whole world is crammed into one nation. My 100th country was Iran, and that comes close to rivalling India.
5. Do you use travel Apps on your mobile phone?
I don’t use travel apps.
6. Who is your ideal travel companion?
My partner, Maureen, of course 🙂
7. Can you tell us one good resource for all things budget travel
I don’t have any single source; I use multiple sources – books, blogs, websites, forums and Social Media. Sites such as Booking.com are useful for finding well-priced hotels. For airlines, I tend to book directly with the carrier.
8. Share with us your favourite travel book?
“From the Holy Mountain” by William Dalrymple.
He has a beautiful use of the English language. He brings to life a modern recreation of the journey of sixth-century monk John Moschos from Greece to Egypt.
9. What do you do to stay healthy when you travel?
I use hand sanitizer and only eat at busy places – whether it be a street stall or an excellent restaurant.
10. What’s the best tip you can give other travel bloggers to get more traffic to their site?
Actively create conversations on other people’s websites and social media pages. The mere act of engaging with others is a form of self-promotion.
11. Which Travel blogger do you most look forward to reading every week?
Wish I had the time to do this!
12. What’s the most common misconception about Dubai you have heard?
Dubai is unsafe. Dubai is one of the world’s safest cities that I know.
13. Outside of travelling and your digital nomad lifestyle, what is your dream job?
Formula 1 Grand Prix TV Commentator. I’ve always loved Motor Racing (I attended my first races when I was only 7 or 8), and Formula 1 circuit travels to fantastic locations. Thus it combines two of my great passions!
14. How do you make an income while you are travelling?
I speak and teach social media to beginners. I lead tours and marketing campaigns.
15. Where is your Next Destination
Unsure, opportunities can come at any time! I’m currently in Kenya, which is where I’ll be until my next business trip.