Aaron Fung - Stride Destination ExpertLatin America, North America, Spain, Ireland, China, Russia, Morocco
As part of a travel family, Aaron has travel in his blood. His grandmother founded a travel agency in San Francisco’s Chinatown that was a pioneer in taking gambling tours to Reno. His mother took over the agency and has run it for 25 years, and his aunt was a flight attendant for TWA creating and running her San Francisco Chinatown tour company.
Aaron has lived in a seemingly odd variety of places: San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, New York, and Nashville. He now lives in San Francisco, but if he’s not on a plane, he’s thinking about it. Aaron’s travels have taken him to places as far flung as Turkey, Russia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru, much of western Europe, and China.
His favorite trips are those in which he can interact with foreign culture – namely food. In each of his trips, he makes sure to sample as much of the local cuisine as possible and discover which non-local cuisines pleasantly surprise. This has included finding some of the best Indian food in St. Petersburg, Russia, Chinese food in Dublin, Ireland and Lima, Peru, and Ethiopian food in Boston.
Favorite travel number: 134,632 – the number of miles Aaron flew in 2014
What keeps Aaron awake at night plotting trips: Thinking about how to maintain his flight status on American Airlines and imagining which countries he should visit next.
Most brag-worthy trip: Taking a train from Zurich to Como, Italy, using my Spanish to effectively communicate with the local Italians (yes, I am aware they are two distinct and different languages), and translating for my three travel companions.
There are two:
The first: Nine days in Morocco featuring negotiations with merchants in Marrakech’s Jemaa el-Fnl, a camel ride into the Sahara at Erg Chebbi, and the beautiful blue colored buildings of Chefchaouen. A naturally beautiful country coupled with a rich, warm culture imbued with European, African, and Middle Eastern hues.
The second: A weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. Lowcountry food satisfies like no other, and you’ve not lived until you’ve tried shrimp and grits – South Carolina-style. Add in rich history of the Civil War and the beautiful plantations around Charleston and it adds up to an unforgettable weekend.
A weekend in Havana, a few quick days through Jakarta, and a week and a half in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.